Kathy Hamidovic is a Canadian author whose writing and supportive spirit have been part of the Her Heart Poetry community since its formation, and we are so proud both to have her in our little family and to have this wonderful poem included in this year’s edition of The Annual.
These Stones Were Not Placed Between Us is among a very select group of poems included in this year’s anthology that rhymes, and it is the only poem that utilizes a free-verse structure – which is to say, a lack of any consistent structure. Placing Kathy’s poem was a difficult task, to say the least, because thanks to its ambiguous interpretation, it could’ve fallen into a number of different categories. In the end, though, we decided to include it in the first section of the anthology, titled ‘Who I Am,’ because she speaks with such confidence to values she obviously cherishes.
Bridges are an important source of symbolism in many poems throughout history, but especially given the state and direction of our world in the past decade, we predict that they will become even more important. Kathy hit the nail on the head with her poem, too, by directly addressing the purpose of a bridge and indirectly alluding to our need for them. What current event you believe she’s referring to is a matter of personal interpretation, but you will be hard-pressed to come up short on finding a way to apply this poem to your personalized set of circumstances.
Please, please, please check out the rest of Kathy’s fantastic writing by visiting her Instagram page and leaving a comment or two (if you can). And, of course, make sure to show her and Her Heart Poetry your support by stopping by our webstore to pick up your own copy of The Annual which is available in both physical and digital formats.