Review of A Bizarre Sentence By Mary Davidsaver

mary d for postI bought a copy of A Bizarre Sentence by Trisha Georgiou as a Christmas gift. Before wrapping it, I carefully scanned it to find the poems Georgiou talked about at her launch party. I especially wanted to see the “visual” poem about world peace written in many languages, including two forms of Greek: classical and modern. I also wanted to read the poem about the cover photo. The incongruous words on the wrecked sports stadium’s door handle sent the poet off in search of other bizarre bits of sentences and provided an inspired theme for this collection.

I found “The Towers Are Falling Down” a poignant reminder of a horrible day. Georgiou was able to get a call through to a friend in New York City. While we watched the televised coverage over and over, her friend looked out a fifteenth floor window to see debris flying by. It’s a powerful image for a poem.

“Energy Works” described the core of our being in scientific terms: DNA, nucleotides, inherited traits, patterns from our ancestors and added “Now, imagine letting it all go… Your mind can choose…” A sentiment I can appreciate.

The most fun poem I found on my quick read was “Midterm Elections.” Iowa has the joy of hearing from many candidates early and often, so the chances of coming across the bizarre wording of ill formed sentences are extremely high. The sad thing—the real quotes used in this poem don’t sound all that different from what I’m hearing for the present round of politicking. Georgiou expertly captured the essence of the whole campaign process and conveyed the bizarreness in a few well chosen words.

I had to handle the book carefully, it still had to be a nice looking present, so I couldn’t read everything as carefully as I would have liked, but I was impressed with the variety and quality of a strong collection of poetry. Trisha Georgiou has a winner here—a gift for us all.

918STUDIO PRESS TO CELEBRATE NEW OWNERSHIP WITH READ LOCAL BOOK RELEASE

We are under new ownership and ready to celebrate our first book launch, a new poetry collection by Trisha Georgiou. A Bizarre Sentence will be released December 9, 2015, at the Bettendorf Public Library’s Read Local event at 7 p.m. A Bizarre Sentence, with cover photo by Ciaran O’Sullivan and cover and interior design by Renee Busha of Sliced Moon Designs, is a chapbook of poems searching for, questioning, and observing life on this planet as we experience the human condition. Bizarre sentences, we live in and write about, are the purpose, the mission of Trisha’s book.

We are thrilled to be handling Trisha Georgiou’s latest collection, her fourth poetry book. A New Life and other poems of Living Passion (918studio, 2014) was received and accepted by His Holiness Pope Francis. It was also featured at the 23rd Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase, New York, NY. Her other books include Quartered Enlightenment(PbPublications, 2013) and My Name is A (1999).

Trisha’s most recent freelance work has been published in Eastern Iowa Review and Midwest Writing Center’s blog; she’s also appeared on WVIK, Quad Cities’ NPR station on Art Talks, and Nurturing your Creative Spirit.

To learn more about Trisha, visit her website at www.trishageorgiou.com/. To reserve your copy of A Bizarre Sentence, visit http://bit.ly/bizarresentence.

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