Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Judah's Lion by Anne Caston

"Irony is beyond a boy like mine. As is symbolism.
Allegory. Metaphor, too. All is literal with him
though that doesn't rule out a wildebeest,
the one he meets each morning in the fallow field
beyond our yard, the one who lies beside him
each night now in the dark......"

Title: Judah's Lion,
Author: Anne Caston
Publisher: Toad Hall Press/2009
Pages: 96

One of the best books of poetry I have come across. Anne Caston writes about pain. But with courage and compassion. Suffering and endurance both co-exist. Written with beautiful language, this collection of poetry has the power to uplift us in the sheer pleasure of reading it. The rawness touches us. Yet the beauty of poetry sustains us as nothing else can. This book is for keeps. Anne has dedicated this book to her autistic son. That in itself touches our soul.

Now my versified review:

I let the words engulf me
& fondle my mind

just then feelings kick in,
I feel so elated.
a veritable treat,

a sumptuous feast.


mark said...

I like the idea of a review written in verse.

Which makes me want to track down this book!

well done.

Just someone said...

A really cool versified review! enjoyed it... :)

Tim Remp said...

Very creative way of reviewing !

anthonynorth said...

A well versed review.

MichaelO said...

Splendid dedication!

Sweetest in the Gale said...

I love it when a poem touches me in this way; it's a wonderful gift. You expressed it beautifully, and I'll have to look this poet up. Thanks for telling us about her!

ThomG said...

wonderful review, wonderful poem. Will check her out, now.

Jeeves said...

Thanks for info on book. Neat review and very nice poem

peggy said...

Sumptuous is a hard word to blend. But as for the other two words, I read the verse twice to be sure that all three prompts were included.

Well done and very skilled to draw me in in so few words and allow me to forget the prompts.

Lorraine said...

Well done G. I'll keep an eye out for that poetry book :)
ps...that's my kind of review lol

Anonymous said...

silver and gold again!

Anonymous said...

An excellent review.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

So clever - reviewing poetry with poetry! It's like something a Japanese noble of a thousand years ago would've done. I just finished reading The Pillow Book a few weeks ago, and the Heian Japanese were mad for poetry!

Yellow Tulip said...

lovely verse:)...

sage said...

The book will go on my poetry list!

Anonymous said...

I love the poem. It adds a lot to the review.

Paul Maurice Martin said...

But where is the pain?

The wildebeest? Do those bite?

Toni said...

What a fantastic review. Great job.

Sepiru Chris said...

Hello Gautami,

Now, after those eloquent reviews in prose and poetry, I will have to track down this book of poems.

It is always a pleasure to visit.