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Ghosts of Old Virginny Paperback – December 19, 2015
About the Author
Milla van der Have (1975) wrote her first poem at sixteen, during a physics class. She has been writing ever since. Her poems have been published in Bare Hands Poetry, The Lindenwood Review and Off the Coast, among others. In 2013 one of her short stories won a New Millennium Fiction Award. Milla lives and works in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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I loved this book of poems. The descriptions were so vivid that you could picture the scenes . Everybody needs a get away after a hard stressful day and I found this book to be good for that get away. You can go back in time to places that you can relax in, feel peace in and want to stay there. We all remember the towns through real life or reading, that were great towns and through the years, people moved on and the towns became filled with ghosts instead of people, thus, the term ghost town. This still occurs, but it was so prevalent in the ole west and pioneer days. The poetry is such that you lose yourself in it. You feel as though you are on the streets of Old Virginny, in the buildings and in nature. The poems aren't all fluff and icing. There is some heartache from losses that happened. The poetry is beautiful, even the visions of the dusty pioneer days. It sends you to another place, another time and there is also a place in it for the here and now. So if you want to relax, remember, close your eyes and picture beauty, then all you have to do is look at the old barn on the cover of the book. You will, Remember When? So take a journey into the past and the present and relax. You won't want to put the book down and you definitely won't want to leave.
I received a copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.
Ghosts of Old Virginny is a book of poems about the old Virginia City. They're about miners and mining, the Gold Rush, legends, history of pioneers, and love. They're full of beautiful descriptions and history.
Any lover of poetry and history will enjoy these poems. One of my favorites:
A Boomtown Love
They'll settle in on anything, old legends.
Like mountain ghosts. They'll take
hold of you. Say that night we broke
our bottles like vows upon the path.
All was silent except for your silver
laughter and that sudden rain of glass.
We sat down amidst the shards, counted
their sparks as blessings and the way
the moon swindled off their light edges.
And I remember thinking, this is it,
this is all that will come to mean
something in our days of rest.
As a lover of American history, I especially enjoyed these poems.
I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.