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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Poetry Market Ezine Reviewer Weighs in on Chapbook

By Roy Anthony Shabla
ISBN: 978-1-105-18751-3

Review by LB Sedlacek, originally for the  "The Poetry Market Ezine" - March 2012

Roy Anthony Shabla gets an "A" in visual
presentation for his new poetry book,
"Libretti Lumi." Even the envelope it
arrived in had a poem by Shabla stamped
on the outside -- a clever way to further
share his poetry.

"Libretti Luma" is divided into two sections:
"Air Play" "Cantata Aria" and "Word Play"
"lingua recitativa." Poems aren't titled --
they are numbered making the book more like
how an epic poem might be presented.

Poem III in the "Air Play" section is a
wonderful and somewhat playful romp through
the ups and downs of love in a relationship.
It explores appreciation of the earth, sky,
the breeze, etc. "Air Play" contains
grounded poems that reach into the
every day but also encompass the universe.

Poem IV in the "Word Play" section deals
with the end of everything: "the city is
gone./Maybe it never existed./the streets
go nowhere,/come from nowhere,/are nowhere./
the buildings are merely a trick of the light,/
a glimmer in the wasteland ...." In this
same poem, though, Shabla still presents a
glimmer of hope including lines such as
"I sing./I sing./O you may not think of
my song as singing,/but I sing ..." and
"I love you/you know this/I do not think."

The last poem (V in the "Word Play"
section) is a fitting end to the book:
"We say words/to each other//we say them/
like they mean something...."

There is an overall sense of sureness and
calmness in the poems presented in this
book. The subjects and symbollism are
sharp, but yet they exude a relaxed state.
I'm glad I opened the cover and dived on
in -- this is a poetry book I would read
again and again.
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marta chausée said...

Thank you for this detailed review, Carolyn. Roy is a gifted poet and prolific creative. We are lucky to have him among us.

Roy Anthony Shabla said...

very sweet. thank you.

Roy Anthony Shabla said...

i really appreciate the support, thank you. my books and other reviews can be seen at:

i am a longtime poet and publisher and i curate a monthly poetry series in the los angeles area. "like" hair club for poets / reading with scissors on facebook for announcements.

John said...

Fantastic book and review. I absolutely loved it!!

roy anthony shabla said...

thank you so much john. coming from you, that means something.