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In the Event of Full Disclosure Paperback – June 12, 2013
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Cynthia Atkins paints such vivid imagery, and her words form memory circles around my heart. When I read the poems in this stunning collection, I feel like the poet and I have led parallel lives. And yet we've never met in person.
How can you not love a line like this?: "We piled in the paneled Station Wagon holding tight to our dream pillows."
Or this one: "Because years have proven that each death leads to song."
Cynthia Atkins' poems pull you right in. She doesn't hold you at arms' length - push you away with too many words that leave you scratching your head (like some poets do) - she embraces you with her easily accessible, conversational tone that makes you feel at home in her words. Even if that home is not always the sanest place at times.
You don't have to be a poetry snob to enjoy "In the Event of Full Disclosure." I highly recommend it.
Kathleen M. Rodgers
award-winning author of "The Final Salute"
Cynthia Atkins holds each broken piece -- human frailty and fallibility and mental illness, divisions and dysfunction in not just family but the entire global community -- up for unflinching assessment, and finds a place where it can fit and become part of something whole and beautiful that lets light in.
In "Divided We Stand" she writes: "we are here to open every door, turn handles, push borders / / to unlock a kite-tale of grace" -- Brava, Ms. Atkins! You have done so. I hope to see another book of your poems in the near future.
One can bring forth laughter, sadness and ultimate punishment by poetry. I am a lover of poetry. I've read poetry most of my life. I enjoy dabbling in writing it also. I am very fond when I come across a new poetry book.
There is a key in the world of poetry. Anyone can write poetry, but not everyone can be a true poet. Words have to flow for meaning. A real poet has to express the very recesses of existence, whether it be through laughter and silly tongue, or whether it be the dark leafy forbidding darkness of a path not taken, yet now one must.
To be honest I had only read two pieces of poetry of Mrs. Atkins when I came across her Facebook. I then was able to obtain this book through being a winner of a comment contest and so I was awarded this book.
I want to say thank you Mrs. Atkins for this opportunity to read and review your book. She did not know I would review her book, this is my own doing. Now I've had several books sent to me in the past or I'll come across a book and not know anything about a poet and sometimes that is the ultimate dread for me, because I'm an honest reviewer. Like I say anyone can write poetry but only some can be a true poet.
And let me tell you, Cynthia Atkins is a true poet.
The poetry inside this book is truly emotionally touching, mind opening and thought-provoking and structurally sound in perfect brilliance. I found myself reading over and over certain pieces that truly stand out as, perfect written poetry.
Cynthia Atkins poetry is brilliantly unmasked perfection in all its amazing word play.
Her poetry truly makes the mind think. It brings out many mixed emotions and also creates a scenario of what it meant, of what it could be, of what it details.
I highly recommend this book of poetry for those who love amazing written word and for those who love amazing books that stand out and mean something.
She is a true powerhouse at creating emotions and imagery through wordplay.
She is brilliant at creating poetry to be remembered.
Just some of the amazing word play throughout:
Family Therapy (1) Page 33
I am my child's child, doomed
for failure. The father is my lover,
the sheets spilled his seed, something to hold. When I opened
my eyes, my father held out a puppy.
What the Blind See Page 25
The wide night turns on its darkness. Two empty swings, ample the wind.
Shelf-Life Page 39
All the morticians
have thumbed their noses
at mortality-then pitched us into distinction.
Terror in the Streets Page 56
Ticks picked off scalps like fleas on elephants.
Hell on earth-the literal tropes the earth.
Each grave used to be a parking lot.
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