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on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Paul Mount's "Folly Beach Love Story" is a fully realized cycle of poems and essays that describe his voyage to Folly Beach, SC, and his voyage through a cataclysmic year. He obviously stepped away from everything known into a new world, at the edge of America. During that year, he explored not only the beauty and challenge of his new surroundings but also the beauty and challenge of a new understanding of his emotional life.
Paul's poems are tiny masterworks. Although a great deal of emotion flows, the poems are never "clotted" with show-offy imagery. Every image is earned. Every emotion is earned. The poet's transitions during the year on Folly are described poignantly but with humor and clarity. I saw a clear connection between his acquiring knowledge and love for Folly Beach and for his new appreciation for emotional events, past and current.
Instead of being, "These are the poems I wrote that first year," this collection is "This is how I re-learned how to fall in love." Although site-specific, many of Paul's insights can be transferred to other experiences in the reader's life, clarifying those as well.
I know Paul will continue to refine and hone his writing skills. Thoroughly enjoyed his first book!
(reviewed long after purchase)