I haven’t been doing much reading or writing of late…which I’m sure you can tell if you’ve popped by my blog… but I did manage to read a collection of poetry: Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute by J Matthew Waters.
I just put the following brief review on Amazon and thought I would share it here as well.
J Matthew Waters is a contemporary poet yet one can see that he must be occasionally haunted by the muses of poets past. Whispers of W.S. Burroughs and tinges of Kerouac mingle with his own voice to produce his third book, Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute.
Some personal favorites include already gone, remedy, and these lines in particular
from say you’ll haunt me
“…your face is patterned
vertical lines channeling emotions
streaming from your eyes”
and from when september ends
“she slipped by like a new moon
looking for a place to hide…”
The fact that each poem is inspired by and/or named after a song provides a ready-made and diverse play list. With titles like after the thrill is gone, I am the egg-man and saturday in the park it was hard for this reader not to hear the song in question even without them playing. Just as varied are the topics Waters writes about; from sadness to hope, exploration to nostalgia and even war and peace.
I do hope you will check this collection out and I will leave you as Waters left me with this closing poem in its entirety.
i burned your image
in my mind
like charcoal lead
on cottony white paper
i painted your eyes
like i had known them
my entire life
i drew your heart
closer to mine
as if we were one
➤ Both kindle and paperback versions are available on AMAZON
OH and I should mention that you may know John from his blog jdubqca , if not head on over (after you finish here of course) :)