Book Review: Cadence

by Mark Kodama


I just finished reading Cadence, a book of poetry edited by Grant Hudson and written by members of the Inner Circle Writer’s Group.  It is a best seller in France.  The anthology includes my poem, “The Tortoise and the Thoroughfare.”  Poetry, for many people, unlike prose, is an acquired taste.  Oftentimes, you need to read the poem two, three or more times to really appreciate its power, meaning and beauty.  But the extra time it takes has it rewards.  And Cadence really has something to offer every one.

The subject matter of these seven-seven poems range from life, death, love and everything in between.  There were epic stories, acrostic verses and villanelles.  My very favorite poems – and there were many – were “The Dawn of Another day, Another Bed Free” by Steve Edwards, “Robbed” by A.K. Hata, “Free Falling Eagles” by Julie Eger and “The Mirror” by Anglika Delf.  The poems speak for themselves:

“The Dawn of Another day, Another Bed Free” by Steve Edwards

“I don’t have a camera but instead I use a pen.

Another pheasant squawks as the clouds become a brighter red

Red sky in the morning, farmers say.

One less today, as dad slips away.”

The end of a life, but a good dawn, it’ll be a lovely day.

Everything will be okay.


“Robbed” by A.K. Hata

On his face, such a peaceful countenance,

agleam by the dying sun’s last light,

Missing movement gives doubt sustenance,

his beloved soul has taken flight.

Deserted his body, eternal night.


“Free Falling Eagles” by Julie Eger

“Milliseconds before they plunge to their death

She lifts off to the east and he to the west

While I stand alone, in awe, impressed.”


“The Mirror” by Anglika Delf

“Look in the mirror, what do you see?

What a ‘broken heart’? A ‘worthless?’ A ‘no one to be’?

“You may not believe me, but I certainly know

Behind all this sorrows, lies a beautiful soul.” 

The book was published by Clarendon House Publications and is available through Lulu.com.


Subscribe to Peaks Journal to stay updated when new articles are posted. 


Interested in writing book reviews? Contact us and send us a short writing sample, specifying your interest in book reviewing. 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.