Saturday, November 24, 2012

Poetry Reviews

I'm starting something new on the Spice. I'm adding my book reviews from Amazon and Goodreads. Since, I'm getting a late start I thought I would post the ones I've written for poetry this year along with purchase links.

Nothing Left to LoseNothing Left to Lose by Natasha Head
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's hard familiarizing yourself with a new poet. I find at times I sink into my favorites and don't explore as much as I should. I'm very glad I moved out of my box and took a chance with Natasha Head. I initially thought the price was a little high but for the volume of poems and the incredible quality it was well worth it. The title "Nothing Left to Lose" exemplifies the writing. Author Natasha Head writes without fear, showing you her opinion of the world, her views and feelings. I would not say it is as political as it is honest. She sees greed, hunger and corruption and she calls it out. There is no sugar-coating. If you want a poetry book that truly says something, Nothing Left to Lose is the collection for you. The only issue I found was with the font size. I increased it by pressing Aa on my kindle, however so it was not a big problem.

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From Where I StandFrom Where I Stand by Robert Zimmermann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Robert Zimmermann has created a beautiful and moving collection. You can feel from the strength of his words that the poet's whole life has been leading toward it. Zimmermann is above all an honest observer, laying his own struggles bare and appreciating the nature around him. If you want a debut collection that gets stronger with every poem you read, From Where I Stand is for you.

View all my reviews In The GloamingIn The Gloaming by Amber Jerome~Norrgard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the Gloaming, true to its name, captures the best of night and day. Amber Jerome Norrgard brings the brightness of romance and the darkness of her trials together seamlessly. They almost seem one in the same, as they remain distinct and unforgettable. My favorites from this collection are many. The raw passion of Just, the love in With You, the overcoming pain in Guidance all spoke to me profoundly. If you have a heart, and strength enough to open it, you will adore this wonderful collection.

View all my reviews 4 a.m.4 a.m. by Amber Jerome~Norrgard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've written in previous reviews how much I appreciate the passion and honesty with which this author writes. Her collection 4 a.m. is no exception. She is raw in her execution, without fear. You do not have to be a woman to understand her pain; you must only be human.

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The Color of DawnThe Color of Dawn by Amber Jerome~Norrgard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this overall, a heartfelt manuscript. I felt the passion in her words and saw her journey as a woman come to life.

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  1. Thank you for sharing! It is quite a generous thing you do, providing exposure for other poets.

  2. Replies
    1. No problem :-) I hope you check some of them out!

  3. This is a great idea. I also write the reviews in my blog, and now I am glad I started doing so, taking into account that Amazon is starting to remove the reviews written by me.


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