To Love, To Hope, To Dream

Poetry - Inspirational
112 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2020
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Author Biography

J T Milford I began writing poetry just before I retired as a CPA, from public accounting twenty-five years ago. Having lived in Lake Charles, Louisiana most of my life, I use life here as a background for my poetry. I really do not write poems, they seem to arrive and demand to be written. Completed as my first manuscript of poetry, these poems invite you to explore the abandonment of our ordinary life for the feelings of a spiritual quest. The poems subjects delve into music, hidden things, marriage, war, peace and death.
It is my hope that the reader will find a poem that connects to their feelings and experience.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Evocation: To Love, To Hope, To Dream by J T Milford is an engaging collection of poetry that revolves around the themes of past and current times, life in South Louisiana, music, war or peace, marriage, hidden things, and death. The poems look at the nuances, complexities, and fragilities of life and the accompanying emotions in an introspective way, making the poet's thoughts and feelings tangible to readers. The poems are evocative and the excellent wordplay weaves human emotions, thoughts, and feelings into the changing moods of the seasons, and makes the poems exquisite in their imagery. Love, loss, longing, and the other intricacies that define life have been dealt with aesthetically in this collection, making it a delight to all poetry lovers.

I found every poem in this collection amazingly beautiful, along with depth and meaning, and though I find it difficult to choose a personal favorite, a few of them did remain with me even after closing the book. The minimalist way of expressing loneliness in The Summer Is Past, and the formatting of the poem to make the falling of a leaf tangible to readers is amazing and left a lasting impression on me. Touching is another favorite of mine from this collection; it leaves readers with hope and a sense of mysterious longing. The textures and trajectories of life, love, longing, loneliness, sadness, and the beauty of life are all here in this collection.

I can go on and on about my other favorite poems in this fabulous collection but I would advise readers to pick up a copy and read it for themselves to bask in the sunlit images of J T Milford's poetry, search for heaven on a warm summer night, and feel the rain come down. Evocation: To Love, To Hope, To Dream is one of the finest collections of poems I have read in recent times. The good wordplay, well-expressed, and elegant, will make poetry readers look beyond the ordinariness and mundaneness of their lives and explore another dimension where they might be able to find a different meaning to life and their existence.

Vernita Naylor

Have you noticed that if you look around, everything is speaking to you? In some cases, you will see the beauty in what you're experiencing but in other situations or circumstances, what seems unattractive or unwarranted to the naked eye speaks as well. In this inspirational book of poems, Evocation: To Love, To Hope, To Dream by J T Milford, the reader will enjoy 90 short poems from rawness to empathy that evoke thought-provoking emotions and dig deep. As in evocation's meaning the author will take you on an adventurous journey that will stimulate your imagination. Through these poems, you will experience joy, regrets, loneliness, and freedom as the author touches on various experiences and life events from war and tragedy to bliss. Let the words on the page flow into you and instill the essence of peace and happiness while moving you into another dimension.

For me, Evocation: To Love, To Hope, To Dream by J T Milford was a pleasure to read because it had something for everyone. I especially like the Trio for Kids poem because not only was it a trio but it exuded various personalities from rhythm and imagination to fun and games. If you like reading poems, this book is a must because it will invite you to want more from this author. Even if you've never read poetry before, this book is a great introduction because of the mix that the author offers the reader. This book of poems will keep you engaged and will make you a fan of poetry. I highly recommend this book so tell a friend about it.

Jonathan Nida

Imaginative, thought provoking, and fun!