Thomas E. Defreitas

Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (23 of 31)
Location: Massachusetts
In My Own Words:
I am large, I contain multitudes.

poetry, music, the arts, Catholicism, and poetry (worth mentioning twice!)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 518,476 - Total Helpful Votes: 23 of 31
George and Laura: Portrait of an American Marriage by Christopher Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth while, April 22 2003
Have just finished reading Christopher Andersen's book GEORGE AND LAURA. I recommend it highly. Respectfully and sensitively written. While there are one or two brief passages that make us think, "Andersen is probably not a co-partisan of the President!" -- still -- he respects the president.
Above respectful and sensitive, I would add -- quite poignant at certain points. Both figures have had to deal with tragedies, and before adulthood. Not a definitive biography -- the subtitle is "Portrait of an American Marriage" -- but it does give us a clear enough picture of both the President's and the First Lady's youth and upbringing and things they did for fun. The… Read more
Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and&hellip by Kenneth Koch
Am daunted, in the task of writing a review, by the fact that the previous reviewers all got it exactly right! The late Kenneth Koch (1925-2002), whimsical poet, teacher, and enthusiast for the evangel of poetry here gives us a book ideally suited for any poet or reader from high-schooler to nonagenarian.
The first 135 pages of the book are something of an instruction manual, or an explanation of why poetry seems so strange at first. He patiently explains the obvious : sound matters as much as sense; words have musical value; there is a "poetry language" -- or perhaps several poetry languages? -- that we discover through reading anything & everything in sight. He comes… Read more
95 Poems by E. E. Cummings
95 Poems by E. E. Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars more last than star, Jan. 6 2003
The sexagenarian Edward Estlin Cummings gives us poems of remarkable versatility and joy. The volume begins with autumn and ends with spring. In between we have songs and sonnets and serene calligraphy, urbanity and sarcasm and protest against tyranny, we have childlike wonder at a distant star and the ultranecessary reminder that "not all matterings of mind equal one violet."
We have clarity, we have acceptance of the universe as it appears:
now air is air and thing is thing:no bliss
of heavenly earth beguiles our spirits,whose
miraculously disenchanted eyes
live the magnificent honesty of space.
We have the bluejay as "beautiful anarchist" and the slender… Read more