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- Print Length: 90 pages
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- Publisher: Wellworth Publishing (April 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00V40H09O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,632,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Poetry is often like a melody that haunts one’s dreams or a remembered line that sums up exactly what one has difficulty in saying. Jean Sheldon’s collection is a treasury of thought and the passage through life. She captures the connections that tie us together. She celebrates the beauty and wonder of the world. Imbued with a magical blending of emotion and philosophy, many verses will stir the reader to introspection. As a case in point, I quote the first verse of the poem, Perfect Harmony. “When unyielding night/ Cloaks you in doubt/And indifference,/Cradle the hope of dawn./It will come/ and when It does,/ let the slow/ Morning, alive with/Promise, comfort you.”
This is a book to have beside you wherever you may light and need a friend to share a thought or insight, or to renew your own faith and courage.
The language is descriptive and works to paint both a visual and an emotive picture. My favorites here have sent me back to reread Mark Strand's poem Keeping Things Whole, ponder yet again Kierkegaard's Sickness Unto Death as well as gain strength for a late life career change where I will be traveling, for me, A New Road. What all this is to say is that the poems in this collection, while representing Sheldon's vision and wonderful expression will also speak to the reader. There is even a call to global awareness with an eye toward the past, are the things that don't appear to have changed always been the same or are they occurring again? Either way, "the time is now" to affect change.
This collection will be enjoyed by not only those who already like poetry but will likely bring many over who have been hesitant to read it. Highly recommended!
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via LibraryThing.
My main issue with this book is all the blank pages. Its already a very short book. But 20 blank pages?! Thats just wasteful. And potentially misleading. Plus it makes the formatting look very sloppy. So, it losses points for that.
The poems themselves cover a range of topics. I get the feeling the grief of losing a friend was very strong at the time some of these poems were written. Some poems felt like an outlet for emotions and other felt much more accessible to the average reader. The poems were a mixed bag (isn't that always the case): with some poems being very relatable and others being a little more abstract.
All and all a decent collection.
Now, it is my friend -- my very well-spoken friend -- who puts my thoughts into words in the middle of a day. I look to Sheldon's poetry to show me her world, which so often helps me see mine in new ways. I picked PERSISTENT up today, just now, and opened to a brief poem, "At That Moment", and I thought again -- yes, she's captured that. Just that. And just right.
I like the vast possibilities that are covered in her book; the sad, the joy, the different circumstances. Best of all, I love Jean's voice .
I belong to a book club; every three months we bring some poetry to share. At our most recent gathering I took Jean's book and read five poems. Everyone was impressed and asked me to read one of them a second time.
Joan Bailey, author
I did receive this book through a giveaway.