Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I have a sweet review for a recent #Newrelease by Frank Prem – A Lake Sambell Walk. Frank is known for his free-verse poetry and in this book he has created a picture book to accompany his observational prose.
A Lake Sambell Walk is a stroll around the iconic man-made lake that lies at the heart of historically significant Beechworth, Victoria (Australia).
The lake was created by gold miners of the 19th century washing away the soil in their wild search for gold at the height of the gold rush era.
Today, the lake is a beautiful setting for fish and ducks and dabchicks (grebes).
Join Frank Prem for pleasant armchair stroll in A Lake Sambell Walk.
Welcome to Beechworth!
My 5 Star Review:
As a lover of free-verse poetry, I’ve enjoyed several of this author’s books. A Lake Sambell Walk is another of Prem’s beautiful poetry books where he shares a walk along the lake and the intricate thoughts and memories the scenery evokes, accompanied by serene images inspired by the author’s words and observations. A once fervent mission to discover gold took place on this man-made Lake Sambell in Australia, now a tranquil lake where the writer visits and takes in the scenery as his conscience absorbs the sights and sounds of the surrounding nature as he shares his vision from his observations in this lovely book of picture poetry, using crisp and short prose to evoke a bigger picture.
The corresponding image to this poem evokes a tangled web of tree branches and hope:
Yours Up through your tangled self . . . the blue sky waits reach tall be straight it is yours if only you take it reach tall take everything that is yours
The corresponding image evokes a lonely, lost pair of gloves abandoned atop a fence:
gloved by no one was it cold last night . . . warm today . . . who left them who wants them no one loves them there is no one to glove