Illuminating the Umbra

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
A collection of 35 poems, mostly terzanelles, exploring how family, work enviroments, and seeking love have helped shape who I am today: an educator in mind, a small town grocer in soul, and a comic book hero at heart. I can get mired down with the dark of the world, or I can try to do something about it. More
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About John Beach

The evolutionary result of Paperboy to Grocery Store worker to professional College Student to Magazine Editor to Computer Night Operator to Jr. Database Programmer to System Administrator to Computer Consultant to College Professor of Information Technology.

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David Engquist reviewed on Sep. 28, 2013

This is a book of really interesting poetry written by a really interesting guy. I'll be honest. I know John Beach. He's been a friend of mine since high school. But don't think I'm writing this review as a favor to him. I'm picky. I've always chosen my friends carefully. I gravitate towards interesting people and John is one of the most interesting I know. He's interesting to talk to. He's interesting to watch. He's interesting to listen to -and- he's interesting to read. This work is something to be lost in. Go on the journey, if you dare. But beware, John is only for the adventurous. The cowards need not apply. The judgmental should stay home and seethe. As for the curious, you're in for the ride of your life.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Ian Evans reviewed on Aug. 29, 2012

I very much enjoyed this collection. The author uses the discipline of the form to create some really effective, and sometimes moving, word pictures. He does it so skilfully that you usually don't see what he is up to, which is a great achievement when working within such exacting and potentially artificial-feeling constraints. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Marshall Harris, Sr reviewed on Aug. 25, 2012

Trenchant work. Very nice. These poems use a tight structure, with end rhyming and repeating lines, but the author still can deftly make powerful, lasting statements. I would like to hear him read these aloud.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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