Sunday, August 7, 2016

Book Review - Constructed of Magic by Louis Alan Swartz

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Summary

What Would Life be Like if You Knew You Were an Immortal Spiritual Being?

"It is my viewpoint that each man has his own unique magnificence regardless of race, religion, nation, tribe, station in life, customs and beliefs...," so writes poet, Louis Alan Swartz.

Constructed of Magic and Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit is a refreshing collection of poems that explore the beauty of who we are as spiritual beings. Our ability to love, dream, create futures, even die with dignity are all part of who we are and why we are here. These poems don't pretend to give final answers to any of the big questions about life, but they do help us to look and come to our own understanding.

"This book is a testament to the poet's vision-an understanding and appreciation for the spiritual and aesthetic nature of mankind....There is a peaceful calmness that cascades over me when I read the joy that Louis Alan Swartz communicates in these poems. I invite you to share that experience with me." Bernard Percy Educator, Speaker, Author.

We invite you to discover the magic in these poems that are infused throughout with a terrific appreciation of humankind. As Swartz concludes in his introduction, "If by reading them, one individual is able to get an inkling of the actual length and breadth of his ability to do good, my purpose in writing them will be achieved."
 
Review by Suze
 
Louis Alan Swartz writes beautiful and meaningful poems about life, death, immortality, spirituality and living. His words are well chosen and he often touched me deeply with his sentences. I had tears in my eyes while I was reading about death, I admired the poems about the elderly, I adored the lines about children and I devoured the verses about spirituality. I read these poems all in one sitting, I was completely spellbound and loved every single one of them.
 
Constructed of Magic is a book to read again and again. Every time you'll read these poems you'll discover something new. There are a few stunning drawings in the book as well and they perfectly complement the poems. I loved that the way Louis Alan Swartz sees the world has been expressed both in words and images. It's a complete collection and one that should be cherished.
 
The beginning of the book is incredibly strong:
 
 
'Death
 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
 
Some things I want to show you
That gave me peace of mind
You will surely find them
In the things I left behind
 
Dying is such a pain in the ass!'
 
 
I immediately fell in love with these lines and was positively surprised by everything that follows. I read some of the verses out loud because that made them even better. What I liked very much about this book is that the poetry is accessible. It's understandable for everyone. It's easy to read and the message is clear, so the beauty is there for everyone to enjoy. The poems are about topics that are in everyone's mind and Louis Alan Swartz manages to shed a unique light on them. He has a profound way of thinking and has translated this into words that can be read by young and old. 
 
I love it when I'm being impressed. Constructed of Magic is a collection of poems that are dear to my heart. I highly recommend this amazing book.


2 comments:

  1. This just made it's way onto my 'What I'd Like For My Birthday' list!

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