July 10, 2020

The Readable Feast—Poetry: Three Poets, Four Books


Wile away the last, lazy days of late summer with some of our local poets.

With similar themes yet disparate styles, three poets provide differing takes on poetry as a form of artistic expression in four different poetry books.

Rick Lupert brings a comedic and minimalist style in his poetry compilation titled “Making Love to the 50 ft. Woman.” With mundanely compelling subject matter and ordinarily straight-forward statements, Lupert’s words speak to their reader in a casually conversational way.

Whether two lines or two pages, many of the poems seem to correspond to their successor, while others reference previous and following poems within the book, providing a short narrative amongst the more random works.

In this poetry anthology, Lupert provides simply put, yet impactful musings through a ruminative, almost comical tone. Some favorites include “August,” “Eggs Any Style,” “Tax Season,” and “Happy Birthday Hal Sirowitz.”

Whether discussing a conversation (“Things My Mother Has Said to Me”), deciphering a cat dialogue between owner and pet (“Shower Explanations for Cats”) or explaining how to do something in a humorous tutorial (“How To Kiss” and “Rules for Poetry”) Lupert addresses his audience with an observational and relaxed sense of certainty, speaking rather than singing his words.

Millicent Borges Accardi transports her readers into moments of her life with intimate storytelling and emotion-centered narrative found in her two poetry books “Injuring Eternity” and “Only More So.”

Both books discuss relationships by making intimately interior emotions expressively exterior. “Injuring Eternity” touches on family observations and childhood reminiscence in a reflective and nostalgic way, while “Only More So” lyrically describes both romantic and deceitful love relationships.

“Art Farm” by Jean Colonomos provides vivid and picturesque visuals alongside evocative commentary through a decidedly artistic perspective.

With a background in dance, journalism and playwriting, Colonomos is able to adeptly accompany and utilize the artworks inspiring poems, sculpting words and painting scripts alongside bygone artists, while capturing the expressions of each. Colonomos gives the perfect mixture of artistic expression and journalistic observation that translates well to poetic writing.

A few choice poems in “Art Farm” are “Offering,” “Sky Above The Clouds” “Life After Life” and “Post Modern Dance.”

Considerably distinct in technique yet similar in subject, Lupert, Accardi, and Colonomos all comment on life with divergent poetic styles, showing that poetry can appear in multiple forms, thus giving their readers access to a diversity of poem types.

Gwendolyn Billings is a musician, writer, artist and an amateur/aspiring filmmaker. She reviews literature for LitPick (www.litpick.com), a website where a selection of young adults review youth-oriented books on a regular basis. She can be most commonly found with either a pencil and a notebook, a musical instrument, a camera, or a mug of tea, a few of which may occur simultaneously.

Gwendolyn has always had a love for storytelling of all kinds, and as both a frequent reader of the Topanga Messenger and an avid writer, she wants to share some of her work with the Topanga community. More musings can be found on her blog: www.sunflowersandstockings.blogspot.com.