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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Only a small percentage of poetry can move me. I like Poe and I’m fond of Japanese Haiku. Maybe that is why I liked Paul Tait’s Boston Dialect: Volume Two so much. Most of it is sharp, insightful and to the point. But some of it is oblique and tinged with a darkness I find appealing. He is a master at using words to elicit an emotional response. I can’t say I understand his method or his madness, but boy do I feel it. I like that. I don’t need or want to understand every nuance, but I do like to feel the power of the words and the emotions behind them. That is the essence of the reading experience. I think that is the essence of life, but I could be wrong.
The poetry of Paul Tait is impossible to classify. Indeed, it defies showing any attempts at being like anything else I have read. This may not be saying much. I don’t consider myself an avid reader of poetry, but I do enjoy the work of some poets and I am happy to say that Paul Tait is one of them. I particularly enjoyed “Imagination Mirrored,” “Unfinished Music” and “Train to the Heart of Tomorrow.” I don’t know if I can adequately explain why. I am not a poet, nor have I studied or reviewed much poetry. I just know that the words of Paul Tait are very powerful and if your taste is similar to mine you will love Boston Dialect: Volume Two.