Perfectly Said: When Words Become Art

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In this day when the popularity of slam-type poetry is reaching new heights, Brian Douthit has written a poetry book that is reminiscent of the great romantic writers Byron and Shelley.

In this day when the popularity of slam-type poetry is reaching new heights, Brian Douthit has written a poetry book that is reminiscent of the great romantic writers Byron and Shelley. This is primarily due to his dominant themes of love, beauty, purity, and nature.

The comparisons don’t stop there however, because Douthit’s poetry has also been associated with visual artist’s, such as Monet. This distinction has been attributed to his poetry because of the format many of his pieces take. More than being a standard block of lines, or simply centered on the page, many of Douthit’s poems are displayed on the page as a work of art in themselves. They appear to flow down the page with what has been described as a "sublime fragility" by D.P. Robertson in the Introduction to Douthit's book, "Perfectly Said: when words become art."

“What I’ve discovered,” says Douthit, “is that not only does this type of format look appealing on the page, it also makes for a much more pleasant read. This is due to the fact that this type of writing helps the reader take in and appreciate every word.” According to Douthit, his layout of words is not random or haphazard. “There have been times that I worked as much with a poem’s presentation, as I have with the words themselves. That’s because I want the reader to have a truly unique and enjoyable experience, from the first glance of a page, to the subtle depth of the words.”

All of this attention to his poetry recently paid off for Douthit in a very personal way. A fellow poet sent a copy of his book to a British soldier currently on duty in Iraq. The soldier reported something to the effect of, "The book has brought me beauty and peace in an otherwise hostile world, and is probably the only thing that has helped me sleep at night." According to Douthit that's why he began writing in the first place, "All I ever intended to do was bring a little more love, romance, and beauty in the world."

Brian Douthit’s poetry book, “Perfectly Said: when words become art” was released in September 2004, and is available online at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com) and Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com). ISBN: 1413740243. He is currently working on the Foreword to a book of prose scheduled for release in 2005, and plans for another book of his own in the near future.

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