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- Print Length: 45 pages
- Publication Date: October 4, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FNBLIPC
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- Lending: Enabled
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Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love Kindle Edition
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There! A thin curve of molten red!
A far away sliver of fiery light
Breaks the horizon.
Part One of the book, “Mac at 10,” contains poems celebrating summer from the vantage point of MacKenzie Cole, lead character in Marcia Meara’s wonderful book, Wake Robin Ridge. As you can imagine, from the glimpse of her poetry provide here, setting matters. In both Wake Robin Ridge and her new book Swamp Ghosts she brings her poetic bent to bear on her story telling.
My favorite of the poems in this part of the book is “Star-Gazing.” Even though I’m still a little annoyed that my late-night effort to catch a meteor-shower this week was such a bust! The “Giraffes” meteor shower was slated to rival Perseid, the meteor shower featured in Marcia’s poem that occurs each August. Perseid has no rival, trust me. Still, star-gazing was a favorite teenage pastime and this poem evoked fond memories of times in my life when I was privileged to witness sky-borne wonders.
Part two of Summer Magic, “Poems of Life and Love,” presents more adult-themed visions of summer. Especially poignant are images of summer waning, as we are dragged, sometimes kicking and screaming into fall, and other seasons of our lives. I love the meter of the first poem in part two, “On the River,” the moody tone of “The Last Rose,” and the wanton disregard for structure in “Attitude Really is Everything.” So true, btw! Here’s to Summer Magic, in Marcia Meara’s book, or wherever we may find it.
In Part Two: Poems of Life and Love, Meara shifts to poems of later life––remembering the past, but living the present and facing the future. The canoeist in “On the River” does that as she dips and glides, as does the narrator in “Promises,” whose story of love and loss brought tears to my eyes.
If you love words, this book is for you. And if you don’t, this book will make you fall in love with them.
––Elizabeth Vollstadt, author of tween novel Pairs on Ice.
Reading these poems brought a smile to my face and good memories to mind. :<)
This collection also has a nice segue back to her debut novel: Wake Robin Ridge. A novel btw, that you won't want to miss!
Geraldine Helen Hartman, author of Haiku Reflections:The Four Seasons and Third Chapter, Second Chance.
It's a very interesting concept to have the first section of poems written from the perspective of one of her characters (though I would point out you don't have to have read the book he features in to appreciate them). They shine with a playful, nostalgic charm that takes you back to your own childhood.
The second section features poems with a more personal touch, which I enjoyed equally as much. The main thread that links the two parts together is the strong influence of the natural world, which is beautifully portrayed.
Favourites in the collection for me were 'Bruises' and 'Promises', though all have something to offer.