Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m reviewing Book 3 in Frank Prem’s Love Poetry Trilogy – Rescue and Redemption. This book was inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, where once again, Prem takes us on a journey of words and emotions by taking lines from the poem and incorporating into his own poetry.
Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells . . .
from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Drawing on the phrasing of T.S. Eliot’s amazing early 20th century poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (above) Frank Prem has produced a collection of companionable and introspective love poetry written, as always, in the unique style that allows every reader to relate.
Prem’s interpretations breathe new life into contemporary exploration of themes of love in poetry, and utilise Eliot’s original phrases to inspire a contemplation of the self in the context of landscape and the wider world:
I am seeking you
within the hubbub
and the burly
trying to gauge
by the strength
of your voice
even as you rise
from rescue and redemption
rescue and redemption is the third of the 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 first collection, walk away silver heart, draws on Amy Lowell’s deeply personal Madonna of the Evening Flowers, while the second, a kiss for the worthy, derives from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
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:
Once again Prem has managed to create a beautiful collaboration of poetry by taking from the Prufrock poem by T.S. Eliot and converting lines into Prem’s newly adapated poetry in his 3rd book to this beautiful trilogy – Rescue and Redemption.
Prem evokes both the beauty and sometimes pain of love reflected from the original poem, and brings us into his own interpretations converted from the original, expressing deep thought and meaning, love, loss, elation and more. I would state the author’s poetry style as minimalistic in words, but deep on contemplation, using the epigraph at the beginning, serving the role for the Requiem.
A few of my favorites were: You and Me (at three O’clock), and Novel Advice ( my darlings) which will resonate with most writers:
“There will be
time to murder
for one and all
to kill your darlings
but . . .
all in time
you can take it
build them up
all your heart
make them ring clearly
make of them
the pumping heart
that reveals the story
with each beat
take your time
what you want
and then . . .
commit a little mayhem
let chaos rule
the way you guide
and no need to explain
why did you
why not keep them
were they not
we all feel
with our darlings
what will happen
in the chapter
that you write
If you enjoy variations on different poetry styles and words that stir and move you, you will enjoy this entire trilogy!
37 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Rescue and Redemption – #Poetry by Frank Prem”
Hi Debby, So evocative of T.S. Eliot, who is my my favourite poet. A fantastic review. Toni x
Wow, glad you liked this one Toni. A lovely book by Frank ❤
Thank you, Toni.
He was new to me, outside the context of this project, but I enjoyed reading Prufrock so much that I’ve taken to The Waste Land as my new writing project. Enjoying it very much.
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is one of my favourite poems so I was interested in the analogy of Frank Prem’s work, Debby, and it’s all there: the rhyme and rhythm, the assonance, the repetition – I love the poem you’ve chosen here. I read poetry for comfort – I suppose that sounds odd, but it’s my go-to genre when I can’t settle to a full novel. There are so many stories in poetry to be savoured and I think you’ve found a gem in this poet’s work. Thank you. ❤
Thank you Judith for your lovely comment, which I know Frank will much appreciate. It seems many writers turn to poetry for comfort, just the way we also snuggle into a book to sometimes escape life. ❤ xx
Thank you so much, Judith. I confess that when I took up the project I really had no idea how significant the work and the poet were for so many poetry lovers. I may have talked myself out of it if I’d stopped to think.
I’ve really enjoyed allowing the phrases of these wonderful writers shape the way that I wrote. It’s a wonderful thing.
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is one of those poems every HS student read and I surely couldn’t make sense of. Now, I have fond memories of it. To read more poetry inspired by it–that sounds wonderful.
And Frank’s spin from it is fantastic too! 🙂
I was new to the poem, Jacqui, other than general awareness, and odd line snippets. It’s a wonderful poem.
I LOVED teaching T. S. Eliot because he provided the angst my students could identify with. Thanks for this excerpt and the five-star review. Like you and other commenters, I enjoy variations and parodies too.
Another one of my author friends burns a candle supposedly with the aroma “Killing My Darlings” when she writes and edits. Ha!
Lol, I love that Marian. I want some of those candles, lol 🙂 x
That made me laugh, Marian. Thank you.
Thank you for the Sunday poetry! I deeply admire the poets of the world!
Me too Claire 🙂 x
Thank you, Claire.
Another wonderful review, Debby. I am currently reading A Kiss for the Worthy and enjoying it very much.
Thanks Robbie. Enjoy! I’ve now read the whole trilogy. Just beautiful 🙂 x
Thank you, Robbie. I’m glad you’re enjoying ‘A Kiss’. They were such a joy to write, it’s lovely when that comes through in another’s reading.
A lovely review for another outstanding collection from Frank.. And you selected a lovely example to share. It is good to see that poetry is still being read and enjoyed, especially in such an innovative way…♥
Agreed Sal. I so enjoyed this whole collection ❤
Thank you Sally.
I recall when writing the piece that Debby chose that I had my novelist/writer friends in mind. Wondering just how ruthlessly they went about task.
Thank you so very much, Debby.
My pleasure Frank. A beautiful series. 🙂
Deb, I spent some time responding to folk this morning, but my comments aren’t there. Awaiting approval?
Hi Frank, yes, sorry my friend. Timezones! LOL. We’re all good now. ❤
Thank you Sally ❤ xx
I think Frank hit the mark with these books. I haven’t seen a review that isn’t glowing with praise. I must pick another one up soon. Wonderful review, Debby. And congrats to Frank.
Thanks Diana. Truly beautiful poetry. Enjoy. 🙂 x
Thank you, Diana.
I’ve been so very encouraged by the feedback. It’s one thing to write as we do because we must. Another thing altogether when readers are willing to declare that they enjoyed the work.
It has given shape to my next round of endeavours, and is quite wonderful.
Thanks for your review, Debby. I find this technique of Prem’s very interesting.
Thank you Norah. So did I, hence, I read the whole trilogy. 🙂 x
One of these days . . . .struggling to get my Annual done in September and then a book out for the holidays. No more crazy predictions, just asperations.
LOL John. Good luck. I’m happy to be in 2nd round revisions of my new book too 🙂
I’ve read many great reviews of this book, Debby, I’m a fan of the original, and love your choice of poem (it does resonate, for sure). Congratulations to Frank and all the very best with his writing.
Thanks so much Olga. No doubt a beautiful collection by Frank 🙂 xx