Interpretations

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Interpretations is created as an example of an e-chapbook. Its thirty poems are written using observations of images found in various periodicals. This poetry collection explores meter and rhyme using the poetic forms of sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, and pantoums. Mixed with these are the author’s own unorthodox explorations of non-rhyming prose. More
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About G.D. Master

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Review by: David Francis Jeffery on Jan. 8, 2017 :
At the risk of, not only sounding smug and self-satisfied, but also of shooting myself in the foot, I don't read much in the way of 'modern' poetry. And when I say 'modern,' I mean poetry written now. (As an aside, why then, would people read my poetry?) With this book, I really feel that I've been missing out on something. I tend not to read modern poetry, as it always comes across as very dry, extremely well written grammatically, but not actually saying anything. Not 'moving' me. This book does. It moves me in a way I haven't been moved since reading DH Lawrence. I had pictures in my mind at each poem; I had feelings from the writing; I had a smile on my face at each page. In other words, it spoke to me. This book is something I will remember. This author is one I will keep an eye on. 5 stars.
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Review by: Pat McGowan on Jan. 3, 2017 :
When discussing imagism, I always go back to Pound, an original member of the Imagist movement. He once commented that poets before him used images as ornaments whereas, for the Imagists, he claimed ‘the image is itself the speech. The image is the word beyond formulated language.’ This chapbook, Interpretations, is written by one fluent in the language of image. G D Master’s attention to sensory detail and avoidance of the abstractions and confidences of confessional poetry is refreshing. This Hopperesque project, which renders objects and moments drawn from photographs found in journals, takes us on a pleasant and satisfying journey through modern life with the irony that, as Master admits through his choice of title, despite the images speaking for themselves, the poems become interpretations of life, I suppose much in the hermeneutic tradition that all history is the interpretation of history. I can appreciate the image experiment in the different poetic forms, probably mostly in the sonnets, which come across as cleanest and sharpest. It could be that this form demands a closer editing. Though I also like the airiness of his free verse.
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Review by: b.schwarz@greentor.com on May 23, 2016 :
It is a fine piece of exactitude and clarity that a reader could comfortably convey in painting. Equally, each poem feels like a live expose. A very aware observer has written the tangible words and engaged humanely, to the degree, that each poem carries the strength of a complete story within its bounds. It is impossible to rush through to the end. The impressions that arise, whilst being interpretations themselves, nevertheless remind the reader of a gallery of portraiture, where the coming back to and exploring anew feels like the right thing to do. There is a certain masterliness to the poems that require greater consideration: a bit like beholding the brush strokes of a masterpiece.
It is very generous for the author to share such skill so freely.
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