In this book, Australian poet, Richard Alexander shows a greater vulnerability than he displayed in his first book, Love is Sufficient.
Any consequence is the result of an earlier action. This, his second book once again exposes his vulnerability borne from years of solitude and perhaps, times of not feeling loved.
Mr Alexander grew up in Sydney, NSW, but spent some of his childhood as well as times during his his teenage years at Mittagong in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Consequences shows Mr Alexander’s ability to create word pictures, adding a whole new dimension for his readers to experience.
Interspersed throughout, there are warm and softly sensuous poems about finding love, living in love, and losing at love.
This time, he introduces a blue kelpie, Mr Hardy who not only dribbles affection but eases the poet’s pain borne of aloneness.
He now lives on the NSW far north coast, where he and his wife have four children and six grandchildren.
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About the Author
His was a pretty unspectacular childhood shared with his "older brother and two amazing people as my working/middle-class parents".
By the time he turned 23, he'd had . . . "so many relationships, none of which really went anywhere. They were what they were".
Then during 1970, "an remarkable young woman entered my life. At that time, she was singularly the most important person to me and, for the first time in my life, I was in love, grounded and happy about it". Sadly, on Friday, April 23, 1971, she passed away and he entered a phase of disbelief.
He began writing poems about solitude, about her, and letters to her before deciding to publish his first book, 'Love is Sufficient', which included two of the letters.
Richard's style of writing and how he presented the book, was influenced by the late American poet Rod McKuen, who wrote sometimes almost diagonally across/down the page. The book had a mediocre reception in Australia, but sold well in the U.S., where it was published.
Richard said that one of the "great things during my youth was spending time at a dairy farm in Mittagong in the NSW Southern Highlands. I continued my relationship with the farm into my adulthood".
In October 2017, after a 40 year hiatus, he published 'Consequences', another book on finding love, living love, and sometimes losing love. A character he's introduced is an 'attitudinal' blue heeler (kelpie) named Mr Hardy.
Richard's writings were described in Chicago as warmly suggestive and softly sensuous, without being erotic.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to give your critique or just to say "hi". He boasts that he will answer all emails.
Table of Contents
Consequences is a collection of romantic poems by Australian poet, Richard Alexander, who looks at the many aspects of love, from finding love, living in love and sometimes losing love.
There's even a poem about his constant friend, a cattle dog named Mr Hardy, who dribbles his unconditional love on the writer. My Hardy features throughout the book.