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Other Worlds, in Other Words by Jerry Lovelady is a compilation of the author's original poetry. Lovelady's work is in free form with a style that occasionally implements a rhyme scheme but does so with the freedom this style of poetry allows. It may be there and it may not be, but it works regardless. Lovelady breaks the collation down by theme into four distinct and interconnected parts. These are Part One, The Was, That Is Me No More; Part Two, Slothful Miscreants; Part Three, Love Builds Its Own Universe; and Part Four, Homespun World Views and Alternate Histories. In total, Lovelady has penned and published over fifty pieces within this single volume.
As a lover of poetry, I always look forward to cracking open a book by my next new favorite poet. Jerry Lovelady and the work he presents in Other Worlds, in Other Words does not disappoint. I like the vantage point Lovelady provides in that several people can all witness the exact same thing and walk away with entirely different perceptions of what happened. Perception is so often overlooked and it is refreshing to see it laid bare so constructively. We also reflect differently on our own experiences. I can reminisce about a particular day with fondness, whereas my sister could say it was a terrible, terrible day. I suppose this is what makes the poem found in part four called Winter Painting my favorite. Lovelady opens with, “Winter paints with ice and snow upon the fields and waterways...” which to me sounds stunning. My father, who spent forty winters shoveling snow off the deck, isn't feeling the “perfect Winter day.” What we did both feel, however, is that the work itself was really lovely, and that makes this collection easy to recommend.