In his very interesting poetry book, “A Poet’s Kingdom,” Joseph P. Policape covers a broad spectrum, from “Life & Death” to “Family & Friends; the diverse poetry is thought-provoking and deep. With a combination of short poems, Haiku’s, and some very extensive thoughts, the author expresses himself in a variety of different styles and meters.
In the “Religious & Seasonal” chapter, he addresses the death penalty and compares it to the crucifixion of Jesus. His comparison left a bit to be desired as I could not associate the correlation. The explanation of both seemed to have connection to each other; try as I may, I could not see the similarity.
In another chapter, “America & Heroes,” the author wrote a poem titled, “Bill Clinton.” This poem is a tribute to the former President of the United States and within the first few lines, again compares him to biblical figures.
Later, there is a chapter called, “Love & Lust.” The author expresses his views on the subjects of love, happiness and seduction. He begins this chapter with a poem that he titles, “Love and Happiness.” It has a problem with meter and there is a semblance of rhyme, but it is very evident that the rhyme is forced. I was pleasantly impressed with the one called, “Love.” The author compared a woman’s love with a growing flower. His choice of verbiage here was better and flowed well.
All the religious connotations and references within the book will cause some (that may not be as religious as the author) to become quickly bored with the book. I was not impressed with it and gave it a C on my scale.
I didn’t think “A Poet’s Kingdom,” by Joseph P. Policape, was for a general audience in the fact that it was very religiously biased. I am not saying that is a bad thing, just that not everyone is as religious as the author. His thoughts are righteous and his verse is colorful. His descriptions were vivid and in most cases well written. But the fact remains that it could use a bit more editing.
A Poet’s Kingdom
Joseph P. Policape
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (10/12)