Hope and Substance

In this intriguing poetic journey, the author embraces both the real and the surreal in an entertaining, yet thought-provoking manner. It is a journey of enlightenment, touching profoundly on themes of mortality, morality and the human consciousness, where the challenges of the modern world meet with a conflict of individual personas and our deepest intuitive sense.  These are poems about sensation and fragmentation, emotional vulnerability, illusions, delusions and the modifiable reality we call our “perception”. They consider the duality of light and dark forces – crossing psychological boundaries and testing emotional limits, further questioning the basis of our human existence in an eternal search for spiritual wholeness and balance.

Employing a creative use of punctuation along with vibrant and original wordplay, the author manipulates images and symbols to produce an artistic work that is rich in metaphor and multi-layered meaning. In this verbal art space, epic-length poems combine with several shorter sequences to produce an engaging and varied collection of poetry.

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The Sea In-Between

The Sea In-Between

In this multi-faceted work, urban landscapes are combined with natural world depictions, encrypted in diverse emotional contexts and the machinations of the human mind. Here is a poet who is not afraid to step into the liminal space, moving through spatial time and consciousness in order to redefine an existing reality – or to claim a new assurance through revelation, inspiration and spiritual collaboration.

Diving boldly into the metaphysical deep end, these poems sink into the subconscious realm, then periodically re-surface into more worldly terrain. The inner consciousness is potent and thrives on symbolism, so it is through versatile and pliable language that the poet is forever hinting at something beyond the veil – celestial elements that lean towards the divine and in closer proximity to one’s connectedness with the ethereal.

The human psyche is placed modestly under an analytic microscope as the author draws observations from both the world of matter and from the subtler workings of the meditative mind. There is plenty of symbolism, allusion and wordplay with the poet blurring the lines between “real” and perceived structures, as the human world oscillates between the physical and the spiritual. The poems depict micro-pictures of the world where small-scale or miscellaneous events are simply part of a greater global vision and macrocosmic awareness. Effectively, it is from within this inspired labyrinth of collective memory and personal recollection where we all find ourselves replicating the universal human experience.

The Rain Sermon

Through simplified character portraits, the poet presents life as an emotional image palette, exemplifying our human traits and idiosyncrasies. Positive social, ethical and environmental values are gently embedded as the author shows us variations of the world through differing perceptual eyes: those building up our inner pictures, and those prodding the outer world of our actions. There is a contemporary relevance in the themes explored, including an emphasis on self-worth and creative potential – as well as our interconnectedness with nature and our social interactions with others.

The strength and linguistic vibrancy of this work is achieved through its emotional incisiveness and by moulding fresh image from the texture of our universally-shared human experiences. A declarative and authorial voice intersperses with distilled moments, softer musings and sentimentality – prompting an awareness of our human emotions and the role they play in our personal development and also as a product of our internal schemes of self-preservation.

A continuum of emotion is explored within various emotional scenarios, through which a provisional enlightenment transpires upon each subsequent reading. By evoking a mystical exploration of human feelings and ideas, the reader is invited to reflect upon and to engage in the deeper signification of each poem, and to periodically redefine its relevance on an individual and perhaps tonifying level.

Le Sermon de la Pluie

Au moyen de quelques portraits simplifiés, la poétesse nous présente la vie comme une palette d’émotions représentant les traits et particularités de l’humanité. Valeurs sociales et morales, toutes positives, sont délicatement imbriquées par l’auteure qui nous montre les facettes variées du monde à travers diverses perceptions – celles qui construisent nos images intérieures et celles qui encouragent nos actions. Notre «moi» peut en effet osciller entre l’union provisoire et la totalité de la vie avec des sentiments d’inachèvement ou de mécontentement envahissant. En outre, il y a une pertinence contemporaine dans les thèmes explorés, y compris l’importance de la confiance en soi et du potentiel créatif sans oublier nos liens avec la nature et la société.

La force et la vitalité linguistique de cette œuvre résultent de l’éloquence émotionnelle et de la manipulation par ailleurs de nouvelles images émanant de nos expériences humaines universellement partagées. Une voix assertive, entrecoupée de purs moments de douces rêveries et de sentimentalité, nous donne conscience de nos émotions humaines et du rôle qu’elles jouent dans notre développement personnel et dans nos machinations dictées par notre instinct de conservation.

Un ensemble d’émotions est exploré dans divers scénarios et une compréhension momentanée peut émaner de chaque lecture ultérieure. En suscitant une analyse mystique des idées et sentiments humains, l’auteure invite le lecteur à approfondir et à redéfinir périodiquement la pertinence de chaque poème à un niveau individuel voire tonifiant.

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