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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Pamphlet 2020 by Paul Tait is a visceral volume of poetry written by an accomplished writer and musician. His musical side is quite evident in his poetry--some lyrical, some as rapid as drumsticks that roll down the page. The imagery and ideas he conveys are wide-ranging, and the thoughts and emotions he evokes are provocative, spot-on, and inspirational. Though some of the poems reflect times of the 2020 pandemic, others do not. But you will be glad to become acquainted with Tait's poetry if you aren't already.
I love the slice-of-life morsels Tait offers with his poems. There is something blunt and shorthand about some of them, which I like for their immediacy, and yet others weave a dreamlike feel. I like that he does both amazingly well. There is something a bit clandestine in some of the poems, like "Head On Down", as if there is some hidden knowledge he's aware of; some secret that he wants to share but holds back. He leaves the interpretation to the reader, which is the way I like my poetry and music. I appreciate the religious imagery--so vivid and alive. And I appreciate the quieter tones as well. Given to rhyming poetry, I admire his rhythm, and this is where Tait really shines. Some of his poems are about specific locations, and they invite the reader to vicariously visit those places with him through the words. I like his observations on individuality, and the way he blends love with nature and tries to make sense of the world and what is going on around him. Pamphlet 2020 by Paul Tait is for the longtime poetry lover, or for those who want an impactful introduction to it.