Let’s Fly
by Greg Grant

"We need to get away –
Somewhere the air is clean
Away from the noise;
Where we can dream all day long"

In Grant’s collection of poems there is an equal balance of uplifting and somber poetry. Through his words, Grant writes with a beautiful simplicity that exudes a thoughtful approach to observation and reflection of life. Every poem touches on universal themes, such as love, loss, faith, and healing written with a brevity and sincerity that elicits particular responses of sadness, anger or joy. 

The reader might also appreciate Grant’s poems even more by the mere fact that he is a physically disabled man who suffers from a mental illness. It is because of this mental illness that Grant took up the craft of writing poetry. Clearly, he is working through personal highs and lows where a self-awareness and sense of empowerment emerges. The title poem, “Let’s Fly,” expresses the desire to find peace away from noise and worries, indicating a recognizable need to dream and be free. “Voices in My Head” intimately reveals an inward struggle of uncertainty and fight against the loss of sanity by imagined voices. “Street Kid” is a homage to the child who is always treated differently until one good moment changes everything. And “Scared” addresses the fear of life itself, professing that being scared can be good and enables us to live our lives. 

Grant subtly and poignantly illustrates throughout his poetry that while he may be disabled, he is no different. Just like anyone else, he experiences those familiar emotions of fear and hope. But the overall message that permeates his writing is acceptance and he even includes a poem titled “Acceptance,” where he says,

People have to learn to accept everyone,
For if they don’t,
They will not be accepted themselves.

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