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Singer/songwriter Jewel Kilcher has been writing since she was a child. In this 87-poem collection, she reveals herself as an accomplished free-verse poet, alternately witty and serious, writing about true love, second thoughts, and broken relationships. Some of her poems are postcards from her travels, describing scenes and the people she meets in Las Vegas; Seattle; Taipei, Taiwan; and Hawaii. She also writes about Alaska, and it's evident in her voice that she misses the place where she was raised. The most poignant pieces are the ones about personal loneliness in the midst of popular acclaim, as in "Taipei 2": "I am told I am adored by millions--but no one calls." A must for every Jewel fan, this collection is especially rich in what Jewel calls "songs for love lost and love yet to come." Listen to Jewel read "As a Child I Walked." Visit our audio help page for more information. (Running time: 70 minutes, 1 CD) --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For people who don't regularly follow MTV (which unfortunately includes most of those who listen to poetry), Jewel will seem to have sprung up out of nowhere. But the 23-year-old Alaska native has four albums to her credit and several web sites. A veteran of the coffee-house scene around San Diego, she brings to mind those New York spots of the late 1950s, where Dylan Thomas played and where there was an open poetry mike. Moreover, Jewel's poems are reasonably good. Sure, there are too many prepositions and some cliched images; an attempt to be philosophical is laughable; and many "poems" are nothing more than fragments. But a lot of the material is also straightforward and deeply honest, e.g., "I am told I am adored by millions, but no one calls." Certainly, she's as good as Leonard Cohen and deserves serious attention from poetry lovers. Released simultaneously as a book, CD, and cassette.?Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York
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Jewel Rocks!!! It was awesome listening to her poems about her life.Published 6 months ago by james e harris iii
I love her music and her poetry. She's brilliant in so many ways. This is an exceptional book.Published 7 months ago by dch822
Wow! Surprised to see so many 1 star reviews. I love this book. Have had it for many years and return to it often. I am a fan of accessible poetry. Read morePublished 13 months ago by booklover9
Jewel is an amazing writer, these poems are easy to read and relate to. She's had an amazing life, an honor to be able to read her poems.Published 15 months ago by M. Hamilton
Enjoy this book. Occasionally, I pick it up to read something nice - like her music when she still was writing and singing good stuff, like back in the Pieces of You days. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Goddess Shadow
I loved Jewels lyrics in her music so I thought I'd read her book as well. I loved the book, it's honest and gives some insight on her life.Published 17 months ago by True Dru