“Be Alone With Me: Poetry Moves Us” comprises a collection of poems that spans various themes, from the depths of relationships to the exhilaration of outdoor pursuits and the tranquility of contemplative moments—elegantly depicting life, emphasizing the importance of treasuring every moment and finding beauty in the ordinary. The reader is taken on a poetic journey through chapters that explore love, nature, personal challenges, and the passage of time—with evocative language to draw readers into his emotional landscapes.
Certain poems show the profound themes of love, loss, and longing, while others examine the nuances of dealing with daily challenges and our resilient methods of managing them. There are verses that celebrate the simple moments in life that often go unnoticed, some frequently evade our awareness. Additionally, certain ones confront the unvarnished truths of our world, including warfare and violence. And then there are poems that contemplate matters of belief, probing the potent forces of faith and hope that shape our lives.
Larry Golicz writes in a variety of styles, including free verse, sonnets, and haiku. Each poem feels like a heartfelt conversation—and that’s why the author has been praised for his poetic talent and his ability to capture the essence of human experiences.
His ability to share his story lies in his authenticity and resonance. Poems are palpable and imbued with genuine feelings that speak to the reader—whether he is expressing the thrill of adventure or the pangs of nostalgia. And through his openness, he creates a safe space.
He also uses symbolism and imagery that becomes a bridge between his own life and the lives of his readers. The “tree” that he portrays as steadfast and unwavering becomes a metaphor for resilience and stability in the face of challenges. In doing so, he creates a sense of kinship and shared humanity.
This book reveals the beauty of life in all its forms. Through his verses, Golicz invites readers to pause, reflect, and appreciate our existence. It’s a reminder that within the intricacies of life, there is a poetic narrative waiting to be discovered, cherished, and shared.
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024