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Encounters By Nadine K. Thompson Poetry Book Review Grade A+ for this exciting vision and visceral collection of poems.
Encounters is a whirlwind of experiences shared poignantly by the poet that enthrall the reader with the journey.
Author Nadine K. Thompson introduces the book "Encounters" [as] a compilation of poems about daily life encounters and the psychological and social effects that they have on the individual. Encounters can be delicate and personal, fulfilling and happy, as well as subtle and sexy, and always with a hint of pain and heartbreak. [Amazon.com]
Her experiences as an expatriate from Jamaica who has lived in Cambridge and China and has traveled widely abroad come across in fresh ways that invigorate the senses.
In her poem “The Grand Canal” Thompson writes about watching the boats on the waterway and then climbing aboard one herself:
I take a stroll on the riverboat,
Relaxing my mind,
Clearing my thoughts.
In a bottle of aromatic oils,
I take in the view.
The point cannot be lost: there are two experiences here and one is watching the boats go by, one by one, and another is climbing on the boat to experience it for yourself, and her memory of the “armomatic” smells passes to the reader beautifully.
Encounters shares a soulful observance of the world through open eyes.
And there is a certain sense of humor and spiciness to the voice that Thompson brings to her works.
From “Left To Chance”:
The chances of you,
The chances of me,
A single line in unison,
Like two full breasts,
Teased into Satisfaction,
What are the chances of that?
Overall, Encounters By Nadine K. Thompson is a book of poetry that is full of twists and unexpected turns, a wealth of exotic and also deeply personal experiences as observed by a keen eye that enjoys keeping exploring the meanings and the guesses of what it all is.
Rune Works Review Grade: A+
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There is a saying that lightning never strikes twice, but in reality certain people are struck multiple times, just as Stephen King is able to write numerous top notch novels, like the powerful Revival.
Sai King’s newest work calls upon the electricity of life.
Life can be bright and blinding and dark and scorched, and the protagonist Jamie Morton learns this painfully.
Jamie pieces together a story spanning across his life: as a young boy enamored when he first met the Reverend Charles Jacobs as he leaned over a dirt hill with a large shadow that descended upon a battle of plastic army men. Jamie remembers his first meeting vividly and this effect, the imprint, lasted, despite his not seeing Jacobs until two decades later when Jamie’s life as a successful rhythm guitarist was about to be erased by heroin.
The obsessive nature of the junkie pales in comparison to the Reverend Jacobs’s mind rattling addiction to learning more and more from “the hidden electricity” of the universe.
The writing is concise, sharp, and poignant.
King is truly at his best in terms of prose, where the effect of each paragraph carries with it a weight and a beautiful take on language.
The characters in the book are very different from King’s past works, and they are every bit as deep, interesting, and enticing as some of his most realistic individuals.
All religion aside, there is a soul to each of Revival’s people.
The reader learns to fear for a spectral event of incredible magnitude that happened in Jamie’s life, and the suspense and curiosity that accompanies this leads to an eye-opening ending that does not disappoint.
The fifth business that juggernauts Jamie’s life time and again is fascinated and consumed by the forces of electricity and his knowledge, miraculous tent revival healings, and experiments grow in a multitude of ways that leaves the reader stricken.
This R.J. Huneke article was originally published on Examiner.com.