February 27, 2012

Not Too Distant - Guest Review by my Mom

The Non-Reluctant Reader is making a brief departure from its usual fare to tell you about a new book of poetry by Peter Cooney, a friend and colleague of my mom. Peter's book is called "Not Too Distant" and can be purchased here. This is a guest review by my mom. Enjoy!
Not to Distant 
poems by Peter Cooney

 Sometimes people are scared of poetry because it can be abstract and hard to follow. But Peter's poems are short and energetic and full of powerful imagery. For example, the title poem, "Not Too Distant":  "Defined/by absence. Still/more shadow than shade. But/just as lean and wirey, quick and/fleeting.: Some of the poems reflect the author's roots as a Canadian transplanted to the United States, like "I Was" and "And So" and profession as a journalist ("This Just In"). Others explore more universal themes like love, family, history and changing seasons. The poems are enjoyable to read and it's a good book for a YA reader interested in exploring poetry.
Cover Comments: I really like the cover which is a photo taken by one of Peter's daughters. It's artful yet mysterious.


  1. I've never been a poetry person but I'll check this out :) I love that cover, though!

  2. This book sounds interesting :) Thanks for the review!

  3. I love that cover/sounds interseting
    i need 2 read more poetry

  4. I'm not sure if I'd like it or not. Thanks for the review.

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  5. Awesome review! I love poetry and the cover of this book is beautiful :) Thank you for taking the time to do this review :)


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