Magic Realized: and Other Poems on the Human Spirit – Louis Alan Swartz


As someone who is not a huge fan of poetry, I once again found much joy, comfort, and peace in the poetry of Louis Alan Swartz. There is something here for everyone; and by everyone, I truly mean everyone. This is volume two to the book of poems titled Constructed of Magic. You can find that book here:ย Constructed of Magic paperback book

On to Magic Realized, and look at this beautiful cover!

Magic Realized Cover Image

As no two people will read the same poem in the same way, or take away the same meaning, it can be difficult to express what these poems mean to me. Surely they will mean something different to you? Of course they will; your experiences are different than mine! That is what makes poetry so meaningful, and important.

Some of my favorites?

He Loves. The things a man sees and experiences at different points throughout a day, and how they bring him joy, and love.

When We Played with Wooden Toys. A reminder of times much simpler, more than they could ever be now. Donโ€™t we all want to go back, just one more time?

Street Scene. The bare honesty that we can only truly get from a child.

He Never Began to Live. Relatable. Seen this more times than I care to remember.

Drawing Out the Magnificence. Everyone should be required to read this. A little understanding and empathy goes a long way.

Creations. This poem made me feel warmth; I could picture, smell, and feel every description as if I were experiencing it right at that moment.

There are so many beautiful poems here, on life, love, living, family, and relationships. How to love, live, and let go when necessary.

Do you write or read poetry? Who is your favorite?

12 thoughts on “Magic Realized: and Other Poems on the Human Spirit – Louis Alan Swartz

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham May 19, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    A favorite… that is hard, since I like poetry. Mary Oliver. Pablo Neruda. Langston Hughes. Maya Angelou.

    • Angela May 19, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I probably should not say I don’t like poetry, per se, I just don’t ever make an effort to read different poets. I think I need to fix that!

  2. da-AL May 19, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I have trouble with poetry too – but when it’s good, it’s really good ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angela May 20, 2017 / 6:49 am

      I agree! I always expect poetry to rhyme, and that is not what poetry always is ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • da-AL May 20, 2017 / 4:50 pm

        yes – but at same time if it rhymes oddly, it can quickly turn corny…

  3. ingridgudenas May 21, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I totally agree with you, Angela. I found Magic Realized to be pure magic. The range of topics span all of life. And I agree with you about the cover – it’s a work of art! I loved your review.

    • Angela May 22, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Thanks Ingrid! The pictures inside the book are just beautiful as well. Such a fabulous book!

  4. cathleentownsend May 22, 2017 / 10:13 am

    My faves–Shakespeare’s sonnets, Longfellow (Song of Hiawatha), and Kipling’s Departmental Ditties. I’ve been considering copying the meter of the latter for songs in my invented worlds. I like my poems to rhyme, too. With so much good poetry to use as a model, there’s no reason to let your rhyming get hackneyed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angela May 22, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thanks for sharing Cathleen! I think I am going to get started with some Kipling, and see where it takes me ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Stan Dubin May 24, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    This is a very helpful review, Angela. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

    • Angela May 24, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      You are welcome! This book is amazing!

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