Date: July 2004
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Nonfiction / Poetry, of the old poetry bars and coffee
Bit of specific language and
reminiscent of being in the coffee houses of Soho or North
Beach in the late 60’s.
A Glass Half Full
By Felix Dennis
is a poet of the Hemingway, Kipling, Frost or even Rod McKuen variety,
although McKuen was more into the gratifications of love and his
childhood memories than is Dennis. He makes you feel like you are
sitting in a coffee house with a glass of cabernet and the smoky
room is full of people. The poems are of a decidedly thought- provoking
variety. Some of it is as the title states, A Glass Half Full, and
he makes no pretense of being an introspective person, as he puts
his words and angst to paper in a very skillful form. He has a very
fine way with the timing of the poetry and his delivery of it.
is from another time, a time before video games and x-Boxes and
I-Pods. I am sure that the longer he delves into this medium, the
more his acclaim will rise. He is very distinct. It will not take
long for the whole world to realize his genius and voice. Brits
have a wry sense of propriety and description, and he uses these
things in his poetry. Some of it is very touching, for instance,
the last poem in the book, “Falling, Falling” which
is how a child would have possibly looked at the towers on 9-11
and the bodies jumping from the building.
is a CD included with the book and his spoken voice is very spellbinding.
However, it could be longer, and there is a smattering of music
included in the background. Also inside of the book are a number
of illustrations by Bill Sanderson, which will provoke more thought.
is full of Dennis’s perspective on the world and how he feels
about life. He is well known in many circles, from the boardroom
to the theater. His poetry has been on desks, in theaters, books
and many magazines from the shores of England to the outback of
Australia and everywhere in between. It is that good. There is a
bit of the wryness and humor of the English that bites, while it
makes you want more.