- Kind: Perfectbound
- Pages: 116
- Language: English
- Date Published: December, 2019
- ISBN: 978-1-948017-69-5
These brief canny poems pierce pomposity and celebrate the often unacknowledged.
“Kindness of Another Kind” says
‘it is a sort of blindness.
It looks the other way.’
Each gem contains a home truth that can take the reader by surprise. “Sadder but Wiser” tells us
‘I’d much rather be
Happier but more foolish’
Solonche disguises profundity with a veneer of cleverness. His polished wit shines in this collection.
“Solonche is productive and prolific, but that doesn’t water down his poetry… He can compress a philosophical treatise into three lines… His epigrammatic tidy poems are philosophic gems. Solonche sees humor and encapsulates it; he frames a thought in perfect verse… He’s playful and profound — the more he writes, the more he seems to know. Beneath the Solonche simplicity are significant social comments, and his goodwill reinforces the best in us.” —Grace Cavalieri
A HOLE IN MY SHIRT
There is a hole in my shirt.
It is a small hole.
It is the size of my little finger.
It is just over my heart.
That is good.
If there has to be a hole in my shirt,
I would not want it in any other place.
J.R. Solonche is author of sixteen books of poetry and coauthor of one other. He lives in the Hudson Valley.