Exile and Kingdom Come

Elysium

Poetry - General
187 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2019
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Author Biography

Gregory Wallace began writing poetry at about the age of twelve. Initially inspired by the lyrics of The Beatles, he soon fell under the spell of Japanese Haiku, e.e. Cummings, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Arthur Rimbaud, the Romantics, Symbolist poets, the Surrealists and the Beats. He eventually earned a Master of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing and in the process worked closely with Greek poet Nanos Valaoritis.

The poetry of Gregory Wallace has appeared in literary journals including Athena Incognito, Atticus Review, Black Scat Review, BlazeVOX, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Five 2 One and Outsider Poetry.

In addition to writing poetry, Gregory Wallace is also an artist and his paintings, assemblages and collages have appeared in international exhibits and his collages have appeared on the covers of Black Scat Review and Five 2 One and between the covers of Clockwise Cat and Athena Incognito.

Currently, Mr. Wallace lives in Northern California with his wife and cat where he practices Zen meditation and takes long walks in the woods.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Exile and Kingdom Come: Elysium by Gregory Wallace features a collection of poems with themes of surrealism, human encounters, nature, perception, and a lot more. The poems are divided into three parts, each comprising poems that are short and succinct, written in a style that is free and infused with a rare sense of symbolism. In the poems, the reader is pulled into the world of the poet and navigates the landscapes of, at times, fragmented thoughts and ideas.

Gregory Wallace's style is highly descriptive and defies the conventional norms of grammar, the reflection of a confidence that allows the poet to communicate freely. The poetry is rich in diction and the rhythm is fast. The author writes about a variety of things: the movements of the heart, the thoughts about their unique reality, particular experiences, encounters and the gaze of others, and animals. My best poem is "The Rain Shadow": I enjoyed the unusual manner of describing reality, like the girl "wearing clothes of insects." The humor isn't lacking and the imagery is vivid enough to excite the mind of the reader. Exile and Kingdom Come: Elysium by Gregory Wallace is visionary poetry that transports the reader and forces them to consider other possibilities than their immediate reality. This collection of poems is a rare treat for poetry lovers.