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A book by C.G. Ferrel

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Poetry for every day.

  • Mar 26, 2009
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This slim volume is packed with 85 of the most delightful short poems I have read in recent years. No poem is longer than a page, some are as short as a verse, but despite their length, many hint at more than a single subject, which range from the expected, such as longing, faith, love, friendship, freedom, old age and nature, to the unexpected, like historical figures and the preservation of the environment, some about known personalities are even tinged with a bit of humor.
C. G. Ferrel's poetry's quotidian vocabulary, varied and universal themes, consistency of rhyme and meter, clear voice, and simple and direct style make it very easy to read and appreciate. At the same time, thought, some of these qualities feel forced on some of the poems and rob them of elegance and insight into their alluded deeper meanings, and their freshness of evocation and imagery is also adversely affected by the continued use of clichés.
Still, if you are the kind of person who enjoys simple, short contemporary poetry about a myriad of topics, and are not too concerned with its literary aspects, this is a nice collection of poems that will entertain you and delight you--it might even make you choose favorites just as I did.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar

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review by . August 17, 2007
This little volume, that was given to me as a gift, isn't really the kind of poetry I ordinarily seek out. I tend to like poetry that, as the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard puts it, "stirs the waters of language": that teaches you to see and say things in new ways that nevertheless bear the striking ring of truth. Ferrel writes poetry in a very ordinary and straightforward language, that borders on but usually avoids the realm of kitch and cliche -- and that can be in its own way refreshing. For …
review by . May 07, 2007
Poet Ferrel has written an excellent, rather eclectic volume of poetry. There's something in this slim volume for everyone.    My favorite poem is "Average Working Man," followed closely by "Why Am I Here, and "Pride." For a touch of humor, you will enjoy "Kids in Winter." It brought a smile to my face, remembering how my children used to love to play in the snow, not to mention myself when I was a kid in Ohio.     Carl G. Ferrel is an award-winning poet with …
review by . April 23, 2007
This is a slender book full of simple observations of everyday life and the events that populate our day. It is not great poetry, it is not prose, but simply clever poems of the sort that we all remember when we were growing up - they rhyme, they make sense, and in many ways they are quite poignant.    My favourite poem in the book is "The Simple Things That Count", and in many ways this sums up this charming little book. If you think that your library is incomplete without a …
review by . April 03, 2007
The author has been involved in a wide variety of occupations and it shows in the breadth of his writing. The two most interesting occupations were "septic surgeon" and his membership in the local laborer's union. They were interesting to me because I have also worked in both these areas. While the poems do not give you a literal punch to the emotional gut, they do tug at the most sensitive aspects of your emotions. He writes about general aspects of humanity as well as down to the most basic feelings …
review by . March 29, 2007
What a wonderful small volume of poetry. This particular work is well named, i.e. "Think." as that is just what these wonderful little poems do. They do cause you to think. The thoughts expressed in this volume so well by C.G. Ferrel, are thoughts that most of us have from time to time. What is different is that the author is able to articulate these thoughts in a manner that is clear, concise and wonderfully simple. There are no wasted words here, no pretences...the man has something to say and …
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I've been a freelance artist, graphic designer, editor, and translator for over 15 years, and I love and greatly enjoy my job. Although my biggest passion is art and languages, I am interested in … more
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Very short poems vary in subjects from love, friendship, family, nature, social issues, etc.
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ISBN-10: 0972968407
ISBN-13: 978-0972968409
Author: C.G. Ferrel
Publisher: Acheulean Publishing (May 31, 2003)

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