~ ABOUT SUNLIGHT FROM ANOTHER DAY ~
"These are not just poems, they are portals. I wanted to keep reading to be in Tim's illuminated world, awaiting each wink and click and swirl of insight and, yes, love."
~ Susan Wooldridge, author of poemcrazy: freeing your life with words; also, appearing soon, Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing - and Finding a Creative Practice.
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"These poems will excite you to listen once again."
~ Shaun T. Griffin, Editor, Desert Wood, an Anthology of Nevada Poets.
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In unique rhythms and fresh imagery, Tim Bellows' Sunlight from Another Day calls to mind Thoreau's notion of the "tonic of wildness" and wild lands. The book touches on the hazardous but often healing wilderness of love relationships. Some poems echo an unsettlingly familiar sense of the bizarre; others evoke purifying streams of empathy and compassion. As an integrated whole, they affirm the value of our daily song, the value of listening, in our more enlightened moments, to "the droning of silence" (Martin Buber). We come to perceive that all things are endowed with sound:
the tires roar
choir sounds built in surely God
is kissing my ear glimmer
of woodwinds breezes through me
Sunlight also seeks out the primary harmonies within all defining relationships: in nature, in the inexpressible divine, in human creations, and in the internal tensions generating life within crafted artistic works. (Bellows applauds Mozart's astonishing Ave Verum Corpus, Roethke's "Four for Sir John Davies," and Whitman's "Song of Myself.")
The poems relish the holy music of herring gulls and all flying creatures. Their repertoire of raucous or harmonizing calls. Finally, the author pays close attention to the liberating contrasts in works like the Ninth Symphony - even the Sergeant Pepper's album. He observes the movements of an especially fascinating cat:
gyrate with mild spells,
composure worth the price