The Shadows of My Soul

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About the author:
Leon Thornton Jr.'s exposure to poetry began at the age of 11, when a teacher recommended his mother enroll him in a reading club to improve his comprehension. His subsequent love of poetry became his outlet to cope with pain in his life, including witnessing his father's alcoholism, his uncle's drug addiction and resulting death, and his near death experience after his body almost succumbed to diabetes. Thornton's writings about these dark times in his life as well as the darkness in world events, friends' lives and his general observations of everyday circumstances are shared in his first book, The Shadows of My Soul. He credits playing sports and writing poetry as the catharses that helped him release and move past his emotional pain. Thornton lives with his wife, two sons, and mother-in-law in Maryland.

The Shadows of My Soul

Authored by Mr. Leon Thornton Jr.
Edition: 2nd

The poems in The Shadows of My Soul take readers to the dark places as seen through the eyes of poet Leon Thornton, Jr. during his youth. Thornton's shadows are both personal and impersonal. They include his own as well as family and friends' experiences, and as well as those of strangers and dark historical events like the European invasion of African countries and the Holocaust. His poems are disturbing, stark and raw and use metaphorical references and descriptive imagery to detail the evil in man, nature, life and love. In one of his poems he describes heartbreak as "... She sliced and tore open my chest! -- Then stole my heart like a phantom in the night!" Another poem describes a homeless man: "...He resembles a skeletal ghost who dances drunkenly in the street...Mother ------, mechanical wimps! You can't kill me anyway, 'cause I'm [already] dead." Thornton's book is both an open window into the past "shadows in his soul" and minds of others, but also the shadows in the world at large.

Publication Date:
0998806803 / 9780998806808
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 7.25"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / General

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