Poets can express a lot in few words and a little in a lot of words … Since the first kind appeals most to my mind most poetry I will appreciate is short, to the point, brief, concise and preferably with wit or irony. But to quote R.M. Engelhardt on this matter: ‘there is still so much more to say’ … And for once, or twice, I must agree with him. Fire and Rain Vol. I by Raindog Armstrong proves it. Be it a pearl of a poem, be it a good poem, what matters is what is said, the images invoked, the thoughts of one who observes society from his own, rather exceptional, perpective, … A world of ideas is brought to you, worthy to be read, familiar to some, and a journey, a discovery for most in the mind of an outsider. Not only a journey through the mind, but also in time and mentality as the book (Vol I and II) covers Raindogs’ best work from 1993 to 2007. Interesting to say the least, exceptional to say the most. I can only recommend a book of poetry like this, maybe a bit less focused on form, but all the more interesting and thoughtprovoking in content. Few poets will be able to present a collection of 15 years of poetry in a similar qualitative collection, combining it’s own sense of beauty in expression and especially the evolving ideas from an outsider on a specific era in time.
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