Welcome to Cameron’s home!It’s a place of earthy romance and typhoon toddlers; animals that climb the walls and poetry that clings to the feet of your soul. There’s sadness and hope; domestic splendour and fantastical visions. You will leave mind-full, heart-warmed and up-lifted. Come on in!...
|Title||:||The Poetry of Home|
|Number of Pages||:||146 Pages|
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The Poetry of Home Reviews
I fell in love with this poetry collection from the beginning. The poetry is fresh and accessible, and uses interesting imagery. I am always a sucker for poetry with inventive imagery. Imagery is one of my favourite aspects of poetry. The poetry is at times playful and humorous, at other time serious, but it is always thoughtful and thought provoking. I liked the ideas expressed about home in ‘Being Here and The Sweet Splendour of The Everyday’ and the pictures presented. I liked ‘Routine is a nice frame/ for a spot of spontaneity/ Everything looks better in a frame.’ And I could associate with the love for buttons, and ‘those occasional free-range button days’ where the poet dreams of other places but then puts them into context of the rest of his life. I like the interposing of the full moon through the window with the boxer imagery of ‘Sting like a beam’ and the humour and clever flowered imagery of ‘The Force of a Thousand Flowers ‘that begins the section ‘My Family.’ Appreciated this thought in ‘The Husband Manifesto - the journey from Boy to Man to Husband, takes guts, guidance, grace and good choices.’ I chuckled at ‘Heat Wave Hot Wife, Bun in Oven and ‘My Pipe- Cleaner Kingdom.’ And loved the honesty of ‘Things I Say When People Ask How It's Going With The Kids’ and sad reality of 'Beat of the Moth’ and silent appeal in 'Make Poetry History' as well as the quiet beauty of ‘I Dream of Ghandi’ and ’The Many Wings of Prayerflies.’ I could go on and on picking out lines and specific poems I liked, but this review would turn into an epic. The best thing is to get a copy and read this book yourself.As well as the array of poems I liked the quotes from varying people like Maya Angelou, Mitch Album, Lao Tzu, Friedrich Von Schiller, Robert Frost and others that are given at the beginning of each section. I also like the practical suggestions at the end of this collection for ‘how to write your own way home.’ I haven’t used any of them yet. But you can bet I will. In other words I loved pretty much everything about this book, including the cover and the black and white photographs scattered throughout. Most of all, this collection reminded me how much I adore poetry and the power it has to make us look at things with fresh eyes and notice what is around us each day.I liked both the playful and reflective look at life. I found section 5 ‘The Weird’ for me the least satisfactory poems of the collection but that could be just me and it certainly didn’t lessen my enthusiasm of what is a wonderful collection of poetry. I was reading this while waiting for a friend at the coffee shop recently and when she read a few poems she declared it ’simply delightful.’ I have to agree.
Home reminds me of a playpen—a sandbox of poetry with vivid word-blocks sometimes scattered on the surface, sometimes ordered, sometimes half-hidden. Pick up a poem from the bright poemoir display and you’ll discover the delight of word-games and of cuddly heart-huggy word-toys. There’s an ebullient, vibrant joy flowing through the verses but the most humorous part—the pick-yourself-up-from-the-floor-funny section—was the prose recollections by the family about Cameron’s pipe-cleaner armies. Maybe it was just me but I couldn’t stop laughing at Stuart’s thoughts on the topic.
In this beautiful poetry collection, Cameron Semmens shares his personal musings on home, family, and the deeper questions of life and faith. He is a master of metaphor and the poems are awash with intriguing imagery. For example, the poem ‘Heavy Heart and the Freedom Found in Clouds’ uses the extended metaphor of heart surgery to address the state of our hearts: “The lead surgeon tells me / it’s a condition called multi-atrium petrification, / more commonly known as ‘heavy heart’ - / where the heart hardens / through repeated exposure / to you can’t, you won’t, you never will”. ‘The Warmth and Itch of Scarves’ is another gem in which our conscience is likened to an old lady sitting in the back of our minds knitting as she watches our lives through a plasma screen: “If ever I start to push / normal broadcasting standards, / putting crass comments during family viewing; / or sexy storylines outside the marriage channel, / she starts knitting furiously. / She knits and knits, the scarves grow longer and longer / until they tickle and itch / and demand adjustment”.While there is poignancy in many of the poems, especially in the last section about our final home, there is also much humour. For example, the word play in the poem ‘Rodeo Kiddo and the Marvelling Horsey’ and the house that comments on his boxer shorts in ‘My House Speaks to Me’. Indeed, one of the strengths of this collection is the variety of topics and styles, with their ever-inventive imagery.Semmens has the ability to make the ordinary come alive, whether he’s writing about inspecting a shed, falling in love or coping with new parenthood. He also explores the concepts of faith, meaning and social justice in a way that engages the reader to think about these questions for themselves. For example, in the poem ‘The Many Wings of Prayerflies’, Semmens reflects on a trip to India in which he stood on the spot where the apostle Thomas was martyred: “Here, on this hill, / enveloped by a cloud / of swooping, flitting prayers / I wonder / am I waiting to touch? / or waiting to be touched?”Semmens also teaches poetry, and the book concludes with four poetry lessons to help readers write their own poetic memoirs. As a poet myself, I found the book and the lessons to be inspiring. Indeed, I couldn’t wait to get cracking on some more autobiographical poetry.If you don’t usually read poetry, you’ll find this collection to be an accessible introduction. If you are a connoisseur of the poetic form, you’ll be charmed by the imagery, metaphor and overall craft displayed. This book comes with my highest recommendation.