In The Rarefied Regions of the Heart: Last Lines
Author: Don Gutteridge
Title: In The Rarefied Regions of the Heart: Last Lines
ISBN: 978-1-927725-98-6 = 9781927725986
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Praise for Don Gutteridge’s previous books:
Don Gutteridge’s Home Ground reads and is instilled with the kind of elegance that has been missing from our modern world. Topics of the author’s youth and his later years are spoken of with such a fondness. The poems are brief on the page, most never going over a complete page in length. Though fleeting on the tongue, they sit well within the reader for much longer. A few of those favored lines being, “and here I am against/ the odds still living, / waiting patiently for my turn”. The font choice is an interesting one and has a way of playing tricks on the eyes, but in a fun-house kind of way that adds an extra layer to the exceptional assortment.
Home Ground is a poetry collection that will knock you off your boots in the sweetest of ways. It is an assemblage of poems that will speak to you in ways you’ve never been spoken to before. Your own childhood will be drawn up to the forefront of your mind and hopefully it plays out just as beautifully as the author’s own childhood does. You might cry reading this, as there are many poems dedicated to the memory of others. It will be difficult not to think of our own friends and family members who have become lost to us over the years in the physical world. Although I do feel that adults would get the most out of reading this poetry collection, any person of any age could benefit from it and would perhaps get a sneak peek at what life might have in store for them later on.
Erin Nichol Cochrane
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Days Worth the Telling
Don Gutteridge’s poems are a safe haven, a crystalline look back at a world that’s ostensibly simpler but so much richer, perhaps because of that simplicity, in the conspiracy between nature and man that was part and parcel in the small village where he grew up. Water laps lasciviously at the shore, sunlight dapples, dazzles and stuns the senses of the reader as he/she delves deeply into each of these still breathing moments of memory. Days Worth the Telling is a celebration of moments, and each poem therein is unforgettable, from his nature themed work to the memorial pieces celebrating friends and golfing companions, as in Drive where Doug would “emerge onto the fairway/with a grin as big as a/Shriner’s heart.” Each poem is a world to be discovered, past or present, a memory or a promise for tomorrow, as the poet surveys his world and wonders just what else will spring from that pen and paper when it is time, when those stories have aged sufficiently and push themselves out into the world. This is a marvel of a collection.
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