Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart by Carlos Reyes

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Paperback: 76 pages

Publisher: Lost Horse Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0983997527

ISBN-13: 978-0983997528

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Review by g emil reutter

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 Fifthlogic
                           Air
is the key to water
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Wind is the voice
           of the earth
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                   Pomegranate
is the sister of the heart
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In this collection of poems, Carlos Reyes writes of a garden, a shack in a field, of viewing the northern lights and of Knowing:
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We know
that the Pacific lies
some seventy-five miles away
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where the sun beds down,
so we can quit the fields, eat supper
go to sleep long before
we want to
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We know sunset—especially
those red, smoke filled
summer sunsets—
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Metaphor for the end
of our world
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As children we fall
into its nightmares, burn
in its flames
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We beg another chance
and once again become godly
then stir again
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Reyes is a master at imagery and metaphor. His poems are carefully crafted such as The Clear Cut:
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Like the mound of Venus
                                shaved
                      for childbirth
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                                    only this time
there will be a genesis of mutants
                               millions of young
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         whose future we can foretell:
                      how long they will live
       and the exact day they will die
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He writes of poverty, of the violence of war, of the sea and of darkness. An excerpt from Confronting Darkness:
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The sun had hours
since buried itself
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What I confronted
was the darkness,
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afraid as
the blackness began
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to take me, cover me,
a damp blanket—scarce
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comfort—from the north
west wind, the wood
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pile shrinking in the shadows
by the door
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In poem after poem, Reyes stimulates the reader with images and metaphor presented in crafted poems that appear simple on the page, yet bring us into the world of those unnoticed yet regarded highly by this thoughtful poet. Reyes has paid careful attention to the world he came from and the world he lives in. He is real and surreal, his poems beat with the pulse of his heart.
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You can read the poetry of Carlos Reyes in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/CarlosReyes.html

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15648469158_fde0487b43_o-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA) https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/

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