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Take a break from the fast life and breathe.  Exercise your mind and let it paint a picture. Read a poem a day and ask yourself if and how it applies to you.  Random Acts of Poetry is titled appropriately as that was just the way it happened – randomly.  I have categorized my poems into nine topics in various forms and disciplines. Subjects include philosophy, humor, science and math, religion, politics, family, death, temptation and mental illness.  Most poems are free verse, but there is at least one of the following: limerick, haiku, sonnet, and acrostic. I hope at least one speaks to you personally and makes you go ‘hmmm.’ 

My hopes and intentions are that anyone who reads these poems might experience some enjoyment, perspective, and appreciation of the content. If you come across a term with which you are not familiar, I encourage you to knock on the internet door or visit a library to learn more. Consider it a type of Easter egg hunt. There are lots of Easter eggs in this book. Please remember that these thoughts are from an engineering mind dabbling into the art of poetry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Collection of Thoughtful Poetry

Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021

Brett Starr's Random Acts of Poetry is a lovely compilation of poetry across nine subject areas, including philosophy, humor, science and math, religion, politics, family, death, temptation, and mental illness. The topics and poems in each are timely, but also timeless in how they speak to readers. Most of the poetry is written in free verse. Starr's poems range from short to mid-length. I like that they are not really lengthy poems because they can easily be read multiple times, and reflected upon by readers. My favorite poem from the book is "A Silent Prayer." It is poignant and beautiful and it really spoke to my heart. "Dinner Prayer" is an enjoyable poem with a bit of a comic spin on the traditional pre-dinner prayer shared by many families at each meal. "My Melancholy Mood" is another one that I very much enjoyed, and I feel that the subject matter is certainly shared by so many after 2020 has changed the world in so many ways. Along that note, "It's a Two-Bag Life," which is a reflection on a life of travel and includes the line, "traveling is not what its cracked up to be" is also very timely. I wonder if Starr feels the same about travel now? Finally, I found it really cool to read the author's insightful comments on the inspiration behind each poem because it shows that inspiration and creativity can truly come from anywhere and at any time. Overall, this is a wonderful book, packed with thoughtful and beautiful poetry.
Thank you kindly to Brett for sharing his talents through poetry. I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I did. I also hope Brett publishes more poems in the future.

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Phillip Stephens

5.0 out of 5 stars Applying Einstein's Random Walk Theory to life through poetry

Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2021

I find Mr. Starr's first publication to be inspiring on a personal level.  I've maintained a personal endeavor to pursue intellectual curiosity and creativity throughout my life and vehemently encourage others to do so as well.  Random Acts of Poetry: Best Read with Coffee or Tea encompasses such a diversity in topics and references that it reminds us to make our best efforts to be "Well Rounded, Productive Members of Society" and find the elegance of life in all its facets.



Anne rated it 4 out of 5 stars. 

Reviewed on on February 23, 2021.

Brett Starr's book of poetry Random Acts of Poetry is a masterful blend of topics rich in contemplation and insight. His work consists of a pleasant mix of traditional rhyme as well as contemporary free-form style. Although many of his poems offer soulful perceptions, Brett has also cleverly integrated whimsy into some of his subjects – who would have thought Math and Geometry could inspire such poetic humor? This book definitely has something for everyone


The Sun is Too Bright

by Brett Starr - circa 1985

The sun is too bright for me.

It is too hot you see.

I opened my eyes,

And looked at the skies,

And the skies looked back at me.


Our Destiny

by Brett Starr on April 5, 2020

"Knock-knock, the door is open unto you.

The fruits of Wisdom only sought by few.

If you wish, this path is yours to take.

An open mind accomplishment will make.

Who knows about the future of the mind?

A scientist of mental study finds,

That neurons dance to thoughts quite constantly,

Through synapses electrochemically.

The Earth begins a new sidereal day

Surveying stars within the Milky Way.

Elliptical the paths of planets spun

Celestial orbs revere the fiery one.

Our bodies shape contains a secret code.

A pentagram of elements bestowed

Of Spirit, Fire, Water, Earth and Air

Combined as one created to declare

The most important lesson we can learn

Collect a wealth of knowledge to discern

Embrace the chase of world’s diversity

As Truth and Love predict Our Destiny."


Seeds of Thought

by Brett Starr on June 30, 2018

Our seeds when sewn with fertile loving care

Will yield a healthy crop for us to share.

When thoughts and words and deeds are sewn the same

Can lead to fruitful fellowship to gain.

But hateful weeds take root in life with ease.

They steal the colored canvas as they please.

A wise gardener knows he should pluck away

These weeds and keep a healthy field each day.

And so, should we employ this simple task

To ease our stress is not too much to ask.

Lord help us take a little time to do

This necessary gift from us to you.


Twisted Tears

by Brett Starr - Spring 1991

Digital Artwork by Savannah Starr

Don’t hide what you feel inside. 

Try to cry ‘till your eyes run dry;

Or let it out with a scream or shout;

For if you don’t, twisted tears, is what you’re about.

For after your pillow is soaking wet. 

Then you can laugh or giggle a bit.

Hopefully you’ll want to talk it out;

For if you don’t, twisted tears, is what you’re about.

The sun may shine, the rain may fall. 

But don’t let the weather control your mood at all.

Unchain your emotions and let it all out;

For if you don’t, twisted tears, is what you’re about.

Rationalization of fear may persist. 

But the true person will surely be missed.

So, don’t try to hide behind layers of doubt;

For twisted tears is what you’re about.

Twisted Tears will indicate fear. 

Avoidance of stress will always be near.

But there is one thing I can say for sure: 

Admitting “I have a problem” is part of the cure.

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Eyes on the Skies

by Brett A Starr on December 16, 2020
Photo courtesy of Ed Chandler of St. Joseph, MI

Do you ever look up to the skies?

During the day and into the night.

What do you see?

And do you agree?

It’s a wonderful marvelous sight.

On vernal equinox, at Eastward pre-sunrise.

What constellation will you see in the skies?

It’s not so various

It is Aquarius

As the daylight hits your eyes.

Remember December and a bright-lit winter solstice

The sunlight cast a shadow that holds us

I’m sorry to say

It’s the shortest day

For the tilt of earth has told us.

But, did you see that sky in the early night?

A celestial alignment of southwest light

Jupiter and Saturn in 2020

A great conjunction seen by plenty

Traversing the ecliptic flight.

The heavens have told us through space and time

Our place in the cosmos is quite sublime

It’s plain to see

And easy for me

To aptly finish my rhyme.


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