Inside A String: INSIDE A STRING: A collection of poems, essays, lyrics and prose by songwriter/author; Thomas MacLear. One artists psyche of America through his 40 years on the road in rock & roll. From the birth of the Counter Culture to the birth of th

Inside A String: INSIDE A STRING: A collection of poems, essays, lyrics and prose by songwriter/author; Thomas MacLear. One artists psyche of America through his 40 years on the road in rock & roll. From the birth of the Counter Culture to the birth of th

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ISBN-13: 9781494886271
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Award wining songwriter, producer, entertainer and poet Tom MacLear has captured a span of life from the east to the west in his new book, Inside a String.

Those familiar with Hemingway, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Dylan and Ginsberg will enjoy the "Beat" flavor of the poetry in this book as well as some of the more simple, straightforward attacks on our hearts and our senses.

These poems speak to the reader and take us on that wonderful journey from the depths of city life in NYC to the beautiful coastlines of California and everywhere in between, wherever our minds choose to travel as we take a magical ride with poet, Tom MacLear.
Poet Jacob Erin-Cilberto
Author of Intersection Blues

More on Tom MacLear @ www.maclear.net

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Inside A String: INSIDE A STRING: A collection of poems, essays, lyrics and prose by songwriter/author; Thomas MacLear. One artists psyche of America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite Inside a String by Tom MacLear is a poetry lover’s dream come true: fun, insightful, touching, nostalgic, inventive and impeccably crafted. This superlative collection is a reverent and masterful paean to the Beat generation and Beat poets in general – Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs would read this manuscript with closed eyes and a blissful expression, swaying gently to remembered rhythms and soundscapes. The ‘beat’ in this case is a staccato, joyful tattoo, simultaneously uplifting and perfectly on time and in step. From “Half Moon Bay”: Waves in random rhythm/announce the ocean upon the bow/Like words surfacing/like spirits from the deep ...” The single word that best describes this remarkable collection is ‘ebullient.’ MacLear has crafted a celebration of words and rhythms, splayed in careless ecstasy across the pages like a punk with a heart of gold who has just rolled out of bed, at once dust-covered and ready to conquer the world, armed only with ideals and chutzpah. Even in melancholy moments, Inside a String is infused with a hopeful insouciance that cannot hope but coax a smile from the most cynical of readers. From “Rebirth”: Let the fire  burn/let the overgrowth cinder/For the smoke will rise/and fill our wonder_ And the flowers will grow/from the ashes once more.” Inside a String by Tom MacLear is utterly irresistible and heartwarming from first word to last without ever once being maudlin or mawkish. It is a triumphant celebration of a movement unparalleled for freedom and free-thinking artistic expression. We may never be able to regain the innocence and vigor of the Beat generation but, thanks to MacLear’s devoted discipleship and eloquent tribute, we can live within it for one more day.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Inside A String: INSIDE A STRING: A collection of poems ... by Tom MacLear is a must read.  It is a book  of poetry and essays that will keep you turning the pages until the end. After you finish reading the book  you will end up with a smile and you'll find yourself with hope for the future.  At one time we enjoyed an  Era of Peace and Love.  The late 60's represented that time.  In the book you'll find a poem, "Love  Revealed", which describes the feeling American had during the Viet Nam War era.  Although this is the  first book of poetry by Tom MacLear, he wrote it with so much expertise. I gave it 5 stars but wanted to give it more.  It would make a great gift and would look good in anyone's bookshelf.  I highly recommend it  to everyone.  I look for more from Tom MacLear.
rubieJL More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of the beats (Kerouac and Ginsberg are among my favorites), I felt very much at home in the pages of Tom MacLear’s book.  It was like wrapping myself in a cozy, warm blanket.   The reader travels with Tom MacLear from the smoky coffee houses of NYC’s Greenwich Village to the boxcars that inspired Woody Guthrie to Steinbeck’s beloved Cannery Row, each very much a part of those artists who shaped America’s culture. Along the way, we realize that we are “Inside A String” that ties them all together.  This “string” wraps around one of the central themes of MacLear’s musings, that of the delicate balance between the spiritual and the scientific in all aspects of our lives.  He shows us that “the ultimate destiny of our existence is to comprehend the ‘meaning of ourselves’ “ and since this existence is one “which we have only borrowed/For a very short time”, there is an urgency in his message to us. In his opening remarks, Tom MacLear states that “The works contained within are simply one man’s mirror of life as life unfolded before him.”  While that may be true, there is nothing “simple” about Tom’s work.  It is complex, moving and undeniably profound. In the first section, “The Village”, MacLear captures the pulse of what was the stomping grounds for the beat poets.  It was “A place all its own…Where the eccentricities made sense_where I made sense”.  Indeed, reading theses poems, we can see that he “never left”.  MacLear evokes the spirit of Bob Dylan, who also realized the “subterranean pulse of a new culture”.  In “Cannery Row”, we revisit the nostalgic undertones which resonated with John Steinbeck and his passion for it.  Through the camaraderie that he knew was among its inhabitants, we see how the human spirit can overcome superficialities.  The poet “live[s] what was/for that will never change here”.  This sense of nostalgia is what we hear “calling for the days that remind us of what we had felt then”.    “Let me stay here     as I come home          to the place    I had never left” He reminds us that “All that is in our past/Is everything we are today”.   Finally, Tom MacLear hopes that each artist creates what he or she does “In the hopes and belief/That some good may come from/What they have stirred inside another”. He can rest assured that he has done so with this collection, and brilliantly.
jacoberin-cilberto More than 1 year ago
A Review of inside a string by Tom MaClear There was an era of peace and love. The late sixties was a representation of that time--- In “Love Revealed” we get a look at a poem expressing love for a particular woman---but this poem universally depicts the overall feeling of love that America was trying to feel during the Viet Nam War era. “Faultless planning... Exquisite--- absolute--- ... Her delicate elegance_ her beauty fills me her kindness arrests my soul and releases my restless spirit within” Many of us had that restless spirit--- we wanted love not war—an America of delicate elegance--- This poem is part of inside a string, a book of poetry by musician and writer Tom MaClear. His softspoken personality, his modesty, kindness and love for life shine through in all of the poems of this book that journeys across country much like Kerouac’s “on the road”---yet with a unique vision and sensitivity to and for the people, the conditions and the picture of what America could be if all people get to “Dream their dreams then test the water when ‘ya cut and dip to see if it still stings” Some poems in this book will cut, dip and sting—but we will end our reading with a smile and hope for the future--- As a native New Yorker, I related to the Eastern poems so much, but I was just as comfortable travelling west with this wonderful beat poet who is also a very talented, award winning musician. As giving as he is in his music career, playing and writing for other artists, Tom is just as giving with the words he shares here— A must read, first book of poetry by this lyrically gifted poet. (jacob erin-cilberto ...author of Intersection Blues)