The Cacophony of Rapture, by Gil Helmick
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- Ellen Sander (journalist and poet—Saturday Review, Vogue, The Realist, Cavalier, The L.A. Free Press, Sunday New York Times): Gil Helmick challenges you into his realm . . . The rewards are various and lasting: a sense of companionship, ingenious wordsmithery and sequencing, a reconciliation, as the title promises, of uproar and art.
- Anna Wrobel (Master’s Degree, Columbia University): This often philosophical work binds political and personal narratives . . . Gil, a seemingly born bohemian . . . is a universalist poet who’s lived in frequent motion, covering broad and merging geographies. A moving current runs through his words and tempo roots us in the experience.
- Dave Wade (WMPG 90.9 FM): Gil Helmick rubs shoulders with the murderous and the mundane, while always trying to reconcile with the eternal. It is a thoughtful journey that often delights in its futility as it pursues a date with destiny, somewhere beyond “the lost horizon of dreams.”
- Tom Sharp (Ph.D. English, Stanford University): A desire to expand our lives is a universal human characteristic. These poems are eye-opening, mind-opening doors that have a music and a determination of their own.
- Paul Lichter (poet and “Dimensions in Jazz” impresario):
Gil Helmick is, finally, and foremost, a poet who knows enough to keep out of his own way in his quest to reveal what “Raptures” embellish the occasions of breakthrough, his and, and all things being “equal that is to the real itself”, outs, too, as we all stroll blissfully along our own predestined “highways to oblivion.”
- Alice Persons (poet and editor and publisher of Moon Pie Press):
Helmick has a masterful way with setting a scene, evoking an emotion, and slipping from reality to memory.