Sunday Book Review – Picture Poetry, A Lake Sambell Walk by Frank Prem

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:


through your tangled 
self . . .

the blue sky

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 . . .

left them

wants them

no one
loves them

there is no one
to glove


91 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Picture Poetry, A Lake Sambell Walk by Frank Prem

    1. Thank you, Jim.

      I’m keen as well to put local names and places into the consciousness. I grew up on the names of small towns in AMerica and Britain through movies. A pleasure to mention some from close by where I live.

      Happy New Year.

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      1. That’s a grat point. I always enjoy reading stories that mention places I am familiar with; makes you feel like you are part of the story.

        Happy New Year, and best of luck with your book…

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  1. It is wonderful to have a story been told through a combination of images and texts. Frank has great skills in this. Thanks for reviewing, Debby. The year is only a few hours old, and you in the northern territories of the world (Lol) seem to be very busy, as always. Best wishes, Michael

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      1. Thanks for the link Michael. No apologies please. I know WELL about self-hosting issues. As you know I just moved my self-hosted back to paid WP platform. It’s just sooooooooooo much easier for me and my readers. Thanks again for sharing this on your blog. I tried to leave a comment to thank you there but I didn’t see the option. So thank you again. 🙂 xx


    1. Hiya, Joy.

      Thank you and best wishes for the new year. It’s hard to keep me quiet!

      I’m expecting to release a number of new collections this year, but the first one should be a cracker – flying through the galaxy in a ship that can’t be controlled. What a hoot!

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  2. Wonderful poetry book share, and review Debby thank you… And certain images, of Nature often invoke fine words …which are personal to the beholder…
    Sending thoughts your way, as the first week to the year is well under way… ❤ 🙂

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      1. Lots going to happen first quarter of this year I feel Debby… lots of chaos and turbulence.. But it will I feel wake more up to the corrupted governance we are all under… Sending Hugs right back ❤

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