Bayou La Batre, Ala. (PRWEB) February 01, 2013
If one of poetry’s most important functions is to give its readers a new way of feeling, thinking and seeing the world, then Andrew Bryant’s Decipher Your Clues delivers a winning hand in the poetic poker stakes. His main passion is that which affects readers most in this collection, and that is to envision oneself surviving great trackless wastes of the unknown. It is cutting edge modern, and to borrow Bryant’s term, “3/8 of the way” into what could be poetry’s newest, most exciting terra incognita.
Bryant is a master hunter in the poetic sense and, among those who know and respect nature, it is one of the most revered philosophical/physical orientations among all-male aggrupations. It is a mindset taught boys in boys’ school, a way to survive as a civilized being and as a man. Among other things, Decipher Your Clues teaches its readers to trust their spiritual instincts, to learn to deal with extremes with the mind alone and to translate this into physical well-being. It teaches how the emotions come into play in the wilderness that the poet envisions – and how they must be, above all, a purity of being, a clean, honest assessment of the self in relation to the unknown.
With prosody that empowers in the way that constant physical exercise empowers the spirit with limber muscular strength, Bryant has fully come into his own in the kind poetry that he thought to be possible and to which he has obviously given his heart to. The poetic muse is happy in this work, and it reflects that in the way that the various “darknesses” contemplated by other, less modern and forward-looking works, do not take hold of the poet’s senses. Readers, welcome to a brave new world of poetry!
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About the Author
A big old yarn, a fabrication, the “damn story shakers” can name Andrew Bryant’s writing as they will. This is only because they need to start somewhere. The author does something more (and more helpful, too) in his new collection of poetry – it drops the reader in media res, or as Bryant says, “3/8 [of] the way in” to his amazing work. So his readers will not miss anything in the poetic process. He says this and everyone must listen: “Gather round ye children of the pavement roads. Do I have a story to tell you.”
Decipher Your Clues* by Andrew M. Bryant
Publication Date: December 19, 2012
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