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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
A Fortune Cookie Tree of Content, by Charlie Knowlton, is a collection of poems on various subjects, including pets and daily life, set in the state of Vermont. There is something for everyone here, and with both rhyming and free verse poems, you will be richly rewarded with over 100 freethinking ideas and imagery. Most of the poems are like quick snapshots, slices of life that nature and animal lovers will connect with, especially those who share their lives with pets. He also refers to human behavior. If you like a dash of humor in your poetry, including various styles, this collection fills the bill, offering haiku and Senryu that delivers dry wit and bits of wisdom.
Knowlton's poems are like cracking open a fortune cookie, with a gem of a poem inside each one. Even the titles suggest his style and frame of mind, especially the quirky ones, such as Nursery Rhyme Sarcasm, Craigslist Freudian Slip, and You've Been Chopped. My favorite is the rhyming poem June, precious June, but there are many here to like. His phrasing is beautiful, the imagery full of life and meaning. He makes poetry look easy, and it sounds easy and breezy on the ears, lyrical, and perfectly constructed. If you're into nature and poems about pets, you'll feel the warm sunshine and a chill in the air, and relate to the references that only a pet owner can understand. His attention to detail in his observations is what pulls you into the poems, like in Obituary of a Moth, and Born in November. If you've bypassed poetry for the last few years for whatever reason, and want to have fun reading it, do yourself a favor and get reacquainted with A Fortune Cookie Tree of Content by Charlie Knowlton.