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Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses

Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses [Kindle Edition]

Dave Lewis
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Dave Lewis is from Cilfynydd, South Wales. He has always lived in Wales except for a year in Kenya.

He is founder and organiser of The Welsh Poetry Competition, an international competition which seeks to encourage and nurture talented writers that have been overlooked by the arts establishment in Wales.

Praise for 'Sawing Fallen Logs':
'From the first eponymously titled poem, we realise that Dave Lewis's work possesses an energy and freshness that lifts his imagery and empathy way above the work of many less ambitious poets. The element of surprise in each poem, however short, is even more startling coming as it does from such uncluttered writing. Last lines are an example, while phrases such as ‘trees as tall as ships’, ‘a severe lack of hares’, ‘the brittle grass of misunderstanding...’ will surely enhance the readers' own perceptions of the world around them. This collection's structure too, works well under its five separate headings, and the diverse forms used in several poems adds visual variety. A wonderful read. Buy it!'
- Sally Spedding

'Dave Lewis is a vital voice of the Valleys, in touch with both the streets and the natural world. His free-flowing verse makes him a Welsh son of the Beats.'
- Mike Jenkins

‘From the moment you pick up a copy of Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses [SFLLH], you realize you are holding a piece of art.

‘Published by Ponty Press earlier this year, SFLLH is gutsy, perceptive and experimental. Most of all it allows Dave Lewis to take us on a journey into all those nooks and crannies of life and love that most of us overlook.

‘His keen eye and excellent usage of wit make this book one that I will come back to time and time again. For instance, in Outside the museum with Warren, Mr Lewis uses language and formatting so skilfully that we are instantly engaged in this encounter. Lines such as ‘we held the moments as strong as a whale’s heartbeat’ grab the reader and refuse to let go.

‘Throughout the book, Dave Lewis shares intelligent and comedic metaphoric snippets that not only fill the backdrop, but also carry us along with him frame-by-frame. Like any good director, Mr Lewis allows his audience to look through the camera just enough to make them want more.

‘In Opium, his repetitive use of ‘dab, dab’ actually summons the scent up, which is exactly what authors hope for and readers demand. The poem is creative, as is the entire book, but, more than that, it stimulates us on several levels.

‘Through exaggeration and sarcasm we see situations most of us can relate to all too well as in the case of A fly in the ointment, one of several pieces that made me laugh and nod my head in total agreement.

‘Travel Text is a clever reminder of how we’ve shortened our conversations to such an extent that we may lose the ability to truly communicate.

‘Poems like Car Accident are so potent that you might miss how cleverly the author has used understatement to grab you by the gut.

‘Train Lines provided me with a first-class ticket to a perceptive ride through the countryside I wouldn’t have missed for the world. I have read each of the poems in this book countless times and each time was given a richer taste of Mr Lewis’ fantastic feast.

‘His lines are smooth and flow like ale on the palate on a hot summer day. I found this book refreshing and tantalizing. Even in his Row of trees, we’re taken immediately to the scene.

‘film grain, harsh light
the black and white of winter
rain rips skies.’

‘My heart was broken by Hospital bed. The stark reality Mr Lewis painted left me breathless.

‘Throughout the book readers will ride a rollercoaster of rich language, clever insights and creativity. And when they finally come to the end, they’ll join the queue to ride again.

- Jolen Whitworth, Poetry Editor, Gold Dust Magazine

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3966 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Ponty Press (11 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078ANUHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,006,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Dave Lewis is a writer based in Pontypridd, south Wales.

Dave has been widely published all over the world in a number of literary magazines and web sites. He has published eight books to date, and his work has included poetry, prose, short stories, photography, haiku and two crime novels set in various locations around south Wales and Africa.

In 2007 Dave set up and organised the first ever Welsh Poetry Competition, an international poetry competition aimed at encouraging the wealth of creative writing talent that exists in Wales but is overlooked by the arts establishment.

He writes content for and still maintains many web sites, was web producer for the BBC Wales Scrum V fanzine, has run four hugely successful rugby sites with, has written newspaper columns for the Pontypridd Observer and also has his own web design company, photography site and doggie blog.

He received critical acclaim for his first two novels, Ctrl-Alt-Delete and Raising Skinny Elephants - crime thrillers set in Wales and Africa.

His latest book is Roadkill, a collection of modern poetry, and he is currently writing his third novel - the concluding part of a trilogy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Terry
A superb book of modern verse. To me this is more than a poetry book. Unashamed, daring and incredibly perceptive. This is evident in "Opium" where the reader is able to not just feel but also smell and taste the love that was lost. Many of the poems are experimental, and all of them work on many different levels. Split into five sections this book could easily have been five books, so strong are each of the poems in it. As a rugby fan I enjoyed "Train Lines" which I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I recollect times from the past. Whether he is writing about the natural world, wildlife, this fragile environment we all share with each other, the author's control of every single word is wonderful. After reading this book a few times you realise nothing has been left to chance. Passionate and creative. An overused word these days, but not here, this is truly a great slice of literature.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAWING FALLEN LOGS FOR LADYBIRD HOUSES 11 Oct 2011
" FALLEN LOGS........." is a collection of beautiful poems and free verse.
Dave Lewis, is an ardent environmentalist, seeing so much beauty in the Natural World.
Dismay at urban environment decay is described . In all the poems., there is a great richness of vocabulary . Written with compassion and intelligence.

My favourite poem is "one Kaleidoscope Autumn" about Dave and his young daughter.
The last lines
" Coated against cold
through the bat dry night ,
gazing up at a trillian answers "

Wonderment and magic of simple things !
Images created in the mind ,when reading these poems ! Awesome.

A definite place on everyone's bookshelf
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