The Art of Sidewalking by Cole Feldman

The Art of Sidewalking by Cole Feldman

Publisher: Cole Feldman

Publication date: September 11, 2021

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Publisher's description:

Traffic lights turn. Passersby converse. Steam billows from the sewer gate. The skyline is a painting. The pigeons flapping their wings are a song. Even the businessman’s straightforward steps are a dance. It’s all art.

The Art of Sidewalking is a collection of free-verse poems written about marvelous moments, often disguised as mundanities, that reveal themselves only when one takes the time to slow down, look up, and notice the fine details of the world around them.

These laconic poems, distilled from deep ruminations on seemingly shallow subjects, invoke a meditative spirit that remains with the reader, perhaps illuminating previously unseen art in their own life.

My review:

I received a free copy of the ebook from the author. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

The sections of the book are divided between different places, including rooms in a house, the park, and the beach. Together, they tell almost a narrative-style story of the daily observations in the author’s life. Some are silly and simple. Some are deep and thought-provoking. The poems crest and fall in a lovely rhythm that takes you through the author’s world and possibly causes you to observe your own world a little differently. It shows a high level of mindfulness to the mundanities that fill our life usually completely unnoticed, but the author shines a poetic light on them. While I didn’t love every individual poem, the collection together made for a wonderful story that I enjoyed reading.

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