Section One was first published in audio form by "The Library of Congress" for the visually impaired. Section 2 are poetic chapter headers for my various novels, and Section 3 contains some new material...the first full length poetry written in 26 years.
"Broken Windows, Reflections of a Fool", spans over a quarter of a century. This book of verse examines the human condition, unrequited love, dysfunctional relationships and family values. The book has been written from the gut and the author spares no punches, nor apologizes, as each poem for the majority of this book is based on factual events.
Book One was written in the author's teens and published by The Library of Congress for the visually impaired visitors. Only two of these poems deal with the author personally.
Book Two contains all the poetic chapter headers of the author's three novels "Fill My Eyes", "The Backside of Yesterday" and "Falon Rising". (Note only "Fill My Eyes" has been published, the second is with an agent and the third is a work that has been scrapped for now).
Book Three contains a new complete poem, the first written in 30 years and a rewrite of an older poem (included in Book One). The book has been through several tranformations and written sporadically over this long time period.
This book of verse has been published by Amazon and is listed online at their sites and affiliates as of 11-18-09.
The author has posted many of these poems. On one site alone, and over 10,000 hits and 200 positive reviews were received, prompting publication.
A regular reviewer on AD Linda Torrence has been added in the dedication, as has member Mary Lacey. Thank you both for your unfailing faith.
"Heart of a Hobo", children riding the rails during The Great Depression, is currently being written.
I am tired of fighting friends and foes
Look for a place to hide my heart
My life is viewed through broken windows
While searching for a place to fall apart
With a heart filled with pain
I gave that to you
Now you give me the same
Author/poet Terry D. Robertson, has written a book of heart-felt verse that ironically does not deal with him. The majority of the book was penned in the author's late teens. His perceptive eye shifts from a variety of people and human emotions, to the most complicated...love. The author maintains an observer point of view that might convey lack of empathy. But in "Broken Windows, Reflections of a Fool", each poem is written from the gut, and with an open raw nerve. Mr. Robertson makes no apologies.
The remaining third of the book consists of poetic chapter headers from the author's three novels. Many of these short stanzas are picture perfect, not needing another word, while several are a bit obscure. The author clearly states that the chapter headers are expressly implied for the novel(s) they serve, which would explain these very few ambiguous short stanzas. Each poem is concise and hit home like a blow to the heart by painting vivid word pictures. The author has fine-honed his skills compared with his wonderful earlier work. The book is refreshing and does not rely on lofty phrases and $2 dictionary words. This is a brittle but totally honest piece of work that will strike a universal chord in anyone who reads this brilliant prose. And each poem flows like liquid gold, thoughtfully and beautifully written.
One of the finest and certainly most interesting books of verse on the market today. --Review Scout.org
Life In Poetry
I just received my copy of "Broken Windows Reflections of a Fool" and I am really impressed with this book of poetry.
It starts with the really nice cover, muted purple with trees in the background that just makes you want to walk into those trees and see what's inside.
I like the way that the author has put his poems in several chapters. Each one is different and most people should find a little of themselves in some of his poems. I know that I did in several of them. It really felt like he was reading my mind with his poems. Terry has a great gift of putting his soul into his poems, enough to feel that he has lived way beyond his years. He speaks so much about life, good and bad.
Sometimes they make you feel sad, but I think that's a good thing, as it shows how deep he thinks when he writes. I've gained a lot of perspective about life, after reading this book. I'm sure that others will feel the same.
Great job, Terry and I hope that we see more of your books in the future.
Congratulations on a job well done. --L.T. Singer
Terry Robertson -a Fresh Face
This book is a collection of poems written throughout the writer's life. The first part is a collection of poems mostly about life and the pain it can cause. Thus, Broken Windows. It emits a great deal of emotion and some of the poems are real tearjerkers. The next part is about the chapter headings of his books, short, but beautifully written. Mr. Robertson is a fine and talented author. I look forward to more of his work. I have read his other book, "Fill my Eyes" which is a novel I could not put down.
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Reader Reviews for "Broken Windows, Reflections of a Fool"
|Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
I know this will be a success, and I must agree with Linda about the excerpt. It's a good beginning. I'll be checking the sites for when it comes out, and if I should miss it, email me. Thanks.
|Reviewed by Linda Torrence
Aren't we all! You couldn't have said it any better and I like the way that you have put so much in 4 lines! Also, thanks for including me in the dedication of this important book, it means a lot to me.