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Doomsinger Smiles
by David J. Herrle

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0970684312

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, award-winning author of “This is the Place” and “Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered”

Here is a quote from Doomsinger Smiles by David J. Herrle:

“What silken poetry exhaled from those nights.”

This reviewer of poetry is hard put to improve on this description. How can I better explain what the author himself sees as the essence of his own work?

This young poet makes subjects that normally would not catch my attention sing to me; he breathes fresh ideas unpolluted by age; still many are so wise that those who have aged (like me) are still utterly infatuated.

In another of the poems (53 in all), he says, “A Doomsinger, above all, is a bard…sensitive to anguish and mortality, yet ever hopeful.” The poetry here is easy, accessible, agreeable and yes, sometimes distressing. It does what poetry should do. It makes us think and feel.

David J. Herrle’s language transcends divisions of all kinds. He shapes thoughts with words that attract rather than repel. His work probes the circumstance of youth and we find that it is, in fact, the human condition. That quality makes him a budding poet of the first order.

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(Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of “This is the Place” and
“Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered.” She is now completing her own first book of poetry called “Skyscapes: A Woman’s View.” Learn more at:



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