SANCTUARY: REVIEW

Richard C. Bower is a writer from Mansfield who has recently published a poetry book dedicated to his Mum, called Sanctuary. The book is bitter-sweet, as it covers an anthology of poems written by the local writer, with the most amplified emotions being that of love and grief. Richard relates these very human feelings, emotions, and experiences that can often consume us, to the nature that surrounds us. With every page turned, readers are taken on a journey to Richard’s very own sanctuary, which comes alive with every poem. The poetry book is a product of simplifying and observing the intensity of one’s emotions. There is a shifting and shapely process when working your way through the pages, one in a constant state of motion. The poet himself achieves this in such a beautiful, and at times, heart-breaking manner. It is chilli flakes in honey with a dash of rum in milk. Harsh and soft, yet slow with a pace that defies the constraints of time. It gives voice to the grey areas that we so often numb.

 

All sixty-six of these poems tell a story, of spiritual discovery and awakening in a world so fast asleep and burnt out. Richard has dug deep to bring out this work, which voices what many of us may be feeling, particularly in the wake of the recent pandemic, bringing forth shared hopelessness and insecurity in the unpredictability of life. Each poem offers readers the tools to enable every one of us to find our own sanctuary in solitude that feeds our soul. From start to finish, it is a text dedicated to the connection of all selves, to bring about wholeness, particularly where the mind and body are concerned. The tone flickers and shifts throughout, but there is an underlying theme of a deep, spiritual and synchronous experience that weaves the poetry together like a spider’s masterpiece.

 

It is important to read the poems for yourselves and discover your own favourites, and find the words that most resonate, but I simply cannot conclude this review without sharing with you all how Bower’s NOCTURNAL SUNSHINE takes shape in my mind. It is one of the shortest, but most striking declarations of love. It is as if I am seeing many of my emotions on the page, as I work my way through what often feels like a guide to a sanctuary that of course will be unique for every one of us, as my mind travels to places that make me feel warm and safe, but contemplative and curious. There is no doubt in my mind that ‘Sanctuary’ is one of the best poetry books I have read in recent years, simply because there is a level of natural authenticity and expression that sadly is lost from many modern works. These poems exist outside of time, as relevant now as they could have been in centuries prior.

 

You will find yourself falling in love with words that do not shy away from the rawness of existence.

 

Richard’s book ‘Sanctuary’ can be purchased here.

SANCTUARY: REVIEW

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 04 Aug 2021

Richard C. Bower is a writer from Mansfield who has recently published a poetry book dedicated to his Mum, called Sanctuary. The book is bitter-sweet, as it covers an anthology of poems written by the local writer, with the most amplified emotions being that of love and grief. Richard relates these very human feelings, emotions, and experiences that can often consume us, to the nature that surrounds us. With every page turned, readers are taken on a journey to Richard’s very own sanctuary, which comes alive with every poem. The poetry book is a product of simplifying and observing the intensity of one’s emotions. There is a shifting and shapely process when working your way through the pages, one in a constant state of motion. The poet himself achieves this in such a beautiful, and at times, heart-breaking manner. It is chilli flakes in honey with a dash of rum in milk. Harsh and soft, yet slow with a pace that defies the constraints of time. It gives voice to the grey areas that we so often numb.

 

All sixty-six of these poems tell a story, of spiritual discovery and awakening in a world so fast asleep and burnt out. Richard has dug deep to bring out this work, which voices what many of us may be feeling, particularly in the wake of the recent pandemic, bringing forth shared hopelessness and insecurity in the unpredictability of life. Each poem offers readers the tools to enable every one of us to find our own sanctuary in solitude that feeds our soul. From start to finish, it is a text dedicated to the connection of all selves, to bring about wholeness, particularly where the mind and body are concerned. The tone flickers and shifts throughout, but there is an underlying theme of a deep, spiritual and synchronous experience that weaves the poetry together like a spider’s masterpiece.

 

It is important to read the poems for yourselves and discover your own favourites, and find the words that most resonate, but I simply cannot conclude this review without sharing with you all how Bower’s NOCTURNAL SUNSHINE takes shape in my mind. It is one of the shortest, but most striking declarations of love. It is as if I am seeing many of my emotions on the page, as I work my way through what often feels like a guide to a sanctuary that of course will be unique for every one of us, as my mind travels to places that make me feel warm and safe, but contemplative and curious. There is no doubt in my mind that ‘Sanctuary’ is one of the best poetry books I have read in recent years, simply because there is a level of natural authenticity and expression that sadly is lost from many modern works. These poems exist outside of time, as relevant now as they could have been in centuries prior.

 

You will find yourself falling in love with words that do not shy away from the rawness of existence.

 

Richard’s book ‘Sanctuary’ can be purchased here.

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