Review of The Bobble Heads of my Life

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Book Name  
   The Bobble Heads of my Life         
                :       D. Everett Newell
Genre                      :       Fiction/Poetry/Short story
Number of Pages    :       156
Publishing Date  
  :       2015
              :       Paperback

Rating : 3.5


No doubt, there
are perfectly sweet lyrical moments in the poems included in the poetry
collection “The Bobble Heads of My Life” by D Everett Newell. In this
significant work, we notice that the poet has discarded all banal phraseology.
These poems reveal an impressive tenderness and have a very great variety. The
ceaseless radiation of sublime ideas is perceptible in these poems. These poems
leave no doubt in the readers minds that the poetic thought and style are full
of an indestructible unity. The poetic thought in these poems is never out of
date and quite appealing to all readers. These poems show extraordinary and
eloquent phrases. In several poems, we are attracted by very effective lyrical

My Review

The book is a collection
of 77 poems, five micro stories, and a short novel.
Author’s love for his
hometown and his family is the main highlight of the book. Nevertheless,
through the magic of words, he succeeded in spreading a feel of universal love
and passion of all grandparents, parents, spouses, and children. He manifests
these entire roles in different poems like “Flying Burrito Brothers”, “One Less
Hug”, “She keeps on keeping on”, and “Valentine’s Day”. He made me wish for my
grandfather to be alive, to dedicate such a lovely boo for me. Another topic he
dealt with is Gettysburg. His love Gettysburg, its beauty, life, grandeur etc.
Author laments the battle of Gettysburg in the poems “Alone at Gettysburg”,
“When the Sun at Gettysburg sets”, “125th Battle of Gettysburg
Anniversary”, “My first home”, and Micro Story “My Ideal Place to Visit.”
This is not all; he
disparages cruelty against animal in “I call it living”, Riots in “Baltimore”, discrimination
in “Shades of People”, ego in “You let me down”, violence in “Pearl Harbor”. He
shared his songs “Oh the days” and Tarnished wings. He shared the link for hearing his songs. This
is not it. There are more. I will leave it for the readers.
I will call the style of
writing as cool and touching. One need not use the toughest vocabulary or
obscure language to convey a beautiful poem. The simplicity and sincerity speak
more that those complicate artificiality. That is the virtue of Newell’s poems.
My favorite ones are
     1.     Balloons
of a Clown
     2.     Big
     3.     Slides
of life ( Micro Story)
     4.     Four
     5.     I get
     6.     Icy
     7.     My new
five grand truck
     8.     Need a
     9.     Shades
of people
    10.    One less hug
    11.    Valentine’s day
    12.    Was a time
    13.    The bobble heads of my life

topic where I won’t concur (I won’t say Negative since it’s just my personal
feeling) is the Paranormal part. He tried to prove that paranormal activity
does occur. Same time, he has put forward a kind of disclaimer that it could be
unacceptable for many. Well it’s for the readers to decide.
One Liner

 A viable poetry and short story collection written with sincerity.
Avail the book from and Amazon

About the Author (in his words)

My name is Dennis Everett Newell; I am called in no certain order,
Denny, Den, Big D, D Everett, and Dennis. It’s funny, but I can usually tell by
how someone calls my name, what time in my life we shared. I guess there are
many layers to a life that has now spanned 61 years. My middle name, Everett,
has been passed down in our family since the Civil War. My
great-great-grandfather’s name was Darius Newell, who named his son Silas
Everett Newell, my great-grandfather. He in turn named his son John Everett
Newell, my grandfather, who then in turn named my dad, John Everett Newell Jr.
My dad named me Dennis Everett Newell, and my son is Corey Everett Newell.
Poetry, and my stories are my way of slaying the inner dragons
within my mind, thus allowing my inner feelings and passions to escape – my
relief valve if you will! I draw on my own personal inspiration from my
assimilations and experience of my life lived. Experiences that I have taken
then shaped and formed into stories and poems. Moments garnered from all people
I have interacted with, during all these years of living. I am from a family
with a long history of wordsmiths. Within these pages, I try not to let down
those that came before me, and to pass a standard to those who will come after.
Taking on this family mantle, I do so with pride and to the best of my meager
I now live in Western New York, an area that if you don’t like the
weather, wait 24 hours and it will change. The people that live here are tough,
able, caring and resilient. I originated from the hills of Pennsylvania – a small
town, Falls Creek, in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountain chain. Within my
family heritage you will find lumberjacks, coal miners, and people of every
vocation. You will also find warmth, loyalty and support. This family is the
most loving and lovely family a young boy and now late middle-aged man could
possibly ever hope for.
My passions are, in no particular order, writing, photography,
paranormal, history (Civil War and WW II), music, poetry, sports, computers,
and I am a people watcher. I am you see, an eclectic spirit, hence these
eclectic thoughts. I hope with all of my heart, something you read in this book
will touch you. I hope you can pause and maybe reflect on your own life and
world. My Dad taught me very early on, be a ‘stop and smell the roses’ man!
Thank YOU.
D Everett Newell, the Big D
Reviewed for the publisher ( CYBERWIT.NET)

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.

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