Sand 'n Ashes

Sand 'n Ashes

by Paul Tait

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ISBN-13: 9781543900958
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 98
File size: 156 KB

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Sand 'n Ashes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite Sand ‘n Ashes by Paul Tait has a raw, visceral, quicksilver eloquence strikingly dissimilar to the mainstream of contemporary poetry. His staccato metaphors and images bob and weave like a champion bantamweight boxer, making Sand ‘n Ashes a thrilling poetic experience. Underpinning the mile-a-minute pace of Tait’s stunning verse is a simultaneously romantic and darkly threatening poetic voice -- a dangerous but irresistible splaying of words upon the page, alternately suggesting rose petals and blood spatter. In Open a Cultured Vein, Tait displays the darker side of his gifts in a dire description of the American Dream: “It’s a mess/One big pile/of tape/Tape and blood/Spit and mud/Young hearts torn to shreds/Friends and foes left for dead/But that is how it is/How it goes.” Compelling though his darkness may be, there is also a radiant stream of celebratory light running through Paul Tait’s work, as if he is vividly painting the joys of being human even as he rues human frailty. The gods and Fate play a key role in Tait’s verse, as in the human journey. There is a fatalistic, faintly futile sense of enduring hope running through many of Tait’s poems; for example, Electric Promethean: “We’ve got the fire this time/Prometheus plays the drums/Got to go/Make the show/Whatever else may come/Will come/Tonight.” Paul Tait is a courageous poet, unafraid of challenging the status quo. From 11:17 pm: “Astrologer!/How dare you be so bold!/Patterns of the stars/Cannot be bought and sold.” The success of Sand ‘n’ Ashes lies ultimately in Paul Tait’s sublime gift for juxtaposing contrasting elements -- joy with despair; love with loss; hope with hopelessness; hubris with humility. Paul Tait is a man keenly aware that all delight is temporal; all success elusive and fleeting. He approaches even his prodigious talent with a kind of wry vulnerability that is achingly human. From Miss Muse: "What am I thinking?/How much have I been drinking?/There is no other life for me/‘cept to be/With you/Miss Muse.” One cannot help but wish that Fate will continue to favor this particular poet/muse relationship.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Sand 'n Ashes by Paul Tait is a collection of ninety-five poems that covers everything from love to affection to anguish to transcendence and everything in between. The poems look deceptively easy and simple, but when you read further, you realize that there is something far deeper than one expects. I had to take my time with these poems. I am a former literature student and I thought these poems would be a piece of cake for me. However, these poems were so good, I had to take a moment, step back, and appreciate them for what they offer. My favorite part of this collection was the one called “Fragments” because these were short, sweet little verses that were very deep and had hidden meanings. Every time I read them, I got to decipher another meaning and something far more different than what I had thought before. My favorites were “Bones Party,” “Bloodletting,” “Cannot Fool the Lie,” “Track 13,” “How Often Do I Scream” and “Nine for Movement.” These were rich poems that gave me something more than I was expecting and I loved that. “Glass Tower” is another favorite and so is the “Stale Break Rotten Cheese.” The artistry involved in writing Sand ‘n Ashes is brilliant and very dynamic. Poet Paul Tait showed his true genius when he expressed his thoughts in the minimum amount of words. The poems were deep; the words were heartfelt and very creative. I felt that I gravitated towards the darker and deeper poems and he handled them beautifully. These poems are really cool and I was lost in them! Brilliant, simply brilliant!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Did you talk about his earlier works? Why didn’t I know about them? You know, I am a fan of Paul Tait, yes, just recently, after discovery the gem that is Sand 'n Ashes, the most gorgeous collection of poems I have read this year, and one that I will carry with me for a long time, together with Yogo Poems: Lines to Unfold By by Leza Lowitz. In this slim book, the reader receives an offering of ninety-five, well-crafted poems that feature exciting themes — time, love, the crude day-to-day reality that stares one in the face with its monotony, the throb of life, dreams, wishes, and death. But there is more in between; energy, music, style, and the seductive voice that calls the reader to read between the lines and listen to the silences. One of my most favorites is “Kerosene Spleen,” a rhythmic poem that is loaded with imagery and beauty: “If you choose / the blues / Oh, yeah, man – / all the way / If you drink/ Kitchen sink /Kerosene / spleen / Play ‘n play /Don’t curse the day /She graces your pleasure /Bends over forever /Don’t mess with it /Eat well from the feast /Trees shall be / Reborn.” Paul Tait demonstrates wonderful mastery of the science of free verse, and his rhythmic style measures with the rhythm of the reader’s heart. Each line break is timely and calculated. The lines are short, exciting, and elegant. I enjoyed the diction which draws from the common experiences of life, each word carefully chosen and endowed with poetic energy. Sand 'n Ashes is a beautiful collection and readers will easily identify with the wonderful poetic seasons it evokes. Paul Tait’s poetry is a delightful read for fans of free verse and I will be going back to it to read some of my favorite lines.
teewai00 More than 1 year ago
From the writer of Stray Lines, Markings in the Cave and Pirate Conductor, comes this remarkable piece of post-modern poetry. Drawing on themes of pain, death, time and unreciprocated affection, the poems are a lot beyond the ordinary mix of cosmopolitan chaos and romanticised history. Their charm lies in the balance between depicting passionate emotions within glimpses of modern reality. The poems reflect the post-modern dilemma in trying to reconcile the excesses of developmental façade with the inner human instincts. The book opens to reveal a ‘Table of Consented’ with its oxymoronic, numeric or simply ironical titles. Brief and succinct poems are presented in three parts. There is a unique amalgamation of the sorrows of the past and the worries of the future that leads to the existence within a convoluted present. It is the emotions that lie behind this ‘present’ that is particularized by the poet. He seeks to hold onto his values and not lose faith. It is his uprightness that holds the book together. The poems are more conversational and informal making them quintessentially post-modern. Holistically they are echoes from an aching soul best seen in Choose a colour. Towards the middle of the book, the poems get very intense. They seem like a rant about unreciprocated love and heartbreak but nostalgia overflows in each of these. Tait takes Fragments to a whole new level where Time is personified as a woman being chased by her lover. The imagery gets denser when modern metaphors intervene such as the comparison between a racing heart and a rail road. The poems in this section are more autobiographical with notions of man’s journey in this world, path to a Christian redemption, God’s grace and man’s innate desires towards worldly things that take him away from God. All these battles are to be fought in periods of absolute loneliness during which writing is the only refuge for the poet. Snippets prevail in Fragments II. They are akin to witty raps or late 1960s heavy metal rock. Single word lines aim to reinforce the poet’s voice. Here towards the end Tait discloses his emotions without any apprehension. It has touches of personal autobiographical elements as seen in the memoir to his mother. Short, sweet and musically modern.