Luczak, Raymond. “This Way to the Acorns: Poems: The Tenth Anniversary Edition”, HandType Press, 2012.
Four Seasons, Four Sections
Before I even begin to review this book, let me say something about the author, Raymond Luczak. We have never met (aside from on Facebook) but Ray is my friend and he is my friend because he is so talented and has managed to rise above some difficult odds. When I sit down to read anything that he has written, I am comforted by the fact that as I read his life touches mine. The sheer beauty of his language always knocks me out. Ray loves nature and it shows in his poetry—especially in this volume that comes back to us in a tenth anniversary edition.
Here is the young poet as he meets nature and sees her bounties and beauties. But along with the beauties, Luzcak writes of the other not so beautiful aspects of nature and her power. There is style and grace here and every word is purposely and perfectly chosen.
These are poems that change with readings. At first reading we are taken by the beauty of the language and then as we read again and again all kinds of new thoughts come to mind. The poems are divided into the four seasons and in each season, Luczak reminds us of what goes on. His reaction becomes the reader’s reaction and using the state of acorns is sheer genius.
Metaphorically, Luczak creates beautiful scenes that are unforgettable and as I read I know I was being called back for a rereading and that does not happen often to me. I know that the next time I take Sophie, my Jack Russell Terrorist, out for a walk it will be a new experience for both us as I will be looking for the things that the poet writes about and when it rains or snows, I will have different experiences. Of course, we can never all feel the same about things we go through but we can understand more by listening to someone else. I am so glad that I have Raymond Luczak to listen to.
Today I took a walk around my house and saw trees and grass and mosquitoes in entirely different ways. I doubt I would have had I not read this book first. There is beauty in all we see and while we may have to look for it, it is there—and if you can’t find it, open a page of “This Way to the Acorns” and let Luczak show it to you. I am so looking forward to doing that on Boston Common next month.