Through the Shadows by Carroll Blair is a collection of poems about life, plans, commitment, change, motivation, creating and creativity and so much more!
It is comprehensive and encompasses all aspects of our lives, nowadays with our questions, ponderings and needs to understand the meaning of life. Most poems help is answer, discuss why we live and how we can be better.
Through the Shadows is above all an original collection of poems which, as a teacher of American literature, moved me. I teach Langston Hughes, Rita Dove Emily Dickinson this year and these poems could very well be added to my syllabus as they would add a different view on the struggles we are all facing, within ourselves. I particularly enjoyed Cusp of change. Let me quote it:
"On the cusp of change[profound change]everything seemsto go stilllike a quietthat’s never beenbefore in a placethat never was”.
I also loved “Silence” which is defined as
“the womb of all creation”.
I could not agree more! “Do not bind yourself” is extremely moving too and would be perfect to teach teenagers:
“Do not bind yourself to the goals of death […]Not even yourself to your life […]”.
Carroll Blair’s poetic expression is unique and striking. His poetry compels you to think your life over and reflect about how you have been leading it. To conclude, here is one of my favourite quotes:
“How often man continues to dothings in ways that are obsolete”.
In short, I highly recommend this collection about human nature.
Caroll Blair's description of this collection of poems:
Through the Shadows is a journey in poetic form through the labyrinth of illusions prevalent in the everyday world of the passing, to the power and light that cannot be destroyed by anything in this realm of temporality.
Collection reviewed for Reader's Favourite.