Book Review for A Signal Through the Flames:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VIII Issue XI


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: A Signal Through the Flames (poem for two voices)

Author: Neil Beethoven Flowers

Publisher: Little Wing Press

Date of Publication: 2020

Pages: 24

"We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know where when
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day . . ."
- from We'll Meet Again by Vera Lynn

A Signal Through the Flames by Neil Beethoven Flowers, an inside story of the invasion of Yugoslavia by the Nazi's, a story of the Resistance, of memory and love song through the cold rain. A long poem in a Beat poetry oeuvre with black and white historical photos that tells the story of Alex who was 15 years when the occupation of Yugoslavia began. Flowers born in Montreal, studied literature at Carleton University, and is widely traveled. He is a poet, actor, director, screen writer, and has worked in film, theater and radio. He has published several collections of poetry including some kinds of earthly love, Taxi Cab Voice and Suite for the Animals.

This long poem begins: "Les Allemands étaient chez moi
                          On m'a dit, "Resigne toi"
                          Mais je n'ai pas pu
                          Et j'ai repris mon ârme"

                         "The Germans were with me
                          I was told to resign yourself
                          but I could not
                          and I picked up my gun"

This Art Nouveau Beat poetry cinematique is the story of Alex, 15 years old in the early days of W.W. II his love for his teacher, his escape to the mountains, launching missions with the Resistance, his life and loves, his travels. A brilliant oeuvre in dark and light weaving love song, this poetry dances.

Is the natural state of the world - war? Are beautiful people sitting naked under their fancy dress clothes thinking of ways to hurt people? What disagreement that serious would devolve into physical violence and/or death, except perhaps a righteous war to protect innocents? Two people can pass each other in the street, in the same city on the same day at the same moment and be living in completely different worlds, with a completely different understanding of what life is about. When they turn to talk to each other, is this war? Better mentoring and discernment for work and love, for culture and the Holy Spirit Way could go a long way to creating a dialogue for peace.

A brilliant love story through the glass of time, a considered write of the magical from a consummate Poet. The Angels would approve of such reminiscences, it is the places of love that defines us, even in the midst of war. A Signal Through the Flames by Neil Flowers.

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