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- ASIN : B07K4RRC4W
- Publication date : November 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 8645 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 196 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1905597673
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,115 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writers, whose poems alternate on a given theme, play with rhythm and rhyme as they discourse on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Readers who want to learn more about exotic animals in South Africa will not be disappointed as they introduce us to special species of birds like hadidas, or rain birds as they are called. Poems about lions, the cheetah, and hyaenas also make an appearance.
Both poets are skilled with emotive description. Poet Robbie reviews her stages of life in “My Minds’ Eye,” comparing her accomplishments to colors of an artist’s palette and warning readers of the need to adapt or die: “Change your colours often gold, red, orange, blue and green You need to become a chameleon in your function.” Another passage that caught my attention from Kim Blades: “My mother who bore me in the wild midland hills the old beggar who shares his scant food and the people of my village who give without question have taught me that we receive what we give and only in our living and giving does Nature live so that the Love of Nature is what leads to Love of Man.”
Like singers in a duet, these poets harmonize their thoughts and feelings uniquely, enhanced by photographs from author Cheadle’s son, Henry. I highly recommend this collection to lovers of nature and those curious about two modern women’s experience living in South Africa.
This volume includes free verse, syllabic forms like haiku and tanka, rhymed poems, and a structure that's a series of metaphors. So, no matter what kind of poem you like best, you should be able to find it here.
My favorite was the metaphor poem that summed up one author's feelings of sisters. A short excerpt:
"A competitor who always shines brighter than you,
An advisor when your spirit is battered and bruised,
A shoulder to cry on when life lets you down,
A beauty queen, who’s face is fairer than yours,
A diary of shared memories, the old and the new,
A voice of reason, when yours has taken a day off..."
The images flicker past, creating a kaleidoscope of emotional resonance.
I read this in multiple sessions; unlike most novels, it's easy to blur the earlier portions with the more recent. Recommended for anyone who likes a variety of poetic forms and is interested in seeing Africa from people who live there, as opposed to visitors.
Both Kim and Robbie have a similar style of writing blank verse, some of the themes too are identical. Realism is the hallmark of their poetry, as they talk about life and people in clear words; imagination takes a back seat. Deeply moved by poverty around her, Robbie has highlighted it in many poems. If ‘The Boys under the Bridge’ brings out the plight of the homeless youth, The Silver Lining underlines the uplifting spirits of a youngster carrying a load of recyclables with abandon, The Beggar’s Child mocks at the apathy of the passers-by but ‘The Golden Light’ focuses on helping the underprivileged children of a school in a squatter camp with books – a wonder gift for them.
Kim seems to be an ardent animal lover because many of her poems celebrate wild life and give a vivid description of how a cheetah hunts its prey, how mother cheetah nurtures her cubs, how a lion lies on golden grass, even her Utopia mentions “stamping buffalo.” Iconic South African birds too catch her attention to inspire a poem. The opening lines of ‘Lessons Learned in a rural village’ seem to be inspired from William Blake’s poem ‘The Little Black Boy.’
Some of the poems are too personal and comment on how life unfolds, offering unforgettable memories, moments of exhilaration and dismay, travails of a working mother and insecurities of an empty nest but they all make life worth living. Heaviness of this book would linger around you even when you finish and put it away. I enjoyed it.
Top reviews from other countries
What can I say other than this book of poetry more than met my expectations fully. The poems grabbed me, shook me up, and made me look at things that I could change.
I enjoyed Open A New Door and recommend it highly to anyone who would like an honest look at life.