Fourteen Threadless Needles

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 review
Fourteen Threadless Needles is a poetry collection about a lifetime of relationships, the relationship of a lifetime and the awareness that 'Something there is that doesn't love a happy ending.' More
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Reviews of Fourteen Threadless Needles by Vito Pasquale

Fandango Virtual reviewed on Dec. 13, 2011

I discovered Vito’s poetry online by chance but connected with it immediately. Although I’m a poet myself I dislike more poetry than a like and so to find a poet who consistently produced material that make me think or sometimes just amused me is an achievement in itself. Many of Vito’s poems are slight and if you saw a single one in a magazine you might read it, nod and pass on by. The full effect isn’t realised until you’ve read a sequence of his poems as you get the chance to here. This is something that a lot of poets don’t take enough care of. They publish a book with twenty or thirty poems in it but there’s no overall theme or flavour to the collection. That is not the case here. There is a story, a progression from college through marriage and ending in old age—like a family album. The 4-star rating is not to say that this collection is not good but I think he has potential for more. I’m also a little wary of 5-star reviews especially for first collections. Seamus Heaney’s first collection deserves 5-stars and Philip Larkin’s and Walt Whitman’s. 5 stars should mean something.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

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