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5 Pillars of the Gypsy Paperback – April 3, 2012
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From the Author
The four years spent compiling this book have likely been the most challenging years to date in my life. At this time I would like to acknowledge and thank those who have supported, cajoled, laughed, danced, listened and cried with me along the way. Big thanks to those I have met from all parts of the world who educated and charmed me as well as those who joined me in my adventures if only in their imaginations and in my heart. While they may have been the most challenging times I feel certain they will also be held in my memory as being some of the most fulfilling.
This idea of this book at inception was triggered by a quote that said, (translated) "I cracked my heart for every time I laughed in my life"
... a statement that ended with:
"In spite of all that I love life." - Of which I thought - Hey! That sounds like me!
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
By Lesley Fletcher
5 Pillars of the Gypsy is a book of poetry and abstract art. Ordinarily I would write a review telling about the book, the plot and the author. 5 Pillars of the Gypsy is no ordinary book. It hits me on a personal level so that is how I shall write the review.
The Art - I don't particularly care for abstract art but some of Lesley's work struck a chord with me. My favorite is Mixed Emotions. This painting brings to mind autumn leaves whirling in the breeze on a warm Indian Summer day. The gray background seems to portend the coming winter.
Another I like is Enchanted Forest where ghostly spirits seem to be emerging from among the trees. In the lower right hand corner is a figure seemingly bent forward in the direction she is turned. However if one looks closer, there is a second face where she is looking back over her shoulder.
Lesley is a master at subtle hidden meanings in her paintings using fine white lines that seem to disappear until one studies the paintings. Is the figure in the center of Swallowed a human head or an erect penis? Very thought provoking.
Sea Of Good Wishes is a beautiful painting that imparts a feeling of goodwill.
The Poetry - Lesley writes poetry that hits one in the heart, mind and soul. While her writing is spiritual it is not directed at any one religion but rather all reli-gions. It celebrates love, life and peace, touching the heart and uplifting the soul.
Lesley herself is the
Gypsy as one can read in The Gypsy Restored, the finale of the book. This is a book that one can return to for peaceful succor and soulful healing. The combination of art and very good poetry touched my heart and awakened soul to soar through mystic clouds of love and peace.
By Ruth Ann Hixson, Freelance Reviewer
Leslie has adapted a beautiful style of writing poetry. She uses a bit of the traditional style and a diverse technique of writing.
All of the poems are easily interpreted and many are heartwarming.
I'd like to give you an example from two of my favorites:
With her music
And her memories
Clearly all exposed
Of her gracefulness of movement
From her head right to her toes.
Childish thoughts please stay with me,
With those I will not falter,
Sadness, jealousy and grief,
Just stay inside the water.
I look forward to reading more poetry written by this very talented author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lesley treats us to her beautiful prose and paintings that compliments her poems. I was wowed by the sincerity and gentleness in "Promise" and "Legacy" paints a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kimberly Floria
I have not always been a lover of abstract art but was completely drawn in when I began to follow Lesley Fletcher's blog, Inspiration Import. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Lu Oburn
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, LESLEY FLETCHER WINDS YOU THROUGH THE
COLORFUL, MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF THE GYPSY. Read more
5 Pillars of the Gypsy spoke to me like no other book has before. Each story moved me along my life's path, including the highs, the lows, and introspection.Published on May 2, 2012 by Jean Ann French