Origin: Poems from the Crack of Dawn by Paul Kiritsis

Origin: Poems from the Crack of Dawn
Paul Kiritsis
iUniverse (2009)
ISBN 9780595531684
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (7/09)


Paul Kiritsis’ “Origin: Poems from the Crack of Dawn” is an inspiring and thought-provoking series of poems that cover birth, growth, middle ages and death.  His thoughts range from universal change to growth and changes that individuals make through their life. I believe that based on a person’s background, each will interpret these poems differently.

The book is divided into four sections that the author calls cardinal sections which reflect life as we know it.  The poems reflect birth- whether it be through scientific study, a new individual or a new thought; growth- which can be seen as personal, or spiritual; middle ages which talks about how we as individuals suffer from natural disasters, extinction of countries due to poverty and death; and death- where we experience aging, changing our focus in life and coming to terms with the eventual loss of our life.

“Origin: Poems from the Crack of Dawn” by Paul Kirirtsis is not a book that one can just breeze through. Readers need to take their time and maybe read the poems more than once to get the full meaning the author is trying to portray.  From a psychological point of view, the poems reflect many of the topics I cover with my college students in ‘Lifespan Development’ and I have recommended this to be put on our reading list.

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