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One Hour Before the Dawn by Rod Walford


January 6, 2003
Reviewer: Wanda Whitley
Hanau, Germany

For a while now, I have been trying to get my thoughts together about the book of poetry by Rod Walford, One Hour Before the Dawn. My heart was so touched by Rod's work. In all of his poems, I felt an understanding. I could actually relate to them. It is very rare for an artist to tap into your heart, but that is what Rod has done. Tap into my heart. Life is so short and we take so many things for granted, but Rod's work brings all my hopes and desires right to the top and makes me think about everything.

I feel so blessed to have read this book. It has made me a more humble person. I have always been aware of everyone's feelings, but there are times when we all need a wake up call - to get back in touch with all our feelings, hopes and desires.

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November 4, 2002
Reviewer: Emanuel Seafont
New Zealand

Rod Walford is a master of the word. An inspiration to his fellow poets and a caring unselfish champion of the "Poor Writers" of this world. Rod is the epitome of "Know how, Can do." This book is a collection of beautifully crafted expressions of the heart.

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One Hour Before the Dawn - Rod Walford

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October 31, 2002
Reviewer: Janice Weston-Arnold
New Zealand

Rod Walford's book One Hour Before the Dawn is poetry at its finest. Through his words a feeling of deja-vu envelops you in waves of passion, love, tears and memories. This is poetry that touches your heart with sadness in the title poem and takes you to that Cenotaph in the mists of the morning.

This is poetry that rekindles the flame of love "Through a cauldron of emotion in a furnace of desire." ...from his work Storm of Passion. This is poetry that makes you laugh ...from In Praise of Older Women ...with the lines "Much better far a sporty, naughty Cultured lady...over forty!" This is poetry that speaks of conflict, heroism and sacrifice ...from The Flag ..."Behold these men assembled here beneath the Standard's mast. Beside each one, a vacant place, without a shadow cast."

Rod Walford's evocative and skilful use of the English language takes us on a voyage of discovery through all facets of emotion leaving us wanting to revisit pages that have touched our hearts. This is timeless poetry infused with faith. Great work to be enjoyed by all and future generations. Heirloom poetry at its best.

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October 20, 2002
Reviewer: Tony Spivey
New Bern, North Carolina

One Hour Before the Dawn by Rod Wolford takes the reader on an eclectic journey through the thoughts and inspirations of a skilled poet. Rod's rhymed quatrains sing the songs of life; from the hallowed title work, to the richly romantic Sands of My Heart, to the lofty tale of man's best friend Storm. His poetry is sure to garnish a response of the heart in those who treat themselves to his works.

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October 18, 2002
Review: Ann
New Zealand

As the heading on the back of this attractive book states, "Captured Moments" are what this book of poems is all about. Under headings ranging from Tribute and Reflection to Humor, Conflict and Love, Rod Walford's works are true to the general realities of life. I marvel at Rod's perfect measure and rhyme, and the manner in which his words fall so easily, yet so skillfully into place.

One Hour Before the Dawn is full of motive and observations. If you like poetry to rhyme and tell a story, then this book of poems will do it for you. With every word skillfully selected to count, this book will surely count with every reader.

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One Hour Before the Dawn - Rod Walford

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