Falling From the Sky Without A Parachute: The Collected Poems of Ernest Williams
Falling from the Sky without a Parachute is not a typical poetry book. Poetry must be relevant to the times in which one lives and serve an educative function. Reading Falling from the Sky will shed light on many things. One will learn that the poet is not just a manipulator of language, but has an obligation to educate the demos (people). Poetry must be composed in such a way to appeal to our common humanity.
Nowadays, many people lament that poetry is too abstract, informal, peripheral, and incomprehensible. Many people are turned away from poetry, because they were not properly introduced to it in their studies. It is a travesty that many people believe that poetry is antiquated. I am confident that reading Falling from the Sky will dramatically change one’s conception of poetry for the better.
Falling from the Sky cannot be judged by its title or cover alone. Read the book in its entirety. One cannot utilize a priori analysis with judging this book. One cannot understand the whole without understanding its parts. Like Aristotle, I believe that one must gain knowledge from one’s senses and real life experiences—this is a posterior analysis. By reading Falling from the Sky, one will understand the power of poetry, how atypical this poetry book is, and have a better understanding of the issues of our time.
One will come away from reading Falling from the Sky with a fresh perspective on poetry and its uses. This book should find a place at the coffee shop, bookstore, college classroom, and in your home. Dear reader now is the time to engage this poetical text and discover what it means to fall from the sky without a parachute on. Dear reader, I hope that you find solace in these poems.