From Where I Stand

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From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection. Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief. Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.

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About Robert Zimmermann

Robert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.
His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.
When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and they have been inseparable ever since.

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Review by: Suzy Ayers on May 12, 2013 :
I don't know how you couldn't be moved by this collection. It was a series of poetry that was unrelated, however there was an ever present theme, a few that connected to each other. Hard to describe, but you really need to read it in one sitting. Some made me want to find the author and give him a hug, one in particular "Living with Koopa", that's just how connected you feel.

One made me smile, others broke my heart and some made tears prick at my eyes. I enjoyed it and felt a connection to it, and that is what great poetry is.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Shanna S on March 23, 2013 :
I'm not ordinarily a poetry reader but this collection by Robert Zimmermann has changed my mind and I'm actively looking for good poetry collections now. These poems are written with such raw emotion you can't help but get caught up in them. Since I read this I've read everything by this author I canvfind and I haven't been disappointed. I highly recommend reading this or anything else he writes.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: A. Violet End on Feb. 9, 2013 :
Zimmerman is brave, honest, wounded & sexy. A young poet making his own way through a world in which the adults who reared him were hopelessly lost, he pens an earnest, honest account of moments in a wounded past. More than a collection of poems, this is a story. A story of a soul desirous of beauty, acceptance, release, healing, and redemption. I dare you to think of MarioKart in the same way after reading this collection.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Kristy Atkinson on Jan. 26, 2013 :
I'll start by saying that I am not usually a big fan of poetry. I feel that you almost need to be a poet to understand or appreciate most of the poetry I have attempted to read in the past. From Where I Stand is NOT like that at all.

These are genuine words, of real, often relatable experiences, written in a style that is easy to read. These poems feel very personal and I admire the author for putting himself out there and revealing so much of his inner self.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Charity Parkerson on Jan. 22, 2013 :
"Where I Stand" by Robert Zimmermann is a beautiful collection of poetry. As a woman who spent some years as a single parent, I found "Living with Koopa" especially heartbreaking. Well worth checking out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Rachel McClellan on Jan. 22, 2013 :
What I liked about this poetry collection is lot of the poems tell a story. They aren't all roses are red, violets are blue, but real life events that most of us have experienced. And Zimmerman doesn't hold back. His poems are gritty and dark, but often laced with an innocent beauty.

A few of my favorite poems are Blue Suit, A Storm on Two Fronts, Will You Join Me?, and Grey and Tattered.

This collection managed to make me feel every kind of emotion I could think of from happiness to sadness, anger, resentment, fear, you name it. And some of his poems hit such a familiar nerve, I felt like Zimmermann had cut the words right out of my heart. I highly recommend this collection.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Immortal Ink Publishing, LLC on Jan. 22, 2013 :
I had been waiting for this collection to be released for quite some time, having seen some samples of the author's work prior to getting my hands on this ARC edition of the full collection. I was not disappointed! Zimmermann's poetry flows effortlessly from one poem to the next (though the collection could also be read in any order, if you so choose). I look forward to getting a print copy of this collection as I'd love to have it as a coffee table book.

Each poem is refreshingly, even at time disturbingly, honest. Zimmermann bares so much with his words: his heart, his soul, his life, even his alarmingly accurate view of hidden parts of humankind. Let's face it, we are an imperfect species and even the most normal of us do some pretty bizarre things. Ithink my favorite poems in his collection were the ones that showed this, evoking at times discomfort as well as pain and love and the pain of loving.

I enjoyed the complexity of humanity, of human nature, of relations. Zimmermann's "From Where I Stand" is a beautifully inspired collection that in its own way tells Zimmermann's story of growing up, and the real beauty is seeing how a person can go through such hardships and still grow to be such a source of compassion, love, and intelligence. There are some heart-wrenching moments in this collection where Zimmermann leaves his soul bleeding on the floor--and here you have a man who is not afraid to cry, and there were some really powerful passages in this regard.

Some of my favorite works in the collection were:


With Eyes Closed

A Storm on Two Fronts

Benefits of a Morning Walk

Will You Join Me?

Fall Leaves

Our Tuesday Nights

Grey & Tattered

Then there were two poems that stood out to me most of all for different reasons. The first was "Change of Address" that has a pointed ending that, to me, really took the poem above and beyond, turning it from something clever into something outright brilliant. The other was "Restless Night" which I found to be the most provocative work in the collection, dark and honest as well as a little disturbing.

With some of the finest free-verse poetry I've ever read, I highly recommend this collection. For the purpose of making sure I had the review ready in time, I read through this fairly quickly (it's an easy read!) but when I have a print copy I would like to read it one poem at a time, cherishing each one and perhaps thinking on it for a day or weak and exploring it a little further. The book is a powerful collection of Zimmermann's work. Don't miss out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: S.M. Boyce on Dec. 29, 2012 :
From Where I Stand is full of poetry that lingers. The emotion is real. There is a truth in these poems that lets you know you’re not alone in feeling a certain way, and that in unto itself made me smile.

Zimmermann’s poetry touches on everything from the everyday joys of nature to the heartbreaking grief of seeing someone you love in a casket. The range of emotion is a journey, and I’m fairly certain you’ll want to reread several of these poems. That’s the beauty though—you can, and they don’t get old.

Considering the raw nature of some of the content, it’s refreshing to see a poet be so brutally honest and open with his readers. For instance, a few of the poems focus on Zimmermann’s fear of becoming like his father, who left early on in the poet’s life. The emotional scars are revealed in subtle ways as the poetry progresses, and never preaches. I never felt as though I was invading anyone’s life, but I did understand.

Bottom line—Rob has a powerful voice that bleeds through the page and hooks you from the very start. His work made me start reading poetry again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Hidden Clearing Books, LLC on Dec. 27, 2012 :
Lovely poetry. I enjoyed the images and portraits of family life Zimmermann creates. This collection speaks to my soul.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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