Sunday, January 4, 2009

Poet Harry Gilleland

Mr. Gilleland has a way of going back in time, and pulling his experiences forward, making them relevant for today. Let's look at some beautiful excerpts in Poetic Musings of an Old Fat Man

Excerpt from: THE PLEASURES OF OLD-FASHIONED LETTERS

Letters from loved ones were treasured...
lovingly handwritten, bestowed
with lipstick-kiss seal...true pleasures
worth keeping, bundled,ribbon-bowed.

Excerpt from: WHAT PEOPLE VALUE

I greatly value my reputation for telling the truth.
An old boss thought this made me quite a fool.
Dependability and honesty I learned as a youth.
Deceiving or lying was for him an everyday tool.




REVIEWS:

“Thoughtful, funny, & full of wisdom …I thoroughly enjoyed "Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man" from start to end. I was a little surprised at my reaction to this book, because while I enjoy poems, I am usually not as enthusiastic about books of poetry as I was about this compilation. The third collection by this author is definitely one not to miss reading. Harry Gilleland is a very talented writer, … The collection of poems includes stories about every aspect of life. Some of the poems left me with tears in my eyes, while others had me laughing about life's lighter side. … I applaud Gilleland on creating such a well written, thought provoking book. It is one that I will definitely read again. I highly recommend "Poetic Musing of an Old, Fat Man" to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable book to read this summer or for someone who is looking for a gift to buy for that person who has everything.” By Cherie Fisher for Reader Views

“One of the true purposes of poetry for a reader is not just to discover what the poet was intending to convey, but to find how you relate to the poem. Gilleland does a superb job of presenting an array of poems that are easy to understand and will certainly capture the attention, and the heart, of every reader. …. Verse after verse, this poet is to be commended for his true talent with words.” By Shannon L. Yarbrough

“Harry Gilleland often uses his storoems and poems to reveal life in its glory and its despair. This collection is not different. … ‘Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man’ offers something for every one in over 150 pages, which contain rhyming poems and storoems, two limericks, acrostic poems, and free verse poems.” By Vivian Zabel

“All in all, I highly recommend this book. Not only will the poems entertain you, but they will also stimulate your mind, as you begin to ponder some of the lessons they put forth. … Very insightful!” By Kristina N. Fountain

“This book illustrates my point that seniors should consider expressing their lives and their thoughts in poetic form. This book provides an interesting tour through the author's mind. … Gilleland's observations about life … ring true.” By Marlys M. Styne

“These are poems that often feel like having a light bulb switched on in your brain and after reading the poem you unconsciously cry out ‘eureka!’…
Probably one of the most outstanding qualities of Gilleland's poetry is his ability in proving that any topic or theme, if handled skillfully, can be transferred into persuasive poetry. This is effectuated with his balancing of his personal convictions and fervour with imaginative meticulousness that speaks to us at another level and touches us in a similar way as music. Moreover, Gilleland employs very little ornamentation in his poetry, which is one of the prime reasons why they contain meaningful content that leave a lasting impression. … Most of poems have a conversational rhythm containing a great deal of bluntness and a clear expression of emotions that brilliantly portray the work of a mature self-confident gentleman who knows what life is all about.” By
Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor Bookpleasures

“I must admit that poetry is not my favorite medium. Too often the author rambles on, not conveying his/her point. However, ‘Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat, Man’ is an awesome book. Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. has a talent for poetry. He conveys his message with a unique style that is easy to understand and that brings emotion to his readers. I was hooked from the first poem, … I will long cherish ‘Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat, Man’ and highly recommend it to others.” By Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com


Expresses emotions..., May 25, 2008 By Debra Gaynor "Debra Gaynor" (Hawesville, KY USA) -
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com 5/08: I must admit that poetry is not my favorite medium. Too often the author rambles on, not conveying his/her point. However, Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat, Man is an awesome book. Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. has a talent for poetry. He conveys his message with a unique style that is easy to understand and that brings emotion to his readers. I was hooked from the first poem, "Let Her be A Weed." He beautifully expresses the desire of my heart for my daughter and granddaughters. I hope they will always be weeds--beautiful, strong-willed, and firmly rooted, able the withstand the harsh winters. I will long cherish Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat, Man and highly recommend it to others.

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3 comments:

Dianne Sagan said...

Harry,
I enjoyed reading the excerpts and the review. Once again I have something else to add to my list of books to read.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

I also enjoyed reading the excerpts and reviews.

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kathy stemke said...

I'm glad you gals stopped by, thanks.