Selected Book Reviews
Mice Verses Man
Review by Janet K. Brennan
I was thrilled to review poet, R. Jay Slais’s first book, Mice Verses Man, from Big Table Publishing.
‘enjoying the feel of granules
And then ends the poem with:
‘I stand in place a long while
Poet Slais has a way of weaving his lines into one another with a survivalist enthusiasm that I enjoyed. I felt as if I was traveling along his road and watching for the street signs that were not there; yet all the while finding my way home.
‘ knew what to do, give medicine, a tepid bath,
There are so many wonderful poems in “Mice Verses Man” that I found it difficult to single out just a few In “Obscure” he tells of the pain and humiliation of a life with a partner who could alter his very own personality and soul and force him to wonder who the real R. Jay Slais was.
‘The roots must have spread
In his final poem Slais writes of the death of his mother and the trauma that it caused not only the poet personally but how it affected his own endeavor to help the family survive In the poem, “The Search,” poet Slais writes:
‘Each half day alive
“Mice Verses Man,” is a unique poetry book in which R. Jay Slais goes back into the woods of his own life unafraid to face the past and many lessons this road teaches if we but step up to the plate.
R Jay Slais can be contacted through his email address at RJay61@comcast.net
-- Janet K. Brennan