I’m not sure if I’m more excited at being called “very talented” or by having a book review all the way from Canada! Beaming with happiness here 😀
Take the time to check out Ashley’s blog, she writes brilliantly.
Kaleidoscopic Beauty: A Collection of Poetry on Love, Loss, and the Beauty of the Natural World is Karen Horsley’s first book. It’s been exciting to watch Karen develop as a poet on her blog. It was quickly apparent that she was very talented, and I’m so glad she decided to run with it!
There’s great variety in writing style among the poems in this book. I’m by no means a poetry expert so I lack the terminology to actually explain what I mean, but Karen experiments with different structures, both visually and rhythmically, as well as different rhyme schemes. There are unexpected descriptions; while we might generally think of snow as bright, in one poem it results in “earth’s rich palette dulled to white”
I liked the range of vocabulary that Karen used, and the beautiful combinations of words that make the whole process appear effortless. In the poem that…
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