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Voice Break Paperback – March 7, 2012
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About the Author
Kari Wergeland has worked in West Coast libraries from Seattle to San Diego. Her poetry can be found in Catamaran Literary Reader, Jabberwock Review: A Journal of Literature and Art, New Millennium Writings, Pembroke Magazine, and many other journals. In addition, she wrote a children's book review column for The Seattle Times, which ran monthly for 11 years. This is her first book.
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I enjoyed the poems in this book, though it reads very quickly and is over with before you know it, and it was interesting learning about the problems Ms. Wergeland had in learning how to sing. I have never taken voice lessons and have no idea what's involved, so this was a learning experience for me and was quite enjoyable. The book consists of about a dozen short poems and several much longer poems that tell the story of Ms. Wergeland's voice lessons. I thought the poetry of this book was average, which is why I gave it three stars. There is no gripping imagery such as you find with Martin Espada and no amusing ranting such as you find in Robert Bly, the poems are basically prose poems telling a story, and as such they're rather plain. I thought the story of Ms. Wergeland's learning to sing was interesting and for me a novelty, but she could use more startling imagery and metaphor and simile in her work. However, if you've an interest in singing, or are just into a personal memoir about a woman's life, this book represents a pleasurable reading experience. Take it for what it is, and it is enjoyable.