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Flashes of Emotion is a book of romantic poetry, a selection that allows the reader to tap into the poet's insights into a wide variety of topics from life and love to death and drudgery - a collection that showcases Augustine Sam's lively, refreshing and innovative style. A 'must have' for anyone who has ever experienced love, pain, defeat, or joy.
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May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me realize many things, but the first is that it's been too long since I've allowed great poetry to grace the folds of my mind. It does something to our subconscious. Takes hold of us in powerful ways. And Sam's work will have this effect on readers. Poetry is often written without the type of consideration for flow that Sam uses in his creations. I really found myself lost as I read through the passages. And now after finishing this book I feel a huge surge of inspiration. That's ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection of poems that looked deeply at different aspects of life. They were very sobering, exploring many different emotions, from happy to sad, and in between. My favorite poem was Sonnet to a Dame Over 50. I haven't quite reached that age yet, but it still made me smile! I recommend this book of poems to people who like to think deeply about things, and read poetry that help them do that.
Gloria Piper
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully crafted poetry fill pages with sensual love. The first part of the book shows us the anguish of longing. The masculine psyche experiences the power of the feminine and storms against it. What is the use of love (lust) unsatisfied? Life circles, with its karmic package, its religious judgments against love/lust that cannot be denied. This isn't entirely a man thing, as women can experience lust, but understanding isn't what bridges the gap. And so the quest for satisfaction explores t ...more
Mick Foster
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Poetry is arguably the genre of writing where reader responses are most likely to vary. The large number of five star reviews of this collection may suggest that my rather different response may say as much about me as it does about the poems. The positive reviews prompted me to stay with the collection rather longer than I might otherwise have done, and to reach a poem that led me to re-evaluate.

I was more than half way through the collection when I reached ‘The Greatest Gift’, an absolute gem.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Flashes of Emotion, by Augustine Sam, is an eclectic collection of poems that will make readers feel, think and reflect on the nature and meaning of a human life. Separated into 4 sections, each set of poems within the book touches on the writer's different experiences in the world, and many deal with the complexities of love. Sam had some fun with the text as well, with words being scattered in different forms throughout the page, which will shape readers experience with the poems in a unique w ...more
Robert Brown
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best word to describe the poetry in Flashes of Emotion is edgy. The second best word is obfuscation. Third would be sobering. Poetry is hard to write well and this collection, like most collections, was uneven. The good ones were very good and the not so good were not so good. Overall I liked the collection. Many poems said what should be said and did so artfully; can’t ask more than that.

My reaction to many poems was disbelief in how lives could go so wrong; as if the poet’s world is people
Alison Cubitt
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Flashes of Emotion is a poetry collection which explores emotions such as love and hate, isolation and prejudice. The writer takes us on both an emotional and physical journey around the world to cities including Florence, London and New York.

The precise use of language and metaphor immerses the reader in the drama of the moment. A well-crafted poem, like a good screenplay uses as few words as possible to convey meaning and this is a notion that this writer has clearly understood. The poem, Ima
Diana Febry
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a great reader of poetry but in my humble opinion this is an exceptional collection which I recommend to all readers, especially poetry readers and lovers of romance.
The imagery is so fresh and vivid it paints pictures in the mind and as a reader I was able to recognise those fleeting emotions that are so hard to capture. I started to note my favourites as I read, but the list became too long. I did particularly like the Hermitage and 'cough cough' I feel a need to mention Sonnet to a D
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
At first, I didn't like the poems as much until I reach The Misunderstood Lunatic and I completely relate to it in someway. And then The Human Shock Absorber just continues the flow. It just keeps on getting better. For a long time I didn't read poems that make me feel so much emotions all at once, dealing with various themes and in the end, I find myself with a profound introspection. That's when you know it is good poetry. Augustine Sam delivers a great writing filled with challenging themes a ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Readers Review
Flashes of Emotion is a book of poems written to reflect life, love, death, pain, joy and many kinds of emotion. The author is eloquent and has a subtle use of language. The poems are reasonably short and easy to read conveying meanings that may be interpreted by the reader. It is definitely a book of poems to be savored and returned to on many occasions.
Augustine has captured the essence of an emotion and relayed this in beautiful language. If you are a poetry lover you wil
Mary Kincaid
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Flashes of Emotion: Poems by Augustine Sam is a collection of poems by a writer who has lived, loved, and observed human nature. They are delightful wry insights into the human condition and they are written by an observer who has empathy and compassion for his subjects, and is a lover who persists inspite of his and the subjects frailities, excentricities, and other conditions. His use of language is sophisticated and excellent explaining to the reader the writer’s views.

I give this collection
Ben Ditmars
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flashes of Emotion by Augustine Sam has a classical edge, yet feels current in its raw energy. Poetry simply put is not like this anymore, which makes it all together unique and refreshing. I enjoyed the deep description and rhythm as they are quite different from my own writing. You won’t find words or thoughts like these at slams, or online, therefore it is well worth your time.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Augustine Sam
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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"Augustine Sam's Flashes of Emotion: A Collections of Poems is romantic poetry that looks into a vast array of subjects: love, pain, death and other life matters that evoke our sentiments. Having read his previous work, Take Back the Memory, a contemporary women’s fiction, I was curious to get to know him as a poet. I wasn't disappointed. His poems are written in a vivid and refreshing style. This makes the collection easy to relate to even by the casual
Louis Cecile
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serious collection of poetry that forces the reader to take into the consideration the work with a respect for the craft. This can feel intimidating at first thought there are brief moments of lighthearted subjects to ease the concentration.

This is quite rare to see in poetry collections that usually have a wave emotions. Which is ironic when looking at the title of this book.

The beginning is quite dense with a heavy pacing. Amusingly labelled Lips and Wit. By the time of reaching the poem It
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Augustine Sam’s flashes of emotion is a collection of poetry absolutely beguiling. Split into four halves, this is a vast land of poems to enjoy and enjoy them I did. I feel that the language of the poems are formal and yet the format informal, which had quite an effect on this reader! It is not always a good effect, sometimes jarring. The word thee is used and also everyday words, such as conked. Modern and traditional.
Flashes of emotion is playful and, as I said, the formatting is informal. T
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flashes of Emotion by Augustine Sam Flashes of Emotion by Augustine Sam is the kind of poetry collection which leaves a poet spread eagle and vulnerable. I feel I know Augustine Sam. It is a singular joy to know an artist through their art. Sam is open and fragile. He is a poet of whom I want to know more. Through the course of the poetry I can say I have seen and come to a fledgeling understanding of the male mysteries and coming from a confirmed feminist, that itself is gracefully high praise. The use of language and allusio ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A variety of challenging themes are explored; love, religion, race and mental illness to name a few; yet it is presented so beautifully it is not difficult to read about these issues. These poems are like any good piece of art; shedding like on their subject, but not forcing the viewer to look at it, just allowing it to be seen as it truly is.

At times the poems are structured unorthodoxly in order to better convey their message, the meaning of the poetry literally reshaping what is on the page.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful collection of poems dealing with a variety of subjects--the title is definitely very suitable because it does deal with flashes of (all different sorts) of emotions. It was very pleasant and relaxing to read, and many of the pieces are just absolutely beautiful. Augustine Sam's writing style really shows how well he is at conveying emotions and thoughts... as well as how well of a grasp he has on manipulating the English language to get his ideas across in a beautiful way. If ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great collection of poems for me. I love poetry it is one of my first loves! This book is a great collection and a great representation of poems. I loved it! * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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Augustine Sam is a journalist by profession, a novelist by choice, and a poet by chance. A bilingual writer and an award-winning poet, he writes, not only hard news but literary works as well.

Before becoming a multi-genre author, he fell in love with poetry the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. He was the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award in the North America Open Poetry Contest

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