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The poet addresses his place at the intersection of the natural and spiritual realms. His rendering of mountainous landscapes stimulates the imagination to conjure the panorama of God’s majesty and handiwork. The poems challenge us to walk the world with our eyes open, to recognize human frailties, and to engage the inestimable glory of Creation.

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I received this book as a gift-and what a wonderful gift it was.
The poems are beautiful and tell an amazing story that could only be told by an avid mountaineer.
They paint a clear and vivid picture and at some points so detailed you can feel the cold.

I recommend this beautiful book to anyone who dares to dream.
One of the poems in this book is titled “My Soul Lures Me Higher”
Reading this book did just that.

                                                                                        Roberta Chiarella

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5 Stars! This collection of poems strings together a series of thought-provoking vignettes. They address the relationship between humans and nature, and the mountains often symbolize what we seek to conquer or achieve. I enjoyed the clever language and the vivid imagery. 

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I’ve really enjoyed the journey these poems took me on to new heights without setting foot out of my apartment.  I might as well have been on the Matterhorn.   The experiences of beinI’ve really enjoyed the journey these poems took me on to new heights without setting foot out of my apartment.  I might as well have been on the Matterhorn.   The experiences of being one with nature were quite vivid.  The pieces pack powerful images and I was glad I was along for the ride.g one with nature were quite vivid.  The pieces pack powerful images and I was glad I was along for the ride.

I really enjoyed the journey these poems took me on to new heights (without setting foot out of my apartment).  I might as well have been on the Matterhorn.   The experiences of being one with nature were quite vivid.  The pieces pack powerful images and I was glad I was along for the ride.  Recommended.

                                                                                         R. Alvin

A beautiful tribute to physical and spiritual mountain climbing

This collection of poems strings together a series of thought-provoking vignettes. They address the relationship between humans and nature, and the mountains often symbolize what we seek to conquer or achieve. I enjoyed the clever language and the vivid imagery.

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Reflections on Mountaineering: A Journey Through Life as Experienced in the Mountains
by Alan V. Goldman
Outskirts Press

 

Book review by Donna Ford

 

"I revel in that special...uncertainty of the outcome,
Regardless of skill, that is experienced during the bond of indulging
Ourselves in...Dangerous sheer joy of climbing,"

This book of poems and musings delivers whiffs of the rarefied atmosphere that mountain climbers breathe. Hardy souls, like the author, thrive whether they ascend to the summit or wisely descend in safety. The lives of mountaineers depend on their roped partners, toe holds, and pegs pounded into rock walls as they climb beside ridges with mountain goat views. Avalanches, glacier crevasses, and frostbite are hazards of snow country. Miles of loose scree and less dense air challenge the last miles. This book describes climbing a volcano and crossing the Continental Divide. Ultimate views from a summit have made it worthwhile for both the author and famous climbers, such as Muir, Mallory, and Alexander. At the Vale of Kashmir, the latter wept that there were "no more worlds to conquer."

With life often lived close to the line, Goldman acknowledges that mountaineers accept the vagaries of time mentioned in the Book of Ecclesiastes. He describes the climber's call as fulfilling the work of creation by traveling where nature left "a blank on the map" and then finding meaning in this hidden corner. As a talented practicing lawyer, now retired, Goldman skillfully stages his arguments, analyses the mountain's likely replies, and anticipates emotional responses that will assault his readers along the dangerous climb to the top. Of his seventy-three offerings in this revised version, some poems rhyme, and others are written in rhythmic blank verse. Goldman's analytical mind tends to wrap the last stanza/sentence into a dramatic summation. For example, he ends one poem, despite the failings expressed within it, with the poignant line, "We have not lost our way on the trip to the top."

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