These are poetry books I have read, loved and recommend.
In alphabetical order
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Blood Kisses - Jane Langan
These are the tales of dark and light, poems of joy and woe and of a life lived.
This may say I'm finished but I suspect Jane Langan's words will draw me back. I have already read several of these poems twice or more. This is emotional stuff. It stays with you. It speaks of a life not easily lived. It also speaks of a survivor. Light hearted stuff here too. Some of the content is not easy to read given the subject matter but it is all relatable and well worth reading. I hope there will be more to come.
Click and Connect: A collection of hope - Karen Honnor
This is a little book of hope and connection. "Playing with words" is a phrase that Karen Honnor uses to describe her relationship with the writing process. Here, she has collected together her words in various forms, to inspire and make connections with readers, at a time when we all need positive moments and support from each other. Karen Honnor is a poet and author. A primary teacher for many years, she has had a lifelong passion for writing and sharing her joy of the written word with others. Her poetry and other books have been featured on radio and in magazine articles, receiving acclaim for her honest and inspiring approach. She continues to use her writing to start conversations and spread a little kindness and understanding, one word at a time.
Karen Honor has a way with words, be it poetically, or in blog format. She also makes you think. There's a lot to think about here. Like the community scarf Karen tells stories, weaving the trials of lockdown with musings on life. This is well worth reading and is indeed a collection of hope.
Diary of a Dizzy Peri - Karen Honnor
Have you ever found a secret diary tucked away in a drawer? You'd have to peek inside wouldn't you? This poetry collection starts with a diary entry which draws the reader into a hitherto secret club, at least a place that was mostly spoken about in hushed tones. This is a strange phenomena, as all women will visit this place at some point. Yet the signposts to Perimenopause are few and far between. Karen Honnor, the author of this book and Dizzy Peri in question, is aiming to join the many women who are changing this fact. Her diary of thoughts and poems arise from her experiences and emotions through midlife and menopause and its associated mental health issues. Many of the pages will mirror the experiences of others, the highs, the lows and the empowerment that comes from knowing that others too have been here. Menopause campaigner, Karen Kenning recommends this collection saying "I found a little bit of me and my experiences in each poem. Written so beautifully, I think a lot of what is written here will resonate with many midlife ladies."
Karen Honnor has written the only poetry book I have read in the way I would read fiction. I couldn't put it down. It is rare for me to find a poet that I can really relate to. I don't have a favourite famous poet. The indie poets I have read seem more inclined to speak my language. Karen certainly does. This is the best poetry book I have read. Honest, relatable and I suspect something I will turn to again