A poet’s spiritual homeland is oftentimes not exactly the same as his or her homeland by birth. This book is a book of poems composed over a lifetime lived entirely in the northeastern United States and Toronto, Canada. It features a wide range of literary and personal topics with which the author hopes to enliven, instruct without condescension, move, and above all entertain her audience. It is hoped that there is something in this book for nearly everyone, from the full-fledged poetic connoisseur to the most casual of poetry readers.
This review has been a long while in the writing because there is so much to experience in the pages of these three collected books from Vicki. You can find more of her, always thought-provoking writings here, whilst you are waiting for this book to arrive, as you will probably want to order it.
I found this collection somewhat perplexing, every time that I read through the book I found new favourite poems, so either I am easily delighted, or the wealth of moods catered for is ‘muchos’. I am inclined to the latter. From simple observations to the big questions of life the variety is there in abundance.
Poems from the Northeast is a delight for the reader, with many references and allusions to authors, poets, artists, and philosophers littered throughout, I had a great time hunting for them, or looking through the internet to explore names I knew but haven’t yet read.
At the moment, my two favourites are Si, Señor God. and A Need for Words, the former throwing in a mixture of St. Thomas Aquinas, God, and Friedrich Neitzsche, and the latter is a celebration of the aspects of the humble word. Returning to these pages I find that my favourites constantly change.
This collection is always glorious, a lovely mixture of evocative poetry and some with a prose twist. There is so much is going on and repeat reading and dipping in always throws up something new, there is great depth and is not only for everyone but every mood.