Poetry - General
154 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2014
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Author Biography

Carroll Blair is an author of more than twenty books in philosophy and poetry
and the recipient of numerous awards. His writings have been well endorsed
and commendably reviewed, as illustrated by the following commentary
from Midwest Book Review, which proclaimed, “The poetic expression of
Carroll Blair is both unique and compelling. Using word images like the
strokes of a painter’s brush, Blair creates a resonating recognition that
is the mark of a master poet.” Among his titles cited for distinction are
the poetry volumes Reel to Real, winner of the Pacific Book Awards,
Facing the Circle, winner of the Great Southwest Book Festival Awards,
Shifting Tides, winner of the Great Northwest Book Festival Awards,
and Quarter Notes, winner of the Sharp Writ Book Awards. He is an
alumnus of the Boston Conservatory and lives in Massachusetts.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Voicings by Carroll Blair is a collection of poems that takes readers through a range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings. The short poems are constructed with much skill and they stand on their own, balanced in their thoughts and flow. The rich verses capture readers with their depth and strength. Though some of the poems are personal, the poet has made them accessible so that they can address universal issues. The multiple implications in his writings make them powerful and it also makes readers to go back to it more than once.

'The Object of Objectivity' is one of the poems that works effectively as a quote. What I admire about Carroll's poems is the minimalist approach. He has packed a lot of power and depth in the few lines he has written about each topic. His words flow effectively through the lines of each poem and the shorter the lines, the harder it is to decipher his thoughts. The detailing of his craft is succinct, simple, and beautiful, using few words to evoke curiosity and wonder while reading.

I recommend this collection to everyone. It is not only for poetry lovers, but also for others who can gain some insightful perception of the world we are living in currently. All the poems will create an impact in the literary sense, too. It is nice to watch someone play with words in such an artistic manner and make them enjoyable. An inspiring and motivating collection.