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Amorous Shepherd: Poems

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A book by Dante Micheaux

"Dante Micheaux's poetry is always musical. He plays in a group with Cavafy, Lorca, Komunyakaa. His instrument is a clear exact voice with his heart beating so loud you can hear it. He has highs and lows that reach into something Greek, into jazz, into … see full wiki

Tags: Book, Poetry
Author: Dante Micheaux
Publisher: Sheep Meadow
1 review about Amorous Shepherd: Poems

Lyrically Lovely

  • Aug 21, 2010
Micheaux, Dante. "Amorous Shepherd: Poems", Sheep Meadow, 2010.

Lyrically Lovely

Amos Lassen

Dante Micheaux writes musical poetry that lets you feel his emotions. Reading him is like going to a symphony were the orchestra plays every genre of music possible. His poems seem to cover every topic and issue and as we read him we sense his faith in humanity. His sensuality is evident and amazing and he treats a poem as if he were undressing as he moves from the words that are completely clad until he reaches the nudity and basic meaning of his own writing. There is not a wasted word, not a superfluous verse and everything that he puts down on paper has a meaning. Micheaux points his bow at the heart and when the arrow flies, it lands at that destination. He is nostalgic and his poetry is elegant, passionate, controlled and we sense the meaning of the word desire and see that its purpose can be twofold--as a destructive element and a state of total bliss.
Each poem is totally different but with these differences we are allowed to see the mind of the poet as he covers diverse themes that span centuries. We enter the mind of the poet by entering his world and see his intimacy. Again, desire is the focus but it is sometimes in tandem with commitment and the poet gives us a majestic collection of beautiful poems. (Majestic is a word that I have never used in a review before but it is the perfect word here).
Micheaux reaches out for our hands and takes us through history and we cannot help but notice the influence of others on his writing--Cavafy, Austen, Auden, Bionce, Nina and many others and what is so interesting it that the poet has created new friendships between people who probably otherwise never met, i.e, rap musicians and classical poets. There were the people from whom he learned and we are aware of just how much stayed with him.
There is eroticism here and Micheaux is wonderful at seduction. He offers us his hand and we clearly see what he is doing as he brings us into his world, a world of sensuality and conceit (that is well earned), He lets us decide what is real in his poetry and what is imagery and we are left to reach the conclusion as to whether or not he is serious or playing with us. Micheaux has a very sharp mind and we do not have to decide anything more that his poetry is beautiful. Reading "Amorous Shepherd" is not just a collection of poems, it is a total experience.

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