Lovely titles, beautifully organized, invite the reader into the pages of A F Stewart’s Colours of Poetry. The pages are filled with poems of many different forms, but the author creates a very natural feel in each form, and even, wisely, includes an explanation of poetic forms at the end.
The organization of the poems follows the rules of poetry as surely as do the poems, with each new concept flowing naturally from the last. The Devil’s Deal – “A sky tongue / silver some may say ... and moonlight at the crossroads...” – might be my favorite. Or lyrical beauty might draw me in, as in, “Shall we dance with angels / far above the velvet clouds, / where the stars whisper light / and cast it to the eyes below?” But perhaps instead I’ll “spend our transitory sanity /chasing gilded gleams of hope,” Under the Midnight Sun.
Tyrian Purple offers the cruelties of lost and broken loves, of wounded earth, and of histories colored with beauty, together with poetic hints of hope.But another favorite is Ashen, or maybe Horizon. Hope flows down through darkness as pages turn, and Ann’s Stardust Farewell offers shape and meaning as well as dedication for this collection. Colors of Poetry is a beautiful book, to dip into or to read page after page, haunting, absorbing, and beautifully drawn.
Disclosure: I won a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)