Poetry - General
64 Pages
Reviewed on 05/09/2016
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

There are many times in one’s life that the world might seem to spin around in poetic eloquence. A simple view of summer with the rising and setting sun, childhood play in the great outdoors, the undeniable magic of believing in Santa – these are the intricacies of childhood, the simplicities that seem forgotten now in the high tech age of gadgetry. The delight of a child learning to read a book for themselves seems a lost treasure, though there are still some children who cherish the fine art of literature.

Don Gutteridge is a poet. Everything in his life can be reflected in both abstract and rhyming verse. His recent book, Tidings, metamorphoses the cycles of life into translucent eloquence. From childhood romps to Christian teachings and on to the ageless eternity of growing old: “There is nothing wrong with growing old...” (Memory). Or the wry humor of: “I am now an old man huffing and puffing my way to breakfast, no longer growing old gracefully or merely getting on in years, and I think such a thought could kill me at my age...” (An Odd Thought). And the reflective thoughts: “to un-be, to picture that moment when nothing comes after, when the last syllable’s expressed and the long monologue of our life is over...” (Elemental).

Don has found a sense of magic in the written word. His poetry is a tribute to his life and to those who made him what he is today. This is an inspiring and insightful memoir in verse. A real treasure of memories and mementos of a life well lived.