Item description for Across My Silence by Jack Cooper...
Stephen D. Chandler, author of "The Story of You," writes about "Across My Silence, "One need not be a passionate conservationist or lover of animals to be charmed by Cooper's admiration of them. The awe he feels in "The Turtles of La Escobilla" for the turtles' unstoppable life force in the face of human cruelty runs deeper than an environmentalist's tantrum. And that, in the end, is the deep place where only poetry can go. Beyond the topical and beyond the political into the eternal. Cooper's poems are all tickets to that deep place."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.05 lbs.
Release Date Jan 26, 2007
Publisher World Audience, Inc.
ISBN 1934209376 ISBN13 9781934209370
Reviews - What do customers think about Across My Silence?
I paint with oil, Jack paints with words Jun 12, 2007
Have been immensely enjoying some quiet moments by my backyard tomato patch after hectic days of paying the piper and find Jack's writings to be very touching; heartfelt; moving and not withholding of some good giggles. I look forward to discovering them all.
Across My Silence Apr 30, 2007
The day after I acquired the book of poems "Across My Silence" by Jack Cooper, I took the book with me to be my companion in my daily routine. There are always moments in our busy schedule that if not filled with reading would be completely wasted. So, while I was in the court room, waiting for my firm's case to be called, I was in the company of the beautiful mind of Jack Cooper. There was not a single poem that I read that did not either make me sad or sentimental, or evoked some of my own feelings, or made me smile. This book is a treasure. For instance, a short poem about the boys' house and passing trains! With just few words, Mr. Cooper left me breathless. That morning Cooper's poems offered me a world much more real than everything around me; the poems were telling me stories so existent that for a moment even the master of the court room, the judge in the black robe, seemed almost ethereal. Being a great admirer of E.E. Cummings, I was thrilled to read Cooper's title poem and find out that praise to his love was equal to the mastery of Cummings. The poem "Before Dawn" reaches the depth of reader's soul by the magic only poetry could make. What a beautiful way to be reminded that every dawn is bringing us a new beginning! Furthermore, who of us does not know someone whose favorite word is "absolutely?" Cooper brings to life a story of his uncle and his "absoluteness" in a way that will make a reader smile, while telling a poignant story of one's life. If you ever lost a loved one, you will be truly moved by many poems in this book. I could go on, and on, but I will conclude this comment by saying that in this era of mass production of everything, of almost too many choices, "Across My Silence" is a perfect choice for any reader."
Author paints unique pictures with words Mar 30, 2007
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (2/07)
Jack Cooper shares his poetry with readers in "Across My Silence." He has a unique ability to paint pictures with words. "the pink cheeks of the baby day break through the clouds on the prostrate hills,"
Through these words I could see the early dawn with the sun just peaking through the clouds.
In "Among the Creatures" Jack discusses his "soft spot" for animals. He protects spiders, has sympathy and love for his aging cat, and aches for trees falling victim to chainsaws. But he has no qualms when it comes to mosquitoes and houseflies. He doesn't mind sending them to their end. However, he takes no pride in their death. "Garden To Garden" takes the reader on the journey of a butterfly, trailing through garden after garden. Mr. Cooper shares his observations on crickets and lizards.
I believe my favorite poem in this book is:
"SOME PEOPLE There are some people You know you're going to like Even before you meet them, Men who cover their yawns, Women who wear backpacks, Little girls with mud on their faces, Little boys who read, Anyone who picks daisies Or pets stray cats, The glassman with a purple dinosaur Glued to the tailgate of his truck, The gardener with an old "More Trees, Less Bushes" bumper sticker, the waitress cleaning up maple syrup all over the highchair who smiles like it was her fault and says, "someday I want to have kids."
Jack Cooper shares his observations in "Across My Silence." These poems radiate in a wide arch around him. From the first word I was hooked. Mr. Cooper has a way of catching the readers' attention and holding it. Through his words I could see the man at the door proudly holding the fly swatter. I could see the butterfly as it moved from garden to garden. I could see the sun peaking through the clouds and the lizard scurrying away. With simple words Jack Cooper paints a unique picture of this world that we too rarely take time to contemplate. I highly recommend "Across My Silence" to those that enjoy poetry and nature.
Jack Cooper takes you innocently to the outside edge... Mar 26, 2007
Ok, he did it again & I walked blindly in....Jack Cooper takes you innocently to the outside edge of the flower petals, gets you to peer into their depths and all of a sudden (he does his literary jujitsu and) you find yourself totally inside the flower, feeling it's heart beat & pulsing with it..and you ask, "how did I get here????" But it doesn't matter how ...... you are just so glad to be here and feeling it!
What a pleasant surprise! Mar 9, 2007
I am rediscovering poetry after approximately 12 years away from it. When my husband gave me this book, I didn't think I would enjoy it very much. However, after reading a few of the first few poems, I was hooked. The poetry is accessible and non-pretentious. That does not mean, however, that its content is simple. The delivery is deceptive: take everyday events and glimpses of life and make them meaningful to the reader. The diction is clever and effective. Mr. Cooper manages to bring a smile to my face, even though some of the content is sad or hard to think about. I smile because I'm happy that I'm enjoying poetry once again.