Poetry

Poetry book reviews.

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    "French Fries, Ice Cream, and Cucumber Sandwiches" is a poetry collection named for the treats the author bought for her husband who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Whenever Nell Dale took her husband for a drive, they would stop for one of the snacks in the book’s title. Sometimes he would forget about the first serving and ask for another. During this time, they would talk, but the conversations were not always rational or complete.

    "Words of a Journey" is a book by a teenager for teenagers, but it’s also a book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at life’s meaning and their experiences. Seventeen-year old Kaitlyn Kashman has designed this book to provide thought-stimulation on various issues and feelings that young adults must explore. The book is a potpourri of poetry, with introspective, inspirational questions and observations to stimulate thought in readers so they can come to a clearer understanding of their own feelings and desires and to make necessary choices to move them forward in life.

    "Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors" by author Sweta Srivastava Vikram delves into the implication and philosophy of colors from a Hindu woman’s point of view, from birth until death. The color she adorns herself with almost depicts the story of her life. Expressed through different poetic and verbal forms, each color in the book has its own tone and is specific to different age groups.

    We have all lost a dear one at some point in our lives. Grief, depending on the relationship with the one deceased, affects us differently. I feel my Dada and Mausi’s absence every single day for disparate reasons. But these two losses have taught me that their time had come. And that life is about celebrating those alive and not just mourning those who have moved on. Optimism and faith are the keys to overcoming the roadblocks life puts in our way. "Because All is Not Lost," by author Sweta Srivastava Vikram, tries to state that there is always hope for anyone coping with grief. No one can tell us exactly how; the voyage has to be undertaken by each of us individually.

    "View from the Middle of the Road IV" is the fourth edition of the series. The contributors who are all men, represent four voices from as far away as South Africa to the US shores both east and west. These poems share their views on life, love, loss, religion and the changes that time and society have on their point of view. The poems are funny, sad, tribute-oriented and thought-provoking.

    "Coming Home to My Heart" is a unique poetry book where Donna Solitario really speaks to her readers through poetry. With an emphasis of life experiences and feelings she endured growing up in an abusive alcoholic and dysfunctional home. A family in crisis. It includes an interesting compilation of poetry with raw, and heartfelt emotions. This book is an amazing eye opener, with strong messages. With a focus on speaking to the reader, with awarensess and insight. It includes a myriad of poetry such as: Spirituality, empowerment, inspirational, family, friends, love poems, child abuse, abusive relationships, healing, prayer, miscellellaneous, motivational, and inspirational, for inner peace, and healing through wisdom, faith, hope, and love.

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