Near Scattered Praise Lies Our Substantial Endeavor
Near Scattered Praise Lies Our Substantial Endeavor is a stimulating collection of poetry divided into three parts, Ante Meridiem (morning), Post Meridiem (afternoon), and Fragments and Petites Essias (small trials). Comprised of poems written from the mid-1960s to current day, the collection covers a wide range of life experiences, such as fighting in the Vietnam War as a younger man and fighting cancer as an older man. Written in a style that is reminiscent of classic poets such as Walt Whitman, while also challenging long-standing poetic forms, Penoyer’s debut collection explores themes of survival, meaning, belief, and truth.
Penoyer keeps his poems on the shorter side, rarely going past a full page, so his work has an urgent and direct tone. Though his poems are short, he makes use of every word, carefully selecting each word and metaphor. The range of topics that are covered while all still feeling like they belong was impressive too. He uses a lot of sound play which can be seen in this example of alliteration from first stanza of the poem “Even in Eden.” In other poems, he sticks to a recognizable rhyming pattern.
Near Scattered Praise Lies Our Substantial Endeavors by Ron Penoyera is a beautiful collection, though I found the first section stronger than the last two sections. I find some of the lyrics hauntingly beautiful, coming back to me even after I closed the book. I am happy I have had the opportunity to experience this collection.
Pages: 132 | ASIN: B0B69J21YB