Most poetry collections are fairly dense and inaccessible, which tend to regulate the entire literary genre to an audience of college-educated followers and specialty readers.
Not so Spiritual Gait, a collection of simple free verse writings about daily occurrences, relationships with God, soul rebirth, and more. Here is a celebration that is decidedly religious in tone: readers with affection for spiritual sentiments will find it a prerequisite to appreciating works that center upon creation, joy, and life's little facets.
Here is an observation of July 4th celebrations and its effects not only on people, but nature ("...fireworks lace the sky with a deluge of bombardments of bright flashing forms and colored lights..."), there an observation of a child's closer connections to God ("...the innocence given by God/to a child remains a mystery/to the adult world./the love unconditionally/expressed by a child to another/is unparalleled in this life.")
Whether it's observations of nature or observations of children, Spiritual Gait is an accessible, simple collection recommended for spiritual readers who seek light, simple, and joyful observational pieces....Continua
Buy Don W. J. on June 1, 2015 a river—as well as the delight of children and other aspects of being human.
Steven Jacobson strives to illuminate the glory of God the creator by examining and rejoicing the many wonders of nature, including our physical surroundings—the sky, the earth, a river—as well as the delight of children and other aspects of being human. His compositions feature both language and concepts that are at once accessible to all and inspirational. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reflecting on the mystery of nature and the connection to a greater power that nature inspires....Continua
These poems will appeal to many readers
By J. Graham on June 1, 2015
Too many people think of poetry as a minority interest. The poems in Steven Jacobson’s collection make a nonsense of this. They have the potential to be understood and enjoyed by many readers - those who don’t read much poetry as well as those who do.
They can be enjoyed by readers who are discouraged – often with good reason - by the more academic, ‘highbrow’ poets. These poems are crystal clear and very direct. They are not word-puzzles. They express sincere feelings and reflections in simple language.
Steven Jacobson’s poems will certainly appeal to people who hold any kind of religious belief. Many of them are celebrations of the manifestations of God in nature and in human beings. Christians of any denomination will read them with pleasure.
And they can be enjoyed even by readers who, like myself, do not have a religious faith. Jacobson writes about the natural world in a rather special way. In poems such as ‘Wetlands’, ‘Color the Earth’ or ‘Torrents’ the whole focus is on the natural scene itself: the birds and plants, the colors of the earth and the motions of the air and sky. This is not at all like the English Romantic tradition, which almost dictates that the poet should tell us as much about himself as he tells us about nature; the natural world sometimes even takes a back seat and the poet’s introspective thoughts take over. Not so with these poems. Nature is center stage: it is seen as a source of limitless wonder and joy, infused always with the presence of the Creator. For me this is a real quality in his work.
Nature is not his only subject. Love, especially family love and the love of God, is a strong theme; and childhood features very prominently in such pieces as ‘Child Abounding’ and ‘Esther-Virtuoso’. These are poems you will surely read not only once but many times.
Site expert, Write Words writers’ online community...Continua