Poet Frank Prem is celebrating his latest release, appropriately on Valentine’s Day, and delighted to share today and looking forward to reading and reviewing in the near future. Walk away silver heart: Poetry inspired by the Amy Lowell poem ‘Madonna of the Evening Flowers’ (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 1)
About the collection
All day long I have been working
Now I am tired.
I call: “Where are you?”
But there is only the oak tree rustling in the wind . . .
from Madonna of the Evening Flowers
Drawing on the phrasing of the early 20th Century Amy Lowell poem Madonna of the Evening Flowers (above) Frank Prem has produced a collection of personal and interpersonal love poems written, as always, in the unique style that allows every reader to relate.
Prem’s interpretations breathe new life into contemporary love poetry and utilise Lowell’s original phrases to inspire a tender immediacy and warmth of response as in the eponymous poem:
I look at you
see myself the way
I should have been
but something pure
along the way
from walk away (silver heart)
Walk Away Silver Heart is the first of three collections that together comprise A Love Poetry Trilogy, with each revisiting outstanding work by stellar poets of the past to produce vibrant new collections. The second collection, a kiss for the worthy, draws on Walt Whitman’s classic work Leaves of Grass, while the third, rescue and redemption, derives from T.S Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
This is a new kind of poetry that tells stories, draws pictures and elicits emotional responses from readers. Just as the best poetry should.
Head over to buy the collection: Amazon US
And: Amazon UK
Also by Frank Prem
One of the recent reviews for The New Asylum
Deeply and poignantly written, this mental health memoir in free-verse poetry, of the author’s life as a psychiatric nurse takes the reader from Frank’s days when he watched his parents head to work in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum, through the tragic, heartrending years of life and death, and everything in between.
Humorous at times – “ask the pharmacist” he instructed “for a pair of fallopian tubes” – the author’s ability to have the reader “see” the circumstances; capture the essence in only a few words, is exceptional. Highly recommended.
Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
And Amazon UK: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Frank on Goodreads: Goodreads
About Frank Prem
I’ve been a storytelling poet for about forty years. Longer in fact, as I remember the first poem I wrote while at secondary school was about 150 – 200 words long and was accepted in lieu of a 500 word essay. I think that may have been the start.
I love to read my work to a live audience, and have audio recorded some recent recordings and popped them on my author page. I have also done some studio- recorded work under the direction and accompaniment of my wife Leanne Murphy that can be listened to there. These poems are on mythological themes and the accompaniment by Leanne makes them a little bit extraordinary.
By profession, I am a psychiatric nurse and have worked across most facets of public psychiatry and the mental health/mental illness spectrum. My experiences and reflections on what I have seen and done are the subject of a forthcoming memoir – scheduled for late 2019, or perhaps more likely, 2020.
I’ve been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, but for a long time I haven’t sought much publication. The whims of editors are a little too capricious and unknowable, so I have preferred to hone my craft and self-publish on my poetry blogs
Leanne and I reside in the beautiful township of Beechworth in the North-East of Victoria (Australia).
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Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Frank’s new collection.. thanks Sally.