“The past beats inside me like a second heart.” John Banville
From the dark, cold and tangled branches emerges a butterfly… called Ray. Where he’d go with a new set of wings? Haha
To the book of inspiration, memories, radiating energy, harmony, joy of childhood, humour, change, ache and truth – “Small Town Kid” by Frank Prem. The book overflows with warm descriptions of mcalpine’s cherries, the laws of football, the dangerous mystery of night, the ideal spots to hide, the tears of first love in high school.
He kissed her
Till it made our eyes pop
The smell of factories, the sound of broken english, the touch of darkness and first intoxication, the power of lost and unsaid – all that is called HOME. The good and the bad in a perfect balance. The memories that time does not erase…
We can only gaze
Breathless in excitement.
Our memories are tricky things, they are changing with perception over time. They shift, they affect and force us to forgive, understand and grow.
“What you remember saves you.” W. S. Merwin
Frank Prem has a truly unique and dynamic writing style. His poetic memoir is soulful, witty and lyrical. He vividly captures people, who have meant most in his childhood. And all of them come to life as if they are walking into the room where you are sitting and reading the book.
It is not a typical show bis – commercial tale. It is honest, unusually intimate voyage of the small-town-heart travelling back in the past.
“Do you remember how you felt at seventeen? I do and I don’t. Imagine you came from outer space and someone showed you a butterfly and a caterpillar. Would you ever put the two of them together? That’s me and my memories.” Douglas Coupland
In the centre of the giant redwood forest… a tiny plant once stood. Its roots are grounded. Troubles, laugh, loss, rejection, worry is around, but that tiny plant sits in stillness, harnessing the power: from family, friends, voice within, local secrets, mysterious food, intuition and dreams.
And promises made
- A very soulful read. Interesting, different, and somewhat traditional.
- Could be a material of discussions in classrooms. I see it more as ‘classics’.
- You can feel the authors emotions come right out of the words you read, and sometimes, I felt a little bit of myself in them too. That exactly what poetry is… right?
- A work of art.
Growing without mirrors
Our young eyes never noticed
The fleeting glimpses
Of mental barricades.
- Very personal memoir. Sometimes hard to get what the author is talking about. I think you have to be born or grow up in that area = the territory is #matter.
- Might be difficult ‘read’ for younger generations (perception about life Then & Now).
It is magnetic. It is alive. You may feel as though the light of author radiates outward, and that makes you shine too.
Grab the book and experience sensations like this with an open and joyful heart!
“The only real treasure is in your head. Memories are better than diamonds and nobody can steal them from you” Rodman Philbrick
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About the author:
Frank Prem has been writing poetry as a serious pursuit for in excess of 30 years, and has been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies, both in Australia and in a number of other countries, including America, England, India and Europe. He has won and placed in a number of writing competitions over the journey, and has performed his work in various spoken word venues around Victoria (Australia) and occasionally recorded it.
Small Town Kid which was originally self published in 2009, has just been republished (December 2018) and is now available in both e-book and paperback editions at all the major online booksellers.
Small Town Kid on Amazon: Kindle Edition
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