Sunday Book Review – Rescue and Redemption – #Poetry by Frank Prem

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.

 

 

Blurb:

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
location
by the strength
and timbre
of your voice

rising
and falling
even as you rise
and fall

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

and create

always kill

your darlings

sage advice

for one and all

you need

to kill your darlings

but . . .

all in time

you can take it

slow

first

build them up

with

all your heart

make them ring clearly

sound

and true

make them

loveable

likeable

and hateful

both

essential

critical

unimaginable

make of them

the pumping heart

that reveals the story

with each beat

take your time

write

what you want

and then . . .

commit a little mayhem

don’t hesitate

to dramatize

let chaos rule

throughout

the world

always

the way you guide

and no need to explain

your why

to anyone

why did you

kill

our darlings

why not keep them

were they not

good

we all feel

so

vulnerable

with our darlings

gone

and wonder

we wonder

what will happen

to us

in the chapter

that you write

next”

If you enjoy variations on different poetry styles and words that stir and move you, you will enjoy this entire trilogy!

©DGKaye2020

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