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As I read through Birmingham's landscape of shared peaks and valleys, I found at times a rich blend of "Notes from the Underground" with the poetic bend of "The Bell Jar", filled with the same kind of mystery.
Still, Birmingham's Psychology degree can be found punctuating itself inside a metaphoric Helping Hand. No serious reader of this collection can escape the nuances of survival, healing, and encouragement, as found in Flight Path, telling herself, and us, to..."Get ready to be extraordinary." And even in Behind Puddles I found rich lines that carried Biblical undertones--"A dark sky that lifts its skirt to / Release the watershed, and I wonder / What you see under her skirt that / You do not see under my hem."--smacking of King David and even Samson.
Birmingham's quiet and plain-spoken rebuttal to heartache seems almost clothed in sweetness when she writes--"Today, although I sit in the corner alone / I am warmer than I ever was with you."
Here, in "Versions of the Self" we not only find Christy Birmingham, but we find ourselves. And wise is the reader who looks deeply into this well so unselfishly offered up.
The collection is extensive and impressive, divided into sections that relate in some way to the self. Some are dreamy, some are hopeful, while others explore a range of topics from uncertainty to resolution. The author's words form hues, feelings, shades, impressions. Take a look at this excerpt from "You, Colors, and Realization:"
You were once here.
Today, your colors fall to a wooden floor,
While I run a paintbrush under the kitchen tap
To clean the bristles and
Paint a new day,
Made of colors that I alone choose.
The whole collection is empowering and highly enjoyable. There is much here that will resonate with you. By creatively sharing her personal impressions, Christy addresses topics that are universal in a way that touches the heart. I highly recommend this poetry collection!
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