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Product details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing (29 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849915148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849915144
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,687,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Cacti Corner

Thinking of all the people,
I've been through.
In time.
Like a party.
They were never here.
Just for the celebration of the fear.
It's clear.
You can make it
If you steer
Wide of cacti corner.
Which toast did they leave after?
What boast was too much for
Their indigestion?
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.

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My 'particular' favourite from this collection, is Politicians' song, with it's refrain of 'Pose, pose wherever you may be.' The poem has a humorous but cynical tone, about how politicians and the police are above the law. From the book's publication date, the author might have been alluding to the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009.
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.

Greed
If you set greed free,
It does not mean necessarily,
That greed will set you free.

Limited Consciences

In the land of the limited conscience,
Thoughtlessness is King.
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Peter Vealey's latest book of verse, entitled Particular, shines a psycho-sociological torch on the vacuities, follies and down-right dangerous thinking of our age. If you feel a profound sense of unease about the direction the world is heading, Peter offers words that will open your eyes still further to the struggle which must needs ensue, both within ourselves and in the external relations we maintain, if we are to create a saner, more humane society.

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.

Recommended.
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Peter Vealey is an observer of people, environment, the society in which we all participate. He questions and interprets what he sees to make some sense of an unsatisfactory world. And, that is where his second, collection of poems comes from.

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.
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Pete Vealey taps into his rich vein of personal and social observation as he ponders on those aspects and moments of life that define us but are not always apparent or readily understood at the time of experiencing them. He is insightful witty, dark and brooding but yet curiously optimistic if only in a small way, as if he himself can't quite believe it. There are moments of high drama wrapped in an enigmatic barrage of emotional fire that burns at the reader asking questions that are just a tad uncomfortable at times.

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.

Highly recommended.
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I feel humbled by the eloquence of some of the other reviews.

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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