the truth of my existence, my relationship to other people, and the mystery of the world around me are my constant fascinations. Many times these thoughts, meditations and feelings manifest themselves poetically. These poems and poetics are my offering. I have divided these poetic pieces into three sections: Rebirth, Growth and Love. They reflect a long period of tumultuous change and transcendence in my life.
or some unknown reason, this book ended up in my hands. I must admit the cover is beautiful. The poetry, it grabs you from the first poem. You know a poet is great when you read the first poem and realize you have to read it again because it made you think. Shinholser writes words that glue you to the page so tightly that you feel as if you are floating through a journey that is each poem. Poetry for the soul. The book is divided into three sections; rebirth, growth, and love. I enjoyed the whole book. It’s spiritual poetry, human poetry; full of love, wisdom, and understanding.
By Steven L. Walker, Director of Davis KiddBooksellers Poetry Series Nashville, TN: “Poet Galway Kinnell once defined poetry as that singular voice “speaking directly to what matters most.” This is precisely what the poetry of Jack Shinholser does.The poems of I See speak directly from the heart and soul in a quest to make sense of an individual life. That quest has been the purpose of poetry from the time of Gilgamesh to the present day. Mr. Shinholser lends his energy and freshness of spirit to a new wave of “grass-roots” poetry that has rediscovered the power and economy of poetry to define our place in the world and reconcile our hearts with it.“