With religion, terror, and politics as closely related as ever, is it possible to live in our world without fear? With the obvious threat of extremists willing to kill for their god, we also endure domestic terrorism driven by similar motives, and the politicians who seek to use it all to their advantage for power. Poet Gary Beck explores many of the practical, emotional, and irrational responses to acts of terror with Displays, a collection of poetry that honestly examines the state of human reaction.
|Publisher:||Winter Goose Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)|
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Displays, a collection of poetry by Gary Beck, does not begin lightly, with a poem detailing the events of 9/11. The style of these poems is not too fancy that you cannot enjoy them, although they often need to be read several times because these are poems with meaning that require reading between the lines and are bold I think. Allocation of resources tells us ‘As our prisons grow more populous than some of the world’s nations, we should consider the lost resource of men idly sitting in their cells serving unproductive sentences who might be enlisted with appropriate protections for our society, for public service, a chance for redemption’ This seems to be poetry mainly focusing on Iraq, war, America, France, workers, tenements, bull fighting, privilege, ‘I sit on my terrace in safety with doves and finches for company, still protected by my government, still able to dream tomorrows’ and I think shows up a mirror to the world and its faults as a whole. There’s a lot to reflect on in these poems. It feels like a book with purpose. There are poems, such as Newton and How to Know the Birds (an Introduction to Bird Recognition) which are humorous and give some light relief. My one criticism would probably be that because of the amount of poems, take each poem one at a time and appreciate it. This is also I feel heavy with some poems and yet light on others, especially towards the end of displays. It feels like more trivial poems are left to make up the rest of the collection, whereas those that are political make up much of the beginning and middle. Giving this an odd balance. Really this is a book of two halves. The first half is a stirring speech of poems on our culture and world and the second more wistful and fun. Some of the poems could have been written as one instead of separately, otherwise it feels like this stalls and repeats itself at times but for its theme, perspective, and social commentary displays is a book well worth the money, for reading and sharing.