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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
The impression I felt upon seeing the cover was one of warm whimsy. It almost looks like a witch's broomstick, until you look closer and see the hook and realize it's the titular "fly" of William Walsh's Fly Fishing in Times Square. I loved everything from the star-flecked sky to the bright hues of the lure. It certainly attracted my attention and complements the contents of the book well. The collection is divided into four parts, each as unique as the next. The poems' structures are varied and interesting, never settling into a pattern for too long; we are treated to couplets and then paragraphs of vivid images.
Some poems spoke clearly to me as what the author meant by them. Visiting Secretariat in 1974, American Realism, The Hunter Recovers in North Georgia were as informative as they were visual in nature. Others were a touch more obscure, leaving me to assign my own meaning, Baptism in the Ascension Pool being the uppermost of these in my mind. I loved the natural beauty in some passages, and how nature, animals, landmarks were all referenced throughout. It made me feel connected to a time and place, along with the author. All in all, William Walsh's Fly Fishing in Times Square is a worthwhile read that dabbles in everything from history and Americana to thoughtful contemplation about what one's life is worth and meant to accomplish on this great Earth. William Walsh gave a warm welcome into his mind, his vision, his childhood, and it was a pleasant visit.