Troubador Particles of Light

Released: 28/11/2017

ISBN: 9781788039086

eISBN: 9781788034098

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Particles of Light

Poems, puns, word play and witty one-liners


A poetry collection that is an exploration of words and meaning, and a celebration of sounds.

Life is serious, but not to be lived too seriously. In this collection the familiar is shown in unfamiliar ways. Our vanity and our fragility are exposed with gentle irony, and generosity of spirit. This is a collection of poems with something for everyone. There is a section on people, places, and Nature, a short section of love poems, and a large section of witty one-liners, puns, and humorous poems. 

Much in the collection is light-hearted and playful, although often with a more serious intent. The word play is wittier than Stand Up, and funnier than past wits such as Wilde and Parker. There is little introspection – the reader effortlessly becomes both the ‘I’ and the ‘eye’. While any of the poems might be autobiographical, poets, like novelists, can draw on the imagination. 

This book is the authentic voice of an individual poet. His style is original, though you may hear echoes of Shakespeare, Hopkins, Lawrence, Larkin, Betjeman, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, or Milligan. Feel the power of nature in The Shipwreck ‘Wounded wave, writhe wide / Back-curled crest / Furled then swirled ...’ and enjoy the wit as in Exotic Travel ‘Travel broadens / The bowel’ or in Hope 'Hope springs eternal / In a young man’s / Groin'.

As Chris says: ‘Either write your poems and stuff them in a drawer, or publish and be damned! Poets want to communicate, and poetry is written to be heard. I write when I have something to say, and I feel I have found the right way to say it. Writing groups have enjoyed my poems over the years, and now is the time to put them ‘out there’, so others can enjoy them as they wish.’

This brief collection of poetry is an exploration of words and meaning, and a celebration of sounds. Despite the size of this collection it covers a wide variety of poetry from nature, to love poems. It's shows generosity of Spirit as well as passion, living an life.
I give Particles of Light five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

by Michelle Kidwell

This collection flows very well, and despite the length of it, there is a great amount of content that covers a vast range of topics.

Some of the poems/one-liners really worked well as comedic devices, and I honestly found myself laughing out loud in some places

The poetry was extremely well-written and I found that each individual poem contributed well to the overall feeling of the collection. I liked that each poem had its own title.

by Holly Berry

Modern way to express the life in the city with a sparkle of authenticity.

by Jo M

This book is both lyrical and beautiful. The poetry is so magical, I just can't get enough!! Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a thought-provoking read!

by Shijia Ali

Chris Burleigh's poetry is beautiful and haunting. In 'Particles of Light', each poem is a vivid story weaved into a small space. Every reader will find something to love in this book of poetry.

by Jaclyn Smith

Beautiful imagery, really nice poems. It's shorter than I realized, but that's not a bad thing. I like the author's writing style as well-- he invokes feeling but doesn't sound too self-indulgent. I think since a lot of these poems are so short, they would be nicely complimented by high-quality paper with some gorgeous original background art!

by Sarah Benedict

Definitely one of the most "interesting" poetry collections I've read. Written so differently than anything I've ever seen. The word play was fun and I had to stop and think about most of these, which I find neat.

by Krissy Hamrick

Chris Burleigh

Chris M L Burleigh grew up in South London, and read English at Cardiff. He worked in IT. Chris has written poetry all his life, and has been a prizewinner with, and been published by, Fish Publishing.

When he is not writing poetry, Chris enjoys philosophy, current affairs, travelling, walking, swimming, and in particular, windsurfing.

Chris is married, with three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Chris M L Burleigh
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