Poems of Twilight

 

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Another miscellany of Tom's accessible poetry, looking around at people and life, and also looking up with more than just a glance towards heaven.

We are created with varied personalities, and life takes us through all sorts of situations, and so these also provide much subject matter which has been put into verse. Much that is contained here is influenced by changes that the years have brought.

 

Excerpt from the Foreword

It is a great honour to write the foreword for Tom, but I had to ask: What type of man entitles his text Poems of Twilight? I considered a man who thinks that his poetry is best read under soft lighting so that the blemishes of life (metaphysical or otherwise) don't show so clearly. Or perhaps a man who desires the acrid smell of permethrin to counter the overpowering odor of truth found in 'Stumbling', with the added bonus of warding off the unwanted winged fiends of the low light? The cynics amongst us might consider a man willing to employ a clever marketing technique to appeal to a younger, vampire ridden, Stephanie Meyer focused audience? In reality the title of Tom's work reflects a man who has lived many years, met and analysed many different people and is well aware of his own mortality and all that it entails, though he requests 'No Grief for Me'.

He has faced some of life's difficult questions (read 'She Sleeps') and challenges us regarding the very real need for edifying relationships found in "An Evening Together" to help get us through it and the distinct need for a saviour to help get us out of it. Most exciting for me, is the distinct referencing in Tom's poetry to Rudyard Kipling and his advice to the younger generation in 'Peace and Love' and even (dare I suggest it) John Donne's 16th Century Holy Sonnets and his enduring concerns of faith in God and eternal life echoed in Tom's 'Ready for the Trumpet' and 'Roll Call'.

Tom also questions the lack of focus in modern poetry in 'Australian Poetry — Where to'. In one sense the answer to his question lies on these pages, poetry should be enjoyed by all and seek to challenge preconceived notions regarding life and its purpose. In Poems of Twilight there is a huge amount to be enjoyed and enough confronting ideas to keep you reading well into late evening. So, sit back, no, sit up and listen.

Matthew Cohen B Comm. (Journalism), LLB, Grad Dip. Ed
and 'A Cup Of Tea'
Head of English, Green Point Christian College, 2011