A collection of
poetry written by a professional scientist who has spent
most of his life living and working in Israel. Some poems
are serious, others attempt to be humorous, lyrical or just
downright whimsical. None are very obscure and most are
kindly meant. Topics covered include: Personal File, Love
Poems, Vistas of Home, Kindertransport Echoes, Animals,
Wars, Creation and other Oddities, Nature and the Obstinacy
Received from Readers
a window of inspiration.
..makes really wonderful reading! I have only had time to
dip into it but the poems I have read really speak to me.
These poems are accessible, but beautifully expressed and
really do strike a chord - and I love the ironic humour. I
am looking forward to reading more.
I was over the moon when we received 'Rambles' - I read it
straight through and I have already dipped in again several
times. Yes 'accessible 'is your word and it is absolutely
the right one-no need to try and tease out a meaning or
speculate about hidden references,.sometimes I feel that
having to explain a poem is like having to explain a joke. I
really feel your work communicates directly person to
person. My favorites include those which refer to the old
gods in the land- they send a shiver though me- and some of
the animal ones -particlularly 'Bug' and of course the
Kindertransport ones are very moving.
For me, the most interesting part of reading poetry is that
poetry tends to stimulate
memories of events in my own life, some from a very long
time ago, events which I had totally forgotten about. So
reading your poetry gives me a double pleasure, your
interesting poems, and reliving events from the distant
past, which I had long forgotten about. Thanks.
These are beautiful poems. I read through the whole
anthology, from cover to cover. I am getting a bit eccentric
in my old age and occasionally read out loud writings that
need to be told - to someone!! And I found my self doing
this quite often as I was reading you poetry. You have
distilled so many thoughts on so many of life's doings,
pleasures and tragedies into artistic and beautifully
crafted words. I shall enjoy this book for a long time.
I cried when I read the Leather Suitcase and I laughed out
loud at the end of Ode to the squint in my left eye. Not
many books of poetry can move me to laughter and tears.
Interview with Tom Berman