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You will be ambushed on the first page. “pretend /I am handing these words /to you /written on a piece of paper /torn from a corner /you put them in your pocket /for later.” Since you can ‘peek inside’, you can see this for yourself on Amazon Kindle.
Now for some further quotes from the small stones:
“forgive yourself //for what you cannot change /being a little damaged /helps us /to be there for others...”
and this: “love is big //love has to be that way /to wrap itself /all the way around us...”
and this: “caterpillars /find their hidden wings /but do not show the challenge /of their metamorphosis...”
and this: “do not worry /if love wants to go for a walk /no need to follow it /love knows the way home...”
and this: “if only /happiness were easy /paper flowers /rearranged /in a waterless vase....”
That should give you a feel for the one hundred and seventy-nine untitled blank verse poems, which are followed by a longer piece, People to the Words. Now for the star count boilerplate.
For me, the toughest part of a review is the star count. My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. Lehmann is up against mildly similar poets: e.e.cummings, Stephen Crane, Neal Sehgal, and (immodestly) myself. She stands as tall as any of us. Five stars is an easy decision here. If you like free verse, this is extremely recommended for you.
Kindle Book Review Team member.
(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)
I am rereading many of the poems right now, savoring the subtle nuances of each carefully chosen word and phrase.
There is a vast array of emotions and experiences explored in these pages; thought provoking and powerful throughout.
A collection I look forward to enjoying for many years to come.
Please see my additional review of this eBook at Amazon Canada.
🌼 Geraldine Helen Hartman, author of the Haiku Reflections series. 🌼