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Little Boy Blue
by Melie Bacon   

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Poetry

ISBN-10:  1450754361 Type: 
Pages: 

82

Copyright:  2011 ISBN-13:  9781450754361
Non-Fiction

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Also available in Audiobook! Narrated by Professor Danny Lee Ingram. Send money order for $6.95, plus 6% sales tax, payable to Doreen Dixon, 7018 97th Avenue, Lanham, MD 20706. Please include $2.00 for shipping and handling and allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Cover design by Doreen B. Dixon, CPS, of DBD Enterprise.  The cover photo is an Elementary School photo of author (circa 1965).

             Roger Parris, Author [pen name: Roger Parisious], and authority on William Butler Yeats:  “Melie Bacon is a poet.  He writes to know himself and to know poetry.  He is a very real poet who works hard and deserves to find his own readers.”

             John Timpane, Ph.D., Author, and Columnist for the Philadelphia Enquirer:  “I like folks with enthusiasm and energy—we need more, and [Melie Bacon’s] poetry brims with both.”

 

            Fallible from birth, we are prone to do things throughout our lives that we are certain to regret—not to mention the things we are likely to regret not doing—but the industrious and diligent among us (talent alone will advance one only so far) are apt to leave a legacy they can be proud of.  When I published my collection Stix & Stonz: Selected Poems 1975-2000, in 2006, I was elated and felt a sense of accomplishment for the first time in my life, but my joy was short-lived:  After its release I discovered a typographical error overlooked during the proofreading process (misspelled Edgar Allan Poe’s middle name no less), which prompted a closer scrutiny of the entire text.  Consequently, much to my dismay, I found room for improvement in both the prose and poetry alike—ultimately resulting in the revised and enlarged edition entitled Little Boy Blue.

 

            Fortunately the prose absorbed the brunt of the revision and few poems required fine-tuning.  In the instance of In a Forest, Near a Stream, for example, I replaced the word proffered with cryptic—read in context one easily discerns why the latter is the more appropriate choice and appreciates its significance—however, some of the changes were substantial and intricate out of necessity (as in the instance of The Call and Share the Journey).  Naturally I regret rushing into print at the expense of a good, first impression; I was too green at the time to realize my manuscript was still a work-in-progress.  In any case, with my second effort (comparable to cutting and polishing a diamond in the rough) I paid a penance that surely must put me well along the way to redemption.

 

  

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Little Boy Blue is a book of poetry written during the last quarter of the 20th Century. This edition (a revised and enlarged version of my Selected Poems edition) contains (40) poems—ranging from free verse, haiku, syllabic, and avant-garde to prose—which were selected with an overview to diversity of merit, style, and content.

The Apologia provided a medium for my philosophy and allowed me to advocate the arts (with an emphasis on literature) in the hope of encouraging and perhaps inspiring artists of all genres to believe in themselves, exercise and explore their potential, forge their own way, and strive for excellence in artistic expression.

This is my first and last collection. However, in addition to my passion for poetry, it is a testament to my tenacity and triumph over illiteracy. Little Boy Blue has truly been a labor of love and it is my meager contribution to modern culture.



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Little Boy Blue
By Melie Bacon

Review of: Little Boy Blue
By: Susan Browning Penninton/Author:

Melie Bacon's book, Little Boy Blue is an awesome collection of Poems that is very well written. He is a man of empowering words that touched my heart and stirred my emotions as I turned each page. I loved it all and genuinely connected with his beautiful words. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, I especially love In a Forest, Near a Stream, Smile Again and Kindred Spirit. I would like to see more of Mr. Bacon's writings and will be looking forward to his next book. I give Melie Bacon 5***** for his great writing ability. Keep writing!


Little Boy Blue
Review of: Little Boy Blue
By: Christine Lindemer/Author, Editor, Poet

You’ll find yourself re-reading many of these poems, both silently and aloud, and selecting your favorites. There are gems in here. In a word, many of these poems are timeless. One such poem is “I heard My Muse Singing.” The various styles employed in these poems range from classic forms to free verse to prose style. Emily Dickinson-style poems are intermixed with explorative forms with titles such as “Haikuvale.” Themes of love (and the loss of love), admiration, and infatuation abound in this collection; both the love for the fair sex and nature in its many shades. One mesmerizing nature poem is “Terrain of the Tern.” As for romantic love, “Southern Belle” stands in line for becoming an oft-memorized classic. Darker emotions emerge in “Where the Rocks Have Eyes” and “Sculptured Clay.” Wise and profound observations are revealed in “A Lingering Look” and “The Sentinel Tree.” Many of these poems are written in the voice of a man, or mature adult, but the voice and heart of a child stirs in a few poems such as “The Giant, the Queen, and I.” Melie M. Bacon states that this is his first and last collection; however, Professor Tom Nordgren remarks that Bacon is ‘a formidable poet in the making.’ It’s clear that this poet has a great love for words, language, as well as a thirst for knowledge. He makes it tough to keep remembering that his formal education ended early in his life. He has clearly been on a quest for the self-expression of his art. May one more muse come a-calling.



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