“The Most Positive, Most
Inspirational and Most Far-Reaching
Poetry Ever Written!”
I got to read Patrick's book
before it went into publication.
And an honor it was! The very first poem – the title poem – has got to
most positive, most inspirational and most far-reaching poem ever
written. If a
single poem can change the world and
inspire and motivate people everywhere on the planet to positive change
life enrichment, RESOLUTIONS OF EPIC PROPORTIONS is that poem. Not only
the rest of the poems in this nonpareil book are supremely great too!
five-star poetry. Were it if everyone would read this work. Amazing,
astonishing, phenomenal are just words. There is no ultimate
describe this book of verse. You just have to get the book and
Oh, the wonderful things that will happen to every person who does!
I began to read RESOLUTIONS OF EPIC PROPORTIONS, it is with tear-filled
eyes and awe-inspiring spirit that I plunge forward, unable to stop
these life-changing words that have been so eloquently written and
shared with us… I urge everyone to read this and be inspired as I have
"Heartfelt and Inspirational Work!”
OF EPIC PROPORTIONS is a return to inspirational poetry, a
form that has unfortunately been lost over the years. Poet Patrick
Stafford's exuberant voice rings out loud and clear with a lyrical
clarion call for us to be better people: To dream bigger, to try
harder, to push back against our own worse impulses, and to marvel at
the greatness of our humanity. His poems are uplifting, energizing, and
beautifully rendered. They have a clear message and a courageous point
of view. They sing out with love, urging us not to accept mediocrity
but to strive for the betterment of ourselves and the world.
RESOLUTIONS is a refreshing blast of white-hot poetry; a force of
nature, a triumph over despair, and a call to arms against oppression
and tyranny, both internal and external. These poems do not whisper or
prevaricate – they stand up and roar with passion. These poems will
shake you up, lift you up, and inspire you to pump your fist and yell
"Yeah, baby! I can do it!" So if you've been sitting on a dream,
procrastinating on taking action, or have simply lost your drive, buy
this book! I guarantee it will get you in gear."
~ Kristen McHenry
OF EPIC PROPORTIONS is not your school poetry. This is
heartfelt blank verse that sweeps you along like a gorgeous melody that
you can't stop reading until you've finished the last word. This is the
renderings of a skilled and sensitive poet who takes you into the heart
of darkness in the second part of the book, into, at times,
heart-wrenching loss and grief. But in his epic poem in the beginning,
it felt to me as if the light within his spirit shone so brightly,
pouring out Truths to us, that this work was a true triumph of the
spirit, filling us up with hope that our own spirits can be healed too.
Here is a man, who although submerged multiple times in his life by
battering waves, restored his inner belief to courageously battle his
fears, self-doubts and negative emotions that brought him back to the
surface again, to breathe life in deeply once more, infused with a
wisdom and positive vision that he's inspired to now share with us, his
readers. We can do it too! Do not miss Patrick Stafford's intimate,
emotional and inspirational journey of the spirit.
~ Racine Hiet
I was reading the first poem in this book, RESOLUTIONS OF EPIC
PROPORTIONS, I felt like the author was writing directly from the
center of my heart. This book is a brilliant return to pure
inspiration, which all of us perhaps sorely need. It is a filled with
truth, motivation and pure emotions. These poems will reach eternity
and share the most wonderful positive energy with humanity.
~ Catherine B. Roy, Author
Beautiful, Cosmic Poetry!
I don't generally read poetry. But this anthology of verse is one of
the nicest and most enjoyable I have read in years. The first poem,
which bears the name of the whole book, is very inspiring and
uplifting, although it is in blank verse (which is not my favorite kind
of poetry). But it's actually the other poems in Patrick's book I liked
the best. One is called Destiny, which is a spiritual love poem that
has cosmic significance. Another, called The Stranger, is very
emotional and spiritual at the same time, in a way I found very moving.
Then there is Glorious Longing, definitely an epic poem that may be as
impassioned and beautifully esoteric as anything I've ever read. The
last poem, Determinism, is filled with such conviction and powerful
belief! And Ship of Life offers a code of living and convictions I
found equally inspiring and compelling me to change. This whole book is
so original and cosmic. Everyone should read RESOLUTIONS OF EPIC
PROPORTIONS AND OTHER EPICS. Especially before New Year's Day or Eve
when it becomes time to make a New Year's resolution and make a cosmic
change to your life. That's what this book is most of all: cosmic. And
beautiful, unforgettable poetry.
~ Juliette Troncone
As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content.
More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. This is a
most unusual work, and my star count should be taken as being only one
person’s opinion. Let me describe what Stafford has put together for
The opening, thirty-four stanza, blank-verse title piece is a
mixture of personal challenge and self-help. Change is possible,
desirable, and necessary. Procrastination is a waste of time. Thus the
promise in the book’s title is fulfilled. If this is what you’re
looking for, your star count should be higher than mine.
The remaining 24 poems are an interesting mixture. There is
philosophy in First Things First, and several other poems. Again in
Surrender we find this: “For rays of rage and wrath keep glistening
/Over the graveyards of the slain and the dead; /But mankind does not
seem to be listening /To anything that history has said.”
If you’re scrolling for the tiny carps, you can stop here. There might be a typo. In short, nothing. Back to the good stuff.
I found myself wondering what Stafford would sound like if he
wrote like these lines in his dedication: “she who I will forever miss…
/like the sand the sea /on a cold and lonely ebb tide morning.” I found
out farther on in the work, in the poems On Cold, Dark Nights and Young
Hearts and Dear Dreamers. Turn to these longer poems when you get this
book. Stafford writes of love and loss, as well as philosophy.
For a fabulous longer love poem, turn to Destiny, which begins
thus: “You finish my sentences, I complete your smile. /You bring forth
a candle, and I furnish the flame. /We watch the world together, and
for a short while, /Our lives are joined forever and share the same
Now for my boilerplate on star counts. My personal guidelines,
when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means,
roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means,
extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a
tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. This is a fine collection
of poems, and clearly recommended. Three stars it is, and your personal
rating may be higher.
~ Jim Bennett