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The Classic Love Poetry of The Book of Blue.

byline: Reprint from Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title: The Book of Blue

Author: Rebecca Anne Banks

Publisher: Tea at Tympani Lane Records,

Date of Publication: 2013

Page Count: 235 pages

The Book of Blue is a modern day classic tome of love poetry, weaving a hidden darkness with great light in this story of the heart, the song of love. A chronology of a love affair from Summer to winter and back again, the poetry entrances and leaves you wanting more.

The beginning of the book features a picture of the blue dove by Pablo Picasso, a great inspiration and artist advocate for peace, it is as if the line “Blue, you are the dove” was inspired by Picasso himself and channeled through and in collaboration with the Poet. There are 9 Books of Blue with about 10 poems per Book, the verse is encapsulated, each Book beginning and ending with the line or refrain “Blue, you are the dove.” As if the entire work is a chant, a lovesong to Blue, telling his story and the story of the love affair with the Poet. The title is reminiscent of the series of fairytales by Laing (The Book of Red, The Book of Yellow . . . ) and the poems although set in the post-modern world, have a certain ethereal light of old world magic.

The nuances of landscape, time of day, season, and the imagery of the natural world are knit into a spellbinding array of poems. One of the constant images is the sky as a whole enveloping body that holds the world together, a sacred and sanctuary place – “ I long to gather you in, a place, inside the sky.” Another constant image is the color blue that also toggles to be the pronoun Blue, a person. The use of blue as the idea of deep clean water and/or some clear color of sunlight creates a sense of the space/person as sacred. There is also the modern adage of blue as “the blues”, an emotional state of depression, the state of having too many lovers – “lost inside the night blue and wandering”. The poetry is a prayer of worship, however there is a hidden dialectic of violence that like dark water winds its way through the storyline of The Book of Blue – “Blue, the road and sky your home” and “as if I could hold you” and “any peace you may find”. As if the state of this post-modern love affair exists in a place of great longing and war. Reminiscent of great love poetry, the work is riveting.

As if drawing from classical works, The Book of Blue, recreates the story of love; the poetry rhymes unexpectedly and without cliché, discards most punctuation, and is a true expression of hope in a lost world, a truly unique and captivating read. As if written with The Muse of Montreal, an inculcation of the street, the music of rivers blue and sky, the wanderlust and magic of les Francais, the island people. The influences of Leonard Cohen, the pared down love of language, every word is carefully considered as if from inside a trance with elements of prophecy. It is the poetry of the Poet as Oracle. The poetry also reflects the essence of Haiku, the quiet lightening of bare bones and the unexpected. The poems dwell in the bud of romance, and linger as if the love affair never fully flowers until perhaps the Ninth Book of Blue. And the significance of the 9 Books could play on the old Number 9 refrain of the Beatles, the oxymoron of a lost and broken world destined to remain broken.

The Book of Blue, the story of a deep and enduring love, the poetry timeless, something born of the true romance of the old world and a marriage made in heaven. With the last line before the refrain, “ “yours forever” and asleep . . . “ the bones of love rest, perhaps in covenant, perhaps having never been fully realized. However, in a world at war with itself, as the last husks of modernism fall away to flower into the imagine peace of the New Age, The Book of Blue is the classic story of love itself that remains.

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Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature

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