The Homely Muse by Richard Beyer

Copyright 1973
Checked out 2 times in 37 years
Last checked out 28 years ago

I’m sad to say that the lack of reader interest in this volume is deserved. I’m sure it’s homely appearance (dot matrix used on cover and throughout) hasn’t helped. All signs point to it being a vanity publication (self-published). Many of the poems are sonnets. Much as I can willingly give a nod to someone who can make the rhyme scheme work, just because a sonnet is competent in form doesn’t make it a good poem. Most of Beyer’s are merely descriptive. They lack passion or insight or even an attempt at the argument that is the rhetorical aspect of the form. Although, according to the note in the back of the book, Mr. Beyer was active in the Alabama poetry scene in his day, his poetry is unexceptional. This book should be removed from the shelves to make way for other poetry.


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