Illustrations by Maria Rodriguez
Dog Ear Publishing, May 2017
Ebook, 86 pages, also in hardcover and paperback
Glances of Life is a collection of thirty-five poems categorized into three sections. The first section, Intrigue, covers a wide range of images from nature and the conflicts of modern-day life. Part two is a whimsical look at childhood memories and animal curiosities. It’s children-friendly, but not just for kids! Section three, Reflections, explores the mysteries of life in a somewhat offbeat presentation.
I was provided a free copy of this book by NetGalley and Dog Ear Publishing. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
My Review: ✰✰✰✰
I enjoyed most of all three sections of this collection. There were just a few poems I couldn’t understand or relate to in some way. But since it’s a collection, that’s to be expected.
Most of the poems I found to be on the lighthearted side in free verse. That, balanced with the butterfly illustrations created some consistency throughout. Some of the other illustrations were interesting but not to my personal artistic taste.
One particular poem I found to be rather powerful. It’s called Good Friday on the Via Dolorosa. It could be set to music and make a great additional scene to Jesus Christ Superstar! My other favorites were Entanglements-A Prayer, Butterfly Dance, IT, Birthday Mitt, Showtime, The Kitten and The Bee, Chasing Butterflies, Faces, and The Meeting. They cover topics from a kitten pouncing on a bee to meeting God in person at McDonald’s and watching a day go by with a pet. I think this might be a collection that would appeal to just about everyone with its varied subject matter. If poetry is your thing, then definitely take a peek into Glances of Life. I recommend it for yourself or as a very nice gift.