Author Shayne Cross’s New Poet Delivers a Remarkable Anthology of the Lyrical and the Divine

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Both the ordinary and unique are crossed by Shayne Cross in “A Rhyme in Time”

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The purpose of rhyme is often placed into question by many- its essence, depth of meaning and sometimes, the poet’s sensibility. Poet Shayne Cross masterfully points out that there is no need for such questioning as poetry itself lends voice to the muted utterances of the soul; what is deemed to be unspoken and unwritten is finally revealed. In her newly published book, A Rhyme in Time, Cross reaches out to the reader for them to look within.

In this profound volume of poetry, Cross is the king’s servant in “You May Have Heard Of Me” – i have a gift/a hidden talent/worthy of noble cause/and hidden valiant ghosts. Furthermore, as propounded by the critic and poet James Longenbach about poets, Cross attempts the unfamiliar and the unpalatable in A Rhyme in Time; akin to the sound of the volume’s “Melodic” - violin and keyboard are ready in stance/all come together it’s time for a dance.

Skillfully communicating what lies beneath the bluntly written through his poetry, Cross outstandingly delivers a stellar piece in A Rhyme in Time. Both the ordinary and unique are crossed by Cross in this uniquely remarkable anthology.

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About the Author
At eighteen years of age, Shayne Cross joined the Royal Australian Navy and served continuous full time service for ten years. He has been deployed on several operations including Bougainville, Solomon Islands, East Timour (1999) and most recent, Christmas Island. Cross is currently serving as a reservist on board Naval Patrol Boats. A Rhyme in Time is his first book and he dedicates it solely to his family- his beautiful wife, Natalie and his gorgeous son Alec.
A Rhyme in Time * by Shayne Cross
Publication Date: September 7, 2012
Picture Book; AU$30.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4691-8433-3

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