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Four Blue Eggs
By Amy Nawrocki
110 pp. Homebound Publications (February 2014).
$16.95 paperback; $9.99 ebook.
Her latest collection “offers a contemplative perspective about life,” Nawrocki (University of
Bridgeport) wrote via email, “from the natural to
the philosophical, from birth to death.” Press materials call the poems “sense music, an exploration
of beginnings and of endings” that encompasses
everything from fireflies to cars to books to families. Advance reviews applaud her “elegant writing,” “lyrical but unsentimental voice,” and “deft”
insights that “celebrate preservation and renewal
in New England landscapes” and ponder “[t]he
“weathered and the wasting.”
Sonnets: Signs and Portents
By Arnold Johnston
20 pp. Finishing Line Press (November 2013).
The verse fascinates the prolific author (Western
Michigan University). Abiding to “the strictures
posed — 14 lines (usually) of iambic pentameter
and a set rhyme scheme — often pulls things out of
a poet’s brain and emotions that he may not have
known were in there. And on occasion one can have
fun trying to play with, if not sabotage, those restric-
tions,” he summarized via email. Peers praise the ef-
fort as “smart,” “crafty,” “entertaining” and “contemporary in spir-
it” while traditional in form.
Por Caminos Errantes
By Robert Lima
128 pp. Floricanto Press (February 2014).
$14.95 paperback; $9.99 ebook.
Lima’s ninth book of poetry,
his first in Spanish, addresses
forking paths, as the title suggests. The entries
“evoke desire and physical presence,” press
materials state, “and the sharing of his personal experience of his relationship to the objects
and places in the temporal world.” Selections
encompass Mayan and Andean ways, vantage
points from the author’s birthplace of Havana,
Cuba, and observations from the Peruvian
capital, where Lima (Penn State) spent a year
in residence, he explained in an email.