A book of poetry and prose on the life passage that is "retirement."...
|Title||:||ENDGAME - Poetry of Retirement|
|Number of Pages||:||138 Pages|
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ENDGAME - Poetry of Retirement Reviews
Fantastic book on retirement ---- thoughtful and insightful ---Makes you think about this stage of your life in a holistic, new way ------It's not really about aging, or setting up retirement accounts and moving to a retirement village. It is about understanding, and finding your way at this juncture in your life....and making it count. I loved the metaphors and thoughts this poet shared with his readers.
Poetry about the autumn years of one’s lifeI received this book as a winner on the Giveaways.This review comes with a disclaimer. I am nowhere near the age of retirement so some of the experiences I have not come across yet.My first surprise was the author’s notes are at the back of the book, I don’t think I have seen that before.To me poetry is like an abstract painting. The artist knows what he/she is conveying but everyone else can see a little something different in the piece.Here is a list of some of my favorites:“Fogged In” is one of my favorites about what It’s like when you go from full time work to nothing. It gives you a sense of what life will be like with no boss.“Windows and Mirrors” shows life when the person thinks their house is closing in on them.“The Big 6-0” talks about what it means to hit that age milestone.“Acquired Taste” is about the changing relationship between husband and wife.These are a few of my favorites but all the poetry in this book covers the act of retirement with humor and reality.This book would make a great gift for a senior mother or father or as a retirement gift.
I really didn't know what to expect from book of poetry on retirement. I hit fifty this year, and retirement is something much more on my mind today than it was twenty-five years ago and something I hope to be enjoying within the next twenty fives years. The book is divided into four sections: Spirit, Mind, Body, and the author's notes. The three sections break down very well the idea and thoughts of retirement. The Author's Notes provide insight to the poems and the authors thoughts and ideas in prose. I found this quite useful and enlightening. One thing I found is that the normal flow of how I read poetry did not seem to work; the usual flow and speed just did not seem to work. Rather I found it much better to read a few words, pause and move to the next line instead of trying to flow things together. If you read the poems in the way that you imagine an retired person to speak... no hurry, no urgency, but slow well thought out ideas with an educated pause between each thought, everything comes together well. Remember you are not reading a young poet who thinks he has everything to tell. You are reading a mature poet who knows what exactly to tell and what to leave out. The topics vary and contrast. From online poker playing to ocean surfing. The choice between the black path and the white path. To the cheesy "Big 6-0". Grady Means pulls together a variety of messages and feelings about retirement and the sudden loss of a lifetime of routine. Endgame is a good collection of poetry mainly for those approaching retirement age. Those in retirement already know it, those in their twenties and thirties don't think that far in to the future. All in all a very good collection on the the subject being covered. Endgame may not be for everyone, yet but it will be soon enough.
My wife and I are both retired and we loved these poems! They are smart, funny, sensitive, and insightful. We related to so many of the topics, for me especially "Sir" where a man realizes that a young woman sees him as an old man. Grady Means writes about so many of the changes people encounter in retirement, from the panic of realizing that you're on a fixed income and can't just go out and get another job if you are short of money, to issues of physical, mental, and spiritual health and awareness.There is plenty of humor in most of these poems, as well as much food for serious thought. But probably the most amazing thing is that, no matter how sad or serious the topic, the poems all end as wise and positive testaments of the human spirit and the truth that getting older is pretty sweet in so many ways. Once you accept that the image you see in the mirror is really you.
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. First off, I must say I really like the cover image and title. As for the poetry I found they had a good amount of tone and details. I found myself putting me in some of the situations and seeing things through the writers eyes. When I started, I did not know what to expect from a book of poetry of retirement. I am a few years away from retiring. That being said, I did find this book to be quick and easy to read.
I recieved this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.I did not know what to expect from a book of poetry of retirement. I am no where near the age of retirement. That being said I did find this book to be a quick and easy read. Sure I did not relate to all of the poems but some of them I did. I would recommend this book.
I received the book from Goodreads. I am not a big poetry fan. But I am in the retirement time of my life. Because of that I could relate to some of the poems. I did like what the author said in the notes at the end of the book. He was able to sum up retirement very well.
Insightful poems!I enjoyed them.