Seven Centers

Poetry - General
78 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2017
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

An exquisite collection that will appeal to a wide audience, Seven Centers by Paul Tait is an enjoyable read. The poems are short and free, and infused with a life of their own. The style is unique and the tone is poignant. I enjoyed the diction, accessible and easy for the ordinary reader. The lines are beautifully composed with punctuation that is accomplished to great poetic and dramatic effect. Readers will find poems that tell a story, others that just capture powerful emotions, and others that deliver the author’s judgement on life. Overall, they are pearls that will warm the reader’s heart, remind them of some of the precious moments in life, and plunge them into a world where life speaks to them.

Seven Centers features a variety of themes, but it is the author’s perception of life that particularly caught my attention and the way he looks at human encounters. The writing is rhythmic and the use of the first person allows the reader to share the author’s experiences and their worldview. I enjoyed the poems and often felt like some were just teasers, because they left me wanting more. Some of the poems are emotionally charged, some are mere observations of reality from the person’s viewpoint, while others are just brilliant thoughts expressed in an excellent style. Paul Tait is a great poet with a unique style; his poetry is free like the wind, written in a language that readers will easily understand. This collection is worthwhile read.

Gisela Dixon

Seven Centers by Paul Tait is a collection of poems that is an addendum or sequel to his previous collection called Sand 'n Ashes. Having read Paul’s previous collections of poems including Sand 'n Ashes, I thought Seven Centers continued on upon the general theme of life, struggle, existential questions such as who we are, why we are here, and the purpose of life and death, as well as love and heartbreak. The book is simply formatted with no introduction and just a table of contents with the poems beginning right after. There is a short bio of Paul Tait at the end.

Seven Centers by Paul Tait is an eclectic mix of poems although quite a few of them appear to dwell on the motifs of separation or isolation or simply being alone. There is an existential angst in some of the poems which I liked. I did not enjoy all of the poems in the book and felt that they didn’t seem to resonate with me either in subject or lyrics or rhythm. That being said, as they say, poetry is subjective and I thought some like “Separate Cage” were well thought out and executed. Perhaps shortening the length of the book may tighten up the overall flow and an introduction or preface would have helped to prepare the reader for where the poems were coming from and the inspiration behind them. Overall, I came away with the impression that this is an eclectic mix of poems about human life and emotions.

Kayti Nika Raet

In Seven Centers, a book of poems by singer and songwriter Paul Tait, each poem delves into the mundane and the extraordinary. Sometimes frank, sometimes effervescent, Tait invites the reader with him on a journey of self discovery with a certain grasp on lyricism that demands each page be read aloud as he dives into what truly makes us human and connects all of us together.

As I was reading Seven Centers, I found myself thinking of each piece of work as song lyrics in how they were arranged and the cadences employed, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover though his bio that he was heavily involved in the music scene. His experience shows through with each work. Tait hops between a few different topics in Seven Centers, but home and love seem to be a central theme, and they all seem to culminate in Heart Holding Home. A simple poem, but one that I feel carries a lot of emotional impact. Tait uses a minimalist approach throughout and manages to capture the essence of his thoughts and convey this to the reader without weighing  them down in a torrent of florid prose.

In Seven Centers, Paul Tait creates a simple collection that is sure to sit with the reader long after the last page is turned. I enjoyed every passage and feel that Seven Centers would be a great read for fans of poetry and, if he is as prolific with his poetry as he is with his music, I expect his name to be one that I see more often in the future.

Arya Fomonyuy

Seven Centers by Paul Tait is a slim but compelling collection of poems that are both entertaining and laced with insight. In this collection, readers find poems that regroup a variety of existential themes — life, suffering, the inner life, spirituality, co-existence, nature, and a lot more. The poems are short and telling, each with its unique form. The short lines create a rhythm that readers will find interesting and arresting. The poems are written in a style that is simple and unpretentious. Intelligently crafted, each poem invites the reader to step into the author’s experience, exploring emotions that readers are familiar with. Each poem is a world in itself, a universe that captures a specific reality.

Some of the poems read like short narratives and readers will notice the consciousness and the emotional depth conveyed through the poems. Paul Tait is a gifted poet who knows how to capture emotions in succinct, ebullient language. I enjoyed the fact that the poems are not stuffed with ideas; each poem handles an idea, an emotion, and an instance of life. Some poets want to put a lot into a poem and end up distracting the reader’s focus. Seven Centers is gorgeous and readers with different tastes will be able to find something to delight in. The poet writes from the heart and identifies with his subject in many instances. The author uses symbolism and other stylistic elements to make this collection a wonderful read. This will appeal to fans of poetry, a really delightful read.

Rosie Malezer

Seven Centers takes you on an amazing journey of free verse poetry, as presented and written by Paul Tait. Dealing with so many aspects of life, emotions, retribution, heartbreak and more, Paul Tait has laid his soul bare in powerful, yet fluid verses which drill right to the core of one’s beliefs. Many poems are reminiscent of a dark and meaningful dialogue between two hosts. Philosophical in nature, some poems are quite dark, while others carry an abundance of hope which is dipped in faith, as one glimpses into the mind and soul of the author.

Paul Tait’s empowering and emotional tome brings to life the various stages in our existence which have caused us to trip and stumble, as the world peers inside our soul to see what will take us through another day. Being a hopeless romantic, I could not help but connect with I Can Tell Your Heart When I Hold Your Hand, as it seemed to speak the heartfelt words which I find so hard to express. Bone Meal is another title which engulfed me, as it details a person who has emotionally been stripped down to the bare essence of just being. Each of the poems from Seven Centers will tap into a new and unexplored part of who you are, as you cannot help but just feel the words wash over you. I very much enjoyed the combination of turbulence and calm contained within Seven Centers and wholeheartedly recommend it to those who enjoy the emotional journey which life and one’s true heart-spring can bring.