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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Don Gutteridge’s The Star-Brushed Horizon is a poetry collection that feels like you are walking in the same footsteps as the poet himself. He is able to bring to life his years as a passionate, youthful boy on the verge of something he may not have a name for at that point in time, to a well-seasoned man several decades later who is ready for the next chapter of where his life might take him. Each carefully crafted poem is like a snapshot taken from the life of the poet, or we can presume that at least. The collection swirls with the passion of youth at times and, at others, it brings us into a present where age is apparent in a wonderful and knowing way. The Star-Brushed Horizon is divided into three parts: The Star-Brushed Horizon, Two Dozen for Anne, and Another Poem for Anne.
The Star-Brushed Horizon by poet Don Gutteridge takes me back in time in a way that is incredibly familiar. Jury is one of my favorite poems in the poetry collection; two lines of it read, “I may shout “Nay!” – bent/by bravado, fuelled by fury." A few poems have beloved animals as subjects and they affected me in such a strong and beautiful way. Sometimes a sad feeling overcame me, depending on which poem it is, but overall the inclusion of animals in this collection really brings about an even closer degree of relatability. Many, if not most people can relate to having an animal in their life at some point, whether directly or indirectly. There is so much emotion in this collection. What is especially present is the lasting love for his wife, Anne, which is a sure and true gift for others to read about as many are not able to make love last. Don Gutteridge’s The Star-Brushed Horizon will leave you feeling transported and longing for true and lasting love. It’s a must-have.