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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Book Review - The Road-Shaped Heart by Nick Purdon
The Road-Shaped Heart by Nick Purdon
About the Author
Nick Purdon was born in 1976 in East London in the Eastern Cape province of
South Africa. After a few moves around the country, his family settled in the
Western Cape city of Cape Town in 1981 where he has lived since. Nick began
writing poetry seriously at the age of 27, though he had been writing on-and-off
since his teenage years.
His poetry embraces the joys and sorrows of life with passion and intensity.
The Road-Shaped Heart is the poetic journey of a man winding his way through a
landscape of darkness, anguish, addiction, loss and grief; carrying with him a
lantern of hope, courage, idealism and love to illuminate a pathway to
self-forgiveness, acceptance and spiritual growth. While often haunting and
melancholy, the poems are also rich in vivid colour and imagery, with an
ever-present sense of fire lilies relentlessly springing forth from a razed and
Roses Amongst A December Of Thorns
Tear my hand; the crimson
Grip stains these
White-knuckle days I will not accept this flower’s
The finest china of a terrible sadness
And crushed to powder it
Rendering palms unreadable,
unbelievable. A glide of knives on twisted
Dead stars to holly-hook my
A sweet scent has turned astringent
A vase of roses
left on a bedside table – Twelve bruised eyes pool in a fractured
by Nick Purdon
Our Book Review
A very deep and concise verse of poetry portraying the author's innermost thoughts and feelings, each poem sensitively written from the heart by the author.
The poems carry their own story and is up to the reader, like any good poem, how to interpret the moral and message that is given. Every emotion is felt as you work your way through the book. To fully appreciate and understand where the writer is coming from, you need take a time out and read these when you are in a contemplative mood.
The descriptive poetry is accompanied by black and white illustrations by Felicity Purdon adding to the message within each poem in which the poet wants you to see.
One poem in particular I liked was 'A Sunday Afternoon', when we rarely get a chance to go out as a family, due to sporting commitments, we have the CD on in the car as we head for the coast and the picture in the book is a perfect image of our favourite little fishing village, Staithes.
Even though the book has 25 poems it will touch you emotionally and in busy times might even slow you down to contemplate what you have just read and make you that little bit calmer.