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A New Life
Poems by Ralph Dranow
The 76 vivid poems in A New Life by Ralph Dranow
offer us a unique and compassionate view
of what it is to be human.
People on the fringe of society reveal their humanity and touch the poet's heart,
as do ordinary people doing seemingly ordinary things,
whose goodness could easily be overlooked
except for the poet's discerning glance.
A father spending hours looking for his young daughter's toy in “Professor of Patience”
achieves a modest nobility,
as does the family sloppily but joyfully playing Frisbee in the park in “Happiness.”
In this collection of poems, the old life becomes the new life
through the poet's discovery of the mystery and wonder
that lie just beneath the surface of our everyday lives.
Ralph Dranow is a widely published poet with a lifelong fascination about people's life stories.
“I've been slowly savoring and loving your book. What a great gift to the world!
I admire your courage to keep opening and exploring the depths of your own soul,
and to share the vulnerabilities and strengths,
uncertainties and wisdom you find.”
~ Charles Burack, author, Songs to My Beloved and Leaves of Light
“Accessible, poignant and heartfelt ~
poem after poem the reflections of a tender, wise, and loving heart.
The combination of simplicity and artistry is stunning.
Ralph Dranow speaks of the fullness of our moments,
the blessings and aches at all stages of life ~
from a memory at age 2 to portraits of grandparents at the end of their lives.
The collection feels like a celebration of what it is to be human;
thank you for this beautiful gift.”
~ Joanne Sultar
“Although I've a very prosaic nature, not given to poetic rapture,
I've been touched and inspired by Rumi and by Ralph.
Both paint for me such clear and intense images that open my heart
and bring a magic to the scenes of life they portray.
Ralph's poetry is tender and honest and bittersweet.
He shares the raw truth of human experience with us from childhood to seniority
and the word glimpses, like snapshots, of everyday experiences
are like sweet-sour candy melting on the tongue.
For me, Ralph's poems open the heart
to embrace our shared mundane world with surprise and delight.
when he is describing a painful moment or memory,
his view is compassionate.
He is a keen observer of human activity, feelings, and relationship,
and his poems nestle into the heart in a genuinely comforting way.”
~ Shonen Bressler
They're playing Frisbee in the park,
Husband and wife,
Three skinny young girls.
The woman is pillowy,
Plump like a dumpling.
"Mama!" one of the girls,
About six, calls,
Tossing the Frisbee to her.
Mama lunges at it,
A lead-footed dancer.
Gleeful laughter bubbles
From the older girls
And Mama joins in.
A compact man,
Tosses the Frisbee
With elegant nonchalance.
The others, though,
Never catch or throw it right
But it doesn't matter.
Each errant toss,
Is a new adventure,
Cause for fresh merriment.
The smallest girl,
Struggles with the Frisbee.
Her father stands behind her,
Tenderly guides her arm
And the Frisbee
Until she can throw it
A few feet
To giggles and applause.
Afterwards, the family
Lies down together,
A tight circle,
Draped against one another,
The father leans lazily
Against his younger daughter.
Watching all this,
A window into
Something simpler, gentler,
I feel a flutter
Caressing my chest.
A NEW LIFE: POEMS
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