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WHITE WINE AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA ǀ Julia Cirignano

by Liz Newman ǀ @liz_newman_writer My first thought while reading White Wine and Medical Marijuana was that it is truly a unique and sincere collection of poetry. The author has a very distinct voice throughout the collection that sets the tone for each poem right off the bat. The poems discuss the very real topics of heart break, self-doubt, love, complexity, and the slew of battling emotions that we fight as we grow up and find out our place in this world. White Wine and Medical Marijuana is a journey of self-discovery. In “Sucker” the author writes, “I want you. You want her. But, I’m still writing in vertical lights wasting paper on a man who warned me not to fall in love with him.” She discusses the very relatable struggle of unrequited love and the pain that it brings, whether we were prepared for it or not. Our hearts…

HOPE BETWEEN HEARTBEATS ǀ Liz Newman

by Melody Lee ǀ @melody_lee_poetry_junkie “My biggest fear isn’t that you’ll break my heart, darling, but that the world will break yours.” Liz Newman’s debut book, Hope Between Heartbeats is soul candy. Liz has a way of making something so simple so very beautiful. She delivers poetry with a punch. Articulate and powerful describe the little gems in this book. I find myself opening up Hope Between Heartbeats when I need a reality check or a dose of inspiration. Liz’s words feed my soul. Hope Between Heartbeats is divided into four sections: Life, Love, Loss, Learning. Liz writes of struggles we all have, with an underlying message throughout that there is always hope no matter what our personal trials may be at a particular time in our life, and there is always beauty to be found, even on our darkest day. She brings to us comfort through her words, helping us…

WILD BECOMES YOU ǀ Ashley Sapp

by Liz Newman ǀ @liz_newman_writer I recently sat down to read Ashley Sapp’s debut poetry collection, Wild Becomes You, and I was delighted by the literary experience of poring over this anthology. The writer discusses a myriad of topics and the feelings that they evoke. Her poems read in a very conversational way, and you often feel like you have been invited to sit at the writing table and watch her mind beautifully at work. The writer also experiments with several different poetry structures, from abbreviated prose, to longer, more flowing pieces that require a few moments for digestion and reflection. She also has sprinkled in paragraphs of prose where the author discusses fear, mental illness, self-worth, and more with a refreshing and real vulnerability that makes your heart ache with how relatable it is. While many poems are more abstract and symbolic in their delivery, there are also quite…

POETRY AND PEARLS, VOLUME 1 ǀ N. R. Hart

by Liz Newman ǀ @liz_newman_writer Romantic poetry and N.R Hart are a match made in heaven. Her book Poetry and Pearls encompasses romance in both content and aesthetic. You’ll likely never pick up a book that is so stunning in both content and appearance, with artwork accompanying each poem. The poems are divided into four sections for each of the seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. The poem opens with the winter season and the quote “I will write you into my forever.” From here, you are transported into a beautiful world of whimsical emotion. The author has a talent for connecting to both readers and fellow writers with poems that describe the emotion of being both muse and creator. “She sits among her shadows living her poetry each day alone with a longing in her heart for just once to be the poem.” She is able to address a…

I WROTE THIS FOR YOU: 2007-2017 ǀ Iain S. Thomas

by Melody Lee ǀ @melody_lee_poetry_junkie I am a certified book nerd. I could spend hours in a bookstore or library and be perfectly happy. Books are my favorite addiction, well, books and coffee! Iain S. Thomas’s book, “I Wrote This for You” captivated me the moment I picked it up in Barnes & Noble. Before I delve into the substance of Iain’s book, let me just say that it wasn’t a grab-me flashing book cover that drew me in. I was compelled to pick this book up because not only was it conveniently and cleverly displayed on an outside aisle next to a few poetry books I wanted to peruse, but it is hardcover…I so rarely find hardcover poetry books, and that was the kicker, the draw, the magnet. I was intrigued. Get past the cover, inside is magic. This book mesmerized me. Upon opening it, I was blown away…the beautiful…

MOON GYPSY ǀ Melody Lee

by Liz Newman ǀ @liz_newman_writer Thought-provoking. Unforgettable. Profound. These are just a few of the words that describe what a reader looks for in a collection of poetry. Poet Melody Lee delivers this and so much more with her debut poetry book Moon Gypsy. This collection of poetry and prose is hauntingly beautiful, exploring a myriad of emotion in its pages. “Let the dust accumulate. You have stories to tell, adventures waiting, life to love. Love to share. The dust can wait”, is a beautiful poem entitled “Dust” that ignites a spark in the reader, as she weaves words into inspiration and paragraph into passion. Sprinkled throughout this beautiful book are delightful passages of prose, providing us with insight into life, heartbreak, finding our way, facing our demons, finding love within ourselves and through others, and the passion that binds a writer to the written word. It takes a skilled…

SCATTERED ASHES ǀ An Interview with Dena Daigle

by Melody Lee ǀ @melody_lee_poetry_junkie I begin my role as reviewer for Her Heart Poetry with an interview of someone I admire for her courage and strength. A beautiful heart, I am honored to call Dena Daigle, my friend. I met Dena through social media and it wasn’t long before we realized we had much in common. The Universe has that magical way of aligning like-minded souls in the paths of each other at just the right time. Before I met Dena, we were both working on our debut poetry books. Soon after our encounter, we learned our books were being released practically at the same time. This is what I refer to as synchronicity in perfect action. Just coming on board with Her Heart Poetry, I wanted to start with a bang! Dena’s debut book, “Scattered Ashes – A Collection of Poetry and Prose” immediately came to mind. Dena has…

QUEEN OF HEARTS ǀ Dipendra Tamang

Who is the Queen of Hearts? She is the bite of a plump lip, she is a gaze caught across a coffee shop floor, she is a backbone of iron, she is tree, water, fire and air, a wolf whisperer, she is the curve of a hip slowly explored, created by the deft fingertips of Dipendra Tamang ǀ @thangbalay. Dipendra, is a rare sort of man. In his debut poetry book he delivers readers a queen, conveyed through linking narratives and themes, in this 91 poem anthology. Not a queen in the ordinary sense of the word, for she is imperfect, flawed, frustrating and fierce at times, but a woman who understands and protects her self-worth and right of place as ruler and regent in her own life. A queen who is girl, woman, mother, and lover all at once (and so many other faces and names). If you have had…

HONEYCOMB POEMS ǀ T. Kozumplik

On my daily wander through the land of Instapoetry I was lucky enough to stumble across Kozumplik’s one day promotion for a free copy of his second collection of poetry, Honeycomb Poems. Quick to the draw I downloaded a copy and over a cup of chamomile tea I devoured, yes devoured, the entirety of the collection. I was familiar with excerpts of Kozumplik’s work from his Instagram account ǀ @poetry_djinnihunter, but these pale in comparison to the work contained in this anthology. It is clear that these works have been carefully handpicked and curated to give taste and texture to a collection that left the scent of perfume and fruit in the air and felt like a stroll through an exotic garden, thick with the curve of the land and the curve of hips. The connecting theme of bees, like the waxwork structure of a hive, hold this collection in…

FALLING AWAKE ǀ Alice Oswald

How do you personify nature in a rich and striking way? You read ‘Falling Awake’..and take note. This radiant collection from Alice Oswald presents the world around us using symbolic representations of life itself. Falling Awake, the winner of the Costa Poetry Award, 2016, is an anthology that is meant to be read slow, to be read with rhythm and more importantly, read aloud. When reciting these poems, it is clear Oswald wanted the reader to hear the swans’ hiss and the buzz of the bees because every time you mingle with onomatopoeia, you fall deeper into the true meaning of her verse. Delicately placed, the construction of each poem lends itself to the intonation of every observation Oswald makes. Her choice of words draws the reader closer to nature: This is the day the flies fall awake mid-sentence and lie stunned on the window-sill shaking with speeches (…) and…