Flashes of Emotion

A Collection of Poems

Poetry - General
184 Pages
Reviewed on 02/24/2015
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Author Biography

Augustine Sam is the author of Take Back the Memory, a much-praised contemporary women's fiction, awarded a 5-star medal by Readers' Favorite. He is a bilingual journalist and an award-winning poet. A member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, he was formerly Special Desk editor at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative third world daily, first published in collaboration with the Financial Times of London. He later became correspondent for central Europe. In 1998, his poem, Anguish & Passion, won the "Editors' Choice Award" in the North America Open Poetry contest, and was published by the National Library of Poetry, USA, in the anthology, The Sounds of Silence. His poems have also been published in the international anthology: Measures of the Heart.
Flashes of Emotion is his first complete collection of poems.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Augustine Sam's Flashes of Emotion: A Collections of Poems is romantic poetry that looks into a vast array of subjects: love, pain, death and other life matters that evoke our sentiments. Having read his previous work, Take Back the Memory, a contemporary women’s fiction, I was curious to get to know him as a poet. I wasn't disappointed. His poems are written in a vivid and refreshing style. This makes the collection easy to relate to even by the casual readers of poetry like me. Sam's compilation is pleasurable to read and to reread.

The book opens with the thought-provoking poems under the segment Lips and Wits. My favorite, however, is A Solitary Observer under the segment Musings.

I stand in pensive solitude and watch
As life, in its omnipotence, swirls around me
Sucking me into a kaleidoscope of its timeless grace
Dazzling me with contrasting colors

Sam knows how to put across emotions and thoughts, and they resonate from every poem. Personally, the collection as a whole seems to be mostly tinged with a certain somberness or, if I may say, a metaphoric darkness for me. Other readers, however, might have different interpretations.

In Sam’s own words, this book is definitely “a little anthem to celebrate the human spirit.” For poetry lovers, Flashes of Emotion is certainly a collection of poems that they want to sink their teeth into. The depth of sentiment and reflection explored in each poem is more than enough for anyone to contemplate in a long time.

Andy Smith FRGS FCIJ

Journalists can be a pretty soul-less bunch at times, and while they are great at communicating hard facts they are generally less adept at expressing their feelings and their sensitivities. That's not true of all journalists, of course, and it certainly isn't true of Augustine Sam who has somehow managed to combine a career in mainstream journalism with an equally successful career as a creative writer and poet extraordinaire, picking up awards and accolades left, right and center for his amazing poems. This collection allows us to tap into Augustine's insights on a wide variety of topics from life and love to death and drudgery - a collection that showcases this journo-poet's lively, refreshing, and innovative style.

-- Editor, The Journal of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, U.K.

Anna Marie Fritz

This collection deserved to be published. Its well composed verses are a prime example of thought- provoking poetry--a marriage of Old World charm and modern day romance. A 'must have' for anyone who has ever experienced love, pain, defeat, or joy.

-- Author of The Dream Garden & Anna-Versery poetry series.

Jim Bennett for Kindle Bo

Fifty-two poems, intellectual and emotional.

As always, do not let my star count override your own judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. Let me describe some of Sam’s book for you.

As always, google anything you’re not entirely certain of. Sam’s vocabulary is large, as is his geography.

You will find fresh imagery, as in Italian Cemetery, where we find this: “Left ajar, this rusted metal gate, like the heady souls lying beyond, /Would not do obeisance to the wind.” You will find social commentary, for example, in Elegy for the Captive, this: “Critics are the brushers of noblemen’s robes.”

You will find relationships galore here, for example, In Gestures and Allusions, this: “And therein lies the difference, you see /For without sound the unsound mind is dead /But the sound mind is not deaf /To … //The volumes spoken into a single hug /The dialogue unwrapped in a gaze.” After this, in The Eyes of a Beholder, this: “You are smooth /Delicate /Bizarre /And sensual /Like a pretty witch trapped in a suave, evocative work of art.”

If you’re looking for a brilliant longer poem, turn to My Last Chance. If you google carefully, you’ll find out what Mezza-Selva is. For a complex love poem, turn to Passions and Words.

Those scanning for the tiny carps can give up. An occasional page-break misplaced. Not even a typo. In short, nothing. Back to the good stuff.

If you’re looking for a sad love poem, turn to The Greatest Gift. It is autumn in Florence, a repeated refrain that smoothly marches the reader to the gently foreshadowed conclusion. This is a favorite in this collection. If it’s social commentary you’re looking for, you will find it here.

Prejudice tells us the story of Daisy, who normally flitted through life, accidentally getting onto an all-black train to Harlem.

This should give you some idea of the range of these fifty-two poems. I've mentioned just seven of them.

Back to the star count. Usually this is the hardest part of a review, deciding on a single number. My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. Sam’s style may take a bit of getting used to, but that voice produced several favorites in my notes. Five stars it is, and extremely recommended.

Grady Harp

Reviewed by Grady Harp: HALL OF FAME - TOP 100 REVIEWER - Amazon VINE VOICE

`Butterflies deep under, walking around the heart With the feet of a thousand millipedes'

Author, poet, journalist Augustine Sam lives in Venice, Italy - that most romantic of all cities - and offers this collection of his poetry for romantics and those looking for meaning in the many challenges life offers. Augustine is a bilingual journalist, a member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, a former Special Desk editor at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative third world daily, first published in collaboration with the Financial Times of London. He later became correspondent for central Europe. In his personal hours he writes poems and his poems have been published in two international anthologies: The Sounds of Silence & Measures of the Heart. One of his poems: Anguish & Passion was adjudged winner of the Editors' Choice Award in the North America Open Poetry contest, USA.

Augustine's poems glow with musical invention and the manner in which he elects to place his words on the page enhances the meaning and the beauty of these works. But as always, the poems speak best for themselves.

Ode To A beautiful stranger

You are electrifying, like a bolt of lightning in an ebony sky,
My
Beautiful
Stranger.

Your look is ingenuous and seductive
Your lips are luscious and devilish
Your gaze is delicate and intimidating
Your eyes are like pearls, dreamy and magnificent
Your eyelashes unfurl, sensual and provocative
Like a lion tamer's whip.

You are fascinating like sunrise
You are soothing like a healing balm
You are captivating, and, yes, avid,
Like an angel and a mischievous sprite incarnated as one.

My beautiful stranger,
Your advent on that water's edge ...
A spectacle so entrancing, an aura so exquisite
My lethargic mind was roused from limbo
Monotonous sights and sounds dispelled
Juicy laughter in my soul, sweet music loud in my ears

On that promenade of despair,
My beautiful stranger,
I lived.

Will your distant hands ever reach and touch my face?
Will your warm breasts ever be nigh for my head to abide?
Will my yearning eyes be blessed with a glimpse of your grin?

If this expectancy beyond the pale is all I have,
My beautiful stranger,
I shall bask, forever, in the opulence you've brought my way
My last thought, of course, shall be of you
So that in this memory I might revel
A cherished fortune it ever will be
That a beautiful stranger once crossed my path.

Therefore, this song is for you,
For your brilliant smiles,
For your palpitating heart,
For your mystifying love,
For the afterglow of your thought in my head,
A thought that crushes emotions, let it be known.

And crushed, I must remain, for
A more stunning glow than you
My monotonous path has never been graced
A lovelier rose I've never glimpsed
A headier perfume I've never inhaled

You are electrifying, like a bolt of lightning In an ebony sky,
My
Beautiful
Stranger.

Liquid flowing music from a poet who understands passion. His eloquent poems speak to each of us as private as a whispered conversation. Brilliant.