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Reviewed by Alexander Rigby for Readers' Favorite
The words that William Fraker puts together within "Nostalgia Resides in the Marrow" creates the kind of poetry that affects your soul and inflicts an unknown sense of longing within your core. Although these poems are organized singularly, the themes presented linger on from one page to the next, asking questions about humanity and why things are the way they are. Fraker makes the kind of comparisons we all ponder on frequently, that of life vs. death, man vs. nature, peace vs. war, and science vs. art. Each poem tells a story and creates a dance as the alternating sides of what transpires in the balance is tested. Lines such as “the calmness of suburbia failed to contain the threats of the atomic age” imprint themselves deeply, as the messages conveyed within this work affect us all.
William Fraker is the kind of poet I aspire to be like. He knows his craft and excels at forming it in just the right way. I often found myself rereading certain lines because I loved them so much. The tales he told of family members, times of war, and love and loss resonated with me at a profound level. So many of his poems stuck out to me, it would be difficult to select my favorite, but ‘The Emptiness of Thoughts and Minutes’ and ‘Daily out of Nothing’ were two of the pieces that affected me the most. His poems are like short stories, telling tales of the past as if painting a picture during the moment the memory actually occurred.