Particular Paperback – 29 May 2011
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About the Author
I am Peter Vealey, Fifty Eight years in the making. This is my second collection of poems called "Particular". My first was called "With Authentic Stains ", published in September 2008. Within this book are varied poems over many years, From my teenage years to the present. Unashamedly compassionate, politically thought-provoking and observational. Also included are personal acknowledgements, a dedication and a preface.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Thinking of all the people,
I've been through.
Like a party.
They were never here.
Just for the celebration of the fear.
You can make it
If you steer
Wide of cacti corner.
Which toast did they leave after?
What boast was too much for
Laughing till their heart gave way.
Is it better to be seen
Dead than alive?
Drinking about people,
Loving people at cacti corner.
That's honestly all we do!
A little film of protection,
From your sneering, jeering protection.
All our aim is someone to
Survive outside cacti corner.
Top Customer Reviews
But it could also refer to a more recently revelation , that both senior MPs, and Police used the Official Secret's Act to assist paedophile's to continue with their activities, because it was more important to protect 'their own', than vulnerable children.
As the author says, "Politicians and Police are exempt you see."
Some of the poems, although very short , say a lot; a feat which imo is more difficult than writing a longer poem. Peter Vealey is highly skilled in writing his observations of humanity. I would certainly include the poems I quote below, in a book of Quotes.
If you set greed free,
It does not mean necessarily,
That greed will set you free.
In the land of the limited conscience,
Thoughtlessness is King.
Reading through this eclectic collection, one quickly realises that Peter's most deadly criticism of our modern age (one refrains from using the epithet "civilisation") is that, apart from its man-made crises and catastrophes, it is not humanly interesting. In the end, such a society can produce only a mass human being: incapable of choice; at best patient, docile, disciplined to monotonous work to an almost pathetic degree; conditioned to behave and think by the mass-cultural propagandists of the advertising agencies.
Peter does not fully provide answers to the problems he sees, but the fact that he sees them at all and asks us to do the same, provides something of an antidote to the repressive thinking that sustains the established order.
Where Authentic Stains, his first collection, sought to explore the frailties and sufferings of the human mind and soul, the 60 poems in Particular encompass Peter's "particular" slant on humanity and the pressures and stresses people must endure. Written over several decades, the poems vary enormously in style and structure as well as topic and theme. The variety allows readers to select what "sings" for them; indeed several are clearly created to be sung, and Billy Bragg would do justice to the hilarious lyrics of Politicians' Song
I suspect Peter intends to sound cynical on occasion but the power of good poetry is that in its special use of language it can illuminate the poet's soul. Here, we find a fervent desire for social justice and decency and a hope that these can be realised, despite the obstacles society has imposed. In Inferences, for example, he makes the point that lies told long enough become accepted truths, but he still hopes to meet someone who "can believe from the gut". There are many points of reference for the reader to latch on to. I really like the witty two, three and four liners in the collection. They are insightful, memorable and witty. Others, like Perfect Age of Mind, are lyrical and romantic, with a flavour of Dylan Thomas.
Chipmunka are to be congratulated on their publishing enterprise. Just one little niggle: this inspiring collection would have been even better had a skilled editor tidied up perplexing punctuation which tended to obscure clarity occasionally.
Vealey is an unashamed socialist and champion of the disenfranchised but yet the politics play out in a human and all pervasive manner that gives hope to all whilst avoiding high handed moralising.
In conclusin this is a book that will cause you to reflect upon your particular life and it will be better for it.
Me i am quite a simple person who just loves ideas and language and the way this poet expresses these. I probably miss many of the subliminal messages in the 'deep layers of the onion' but who cares ?I just love what Peter says and the way that he says it. Incidentally, that's a full stop
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