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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Poetry: Order Your Best Valentine Ever Early

Title: Cherished Pulse: Unconventional Love Poetry 
Authors:  Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. 
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9781449546052
Reviewer: Joy V. Smith 
Review was originally published on Amazon
Publisher:  A Compulsive Reader Publication
Reviewer's rating: 5 stars
Available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle
 Reviewed by Joy V. Smith
 
Say it with poetry
 
This chapbook of poems is a delicious serving of loving and lovely thoughts, memories, and images of love shared and remembered in a breathtaking way, as in these lines from "Aurora":
 
 
"Red, green and purple curtains
waved above you"
 
"If I could capture that spectrum of
atomic neon sign of lost wonder"
 
As a science fiction writer, I so appreciated the cosmic comparisons in Magadalena Ball's poems. 
 
The first group of poems is by Magdalena Ball; the second group is by Carolyn Howard-Johnson.  All the poems flow and entice you into a world of longing and caresses.  Howard-Johnson's poems reflect the imagery of nature, as in these lines from "Dreaming Lilacs":
 
"hearing bougainvillea's fuchsia
song, taking shortcuts
across the lawn to kick
through jacaranda's silent
petalfall. Like Van Goh's flowers
twist their faces
 to the sun, ... "
 
These gentle, but stirring poems are a sweet gift to yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a young girl to show her what love really means...

 
ABOUT THE REVIEWER

Joy V. Smith loves science fiction; she reads it and writes it and interviews other science fiction writers when she tracks them down...  Her SF includes Sugar Time (audiobook), two collections of her published short stories, Aliens, Animals, and Adventure andThe Doorway and Other Stories, and three e-books: Hidebound (SF romance/adventure), Pretty Pink Planet, and Hot Yellow Planet (the sequel).  But her latest novel is a western, Detour Trail.

Find The Doorway and Other Stories on Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

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