The Reality and Fantasy of My World is an example of accessible modern poetry with both beauty and power. The book is divided into five discrete parts, linked only by the writer’s style. Part One takes eight holidays and brings out interesting aspects of each, describing why they, above others, are days for celebration. Part Two addresses eight other special days that should be honored with solemn reflection and remembrance. The eight poems in Part Three all have a flavor of history, such as one that describes the exciting actions leading to the United States putting an end to Barbary piracy in 1815. In Part Four, the author relates incidents from his past that he thought interesting – and in some cases embarrassing. Part Five comprises stories – all from the mind of the poet. In 2013, Lull published a book, entitled Creating Form Poetry: A Poet’s Handbook. It provides instruction on how to write thirty-three different poetry forms. In responding to questions, he has expressed that his favorite form to write is the English sonnet, sometimes referred to as the Elizabethan or Shakespearean sonnet. He included one of those in Part 2, The Final Honor. Also when asked which is the most difficult to write, he responded without hesitation: Sestina. It is a 39-line poem with repetition of end-line words in all stanzas – but in a different specified order. See The Life and Death of Spring in Part 3. Lull added that he had included a poem form that he invented; he called it “Eds Cinquain.” It has unspecified number of 5-line stanzas, but each stanza has specified meter and rhyme requirements, including that the fifth line in all stanzas must rhyme. An example may be found in Part 5, entitled: The Killer Beast. In summary, The Reality and Fantasy of My World, is an adventure for the reader in poetic variety in forms, subjects, and moods, all written in Lull’s easy-to-read style. 1. In Part 5, The Gale, is an ekphrastic poem based upon a painting entitled The Sea. 2. In Part 2, God’s Call was written in remembrance of the author’s first-born son who died as an infant. 3. In Part 3, The New Dominion was written to be the “Official” Virginia State Poem. It isn’t. 4. In Part 4, the embarrassing incident from Fairway Folly actually happened as described. 5, The End of Barbary Piracy in Part 3 was one of fourteen lengthy poems about sea adventures in the fledgling American Navy put into a book titled The Sailors. It was dedicated to USNA midshipmen. The U.S. Naval Institute Press rejected it for publication with a terse – “We don’t do poetry.”
Praise for The Reality and Fantasy of My World
To read this collection is to experience the workings of the heart and mind of a skillful storyteller. As you weave your way through The Reality and Fantasy of My World, arranged in five parts, the author’s graceful, balanced stanzas embrace faith and family.
What a treasure for the reader to find beauty and truth in universal moments of joy, sadness, and love. Ed Lull is a writer who is capable of creating little fires. His strength lies in the joining of deep emotion and profound wisdom.
From the very beginning, “Valentine’s Day,” is infused with warmth and nostalgia. In the poem, “Called To Serve,” Ed reminds us that it wasn’t called a war, but he was called to serve.
The author’s voice guides the reader with great care and respect to not only see again the things in life that are worthwhile, but to see farther and deeper.
Ed Lull’s seamless unfolding of accessible poetry is a gift to savor and celebrate.
Ann Falcone Shalaski author of World Made of Glass, and Without Pretense
In this new book of poetry Ed Lull has captured the rainbow of human experience with wonderfully crafted poems of love and devotion, humor, heroism and history that will keep you reading to the last page.
Organized in five parts: Days of Celebration, Days of Remem- brance, Historical Vignettes, Memoir Anecdotes, and Storytelling; Ed’s poems are both delightful and unsparing of our feelings. Purists will like the perfectly rhymed and metered poetry that makes up the larger portion of this book but Ed also uses poetic prose and free verse where they will best express his message. It is a book for everybody. I have enjoyed it tremendously and know you will too.
Robert L. Kelly
ED LULL is a poet’s poet. His knowledge of and adherence to style and form is impeccable.
In “The Reality and Fantasy of My World,” he combines all of those things with mesmerizing story telling skills in an eclectic collection of poetry.
The stories in Days of Remembrance are told with the moving empathy that comes from Ed’s years of service to his country in the Navy. They illuminate the sacrifices and bravery of our men in uniform and should be read by every American.
Historical Vignettes is the result of a keen interest in history and years of research. The wide spectrum of stories ranges from the Barbary Pirates to Harry S. Truman.
Days of Celebration stirs remembrances from our own lives. The poems bring back memories of valentines from our loves as well as red, white and blue 4 th of July’s.
Memoir Anecdotes is a love letter to family – to fathers, to sons and daughters, and finally, to those grandchildren who brighten our later years. They are told with humor, sincere affection and gratitude.
The musicality and sharp imagery of the poems in Story Telling take us on a journey that reminds us that poetry truly is the music of language. Ed Lull speaks that language beautifully in this finely crafted and heart-warming book.
Sharon Canfield Dorsey, author of Tapestry (the poems of Sharon Canfield Dorsey), Daughter of the Mountains (A Memoir), and Herman the Hermit Crab and the Mystery of the Big Black Shiny Thing.
In this compelling book, Edward W. Lull pays tribute to days of celebration with a captivating, heartfelt look at holidays from New Year’s Eve to Christmas. In poems of remembrance, he acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices of veterans and imminent figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. He revisits the tragedies of Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and Columbine in insightful, well-honed historical vignettes that demonstrate the author’s command of poetic form. My World concludes with inspirational lessons gleaned from Lull’s own life. Accessible and lyrically intense, this authentic book reminds us of the wisdom that comes when we observe our existence in the context of time.
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2006 –2008
High Tide Publications, Inc. appreciates the support of other poets who were willing to review advance copies of Ed Lull’s book. We are fortunate in our area of Virginia to have fine writers willing to help others excel. The following are brief notes on each of the poets who contributed to the advance reviews:
Ms. Sharon Canfield Dorsey is a member of the James City Poets and has received awards from the Poetry Society of Virginia, Chesapeake Bay Writers and Christopher Newport Writer’s Conference. Her work has been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies. She recently took first place at the Christopher Newport Writing Conference for her poetry submission.
Robert L. Kelly has a BA from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and MS from MIT. Kelly’s poetry has appeared in The Poet’s Domain annually since 2003, The Beacon, and in the Poetry Society of Virginia’s 80th Anthology of Poems. He Judged poetry for 2017 Christopher Newport University Writers Conference Poetry Contest and has judged poetry for the Poetry Society of Virginia contest for many years. He may be seen on UTUBE under “Bob Kelly Reads….”
Ann Shalaski’s prose and poetry have appeared in The Comstock Review, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Amoskeag, All Things Girl, and First Literary Review-East among others.When not writing, judging a poetry contest, or conducting writing workshops, Ann hosts a monthly Open Mic poetry program, and mentors young writers. Ann is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Poetry Society of Virginia. She is past president of the advisory council for Christopher Newport University’s Writers’ Conference. She has published two poetry collections, World Made of Glass, and Without Pretense.
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and M.Ed., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from George Mason University, where she received the university’s first doctorate, an Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service Award, and a Letter of Recognition for Quality Research from the Virginia Educational Research Association for her dissertation, Gathering Light: A Poet’s Approach to Poetry Analysis.