Markings in the Cave

Verse by Paul Tait

Poetry - General
80 Pages
Reviewed on 02/27/2016
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Author Biography

For four decades Paul Tait has performed both as a band leader and as a singer/songwriter/pianist. He independently released a series of critically acclaimed recordings, including: "Pop Musician", "Television City", "I Still Believe", “Back In Business”, “Angels Of The City”, "Song to the Moon" “1975”, “Frenemies”, and “I Didn’t Quit I Surrendered”.

As an actor, Paul performed in regional theater and on Off Broadway. Productions included: "Mr. Roberts", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Tales from the Wayside Inn", "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" and Harold Pinter’s "The Homecoming" for which he won a Best Actor award from the Boston Globe.

As an author, Paul Tait has released two critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, “Stray Lines” and “Markings in the Cave”. Both books are in the eReader format.

Paul's volumes of poetry are current available for download on iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Copia, Gardners, eSentral, Scribd, Goodreads, Oyster, Flipkart, Ciando, EBSCO, and Vearsa

Paul's music downloads, 100 songs, are available on 24-7, 7digital, Akazoo, Amazon MP3, Apple iTunes, Beyond Oblivion, CDBaby, Deezer, eMusic, Google Music Store, GreatIndieMusic, iHeartRadio, Inprodicon, JB Hi-Fi, MediaNet, Mondia Media, Muve Music, Nokia, Omnifone, Rdio, Rhapsody, Shazam, Simfy, Slacker Radio, SoundExchange, Spotify, Tradebit, WiMP, Xbox Music and Yandex

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

Markings in the Cave, a brilliant collection of short poems by Paul Tait, is a profoundly personal selection of one man’s musings – perhaps unheard by the silently attentive universe that he addresses. A theme emerges from these plaintive ruminations of the soul – an unusual, contrapuntal theme told in both harmonic and discordant tones – that seems to stress a tenuous but ever-present tension between the suffering in the world and the hope embedded in religion, with a frequent interjection and nod to the comforting distortion of personal spirituality.

These poems are concise and often highly structured, but like a waterfall over boulders they always flow. The verse often ranges from the subliminal to the sublime, evoking from the wreckage of an imperfect world the possibility of hope and sacred redemption, though always with a shred of doubt. Whether pondering the elusive state of marriage or the illusive promises of death, the poetry resonates with both raw and ethereal truths that are almost fully realized, but fortunately not quite.

Paul Tait has created from his musings in Markings in the Cave a perfect and exquisite minor gem on which to gaze and from which to reflect on one’s own fallible existence in this world. Have we been abandoned to our lowly selves by our Creator, leaving us with the question asked in I Need the Moon to Renew my Eyes: Or are all God’s given gifts/Interminable rifts/With the sovereignty of man? Must we despair, as offered in The Haunted Face of the Soul You Deserted: You are not prepared – you cannot divert it/The haunted face of the soul you deserted. Must we proclaim as one man does in Empty Net: Still, I can’t help needing/What I haven’t got.

The poet is not afraid to include a subtle rhyme or two to make his poetry sing, but every rhyme is situated perfectly within the rhythm of its verse, and these poems would be much the less without them. I feel very fortunate to have chanced upon this poetry.

Tracy A. Fischer

Ahh, poetry. The genre of literature that perhaps above all others expresses a person’s feelings in the most primal and beautiful way possible. I love a great work of poetry, and search it out often. Most frequently, however, what I find is not work that provides the transcendental quality that lovers of the poetic form are looking for. Well, this certainly is not the case for the new work by poet Paul Tait, Markings in the Cave. A short work, this book will provide readers with a truly beautiful experience of poetry. The topics vary from domestic life to spiritual life and more, but the one thing that draws the work together is the poet’s unique voice and framework.

I very much enjoyed Markings in the Cave. Paul Tait has provided his readers with a lovely collection that will resonate deeply within their psyches and their hearts. The rhythm of many of the poems is almost musical. The work is very readable, but readers will find themselves pausing between each separate poem for at least a beat, taking in and allowing the words to wash over them. I can easily state with confidence that this is a highly successful collection, and am extremely pleased to be able to recommend it to any reader who is already a lover of poetry, as well as those who might be considering a foray into this genre for the first time. Poet Paul Tait has an obviously outstanding talent, and I certainly hope that he is already working on his next volume of verse. If it’s anything like Markings in the Cave, it will absolutely be worth reading!

Marta Tandori

Markings in the Cave by Paul Tait offers the author’s insights into Life – the spiritual Life, the after Life, the domestic Life, the love Life and all forms of Life in between, told through his Jungian “self” which somehow makes what Tait has to say all the more effective. For some poets, it has been said that they use verse as a means of sharing their thoughts with some semblance of loose structure while others use verse to present their thoughts and idealism in rhyme and rhythm. Perhaps by giving their thoughts some semblance of structure, it provides the poets with validation of some kind. Whatever the reason behind the verses, creativity nevertheless flows freely as the poet’s thoughts are tapped and words take shape, materializing in a way that is both profound and highly subjective.

Tait’s offerings seem to cover both free verse and blank verse; a free verse having no set rhyming scheme and no set pattern, and the blank verse having no rhyming effect but being set in iambic pentameter. Markings in the Cave are all about Life Markings: The Self, the Ego and the Soul as well as Box, clinical observations on what the author once was, as represented by the contents of a box, to more bittersweet reflections in Had I Known Your Name. Each verse strikes at a core of vulnerability in Domesticity, Parts One and Two and Like the Breath of a Candle. Some might arguably take the stance that Paul Tait’s offerings are merely the ramblings of a man who hides behind words which seemingly have no meaning. Perhaps…except that for every argument, there’s always a flip side. How about Paul Tait exposing his vulnerabilities, his passions and his life as he knows it and believes it to be in Markings in the Cave, in plain view for all to see and experience through his eyes? How’s THAT for a flip side?