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Poems for Paula

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Publisher:  Rossendale Books Type: 


Copyright:  June 8, 2008 ISBN-13:  9780955761744

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Sub-titled,' Poetry from Tom Mcgreevy '
The first in a series. A large collection of poetry from ' Up and Coming ' English Author, Tom Mcgreevy.

Poetry from Tom Mcgreevy

Tom Mcgreevy served 13 years with the British Armed Forces (Army) from 1972-1984. Operating in such remote places as Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Germany, France, Denmark, Cyprus, The Jungles of Belize, Northern Ireland, and The Falkland Islands.

Since leaving Military Service he has returned to his lifelong passion for writing.   In 2005 Tom was diagnosed with Cancer, but true to his belief of ' Giving up is not an option ', against the odds he has beaten it, and is now in remission.

Tom now lives in a small Village in Berkshire, England, with his Wife Paula and their disabled Son James.

Tom's poetry is Raw, Emotional, Funny, Spiritual, and at times Sad enough to bring out the tissues.  He always tells it ' Like it is ', and it is always from the heart.
     Tom has this gift of writing from ' Other people's shoes ', as well as his own.
His life in the Military, usually on detachment to other units, has inspired many of the Soldier/War poems,  and his fight against Cancer reflects the saddness and trauma of this terrible illness.
     Tom's poetry has already inspired a large following Worldwide, through his website, ' Poetry from Tom Mcgreevy ' and, and there is something inside this book for everyone.


Extract from' The Hospice '

I wait inside this Hospice
For death to come inside
My wife she comes to visit
Her tears she tries to hide

Silent words they come
From deep within her eyes
Each day of my survival
Delighted, but suprised

How much longer must I put
My loved one's through this grief ?
How much longer till the day
They lay the final Wreath ?

( First three verses from ' The Hospice ' Page 54 )

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Reader Reviews for "Poems for Paula"

Reviewed by Sally Gardner 6/21/2008
It is the sheer diversity of Tom's work that takes your breath away.This is graphically illustrated by the first and last poems.'The Det' takes you to a situation that, thank God, most of us have never had to face, and leaves you wondering how you would have coped. Less bravely, then and afterwards, I suspect. 'The Missing Sock' with its wit and humour is a wonderful cheery,cheeky finish to this collection. And in between? All life (and death)is here.Tom's struggles with the demon cancer, (long may he go on winning this battle!),his military experiences, and shining through the collection, his love for Paula. Tom writes beautifully and honestly, with a rare ability to illuminate large topics with a sideways glance at the small everyday incidents to which we all relate. Thank you, Tom.
Reviewed by Jan Hedger 6/19/2008
A book of many faces - from despair and loss, to wickedly funny humour. A poetry book to adorn any book shelf - Tom Mcgreevy has captured life itself and more.

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