Sip & Savor - poems for a perfect pairing

Category: Poetry
Author: Edmond Bruneau
Publisher: Boston Books
Publication Date: August 7, 2023
Number of Pages: 188
ISBN-10: 1-936769-10-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-936769-10-0

Sip & Savor - Poems for a Perfect Pairing by Edmond Bruneau is a gorgeous collection of poems that read like drippings of the honeycomb. A wine-tasting metaphor aptly describes the reader’s experience through each poem. Readers are invited to navigate through the experiences of his day and life — at times intangible yet significant moments like sitting before the computer and feeling a quirky relationship with the cursor that blinks and seeks nourishment. From making petit choices to reflecting on the existential quest for meaning and truth, the book immerses the reader into deep currents of life. Some of the poems are sweet, yet short like a mini-skirt — long enough to reveal the essential and short enough to arouse curiosity. 

Bruneau's poetry is an intelligent offering, a deft exploration of living, and while the author captures his experiences in the lines, he suffuses the writing with insightful statements for readers to unfold. Themes of inner freedom, humanity, creativity, love, and human connections are recurrent in the book. Short stanzas and quick sentences quicken the rhythm, making each poem a delectable piece to savor. Some poems are so resonant they will have readers looking back at their own lives with a smile. One that captured my attention is “Lion Heart” in which the author explores the loneliness of a growing child: ''greeting an / unknown world, / newly born. /stepping up to / the school bus and / watching mom wave goodbye. / receiving bad marks / for coloring / outside the lines.'' The beguiling simplicity in writing, the captivating imagery, and the ingenuity to communicate universal feelings and emotions are elements that make this collection a beautiful gift for fans of poetry. Sip & Savor - Poems for a Perfect Pairing is an incandescent collection that is gracefully evocative, pithy, and disarming, thanks to the poet's extraordinary ability to infuse each line with realism. The author has the gift of speaking universal themes into unique and singular situations, making the poetry relatable and lovely to read.  

Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo


Date: October 19, 2023