All the Purple Iris & More Poems by John S. Thornton

by John S. Thornton

  • Released: January 2024
  • Genre: Poetry

“You only have to write a poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme. Don’t fret about form. It’ll be good enough. It may be your last or, maybe, the first of many. Who knows?”
The forty-four poems in this collection, All the Purple Iris, are, definitely, autobiographical and a kind of credo. It’s all just I, watching the world, listening to the music it makes, trying to put it into words. It’s an earnest effort to pay attention. A poem can make a long story short and often memorable, like “When you are old and grey and full of sleep…” (W. B. Yeats) or “For this your mother sweated in the cold…” (Edna St. Vincent Millay) or “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” (Robert Frost). Doesn’t it enliven you?
One more thing: Don’t read the whole collection at once. Just one at a time, please, until it feels like a song and it’s you singing.

What this author said about working with us...

Luminare Press has published four of my books, The Brooks Brothers Suit, Moon And Fog, Reconsidering The Lilies and All The Purple Iris. Each of them met my highest expectations. Each of them is a delight to hold in my hands, thumb through, read all over again. I hope to do another book next year. I'll go straight to Luminare Press, to their welcome, their joy and their competence. John S. Thornton