As the World Winds Flow

Poetry - General
130 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2019
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Author Biography

Carroll Blair is an author of more than twenty books in philosophy and poetry
and the recipient of numerous awards. His writings have been well endorsed
and commendably reviewed, as illustrated by the following commentary
from Midwest Book Review, which proclaimed, “The poetic expression of
Carroll Blair is both unique and compelling. Using word images like the
strokes of a painter’s brush, Blair creates a resonating recognition that is
the mark of a master poet.” Among his titles cited for distinction are the
poetry volumes As the World Winds Flow, winner of the Pacific Book Awards,
Facing the Circle, winner of the Great Southwest Book Festival Awards,
Shifting Tides, winner of the Great Northwest Book Festival Awards, and
Quarter Notes, winner of the Sharp Writ Book Awards. He is an alumnus
of the Boston Conservatory and lives in Massachusetts.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite

As the World Winds Flow by Carroll Blair is a poetry collection written in two parts; the first is on the internal and the second is on the external. Carroll Blair uses detailed world building and makes the poems seem like short stories. He also has different styles and lengths of poems to help the cadence move along. The internal part deals with the mind and depression, and even death. It is one of those books you can finish in one evening and have time to think about the poems. All you need is a cup of tea.

I found As the World Winds Flow by Carroll Blair to be a thought-provoking book of poetry. I deal with Anxiety/Depression so I need to point out this could be a trigger warning; some of the poems talk about death and one is even called Suicide. I thought Carroll Blair did a great job with the flow of the collection, putting just the right amount of very short poems in between to help the cadence and rhythm. A Place for One is my favorite poem; to me that sounds like paradise. I also loved the Answer poem as it made me think of one of my best friends because that is how they would answer. I loved that it was a quick read and very relaxing. I also loved how Carroll Blair makes you think and ponder. The world building was amazing; it was actually like reading a bunch of very short stories. It’s definitely a great way to spend an evening when you just want to relax.