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Mantra for a Muse Paperback – August 26, 2012
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About the Author
Red Dwyer is first and foremost a mother. After that, her titles in order of importance are grandmother, daughter, sister, friend. She occupies her time, not otherwise consumed by family, freelance writing. At the time of the publishing of this book, she is finishing her second fiction novel and a parenting book on becoming the surviving spouse of cancer. Her debut book Taming the Terrible Twos: A Parents' Survival Guide is currently available. She lives with and homeschools her autistic, mid-life crisis toddlers in South Carolina. She blogs incessantly at The M3 Blog - Momma’s Money Matters, about blogging, psychology, parenting and money...good advice delivered with a bit of snark and humor...and the occasional poem. She supports the South Carolina Autism Society and encourages everyone to contribute to autism research. You could be the missing piece to the autism puzzle.
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Red Dwyer's poetry is a journey into the questions of life. She doesn't attempt to answer, but to ponder, celebrate the mystery, excitement, and emotions that surface. In this, her debut book of verse, she treats us to the full breadth and scope of her thought and experience. No reader will be at a loss for enjoyment in her often playful, often piercing, and forever more human art.
In the dynamic poem, "Speed," Red exhibits her adroit ability to incorporate free form to build the tension of abandon of the poem in the first two lines per four-line stanza. She then pulls back and restrains the poem with exquisite end-rhyme in the last two of each. The ride is thrilling, and builds to a suspenseful end. This poem is a perfect example of poet Jack Spicer's assertion that "Poetry ends like a rope."
"Grateful" pays respectful homage to veterans; those lost, missing in action, or in the midst of trouble in war. In a first person view from the cockpit, the reader enters the life and breath of a real life hero, doing his or her best to stay alive, not for oneself, but for love of country. The clipped seven-line stanzas of free verse, the exceptional use of imagery and figurative language, and the wonderful metaphors in this poem do its subject the high honor it deserves.
Red writes often about friendship and relationships. They are the mainstay of her muse. The poem, "Reflected," is a very personal account of an epiphany reached with the help of a friend. The form is structured, but emotion escapes it, and as in the title here, the reader finds oneself in this poem, beginning with angst and ending in hope, love, and understanding. It is a reflection of a quote by poet Dana Gioia, "Sometimes what we learn by accident proves more important than what we study by plan."
"Mantra for a Muse" is an exceptional and varied collection of poetry written by a brilliant, creative force of a woman. The work is open, accessible, and brings the song of her verse into the hearts of all.
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