Lines by Leon addresses the subjects of loss, struggle, and reflection. Inside these thoughtful contemplations are original observations about ego, behavior, human relations, places, and the environment. Many of the pieces feature a lighthearted and even humorous take on a subject, and the author invites his readers to laugh, think, cry, and meditate on the wide variety of thoughts. Scattered throughout the book are sketches of various subjects, many that relate to the poems and stories they illustrate; others speak for themselves.
About the cover: The illustration called, Hopes, Dreams, and Wishes, represents how elements in our lives may seem to out of our control. Often, they are at the mercy of the winds, but chasing them sure is fun.
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“Opening this book is like looking into the head of Leon. It’s a little odd…” -Noel Snevets
“It kept my interest and it keeps my coffee mug off the table.” - Elon Ven Sets
“Just when you think you’ve had enough, you haven’t!” -Lone Vessnet
“I had to ask myself, where has this book been? I then realized it had slipped under the sofa.” - Olen Nessvet
“Wow. Just, wow. Wait, what was the question?” -Anon “Thirty-one.” - A. Prime
Now the real reviews: January 2020
"The author catches a beautiful atmosphere with these poems: an air of simplicity mixed with just a hint of sarcastic cynicism–but there's nothing bitter or angry in them, more of a withdrawal from the noise of the world, as if the author and the reader are watching the craziness of the world from comfortable, soundproof sidelines, not caring a jot what the world thinks of us, and sharing small thoughts and big thoughts about friendship and restaurants and trust and ego and football.
This book is a lovely small piece of calm for a life that is hectic–too hectic to read a novel: try these fresh, straightforward, unsentimental poems. " -Catalina (Link to full review on Goodreads) **** 5 Stars
"A very charming, witty and entertaining book of short poems and pictures about… everything in life. It was fun to read and I believe it would make a great gift for poetry lovers. Here you’ll find poems about environment (inside and outside), the human conditions (ego, happiness, affirmations etc), different places (Vegas, Chicago, Minneapolis, London), different things and creatures - all of them with a pinch of humor & wisdom.
These poems glimmer and sparkle and remind us to go out, open eyes and be astonished by this world…They draws you in, makes you think and dream.
"I thought the pieces in this collection were mostly okay. The subject matter for the poems, prose and short stories are universal and include loss, struggle and relationships. There’s something that will appeal to everyone. The pieces use very simple and straight forward language and this doesn’t always work leaving some of the pieces feeling bland with little to say. I liked the black and white line drawings scattered throughout the collection. " -Pamela(Read full review on her website)
**** March 2020
"This collection of poems is full of whit, dry humour, creativity, a great deal of wisdom and humanity. The poems made me think, have an emotional response and soak up the common sense wisdom. I liked the positive approach and the self confidence displayed. Each line was filled with insight, whit and wisdom. I know I will reread this book as I do most of my poem collection because the simple act of reading poetry makes me grow and change as a person, so each reading is an unique experience. To me that is the true power of poetry. I really liked this set of poems." -Suzanne (Link to review on Goodreads) ****
"This book of poems was very intriguing. It made me stop and think---and, sometimes, stop and laugh with it's true to life realism. The author is an artist with words, but also with a pencil. The sketches doodled around the poems and short stories are breathtaking and make this an excellent choice as a gift for a friend. I very much enjoyed it." -Keegan (Link to full review on Goodreads)
April 2020 3 Stars
"I enjoyed the illustrations that Stevens made. It was enjoyable to see and it makes it the story feel a bit more personal since the author made the illustration himself.
My favourite has to be the whole of People and Places. I believed that it was because most of the places mentioned and poems were about things that I knew, and perhaps if I didn’t, I may not have enjoyed it that much. Some other poems that I really enjoyed were Cycle, The Tendency to Cluster, Ego (Part IV), If (The Refugee). These were poems that I related to and some that I felt were artistically written.
From a design perspective, the cover is simple and stunning. The watercolour paper texture – absolutely brilliant! However the font for the text may not be the best font for this book, though the intention may be to have a handwriting sort of font, I believe there were probably better fonts out there that suited this book more. Some of the sketches were a little too light when compared to the text, and it may be difficult to see. I believe it shouldn’t be so since the drawings were beautifully drawn." -Joanna (Read full review on her website)
Loved it! 😍A thought-provoking collection of poems approaching perceptions of life, love and all of its layers as is experienced by the modern person. This anthology is fantastically emotionally aware. Stevens provides a personal perception on various key aspects of living, especially the human condition and environment, both natural and urban, in a casual yet deep manner. There is a great variety in tone throughout and each poem’s rhythm is appropriate to the section it features in. In short, this anthology is an emotionally and spiritually refreshing read. It affords the reader a moment to pause, step back from the fast-paced modern world around us and appreciate the beauty in simplicity. To appreciate nature, loved ones and oneself is of utmost importance. The brevity of certain passages also leaves room for reflection, whilst appreciating the background’s minimalist aesthetic with simple stick-figure illustrations and shady charcoal doodles.
July 2020 6 out of 7 stars I loved this poetry collection. It is only short and quite light-hearted, even if it deals with some deeper subjects. To be honest, I found it a breath of fresh air and it was a joy to read. I liked the cadence of the poems a lot. The author is a musician and songwriter as well and I think some of that is reflected in the poems, which sometimes feel like pieces of lyrics in the best possible way. It was easy for me to connect to them and to visualize what the poet was talking about. A lot of them made me smile, mostly in recognition! There are some illustrations scattered throughout that add a nice touch. At the end of a book the addition of a graphic novel element and some fragments of short stories should feel out of place, but somehow do not.
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and I will be buying myself a physical copy. I will keep an eye out for anything else Leon Stevens publishes in the future. Highly recommended!