My Journey From Warrior to Gypsy: Poems by Tom Yeager

My Journey From Warrior to Gypsy: Poems by Tom Yeager

by Tom Yeager

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ISBN-13: 9781542824132
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/07/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Tom began his journey riding and jumping horses when he was eleven and became a state champion and lifetime horse lover. Then realizing that he needed to learn more than just the horse world, he started writing poems at Occidental College as a way of learning to express himself. After college he lived in Kyoto Japan teaching English to children and businessmen. When he came back to the United States, he became a management consultant and business owner.
Tom is now retired after selling the company and lives in California and Saigon. He spends his time riding horses, enjoying sushi, writing, and traveling the world.

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Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
My Journey From Warrior to Gypsy, by Tom Yeager, is a poetry collection centered around four main topics that relate to the author’s life: love and romance, riding and jumping horses, travel, and facing adversity. The 41 poems are split among these sections, and in between many of them are half-page, full-color photographs to illustrate the work, each bearing a quote from one of the poems. In general, the collection is written in a modern style with elements of free-form, with occasional uses of a rhyme scheme as well. The dedication hints at a fascinating journey of personal growth, from outcast, to horse-lover, to one who is seeking greater connection with other people. However, the poetry straddles a line between theme and personal remembrance.  I thought Horses and Friends resembled an anecdote containing bewildering detail about the menu, but not much for a reader to empathize with. Reflections On India could easily be a travel itinerary followed by an abrupt quote. However, one of poems I truly enjoyed in the collection is Giving Thanks at Gull Lake. It was one of the poems that resonated with me as it had a selfless purpose which I could relate to. The later Gull Lake and Gibran, on the other hand, begins with an inviting description to set the scene, but becomes a list of food and drink, ending with a quote. I believe the aim of poetry is to express emotions and ideas over factual information and when the author frees himself from these literal shackles he creates some pleasant poetry. Fearless Daughter and Letting Go cover similar ground, but the best part that they have in common is a greater use of figurative language. The imagery that comes into play in Natural Knowing adds emotional depth and interest, inviting more than a cursory reading. Ultimately, this is a collection full of touching personal poetry.