Book Review: The Shovel & The Hare

I loved that the city was breathing at a runner’s pace yet inside all was as calm as a baby in the womb. ~ A Polaroid 

The Shovel & The Hare by Cory Basil

The Shovel & The Hare by Cory Basil is fable and excerpts from two collections of poetry: one previously printed and a collection to be published this fall. The title fable is a one of a work ethic in lines with Aesop’s Ant and Grasshopper fable. The poetry is well done and makes connections on several levels. “Jet Black Hair” is a short but dense poem about saying good-bye. “Already Strangers” tells about drift in relationships. “Falling Like Leaves” describes the recognition on aging. “All This Madness For a Cup of Coffee” is an observation of a typical morning outside a chain coffee shop. These and several other poems were first published Skinny Dipping in Daylight. These poems are well done and in a standard familiar form. The use of few words to convey great meaning is a typical format throughout. Short lines and simple observations lead to deeper understanding. 

The excerpts from the forthcoming Everything You’ve Heard is True follows the same format as Skinny Dipping with the addition of some paragraph poetry, like A Polaroid in the previous collection. The short line poem’s messages have been condensed even more. “Under a Blood Red Cry” is a powerful memorial to the Sandy Hook massacre. “I Can’t Find the Words to Keep You Near Me” is perhaps the most lyrical poem in the collection. The stronger messages and the additional paragraph poetry is enough of a taste to Everything You’ve Heard, to long for the full edition this fall. This young poet is one to watch and read. 

I received this collection as a Goodreads giveaway, and added Everything You’ve Heard is True to my to purchase list

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