Sunday Book Review – Walk Away Silver Heart – Poetry – Frank Prem

My Sunday Book Review is for some unique and gorgeous poetry by Frank Prem – Walk Away Silver Heart, inspired by the 1919 Poetry by Amy Lowell – Madonna of the Evening Flowers.





All day long I have been working
Now I am tired.
I call: “Where are you?”
But there is only the oak tree rustling in the wind . . .
from Madonna of the Evening Flowers

Drawing on the phrasing of the early 20th Century Amy Lowell poem Madonna of the Evening Flowers (above) Frank Prem has produced a collection of personal and interpersonal love poems written, as always, in the unique style that allows every reader to relate.

Prem’s interpretations breathe new life into contemporary love poetry and utilise Lowell’s original phrases to inspire a tender immediacy and warmth of response as in the eponymous poem:

silver heart
I look at you

see myself the way
I should have been

but something pure
was lost
along the way
from walk away (silver heart)

Walk Away Silver Heart is the first of three collections that together comprise A Love Poetry Trilogy, with each revisiting outstanding work by stellar poets of the past to produce vibrant new collections. The second collection, a kiss for the worthy, draws on Walt Whitman’s classic work Leaves of Grass, while the third, rescue and redemption, derives from T.S Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

This is a new kind of poetry that tells stories, draws pictures and elicits emotional responses from readers. Just as the best poetry should.


My 5 Star Review:

The author has created some moving poetry through using an interesting method of taking lines from a poem written in 1919 by Amy Lowell – Madonna of the Evening Flowers, and translating into new poetry of his own from each line of Lowell’s poem. Walk Away Silver Heart is book one of a Love Poetry Trilogy.

Observant romantic poetry – finding the beauty in simple gestures, moments, beautiful imagery, raw emotion, unabashed declaration of love and longing. An intimate telling of love – deep love, inspired love, lost love, a celebration of love, creating vignettes of moments to savor and ponder.




33 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Walk Away Silver Heart – Poetry – Frank Prem

    1. Hi Norah.

      Thank you. I really enjoyed this project as an exploration – writing 3 collections at the same time, responding to 3 different writers and their poems, each with a similar theme, but each distinct from the other.

      Such fun!


    1. Thanks you so much, Jane.

      It was a real buzz working on the trilogy, and hopefully that has carried through to the poetry, and for readers.

      If the readers don’t like it, it’s just no good!


  1. Thanks for the review and the recommendation, Debby. I love T.S Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, so I’ll have to look into that part of the trilogy for sure. Congratulations to the author and keep well. ♥


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