Born from Stardust and Other Poems
by Victoria Zigler
What Smashwords Says
A selection of poems of various lengths and styles, exploring a variety of themes and subjects.
I met Victoria Zigler recently through ACB Community Calls, sponsored by the American Council of the Blind, offering a variety of activities held on Zoom. Tori, as she likes to be called, is not only a poet but a singer. She participates in the open mic and karaoke programs and co-hosts a weekly activity called Free to Be Me, in which participants discuss a variety of topics. If you’re blind or visually impaired and are interested in participating in these activities, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org and request a schedule of events.
I like how Tori groups some of the poems in this collection by subjects such as the beach, storms, and the pandemic. My favorite is “To Be Beside the Sea” because it reminds me of happy times when visiting my brother and his family in Florida and going to the beach. “When Mummy Missed Story Time” tugged at my heart, making me thankful I was not a small child during this pandemic. I also like how she begins her collection with the title poem, “Born from Stardust,” and ends with “In the Mountain Valley.” Even if you don’t like poetry, you’ll delight in the stories these poems tell.
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
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?