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Celebrating 25 years as a published poet, Ms. Grace Stewart takes the reader on a walk through her life as youngster, daughter, lover, wife, mother and citizen of not only her beloved Canada (the subject or background of several of her poems) but of the world. And at each stop along the way, she brings you closer so you can not only hear the story she wishes to tell, but close enough to feel its heartbeat. Even the heartbeat warmth she can find surrounding a Twitter tweet.
And so Ms. Grace Stewart observes her twenty-fifth year as a published poet by sharing with readers 100 pieces of verse and prose, illustrated by her own photography. But this celebration in words is a gift to the reader who joins her on this quarter-century journey through the uncaged heart of an artist of great depth, joy and insight.
As a poet, Heather Grace Stewart seems to be able to take any situation and see deep into its heart. Her work reflects the thoughts and feelings of many of us concerning love for partner and children, loss, the environment, the state of the world in which we all live. In a few lines, she is able to capture a moment, pose thought-provoking questions or urge us to live "in the now".
I find it difficult to choose favourite poems from this collection , but I particularly liked "Caged", inspired by the beautiful tiger on the cover of this book. The three Christmas poems, "This Christmas", "Carry Us, Christmas" and "Christmas Prayer" are apt reminders that the season is not just about partying and busy-ness. I love the poems and short pieces of poetic prose which are about childhood. Some poems are commentaries on how technology has encroached on our ability to truly see the world and the reality of our existence. Others urge us to be ourselves in a world that wishes to mould us. What I appreciate about Heather Grace Stewart's poetry is that she writes from the heart, with love, humour and compassion.
This is a beautifully presented anthology, the poetry and poetic prose interspersed with photographs that inspire. This is a book to treasure; so much within to enjoy and appreciate.
Many poetry collections suffer from being inaccessible to the majority. This is not one of those works. Perhaps one of my favorite samples comes from the piece, She Drew Me A Sky: "Mommy, she said, let me show you what I think souls look like. And she drew me a sky covered in puffy white clouds." Tender, fairytale imagery can mingle with the inspiring and serious, but all are able to be understood. Her works provoke thought without requiring an English class to decipher their meaning.
Heather's work runs a gamut, though. One piece might reflect on love and loss, another the state of the world, or even war. There is an undercurrent of indictment of modern distractions and interests paired with a call to simpler natures, simple treasures and affections and embracing that which make us human—but to say this was all of it would not quite hit the nail on the head. Long, short, the free verse which characterizes Heather's work takes many forms, but each are striking in their own manner.
This is a writer who scribes with heart, and it has led her to a lovingly composed anthology—and even the occasional picture to further titillate the senses. An affectionate addition to any collection.