Desperate and passionate, the poetry of Vacant Morality rolls off of the tongue like music. There are moments of simple purity filtered through the lens of experience, regret, and wisdom. Poet Christopher Raine believes that the best way to explain beauty is through the contrast of ugliness. It is only through suffering that one can truly feel the unique rarity of sublime love and hope.

 

The dark nature of this poetry collection is insightful and deeply reflective, whether it is the political vigilance of "The Abattoir," the condemnation of "The Hallowed," or the soulful longing of "You Want:"

 

"You can't seem to shake the longing

like a tired homeless beggar

his hands reaching out for nothing

while all he wants is shelter

 

But he'll die starving in the gutter

with the garbage and the vermin

and the eulogy of his nostalgia

reads like a tired maudlin sermon

 

But you want to love her softly

and you want all of her meaning

​and it comes to you quite easily

from the centre of your being

 

But she's gone..."

 

​The work is underscored with themes of social justice, shared through a no-nonsense style that feels cool and smooth in its cadence and vibe. Readers will appreciate Raine's thoughtful, passionate treatment of subjects familiar to many.

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© Christopher Raine

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Published December 2017

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RAINE REFLECTIONS

VACANT MORALITY

Poems of the Past

​by Christopher Raine

170pg.  Perfect Bound Softcover