Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pegasus at the Plow Review

This week I will be blogging about three books from Tribute Books. I had posted them over the holiday last year, so just in case anyone missed them, here they are again this week. Today is Pegasus at the Plow.

Pegasus at the Plow
by Patrick Walker
(Tribute Books)

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on April 9, 1958, Patrick Joseph Walker has always been a seeker of truth in all things. His earliest perceptions of life were colored by familial devotion to Irish clan and the Catholic Church. An early scholar, he attended Scranton Preparatory School and was later accepted into the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program at the University of Scranton. During a hiatus from formal education, he worked as a staff writer for the Legislature in Saipan. When he returned to the United States, he was awarded a Philosophy Fellowship at Fordham University. Today, he "works" as an editor and proofreader of educational materials for a local correspondence college. His "real" work, however, involves studying the works of Blaise Pascal and Friedrich Hayek. He lives in Factoryville, Pennsylania, with his artist POSSLQ, Ginger Cody, her daughter Anna, and the family's two dogs, Lilly and Rosie.

This short collection of poetry will make the reader feel various types of emotion. Unlike the traditional poetry the world is used to, Walker brings a harsh reality to each poem. Gone is the clouded covered words that makes someone feel lost in a dream world. His words are brash, honest and sometimes brutal. Each poem contains different elements of happiness, deep sadness, religious puzzlement, discussions of the haphazardness of life, love and the finality of death. He is sometimes philosophical and still, at other times, elegant. Their are various sides to Walker. His style is definetly his own and is unique compared to the other poetry books that are out there. There are two ways readers will go with this collection of poems. For those who love to keep their heads in the clouds with soft words and want a gentle truth, you will not like this book, but will appreciate and understand what Walker has to say. For those who are realists and want the honest truth about life and the various phases of it, the brutality of it if you will, will love it. Walker does make the reader open their eyes and read between the lines and is clear in his message. People will be able to relate and empathize with his choice of topic and feelings.

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