Seaver Creative is very proud to announce the release of Charles Masner’s new book of poetry, Truths in Verse.
I’ll be the first to admit that I learned more from his deep dive into verse forms than I contributed as its editor. Here’s a “Venus and Adonis Stanza” (a six-line ababcc form) in iambic pentameter that I particularly like:
We search for words of truth to speak and how.
Of life and death and love and beauty proud.
And all the truest words our hearts can vow.
And speak silent for all the world out loud.
And know by truth all voices could be heard.
If truth could find a voice for every word.
And here is even more praise for Truths in Verse . . .
Charles Masner’s new book sparkles with passion, thoughtfulness, and ambition. In particular, his commitment to exploring the great traditions of meter and lyrical form bear fruit in line after memorable line. From his introductory essay, where he argues that “even air has a form,” through the panoply of forms in the book, to his useful glossary, Masner seeks to connect his own life to the life of the art. He even endstops most of his lines, audacious in our time, and yet frequently makes many of them sing: “Mountains die and rivers fountain.” “The tattoos I can see are feathers she’s laid bare.” “No poet’s star can shine without God’s night.” It is a pleasure to find a poet so purposefully shining and singing in such a night, spinning vitality and craft into words.
– David J. Rothman, author of My Brother’s Keeper and former Poet in Residence, Colorado Public Radio
Visit http://www.cmmasner.com for all the deets, And get your own copy now on Amazong: