It is amazing how a certain combination of words can convey a meaning or an emotion to the mind’s eye. Poetry is definitely one such means of communication that create a feeling inside a person like not other form of art. And Andreas Gripp’s The Breakfast of Birds is prime example of how the right combination of words can evoke strong imagery to the mind’s eye.
En Route to the Commonplace (Excerpt) Page 2
I take the same route to work
in my car every day. That in itself
is not interesting, nor where I work
since those are just two of the mundane
things that don’t make up poems,
unless they are boring ones that no one
wants too read except the author
who must have been really bored
to write it.
What does matter
is that I pass the same set of cars
each morning going in the opposite
direction, all of us locked in this routine
that’s needed in order to pay our various
Again, none of this will fascinate,
although it’s sad that we can’t all get together
for a drink sometime on our day off,
though since we only see on another
as the brevity of a blur
that’s unlikely to happen,
no one knowing anyone else’s name,
or even where they’re specifically
Gripp uses words in a terrific manner in this book. He has a phrasing that I haven’t read in a long time. It is clear and very simple yet very descriptive.
Clover Page 6
I’m rewarded by the clover
grateful I haven’t plucked it
as a weed.
See I there,
among the herbs,
full of triune faces,
sprouting yellowing flowers
just as pretty
as the ones
that grace the yard,
its nectar no less worthy
to the eyes
that best discern,
the ones that buzz and stop
when spotting colour.
This collection is vivid and deep. Every phrase seems to have a easy-to-grasp meaning or conveys an emotion.
Leaving the Beach (Page 50)
takes our discard
upon its dive,
that piece of rye
we cast aside
because the crust
was much too dry,
abandoned in what signifies
the lack of what is moist –
sand in all its coarseness,
grains of which take flight
whenever winds whip up
or when the lucky
ride the down of wings
indebted to bread.
The Breakfast of Birds by Andreas Gripp is brilliant collection of poetry. The mind’s eye is easily awaken by the combination of words Gripp and one can easily grasp the emotion he conveys.