Book Review for some kinds of earthly love:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VIII Issue X

some kinds of earthly love: stories from the underground

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: some kinds of earthly love

Author: Neil Flowers

Publisher: Little Wing Press

Date of Publication: 2020

Pages: 50

"The falling leaves
Drift by the window
The autumn leaves . . .
I see your lips
The summer kisses . . ."
- From Autumn Leaves by Édith Piaf

A story of love and journey in a dynamic street slang meets literature progression, that spins stories into night, into daylight . . . The New Age Renaissance Republique sings in with some kinds of earthly love by Neil Beethoven Flowers and Little Wing Press. Flowers(Poet, screen writer, actor, director) was born in Montreal, his people from Quebec and has traveled and lived in many places, Italy, Mexico, New Mexico, British Columbia, Ontario. He works in theater, film and radio, having studied literature under Poet/professor Robert Hogg at Carleton University. He has released several collections of poetry including Taxi Cab Voice and Suite for the Animals amongst others. He live and works in L.A.

The Oracle Poet spins, spins, spinning stories in the streets of the underground, this collection of poetry centred around the poem Canto CXXII: Sirventes, a fascination. A recounting of the Occupation of 1943 Paris and the French Resistance in World War II with The Francs-Tireurs et Partisans (FTP) in a broken Beat progression, an inside accounting of the disappearance of Saints, the story of Geneviève Noufflard who signs up for a tour of duty and despite the odds lives.

This collection is a series of stories about loves and lovers, the wayfarers, those out of place, out of time, the Old War Horse Economy that doesn't recognize itself. A story of what we remember, the love we remember, that exists in the stillness of the sky. The broken marriages of friends, a street fight, portraits of lovers, girls in a playing field, a girl waiting at a street light in the city, a woman being knifed by her husband for leaving, of 2 lovers traveling by car and hitting large an elk twice in one night, an old man at a dance hall, of meeting Leonard Cohen.

The poetry at once experiential, immediate, considered and lyric, a broken travelogue of confederates and events. Within the beautiful large tome the occasional picture of people and art, an art house offering. At the last page, the Afterward, a certain interlogue of voyage from The Odyssey and an apologia for Ezra Pound, someone caught out in World War II supporting the Facists who "was arguably the best translator of Troubador poems (sirventes) into English." Ezra Pound the consummate poet after the war was incarcerated in a mental institution for 12 years in the U.S. and eventually freed through the efforts of Poet Robert Frost. Indeed the world is a triumph of poetry as love.

An incredible write, a truthtelling, and culmination of the craft, the Artist as peacemaker, the Artist as Poet, "some kinds of earthly love" by Neil Flowers.

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