Seeing the World with Wonder #FridayFunReads #Poetry #Inspiration

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Today, I’m offering a two-for-one special on book reviews. These two poetry collections have three things in common. First of all, the authors’ first names start with the same letter. Second, their poetry helps us look at nature and other topics with a sense of wonder. Last but not least, I met both authors through Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong, and I have enjoyed reading their work over the years.

 

One Goes to the Sea

by Joan Myles

Copyright 2021

 

What Smashwords Says

 

What is it about poetry that so readily connects readers with their Spiritual selves? And is it possible to focus these expanded faculties of perception beyond the page–intentionally, inward?

One Goes to the Sea is a collection of the poet’s waking and sleeping flights of fancy, her dream journal sketched poetically and visually illustrated by her daughter.

 

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My Thoughts

 

I like the vivid imagery and word play in Joan’s poetry. This collection has a nice mix of rhyming and non-rhyming poetry. The title, One Goes to the Sea, is referenced in her poem, “The Journey,” and it’s easy to see the connection. According to Joan’s bio at the end of the book, she “has always been a child of Wonder as well as a spiritual seeker.” This comes through in her poetry, which I highly recommend, even if you’re not into spirituality.

 

Dancing with the Seasons: A Year in Simple Verse

by Jo Elizabeth Pinto

Copyright 2022.

 

What Amazon Says

 

The fifty-two short poems in Dancing with the Seasons: A Year in Simple Verse are easy to understand, yet rich with emotional and sensory details. Celebrate the vivid, ever-changing beauty of nature in rhythm and rhyme.

 

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My Thoughts

 

Dancing with the Seasons is a perfect title for this collection. The vivid images in these poems appear to dance across the page. Many of these works reminded me of those in Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, which I read often in my younger years.

Although these poems reflect many aspects of the four seasons, they’re not in chronological order from spring through winter, as the subtitle, A Year in Simple Verse, might signify. There’s a nice mix of rhyming and non-rhyming poems.

I could relate to such poems as “The Merciless Heat of July,” and “A Fire on the Mountains,” which took me right back to brutally hot summers when forest fires raged around us. I like how such outdoor phenomenon as the movement and songs of birds and floating leaves are portrayed here. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys nature poetry that’s light and airy and full of wonder.

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?

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Yartzeit *anniversary of a loved one’s death* #SocialMediaMonday#Poetry #Inspiration

Here’s something from fellow poet Joan Myles that tugged at my heart. I’m planning to read her latest collection, One Goes to the Sea, and review it here sometime this month. So, please stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s a poem she wrote as a tribute to her mother, who passed several years ago.

Yartzeit
my glass of wine sanctifies time
but can’t bring you back
again I open the window
as a sign for both of us

 

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The Poetry of Life #Friday Fun Reads

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One Glittering Wing

by Joan Myles  

What Smashwords Says

Praised for its stunning images and lilting language, One Glittering Wing is a collection of playful, prayerful, mournful, powerful poems which deeply speak its author.

My Thoughts

I met the author, Joan Myles, years ago through Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong. Her work, filled with plenty of vivid imagery, has always fascinated me. I reviewed her first collection, One with Willows, here after it came out.

In One Glittering Wing, I like the way Joan incorporates the collection’s title into her poem, “Death.” I can relate to the poems, “Walls,” “Tammy,” and “Shivah” as a result of my personal experiences. My favorite is “Dancing with Emily Dickenson,” which inspired me to write a poem about dancing with Billy Collins. Other poems touch on nature, human relations, and additional subjects sure to resonate with many readers. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the poetry of life.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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About Joan Myles #Sharing Sunday

Thanks to fellow blogger Joan Myles for coming up with a neat idea. If people who follow her blog share her bio on their blogs, she’ll share theirs on her blog. So, I’m following suit. If you share my bio, I’ll share yours.

Sharing my bio is easy. Click here, or find the link at the top that says, “About Me.” Then, you can simply include a link to this page by using one of the sharing options below the bio or copying the URL from your browser’s address bar. You can also share my bio on social media by using one of those sharing options. So, let’s all share each other’s bios and learn more about one another.

As for Joan Myles, she’s the author of two poetry books and the mother of four children. You’ll find my review of her first collection, One with Willows, here. I plan to read and review her book that just came out, One Glittering Wing. I hope that after reading her bio, you’ll check out the rest of her blog and buy her books. Happy reading!

 

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Thursday Book Feature: One with Willows

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One with Willows

By Joan Myles

Copyright 2019.

 

The poems in this little volume reflect on spirituality, nature, and other topics. Some have reference to certain aspects of Jewish culture, and notes with more information are included. An introduction explains how poetry sustained the author after her vision loss.

I met Joan a year or so ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities, of which I’m now president. Despite being totally blind, her poems display such vivid imagery. Each piece’s title gives you a basic idea of what it’s about. My favorite, “Tire Swing,” transported me back to a time when my father rigged a similar contraption in our front yard when I was growing up. Also, I found her glimpses into Jewish culture fascinating. Even if you’re not Jewish, these works should resonate with you, and this book is definitely not a long read.

 

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My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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