A Poem for Everyone #FridayFunReads #Poetry #Inspiration

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Mingled Voices 6

Edited by Gillian and Verner Bickley

Copyright 2022.


What Amazon Says


MINGLED VOICES 6 contains the work of sixty-seven poets. The one hundred and thirty-three or so poems were selected from those entered for the International Proverse Poetry Prize in 2021, the sixth such annual international competition administered from Hong Kong.

The International Proverse Poetry Prize was jointly founded in 2016 by Dr Gillian Bickley and Dr Verner Bickley, MBE, in association with the annual international Proverse Prize for unpublished book-length fiction, non-fiction or poetry, submitted in English, which they also founded, in 2008.

Poems could be submitted on any subject or topic, chosen by each poet, or on the subject chosen for 2021 by the Administrators, “Shielding” (interpreted in any way each writer chose). There was a free choice of interpretation, form and style.

Included in the anthology are the poems that won the first, second, and third prizes. Selection to appear in the anthology was also awarded as a prize by the judges. This year, special mention is additionally made of five of these poets.

Poems were submitted from around the world by writers with a variety of previous writing experience.

Brief biographies of all of those whose work is represented in Mingled Voices 6 are included in the anthology as well as authors’ background notes on their work.


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My Thoughts


I found the commentary by editors and some of the poets at the beginning of the anthology unnecessary. In my opinion, poems should be allowed to speak for themselves. The back stories poets provided for each of their works at the end was sufficient and added a nice touch.

This collection provides poems on a wide range of topics such as nature, current events, and mental illness. I could relate to “A Trip to the Supermarket” by Shikha Bansal. “Le Chat” by Neil Douglas gave me a chuckle. Then, of course, there’s “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by yours truly, which I posted here a few days ago.

I found some of the poems way too dark for my liking. But I was delighted to discover work by Carrie Hooper and Lynda McKinney Lambert, authors I’ve known for years, whom I met through Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong. Whether you like poems that are light, dark, about animals, about humans, this anthology has something for you, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it.


New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?






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: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

10 thoughts on “A Poem for Everyone #FridayFunReads #Poetry #Inspiration”

  1. Hi Abbie, I think this was a great review. I especially like how you voice what you did and did not like about the book in equal measure. I so wish others would learn to do this when they review a book. A book review is not “Oh! I loved it so great.” and nothing more.
    Thanks for your cander.

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      1. Hi Abbie, it’s not so much a writing style. I’m talking about being able to give good feedback when reviewing a book.

        What you’ve done here is what should be done when writing a review. So many people do not know that.

        The biggest reason is, they don’t read book reviews and so have never seen a good one.

        It’s the same with critiquing. Many people have no idea how to do that, nor do some authors know how to ask for correct feedback.

        For example, I’ve one client who cannot grasp that just because someone tells them a piece is good, doesn’t mean it’s without mistake.

        Regardless of all that, this was a well thought out review. It is obvious you have studied the entire craft of writing.

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  2. Thanks for the mention, Abbie. I got my paperback copy from Amazon this week. I’m looking forward to begin reading. I love the keen eye and ears of the editors who present a variety of poetry from around the world. Congrats to you and Carrie Hooper. I look forward to enjoying this wonderful book.

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