Book Review for Polyphonic Lyre:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume X Issue I


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Polyphonic Lyre

Author: Neil Beethoven Flowers

Publisher: Little Wing Press

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 60

“I felt so symphonic yesterday
If I knew Picasso, I would buy myself a gray guitar and play”
- from Mr. Jones by Counting Crows

The best in New Age extravaganza, the mixed voices of Imagist, minimalist, Beat, Haikuesque, experential poetics that dance, Polyphonic Lyre by Neil Beethoven Flowers and Little Wing Press. This large art house book features eclectic art/photos of graffitti, the street, Art Nouveau within a setting of warm brown titles and crisp black print. At the end of the poem you may find in small print the place where the poem was written, a travelogue through stories, through villages near and far, through time. A storybook for those that wander, through the cities of Ontario, California, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, France, China.

This page of words is awake, speaks, dances into excitement as craft, becomes an art installation. It is the written word that moves. The original use of language manifests in different Art Nouveau progressions, from spare minimalist Beats to new form Haiku and more, startles with new meanings for words and original word formations.

From, How Bill Sang





The broken thought train weaves between the first and the third person, based in the every day, tells of a time and place, of someone. Highly intuitive, the work exists in a certain descriptive reality that suggests other plains creating mystery and shadow. Each poem is a snapshot of time and place, of a person, like liquid gold that flows through your hands.

The images within the poetics are celebrations of the lover, an appreciation of beauty/the Spirit, of antique cars, fishing haunts, of coffee shops, and backroads. The stories of people, of the Indigenous peoples, the Chinois, the Blacks, the poets, “An Autobiography of Arthur Rimbaud,” “Questions for Jerzy Grotowski,” “American Me,” “For Tao Quan Ming,” “Two After Du Fu,” “North Korea Pastorale,” “First Nations” highlight circumstances of poverty and suffering, are iconic weaves of images of nature, of lovers, of experiences with themes of war and anti-war, universal truths, the Artist’s way as dance, a truthtelling, a celebration of life, stories of disparity, poverty within grace.

One of This Writer’s favourite poems is FIRST NATIONS – IV YAH-HAH-HAH for it’s description of life:

“Bluecoats neither
So anyways we stay this side

you go over that side
then you run

hard as you can toward us
whatever you got in your hand

box of cheerios
shirt from nieman-marcus

don’t matter, we try to grab it
you try to hold on, oh yeah, gets rough

like life, you know, point being
no matter what, hold on and
be sure to laugh”

The poetry dances in truth, in the sunlight of the joy of the artist’s craft well celebrated, an event in New Age poetics, Polyphonic Lyre by Neil Beethoven Flowers.

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