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Reflections in Silhouette: Poems Paperback – December 30, 2011
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This is self-published, so: The layout and font inside were readable. Poems started on a new virtual page (kudos). However, there was no Table of Contents with hyperlinks to poems, which would have been nice for a book this long.
Overall: 1 star. Poetry is too internally-focused.
The last time I read poetry Ronald Regan was still in his first term as president. Now comes T.L. Cooper's Reflections in Silhouette and as I read her sometimes haunting and sometimes light and lyrical stanzas, I found myself caught up in the spirit of reflection. In pieces like "Today I Remembered" and "Hands", T.L. captures the readers in a wreath of emotions both turbulent and free, forcing one to observe the pain and the triumph intrinsic to the human spirit.
In Reflections, T.L. creates a safe place from which the reader can observe the journey through the dark recesses too often ignored by those who wished evil didn't exist in the world. Brave enough to lower the curtain into her own heart, T.L. gives the reader that certain leverage where one might be able to find the strength, upon reflection, to go forward into the bright sunshine of their own new day.
Then there's the ugly side of love and trust that's abused...and abuses. Chilling poetry there!
The collection starts out strong and moves from strength to strength, almost painful in its heartfelt honesty, but with a lyrical, repetitive beauty that makes reading each poem sheer musical pleasure. To my astonishment, this non-poetry reader highly recommends this beautiful, emotional book.