From Where I Stand by Robert Zimmermann
Review by Jennifer Roberts-Hall
From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection. Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief. Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.
I've always wanted to like poetry.
I tried to muddle my way through Poetry 101 in school and once in a while I'd stumble upon something I enjoyed (Edna St. Vincent Millay is amazing). But, I have to admit, most of the time I find poetry...well, boring.
From Where I Stand by Robert Zimmerman is a collection of poetry that will appeal to almost any reader. It is emotionally raw and real. I found my heart breaking and I also caught myself giggling out loud.
The book won't take you long to read, but you may find yourself wanting to read it over and over. I know I did, and each time I read it I found something else that spoke to me. Something else that made my heart ache or made me smile with joy.
Did I mention that there is poem that talks about Gilmore Girls? I love Gilmore Girls and the fact that Robert Zimmermann can somehow write an entire poem surrounded by the idea of a television show and still be profound is nothing short of brilliancy in my mind!
My favourite poem is Moist. I've read it half a dozen times and it still makes me giggle.
I highly recommend that you read From Where I Stand. Robert Zimmermann might just give you a new-found appreciation for the art of poetry if you don't already love it :)
Be sure to check out Robert's book, Winter's Homecoming and Other Poems, available for FREE on Smashwords (or buy it for $1 on Amazon).
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