Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Essences by Kenneth Webb


Essences III is a continuation of the poetry published in Essences and Essences II, which were published in 2006 and 2013 respectively. Mr. Webb has written about several sciences and major religions, using many traditional poetic forms. Subjects include The Universe, Nature, History, The Animal World, Characterizations, Potpourri, Japanese Haiku, Filipino Haynaku, Children's Poems, and America.


I’m not normally a fan of poetry, but Essences III has something for everyone from Shakespearean couplets to Filipino Haynaku. Although his Christian beliefs are quite evident, it is clear Mr. Webb honors all beliefs, giving respectful nods to most of the other major religions. Some of his language use is almost child-like, which is probably why he was so successful as a substitute teacher in the Waukegan/Lake County, Illinois school district. He is able to see the world through the fresh eyes of a young person, and convey that wonder and delight in his poetry.

My only objection is the poem “Fun With Sounds” in the Children’s poetry section. Mr. Webb states this is a particular type of poem in which one simply adds the letter “y” to the end of a word to create the “y” sound, but some of the words in this section should be formed using “ie,” like “cookie.” I believe children have enough difficulty learning to spell properly without seeing words misspelled in poetry books. Don’t anyone show this book to the Cookie Monster. But that’s only one poem out of the entire book. Otherwise, it’s not a bad way to spend an hour or so.

Length:  146 Pages
Print:  $9.96
Digital:  $3.99
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Thanks for visiting. Rose, Julie & Rochelle

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