Book Name : The Bobble Heads of my Life
Author : D. Everett Newell
Publisher : Cyberwit.net
Genre : Fiction/Poetry/Short story
Number of Pages : 156
Publishing Date : 2015
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9788182536319
Rating : 3.5
No doubt, there are perfectly sweet lyrical moments in the poems included in the poetry collection "The Bobble Heads of My Life" by D Everett Newell. In this significant work, we notice that the poet has discarded all banal phraseology. These poems reveal an impressive tenderness and have a very great variety. The ceaseless radiation of sublime ideas is perceptible in these poems. These poems leave no doubt in the readers minds that the poetic thought and style are full of an indestructible unity. The poetic thought in these poems is never out of date and quite appealing to all readers. These poems show extraordinary and eloquent phrases. In several poems, we are attracted by very effective lyrical flights.
The book is a collection of 77 poems, five micro stories, and a short novel.
Author’s love for his hometown and his family is the main highlight of the book. Nevertheless, through the magic of words, he succeeded in spreading a feel of universal love and passion of all grandparents, parents, spouses, and children. He manifests these entire roles in different poems like “Flying Burrito Brothers”, “One Less Hug”, “She keeps on keeping on”, and “Valentine’s Day”. He made me wish for my grandfather to be alive, to dedicate such a lovely boo for me. Another topic he dealt with is Gettysburg. His love Gettysburg, its beauty, life, grandeur etc. Author laments the battle of Gettysburg in the poems “Alone at Gettysburg”, “When the Sun at Gettysburg sets”, “125th Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary”, “My first home”, and Micro Story “My Ideal Place to Visit.”
This is not all; he disparages cruelty against animal in “I call it living”, Riots in “Baltimore”, discrimination in “Shades of People”, ego in “You let me down”, violence in “Pearl Harbor”. He shared his songs “Oh the days” and Tarnished wings. He shared the link http://voiceofcoyote.com for hearing his songs. This is not it. There are more. I will leave it for the readers.
I will call the style of writing as cool and touching. One need not use the toughest vocabulary or obscure language to convey a beautiful poem. The simplicity and sincerity speak more that those complicate artificiality. That is the virtue of Newell’s poems.
My favorite ones are
1. Balloons of a Clown
2. Big Sleep
3. Slides of life ( Micro Story)
4. Four Eyes
5. I get up
6. Icy Relationship
7. My new five grand truck
8. Need a rest
9. Shades of people
10. One less hug
11. Valentine’s day
12. Was a time
13. The bobble heads of my life
Only topic where I won’t concur (I won’t say Negative since it’s just my personal feeling) is the Paranormal part. He tried to prove that paranormal activity does occur. Same time, he has put forward a kind of disclaimer that it could be unacceptable for many. Well it’s for the readers to decide.
A viable poetry and short story collection written with sincerity.
About the Author (in his words)
My name is Dennis Everett Newell; I am called in no certain order, Denny, Den, Big D, D Everett, and Dennis. It’s funny, but I can usually tell by how someone calls my name, what time in my life we shared. I guess there are many layers to a life that has now spanned 61 years. My middle name, Everett, has been passed down in our family since the Civil War. My great-great-grandfather’s name was Darius Newell, who named his son Silas Everett Newell, my great-grandfather. He in turn named his son John Everett Newell, my grandfather, who then in turn named my dad, John Everett Newell Jr. My dad named me Dennis Everett Newell, and my son is Corey Everett Newell.
Poetry, and my stories are my way of slaying the inner dragons within my mind, thus allowing my inner feelings and passions to escape – my relief valve if you will! I draw on my own personal inspiration from my assimilations and experience of my life lived. Experiences that I have taken then shaped and formed into stories and poems. Moments garnered from all people I have interacted with, during all these years of living. I am from a family with a long history of wordsmiths. Within these pages, I try not to let down those that came before me, and to pass a standard to those who will come after. Taking on this family mantle, I do so with pride and to the best of my meager abilities.
I now live in Western New York, an area that if you don’t like the weather, wait 24 hours and it will change. The people that live here are tough, able, caring and resilient. I originated from the hills of Pennsylvania - a small town, Falls Creek, in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountain chain. Within my family heritage you will find lumberjacks, coal miners, and people of every vocation. You will also find warmth, loyalty and support. This family is the most loving and lovely family a young boy and now late middle-aged man could possibly ever hope for.
My passions are, in no particular order, writing, photography, paranormal, history (Civil War and WW II), music, poetry, sports, computers, and I am a people watcher. I am you see, an eclectic spirit, hence these eclectic thoughts. I hope with all of my heart, something you read in this book will touch you. I hope you can pause and maybe reflect on your own life and world. My Dad taught me very early on, be a ‘stop and smell the roses’ man!
D Everett Newell, the Big D
Reviewed for the publisher ( CYBERWIT.NET)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.