Reviews for Mantra for a Muse
Review posted by Gail on 08OCT14
Recommend to others: Yes
In her debut book of poetry, “Mantra for a Muse,” Red Dwyer displays a tremendous scope of subjects and brilliantly talented style and technique in poetry today. This engaging and accessible book is divided into five diverse chapters: “Sounds,” “Shadows & Things Which Go Bump in the Night,” “Love & Songs,” “Discovery” and finally, “Laughs.”
In the poem, “Jagged,” reality itself is in question. Dwyer invites the reader to look close over the edge of what is within our perception into what may lie “Beneath the abysmal tide…” lest we be sent headlong “to the dampened depths/falling where the tide/long ago had crept” within the canyon walls. The metaphor is further extended to the echo of the “…Silent solace of quiet/Not hearing its own/Thund’rous insurmountable height…” The final stanza of the poem warns us about our attempt to flee from reality with “Nothing along the way to grip/After you leave the jagged edge.” This is a strong poem full of insight about the nature of reality and the attempt of flight from it.
“Treasure” is a precious gem of a poem. Written in the first person, it tells the story of the discovery of a love letter after the loss of a spouse. The language is quietly passionate and intimate. We are drawn into the verbal embrace of the lovers during the final days of this couple’s bond in life. Through the letter left for the speaker in the poem, we are witness to the powerful bond of love between them. Red Dwyer’s expert execution of meter and rhyme in this poem only enhances the emotion between the pages.
True to Dwyer’s versatility as a poet is her humorous ode, “The Lament of Social Media Addicts.” Through sixteen uproarious and perfectly written stanzas, the speaker in the poem bemoans her addiction by criticizing and detailing every drama experienced in the social media world in which she finds herself. “Who’s driving this circus?/I know for sure./My wall’s not my own/And finally I’m through/With Facebook “improvements”/And pokes on my phone./Bots randomizing/What it “thinks” I should see.”
Poet Dylan Thomas wrote, “Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.” Red Dwyer’s exceptional and intelligently written poetry is all of that which Thomas speaks. In this first published volume of her verse, we are delightfully treated to her inner ponderings and sharp perception of the world and people around her. This book is a triumph in modern poetry and comes highly recommended to both poetry lovers and those unfamiliar with verse in their everyday lives. It’s a fantastic journey to be shared.
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