Tipton Poetry Journal
Review: Dark Leaves, Strange Light by Tom Raithel
Reviewed by Barry Harris Title: Dark Leaves, Strange Light Author: Tom Raithel Year: 2015 Publisher: Finishing Line Press
The poems in Tom Raithel’s chapbook, Dark Leaves, Strange Light, contain graceful, evocative images of the dark and light of the seasons, of our lives, even our deaths. I first met Tom Raithel’s poetry when I published his poem, “The Fields,” in the Fall 2010 issue of TPJ. The imagery of that poem, which is included in Tom’s recent chapbook, is what first grabbed my attention. The poem quickly paints a vivid picture: …the tractor in weeds. The wind-scoured barn. The farmhouse dark in its grove.