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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…

THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE ǀ Amanda Lovelace

Amanda Lovelace is a poetess with a remarkable talent for crafting beautiful poetry. Her poems reflect life – her life, to be exact (“I was born a little bookmad”). Each poem conveys a simplistic beauty that offers a personal insight into a somewhat distressing life journey. She details the fraught relationship with her mother and the abuse endured by her beloved. Her troubles warrant an open mouth, a gasp and, at times, a rapid swelling of the tear duct. But the emotions don’t stop there. By the time you get to the end, you will feel both inspired and empowered to rewrite your own life journey. From page zero, Lovelace plays with the cliches of a fairytale by mapping her life into chapters: the princess, the damsel and the queen. The dedication functions as a prologue to give it that Romeo and Juliet – kinda – feeling. But you will…

EVERYTHING BUT A SMILE ǀ Candace D. Henry

This collection came as a surprise. Coming to ‘Everything But a Smile’ I couldn’t help but notice that there was an almost cartoon quality to the cover art, and that the dedication was one of upbeat hope. The pieces also had simple titles, so I was expecting an easy read. But as I delved into the anthology I realised this was a body of work that would be challenging and confronting. The subject matter poses multiple questions about the experiences of ‘othering’ through gender, class, ethnicity, and religious and political affiliation.  The author does not preface the works with ownership, but whether these are her personal experiences, or cleverly mastered observations of the world, they tell a powerful and often highly political story of what it means to walk in the shoes of the ‘other’. It was easy to see the truth of suffering in these works, the torment it creates,…

THE WEIGHT OF WATER ǀ Sarah Crossan

Racism is real. “My name is Kasienka, I say / Mrs Warren stands up straight / and stretches her back. / She sighs / again / and ridges appear on her brow. / She looks at mama / then back at me. / Well…Cassie, welcome!” …and that’s what you get from The Weight of Water: current issues presented in an implicit way. That poem was aptly titled ‘First Day’. As you can imagine, it was not a great start for the novel’s protagonist, Kasienka. But it is one of many trials the young, polish immigrant is faced with in Sarah Crossan’s, free verse novel The Weight of Water. Don’t let the words ‘free verse’ put you off. Crossan serves metaphors as a way to communicate issues such as poverty, immigration, and being different, in such a raw way she makes it relatable. Across 126 poems, you gradually grow attached to…