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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

All Manner Of Thing Poems 2013-2019 - Niall Gooch

All Manner Of Thing
Poems 2013-2019
ASIN B08HXDPMCG


I am by no means a poetry critic. In fact, it has been a few years since I have picked up anything but a few favorite volumes. I do enjoy the form and do not hesitate to pick it up from time to time. Niall’s about me on his site states that he is: “an amateur poet and writer of unfinished novels.” I would state after reading this volume of poetry through twice that he can strike out the amateur. And hopefully he will finish some of those novels for us to pursue.

I have found that I appreciate poetry, though by no means critique it literarily. With my dual for of dyslexia I always struggled with English academically. In the early grades they never bothered teaching me, and by later grades it was so difficult because I did not know the basics. But I love to read and have since I learned how to. And when It comes to poetry, I know what I like and what elicits a response intellectually, spiritually, or viscerally. And this volume did stir responses.

The poems in the volume are:

Secret London 
Leftovers 
On Putting Him To Bed 
The Thing Itself 
Sensus fidei 
Pro defunctis 
Confiteor 
Presence 
English College (1) 
English College (2) 
Brothers 
When He Was Still Far Off 
The Club 
A Way Of Death 
Fences 
Express 
Some Facts I Didn’t Know 
The O Antiphons Haiku 
Epiphanies 
Shrove Tuesday 
Pilgrim's Way  
The Unquiet 
A Loser  
Faith 
Doubt 
Spring 
An Ending

I am not typically a fan of haiku but did enjoy the one in this volume. I especially appreciated the two poems English College. The Thing Itself is particularly good. And Presence is another great one.

I was told by my grade 12 English teacher that half of what I wrote was worth publishing, and half not worth wiping his … all of the poems in this collect are worthy of having been published. And some deserve a much wider forum. 

The book is very reasonably priced. And well worth the read. I know that I will likely return to it again and again. I wish there was a print edition to leave on my bedside bookcase. And typically, I am all about the eBooks. With a print edition you could randomly open and read from time to time. A great little collection of poems, and what I hope will be the first of many works that I read of Gooch’s pen.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!  
 



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