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.
Poems of the Past
by Christopher Raine
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Published December 2017
Softcover: ISBN 978-1-4834-7808-1
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