BOOK REVIEW     

 
Poetry Hotel Press
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
ISBN: 9780989157803
Paperback
$24.95
Pages: 264

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Jack Foley’s poetry collection offers to the eyes of the reader poems meant for both recitation and contemplation. Jack Foley says, “I want the pieces to be read—but I want them to be heard as well.  Silent reading will give you certain things which you could not get from a performance; a performance will give you things you couldn’t possibly get from silent reading.” 

Here, the reader’s eyes receive  Foley poems, created with distinct, original style.  Many provide echoes and responses.  The placement and style of the words on the page (indentations and italics) indicate ricochets and rejoinders; recoils and replies—dynamic, alive, and bounding.

For example, take this excerpt from his poem “Adam Lanza.”


No way to deal
          No way to deal
With the terrible deaths.
          With the terrible deaths.
Children
         Children
(who represent hope)
         “Who represent hope)
Killed by a mad young man
          Killed by a mad young man
Named Adam
          Named Adam

These types of poems bring the silent reader through a subconscious echo chamber.

Jack Foley is one of the most persistent, provocative and prolific poets of our time.
His poetry collection, Eyes, should be on every poet's shelf.


Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan
    Winter 2014