Waiting on the Monsoons for His Desert Soul

Poetry - General
215 Pages
Reviewed on 12/28/2020
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Author Biography

I am Ralph Greco, aka Redwulf Dancingbare. I grew up as a closeted gay youth on a farm. I blew up my college-set life to seek adventure, love, and a meaning that was of my own authenticity. Laced throughout this book are poems offering unique, sometimes gritty, and often humorous instances of life's intensity,-from the immense pleasures to the unimaginable sorrows. Weaved throughout are peeks into my crazy/lovely life, including poems offering wisdom resulting from stints as a circus clown, a steward of a radical faerie sanctuary, a Unitarian Universalist Lay-Minister , a (two-spirit) Lakota Sundancer, an accomplished chef and baker, and a Reiki master/psychic healer/counselor. I offer a love for language and a desire to offer words that ease the agonies of vulnerability and human suffering.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Waiting on the Monsoons for His Desert Soul by Redwulf Dancingbare is a compilation of the author's original poetry that revolves around a variety of moments captured in time, making them timeless through verses that often read like a song. The themes vary in length, tone, tenor, and subject, from the persistent haunting of a man by his memories of the Vietnam War in Grace, to The Baker in which patrons of a pâtisserie are compared to the goods they tend to purchase, and Do You Sing In Your Cage where prisoners in multiple forms have their confinements woven into stanzas. All told, the collection has over eighty independent poems that embody the spirit of its author in so many ways.

There is a beautiful way that Redwulf Dancingbare is able to create imagery in the poetic anthology Waiting on the Monsoons for His Desert Soul. As the pieces do generally have a rhythmic quality to them, there is something of a melody that regularly occurs that breathes life into the people featured and the analogies used. My personal favorite is Earth Day, a poem that has a modern Native American who takes stock of the damage done to the land of his ancestors as he glides down a polluted river that many generations back was in clean, respectful, and full harmony with the soul of his people, who treated this life source with integrity. This book is, plain and simply, a fantastic read that is immersive and profoundly human. Highly recommended.