by Jill Bialosky
Biographies & Memoirs
Pub Date 11 Jul 2017
I am reviewing a copy of Poetry Will Save Your Life through Atria Books and Netgalley:
This book reminds us of what it is like to fall in love with Poetry. The author talks about falling in love with poetry, while in fourth grade reading The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, the poem that first started my love for poetry as well. She talks about the parallels in her life and the poem.
She goes on to talk about Gwendolyn Brooks poem We Real Cool seared through her memories.
She goes on to talk about Star, the poem by Jane and Ann Taylor the nursery rhyme is based on takes her back to loosing their Minitature black poodle that sadly was never found.
She goes on to talk about reading poems from A Child’s Garden of Verses. She talks about how Robert Louis Stevenson’s Poem The Shadow spoke to her, as well as The Swing!
I Wandered As Lonely as Cloud by Williams Woodworth reminds her of the son reflecting off her Son’s hair.
Langston Hughes Poem Shame reminds her of how blessed she was and I Too reminds her of that as well.
And she goes on to tell ofHow Psalm 23 speaks to her of the spirit of her ancestors!
She talks of My Child Blossoms Sadly by Yehuda Amichai, the poet had immigrated to Palestine with His Orthodox Jewish Family while Germany was under Hitler’s evil reign.
She talks about Have You Prayed, reminds her of praying for her loved one’s.
Wallace Steven’s The Snowman reminds her of winters in Cleveland Ohio.
Stopping by the Woods On a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost took her back to the memories of sitting in front of a black and white television set as a Girl of six, learning of JFK’s assasination!
She talks about how Ars Poetica reminds her to push beyond boundaries.
1 January 1965, by Joseph Brodsky reminds her f feeling awkward around the adults and not understanding the passion about being Jewish. Childhood by Rainer Marie Milke reminds her of the importance of appreciating Childhood.
Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden reminds her of when she is in fifth grade and her Mother announces that she is married, but husband and wife do not always get along, and often her Mother is left alone while her stepfather spends all night out.
Emily Dickinson’s Poetry speaks often of the feeling of adolescent girls.
My Papa’s Waltz reminds her of the Hope they found after her Mothers Fourth pregnancy, hope for a new beginning, but it also reminds her of the longer periods of time her stepfather is away!
Sylvia Plath Poppies In October reminds her of her Mother slipping into depression.
Sympathy Paul Laurence Dunbar reminds her of the 1970’s The Vietnam War.
Bright Star by John Keats and A Blessing by James Wright reminds her of first love.
Taking The Hands by Robert Bly and Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond by E.E Cummings Speaks of Friendship!
Songs of the Last Act by Louise Bogan speaks of love and Marriage.
The author goes on to talk about her youngest sister taking her life at the age of 21, by then she is thirty one married, an editor and poet, pregnant with her first child and she’s blindsided by this loss. Musse Des Beaux Arts by W. H Auden and One Art by Elizabeth Bishop speak to her in this time.
Tulips by Sylvia Plath and Walking in the Blue by Robert Lowell speak of Suicide and remind her of the pain of loosing her sister.
In this book we are reminded that poetry speaks to us in life, if we just take the time to reflect on it.
I give Poetry Will Save Your Life five out of five stars!