Pieces Like Poetry
: Dan Buri
: DJB Publishing
2nd October 2015
collection of short fiction from Dan Buri, Pieces Like Pottery is an
exploration of heartbreak and redemption that announces the arrival of a new
American author. In this distinct selection of stories marked by struggle and
compassion, Pieces Like Pottery is a powerful examination of the sorrows of
life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency
of love requisite to find redemption.
Filled with graceful insight into the human
condition, each linked story presents a tale of loss and love. In Expect
Dragons, James Hinri learns that his old high school teacher is dying. Wanting
to tell Mr. Smith one last time how much his teaching impacted him, James
drives across the country revisiting past encounters with his father’s
rejection and the pain of his youth. Disillusioned and losing hope, little did
James know that Mr. Smith had one final lesson for him.
In The Gravesite, Lisa and Mike’s marriage hangs
in the balance after the disappearance of their only son while backpacking in
Thailand. Mike thinks the authorities are right—that Chris fell to his death in
a hiking accident—but Lisa has her doubts. Her son was too strong to die this
young, and no one can explain to her why new posts continue to appear on her
Twenty-Two looks in on the lives of a dock worker
suffering from the guilt of a life not lived and a bartender making the best of
each day, even though he can see clearly how his life should have been
different. The two find their worlds collide when a past tragedy shockingly
A collection of nine stories, each exquisitely
written and charged with merciful insight into the trials of life, Pieces Like
Pottery reminds us of the sorrows we all encounter in life and the kindness we
receive, oftentimes from the unlikeliest of places.
Pieces like pottery
is a collection of short stories. The writing style is steady and flowing.
Author has evolved as a matured and responsible writer. Author tries to raise
voice against the prejudices of the society. Religious cynicism, homosexuality,
love, hatred, loss, death etc. are the main topics. The stories have an inherent music in
them. Hence, I mistyped the name of the book as Pieces of Poetry instead of
1. Gravesite(fifth sorrowful mystery)
It is the story of
a couple who lost their teenager son to death but gets befuddled to see his
post regularly in his blog. It is a beautiful story. Perfect cast, touching
story line. The blog updates by Chris are just impeccably crafted. I would give
five stars for this piece of poetry.
2. The dominance of nurture
This is more of a non-fiction
but with a slight fictional element. Author tries to put forward the impact of
theory of Dominance of nurture by Dr. Arnold Cumberson. I would not comply with
the theory. External factors have an influence on kids but not to an extend
that his learning disability be blamed on his parents. Society is quite
receptive to cerebral palsy, dyslexia, autism, Downs syndromes or the likes.
Hence, I could not quite relate with the father and son but yes, it’s difficult
if your child is having such difficulty. Three stars for this story.
3. Twenty two (The fourth sorrowful mystery)
The story is about
two disoriented friends. A bartender and a drunkard. Their journey through the
painful realities of life. The one is a slow moving story but for some interesting
scenarios. I would give four stars.
would call it a poetry. A simple verse. Three stars
A fierce divulgence
of stark realities of exploitation and discrimination in society. 4 stars
6. Dies cum anxieta
A simple sweet mini
story of a Normal family living regular lives without much twists and turns.
7. Father (the second
The story of a
priest Whose life went upside down after an arrest in the name of alleged child
abuse. The story tells how the society continue to punish someone even after
being proved innocent under law, 4.5 stars
8. Two friends
This is a poetry. A
normal one. Nothing to find fault with and nothing to beam about. Three stars
9. Ballad of love and hate first sorrowful mystery
A tale of love hate and separation. This one is a
bit lagging but an interesting read at the same time. Three stars
A book which lingers
on to the mind of the reader during the journey from one story to the other
About the Author
Pieces Like Pottery, is an exploration of heartbreak and redemption that
announces the arrival of a new American author. His writing is uniquely
heartfelt and explores the depths of the human struggle and the human search
for meaning in life.
Mr. Buri’s non-fiction works have been distributed
online and in print, including publications in Pundit Press, Tree, Summit
Avenue Review, and TC Huddle. The defunct and very well regarded Buris On The
Couch, was a He-Says/She-Says blog musing on the ups and downs of marriage with
Mr. Buri is an active attorney in the Pacific
Northwest and has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Magazine as one of the
World’s Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists every year since 2010. He
lives in Oregon with his wife and two-year-old daughter.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy
from the Author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a
positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.