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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review of Principles of Belonging by Joshua Gray published by Fox Chase Review

Audacity and ambition fused to a poetic temperament can get you a long way. Joshua Gray in his second book of poetry, Principles of Belonging, pushes the envelope in his artistic efforts to create a masterpiece of poetic unity. He nears a crescendo, but doesn’t quite get there. Yet he does give us a compelling narrative encompassing national tragedy, dysfunctional families, young love, and an overview of life’s ironies. That ain’t bad. Along the way Gray melds Sanskrit meter, Anglo Saxon verse, Welsh measures, blank verse, free verse (sometimes  rhymed), not to mention sonnets, other rhymed poems and a sympoe ( a strange poetic form invented by Gray). For more of my review go here: http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/principles-of-belonging-by-joshua-gray/  or here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2014/02/principles-of-belonging-by-joshua-gray.html

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