Thursday Book Feature: Songs of Heartstrings

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Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude

By Miriam Hurdle

Copyright 2018.


The pieces in this book focus on nature, healing, and other topics. The book is divided into sections, each beginning with quotes from others. An entire part is dedicated to poems inspired by the weekly challenge on Coleen Chesebro’s blog.

I like the variety of poetry forms used in this book, including villanelles, pantoums, and acrostics. I found her pieces about her family moving and especially enjoyed “A Walk on the Beach,” since that’s one of my favorite pastimes when visiting my brother in Florida. Because some of the poems are about spring, this would be the perfect time to read this collection.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

7 thoughts on “Thursday Book Feature: Songs of Heartstrings”

  1. Hi Abbie.
    Wonderful book review.
    Guess what? I now am actually receiving your posts.
    Figured out the problem and fixed it.
    I do enjoy your work so. Especially your poetry.

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      1. The problem was that though I’d pressed the follow button I’d not entered my email address, and so had never gotten the notification to confirm.

        I was getting it in the feed and didn’t know till I went looking for a different post there where I receive some I don’t wish to see everyday, as I was scrolling through, lo and behold there you were and I said, “Ah! That’s strange.” Then as I read the other things I’d gone looking for I suddenly had a moment of clarity.

        (Smacks forehead!)

        “Ah! Duh? Have to actually subscribe!”

        Had the same issue with Mary Hiland’s blog.

        Now I’m receiving all my client’s blogs but one or two and this weekend I hope to fix that.

        Getting this new computer caused me to look at everything.

        It’s slowly taking shape in a great way.

        Your work is wonderful.

        You have no idea how you blessed me over the Christmas season.

        You gave me my spirit back.

        Liked by 1 person

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