Monday, March 10, 2014

Light Spectrums: A Collection of Poetry ebook - A Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Jessica Fuqua is an author of poetry and blogs about being a mommy at Shatterlion.  When I was offered the opportunity to review her collection of poetry, it was an absolute YES!

 photo lsamazoncover_zps013d7902.jpg It's been a long time since I've sat down with a poem, let alone a collection of different types of poetry.

"I have chosen to release 25 poems in a novel today in celebration of World Poetry Day (March 21st) and the Spring Equinox (March 20th)." - Jessica Fuqua

If you love nature, spring, and poetry, then you'll enjoy Jessica's beautiful words written in six styles.
  • Haiku (Japanese style) - a poem written in three lines; containing 5, 7, 5 syllables respectively; seasonal reference
  • Tanka (Japanese style) - a poem consisting of  5 lines and 31 syllables; 1st and 3rd lines have 5 syllables while the other lines have 7 syllables
  • Triolet (French style) - a poem or stanza consisting of 8 lines; the first line is repeated in the 4th and 7th line; the second line is repeated in the 8th line
  • Shandorma (Spanish style) - a stanza of six lines with no set rhyme
  • Sonnet (Italian style) - iambic pentameter rhythmic style written in 14 lines
  • Acrostic - the title of the poem is spelled out vertically; the first letter in each line begins with a letter in the title (example, DEW is the title so line 1 will begin with D, line 2 with E, and line 3 with W)

Since my reviews are honest, I have to admit that my initial reading of the poems didn't quite make sense.  After reviewing each type of poetry reflected in the book, the poems spoke much clearer and stirred my longing for spring.  If I were to pick three poems out of the book that resonated the highest, they would be "War and Phoenix" (Haiku), "Dew" (Haiku and Acrostic), and "Writer's Block" (Sonnet).  The words immersed me with wonderment as if I were actually there and feeling the emotions of the moment.

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