Callback from the Muse is a lovely indie published book of poetry by the Author Michael La Ronn. When I saw this book’s stunning cover come through my GooglePlus feed, I had to have a paper copy. Admittedly, I originally bought it for two reasons. I like and wanted to support the author, and wanted to see what a 45 page create space book looked like. While I do know the author through GooglePlus, the following are my honest opinions.
Michael La Ronn is a good writer with an enviable use of language. The book is full of lyrical snippets of life, and the first poetic prose I have read and enjoyed. The piece Steams and Dreams took my breath away for a moment and when I read it a second time I got even more from the experience. For me, that is something I look for in poetry. There were several poems that were amazing until the last line. I think that is also a good metaphor for the collection. The strongest work is definitely at the front half of the book.
The pieces I felt could be polished, did not suffer from lack of vision or even technique. It was always a small thing, a word with a miss-beat or a last line that could be cut. In a novel, that isn’t always meaningful. In a poem, it could stop me short and several poems while good, missed amazing by a hair. One poem, Dissected, made me laugh aloud. Dusk Prayer was so visual, I felt I could almost smell the grandmother. I enjoyed this book immensely and hope he continues to publish poetry in addition to his fiction. There is a sense of music in his writing that draws the reader in and forgives the odd misstep leaving the reader smiling and satisfied.
I also picked up the ebook version and was surprised at how well the poetry translated to the format. I know a lot of people who read poetry may shy away from ebooks, but there was no need. I loved reading these pieces on my phone. Digesting them as small snippets throughout the day added to my personal reading experience.