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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Idle Pursuits: A Poetry Collection by L.P. Kirkbride comprises twenty-four poems in a variety of styles interspersed here and there with beautiful illustrations. The topics included vary enormously, so there really is something that will appeal to every poetry lover who opens the pages of this unusual book. There are examples of traditional rhyming poetry such as The Cage, though that is more effective read in the French version, La Cage, so it contrasts perfectly with the freestyle The History of Us. On Rediscovering Keats is L.P. Kirkbride’s tribute to a poet he admires, and the final line is a quote taken from John Keats’ Endymion, “a thing of beauty is a joy forever”, and there is also A Nod to Jane Austin that has a touch of humour.
I was hooked into Idle Pursuits: A Poetry Collection by the first offering. Poetic Acrobatics is enchanting with the words literally bouncing around on the page. For me, it conjured up an irresistible picture of a ballerina performing an ambitious jeté, but it is actually a cleverly concise roundup of most types of poetry in very few words. There are four pictures, all of them of poets, and an addendum where the artists are credited and the galleries where they can be seen listed, other than Jane Austin, which is in a private collection. Readers will have their own favourites, but mine are Elegy For a Married Man and Almost Midnight. L.P. Kirkbride has given the world a fascinating poetry collection in Idle Pursuits.