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"Our Boys and Other Poems" by Alan L. Strang is an exquisite collection of poetry that delves deep into the myriad emotions and experiences of young men coming of age. Through his words, Strang crafts a powerful narrative that explores themes of love, loss, identity, and the complexities of growing up.

One of the most striking aspects of this collection is the profound sense of vulnerability that permeates every poem. Strang's ability to convey raw emotions allows readers to connect with the inner thoughts and struggles of the young boys he portrays. Whether it be through the exploration of first love, the pain of heartbreak, or the search for self-acceptance, each poem offers a poignant glimpse into the complexities of adolescence.

The poet's use of vivid imagery creates a rich tapestry that vividly captures the essence of various moments in time. From the warmth of a summer afternoon to the haunting stillness of a moonlit night, Strang effortlessly transports readers into the worlds he constructs within his verses. His skillful use of descriptive language not only paints a picture but also evokes a range of emotions, resulting in a truly immersive reading experience.

Another notable aspect of "Our Boys and Other Poems" is Strang's ability to tackle issues of masculinity with both sensitivity and nuance. He delves into the pressures and expectations placed upon young men, exploring the ways in which they navigate societal norms and strive to define their own identities. Through his introspective verses, Strang challenges traditional notions of masculinity while showcasing the beauty in vulnerability and emotional honesty.

The collection also features a variety of poetic forms and styles, ensuring that each poem offers a unique perspective and voice. From free verse to sonnets, Strang showcases his versatility and command over different poetic techniques. His ability to adapt his style to suit the mood and subject matter of each poem adds depth and complexity to the overall collection.

"Our Boys and Other Poems" is a testament to the power of poetry in capturing the human experience. Through his evocative language and heartfelt reflections, Alan L. Strang offers readers a glimpse into the profound and often tumultuous journey of young men on the cusp of adulthood. This collection is a must-read for anyone who appreciates poignant, thought-provoking poetry that speaks to the universal search for identity and understanding.

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Alan L. Strang

Born August 18th, 1908 Died January 29th, 1919

[Illustration: Alan L. Strang]

Our Boys and Other Poems



California's BOY POET

Copyrighted, 1919



Alan L. Strang was born in Spokane, Washington, August 18, 1908. Living there until he was four years old, he came to California in 1913 with his parents, making their home in Redwood City.

He had a gentle, loving disposition, was always frail and delicate and possessed a mental development far in advance of his years. He was taken to the Great Beyond January 29, 1919.

The poems contained in this book were written prior to his tenth birthday. Considering the age of the author we feel that the work contains real merit, while the sentiment expressed betokens that patriotic spirit which never fails or hesitates when our country calls for men.

J. L. S.

To the Reader of this Book

This little book's a letter, I send direct to you; I hope that you will like it, And read it thru and thru. And after you have read it, Just send a thot to me; Your thots will help to make me The "Poet" I would be.

Yours very truly,


Redwood City, California... Continue reading book >>

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