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Pigeons and Peace Doves by Matthew J. Hall
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poems awash in metaphor and with a meditative strain. There is a subtle melody to some pieces: "I walked the riverside route.../listened to the water.../the clanking of moored boats/wondered about the sea gulls who stand so close to the edge" ("Harboring Thoughts of Escape")--"...sadness wells and spills/in and from the crippled pigeon's eyes" ("This City is Sad and Angry"). The relationship poems--the "we" poems--steer clear of trite sentiment: "though the pigeons still peck at the back of my eyeballs/you have given me reason to keep up with the days" ("She Sedates the Rhino")--"I hear her sometimes singing/she's quietly softening the night" ("There is Still a Little Grace in Me"). Among the more personal and less clinical of the poems is my favorite, "The Full Weight of my Head," a poem about the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt. Instead of something maudlin, Hall creates, through understatement and restraint of emotion, and a plain narrative style, something subtly powerful. Wayne F. Burke, author, DICKHEAD, Bareback Press.
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July 10, 2015 – Shelved

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