After the Storm

Poetry that Refreshes the Soul

Poetry - General
116 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2012
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Author Biography

Born in Brooklyn N.Y. in 1978, Anthony was raised by his parents who entered America as immigrants from Italy. He became the first person in his family to obtain a higher education. Anthony graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn N.Y. in 1997, completed an Associate degree in Telecommunications Management in 1999, a Bachelor degree in Information Technology in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Information Technology in 2009.

Anthony‘s life changed dramatically on May 22, 2009. While working for a telecommunication company for eleven years, he was involved in a hit and run accident during a weekend getaway; the accident resulted in major injuries. On leave from work Anthony decided to write and publish his first book, A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul. A Book of Poems is a collection of poetry that captures a decade’s worth of moments and experiences from his life.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

Anthony F. Rando dedicates this book to God and explains that after recovering from a hit-and-run accident, he felt the need to express his feelings through poetry. I’ll bet Rando never thought he’d be thankful for a God-incident in the form of a car wreck, but I am sure he is using this inspiration to reach others for Christ. Perhaps his poem titled “Simple Reminder” is the most poignant as it says “Ironic but true, death is here for you.”

Rando writes about what he has lived, covering topics ranging from love and loss to nature. In his piece titled “We Are Friends,” I get the feeling that Rando is talking about God when he says, “You lift me up, You renew me, You brighten every minute I’m with you and make every day worth living.” I enjoyed “Mother’s Poetry” where he started each line with a letter in the word 'mother', spelling it out while extolling the virtues of his mom.

It was interesting to read about the author’s background, having been born to Italian immigrants in New York in 1978 and being the first in his family to pursue a post secondary education. This background helps the reader identify with Rando and experience his emotion through his poems on a more personal level.

As the book cover promises, “After The Storm” is a book of poetry that refreshes the soul. Rando uses a lot of imagery involving the ocean, which produces a calming, refreshing effect.