It is said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If that is true, then Harvest Leaves and Roses will emerge as a riveting salute to T.S. Eliot and Walt Whitman. With neither pretense nor ornamentation, Peavy continues the project of Eliot in freeing poetry from its straitjacket of sentimentality and rhyme while accentuating Whitman's sensuality. Yet, this volume is not just about imitation. It digs deep into the zeitgeist of the 20th century and exposes it for what it is with fresh insight and the skill of a linguistic surgeon.
"DEEP! THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY!"
What is love? What is romantic love? How can you sustain a relationship amidst the storms of life and the turbulent waters of discontent? These are but a few of the questions with which this insightful book wrestles as we are taken on a journey through several marriages and relationships which are examined for what worked and why they eventually failed. You will not be a mere tourist on this journey. You will be actively involved and by the end of the journey, you will be changed.
"Get out of Jail FREE!"
This book adopts some of the basic rules of golf as a metaphor for life and argues that life is a game that can be played successfully. The work then enumerates some basic rules of life (21 in total) and shows how others have followed and violated these rules to their ultimate victory or defeat. Many references are culled from popular culture both here in North America and abroad. There are autobiographical snippets along the way to add authenticity to the project.
"How insightful and enlightening!"