From One Child To Another
Poems by Daniel Kolos
Published by George A. Vanderburgh
The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box TM
An 84 page book of poetry
Cover design by Rhonda Iadinardi, Rocks, Paper ‘n Scissors
Reviewed by Katherine L. Gordon,
Author, editor, publisher, literary reviewer,
Columnist for Ancient Heart Magazine,
The warmth of this beguiling book is exemplified by the fetching cover:
Daniel Kolos’ rich-with-experience smile, his young son fresh, eager and happy in the exchange. They have much to share, one to learn and one to re-learn, as Daniel has obviously done, the joyous beauty inherent in every experience.
From One Child To Another conjures the bright-eyed wonder we used to greet the world with. It is very near the surface in many a guarded moment.
The style and language are richly varied and satisfying, as are the subjects,
ranging from luscious fruit to quixotic Faludy.
The four parts of the book address the growing into experience, the appreciation for great friends and mentors who shape us, emotions both fierce and frivolous that play with all of us: “love leads our hearts to leap over logic.”
That Daniel can draw joy and humorous acceptance of the tensest times in every life, is a tribute to his warm and wise nature. The reader will fall in love with his eclectic friendships, great icons of literature, who actually paved his path. They are equally flawed and wonderful. Daniel exposes them with all their human failings and glories so that we come to love them as did Daniel: “so that their illusions could unravel.”
Daniel Kolos is an Egyptologist, an exciting background for a poet. The link from ancient art and literature to the symbols of the present is significantly drawn: “The ancient Egyptians wrote letters to their dead,” versified so poignantly in his letter to Gwendolyn MacEwen.
You can intuit that Daniel’s insight is multi-dimensional on the Mother Earth he reveres: “Those shadows seemed to shimmer/then took shape and I saw angels, faeries and devas dance on the front lawn.”
Good Girl, Bad Boys! And Mating Dance, cleverly placed side by side, are examples of foolish human cultural restraints and baseless judgementalism, while animals cavort in natural, appointed delight of bodies and fertility—the raison d’etre of the world. They provoke much thought on the contrived conditions of so much of society, bringing to mind Dylan Thomas’ Ode to a Faun. As Daniel teaches us: “a soft bed and bad habits are no match for Nature: the winter sunrise wins.” And “where sacredness oozes from the earth.” A firm grounding in reverence for nature and warm respect for his peers are assets to this fine poet.
Daniel’s poem Immigrant is
also part of his experience. Wherever we come from we
can appreciate the spirit and body nurture of compassionate
There is a naughty side, delightfully human, to be found in this One Child To Another exposition: Venerable Bede, Corridors of Power, I Thot. There is as well a sincere understanding of frailty and brevity that still enhance our education in this life.
The lesson in this wonderfully warm little book is: “as for my mind, I carry it with me as a playmate.” Lines to remember for all our days and nights.
Katherine L. Gordon,
Playful April, 2007.