Book review: I Am the Stars in the Sky

My first review for ‘I am the Stars in the Sky’… huge thanks to Ashley from Mental Health @ Home for these lovely words and for believing in me and my poetry xx

Mental Health @ Home

Book cover: I am the stars in the skyI Am the Stars in the Sky: Finding Light in the Darkness is Karen Horsley’s second book of poetry.  While her first book, Kaleidoscopic Beauty, included a lot of poems based in nature, this new book focuses on emotions, both positive and challenging.  Her own experiences with cancer, and depression, and PTSD are major influences interwoven throughout the book.

The poems are grouped into six sections: fear, despair, isolation, change, peace, and hope.  The poems move gradually from darkness towards light, carrying the reader along on the emotional journey.  The words chosen are powerful ones, so that even the shortest poems feel very descriptive, and often evoke vivid images.

Karen experiments with different poetic forms, which I must admit I don’t have sufficient poetic knowledge to properly describe.  She uses a variety of rhyme schemes, and includes a couple of A to Z poems in which each line begins with the…

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