Impressions and Memories
by Thomas Noel Smith
Summary from Goodreads:
Poetry to Inspire Thought and Feeling…In Impressions and Memories, poet Thomas Smith draws on a wide array of inspirations and reflections to create a collection of poems that speak to the song burning deep within each of us. Using the rhythm, melody, and language of traditional poetic forms, these verses distill the essence of daily experience, from the beauty of the world around us to the poignant nostalgia of cherished memories. Lyrical and thoughtful, deeply felt and broadly accessible, Impressions and Memories will remind you of the richness and wonder of the world around you, and give you a moment of healing calm to refresh your spirit.
Brace yourselves because I have been craving to review a book of poems for a while and Mr. Smith has hit the nail right on the head.
To me this book was about life and death, and everything in between. There were so many poems that spoke to me, it was impossible not to fill my paperback with dog-ears and highlighted quotes. There is such a wide range of emotions in this collection that there is bound to be something for everyone. One of my favorite poems was Men Still Dream of Being Wanderers. There is a stanza that reminded me a little bit of Rilke (my favorite poet of all time). Rilke’s words in Requiem For A Friend:
“We can so easily slip back from what we have struggled to attain, abruptly, into a life we never wanted; can find that we are trapped, as in a dream, and die there, without ever waking up. This can occur. Anyone who has lifted his blood into a years-long work may find that he can’t sustain it, the force of gravity is irresistible, and it falls back, worthless. For somewhere there is an ancient enmity between our daily life and the great work..”
From Thomas Noel Smith’s Men Still Dream of Being Wanderers:
“The world doesn’t welcome wanderers,
The world doesn’t welcome dreamers.
Hopes and dreams slowly die
In office spaces
And life is seen on the haggard faces”
Anyone who reads the poems I sometimes write on my blog might know the kind of poems I usually gravitate towards and I was able to find that in Mr. Smith’s Impressions and Memories. Every other page is marked with a poem I loved. This is definitely a book that I will keep reading and re-reading. Every line is full of meaning and I feel like these poems exude the passion they were written with. They tell the story of a life that’s been lived to the fullest through its ups and downs.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars