Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Chapbook Review: Theater of Life by Pat. St. Pierre
I first met Pat St. Pierre when she submitted A Taste Of Summer to Ya'Sou! ezine for publication. Her poetic voice is such that she can artistically express her thoughts within a simple yet complex imagery that not only entertains but tells a story. Her poetry is reflective and ground within her own roots, calling on memories and the complexities that life hands us.
When I found out she had published Theater of Life I was thrilled. I knew I was in for a treat and decided to read this book while out in a nature setting so that I could involve all the senses clinging to her words.
Her poems are telling, they have meaning and are written with care. Metaphor is highly present and regarded in each verse with endings that have the reader contemplating life as in the poem -
The Woman in Me
As a child
vibrant colored leaves were gathered on autumn days
and preserved in picture frames.
The woman in me views autumn as
God's angels having painted a majestic array of colors.
As a child
winter was skating, snowmen and sledding.
The woman in me looks up to heaven on a
winter's evening and feels the snowflakes
touch her cheek and views snow as innocence.
As a child
summer was lemonade, swimming and lazy days.
The woman in me is awed by dancing fireflies
and symphonies from songbirds.
Part of me yearns for yesterday.
But the woman in me carries on
as life erupts from spring soil
and there is a celebration of birth.
Though many of the poems in this chapbook strike a chord, I can completely relate to this particular poem. St. Pierre, as a poet has the uncanny ability to relate to everyone, no matter who you are or where you have been. She speaks the truth in an honest yet subtle manner with her creative talent flowing through each line.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves poetry. It is one of the best I've read in a long time. If I were to give it one out of five stars with five being the best, I'd give it a six. It is just that good. Visit her blog at: www.pstpierre.wordpress.com
Her book, Theater of Life is available through Amazon.com by clicking the widget below or through www.finishinglinepress.com