The tradition of the poet warrior endures throughout human history, finding expression in the Bible’s King David, the Vikings of Iceland, Japan’s Samurai, the Shambhala teachings of Tibet, the ancient Greeks and medieval knights. Mike Bond, an award-winning poet, critically acclaimed novelist, ecologist, and war and human rights journalist, is in the same tradition.
Initially published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Books, Bond has won multiple prizes for his poetry and prose, and now brings the multitude of his diverse life to his remarkable new book of poetry. His poetry dances between reflections on the majesty of wilderness, the joys and sorrows of love, and passionate expressions of life’s greatest existential questions. Prefacing the book is Bond’s insightful essay on why poetry is an essential part of cognitive awareness, “how we find meaning in the incomprehensible, beautiful, tragic and sacred mystery of life.”
Poetry, Bond notes, has existed since our Paleolithic days, found not just in humans but also in the songs of wolves and whales, and an imperative for everyone to enjoy. “Reading poems enlarges our personal awareness of life’s exuberance, its terrible destiny,” he says. “To learn in our own lives from the visions of others.”
|Publisher:||Mike Bond Books, LLC|
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Thank you Netgalley and Big City Press for sending me the anthology for review. As a literature teacher, I am always looking for news pieces to use within the classroom. Too show diversity and comparison, especially when the content deals with every day issues such as race, environmental issues and other social issues. This anthology has a little bit of everything, some pieces I could definitely relate to as a human being and others I could see as valuable teaching tools. When I say a teaching tool I do mean the obvious ‘how to write a poem’ but also as a means to open a dialogue about social issues and get the students thinking and reacting. I few I noted and will go back to for further study were ‘Homecoming’ , ‘All this Time’, Manhattan Elegy’, and ‘Escape’ ( which I think I will use in unison with a ‘The Rain Horse’). Another piece that I will definitely include in my Protest Poetry section will be ‘Painted Hills’ which shows a rare glimpse into the Native American issues we don’t often see addressed in global poetry. Even though I only mentioned a few above there are plenty more worth reading in this lovely collection of work. The themes are varied and the Bond uses a variety of styles to get his messages across. Overall I would give this anthology a solid 4.5.
Mike Bond’s collection of American poetry opens the reader to the wide-open nature of the mountainous North West. From the Native Americans to the ranchers, the region inspires the reader with rugged land and its wildlife. There is a primitive feel to the poetry that reflects the rustic nature of the land. It is the Great Spirit links people to the earth and the environment that science seems too refined and sterile for. It is the beat that mimics the human heart in the state of nature and also a reminder of how man has changed not only the landscape and the planet. The poetry is a symbol of beauty that reminds us to tread lightly on the earth much like its first inhabitants. A beautiful collection of poetry that will make the adult reader remember his childhood draw to the West.