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


Comments

LD said…
Beautiful imagery..very nostalgic and I love the cover photo.
RNSANE said…
It sounds like a wonderful book and your review certainly makes one want to buy it, Jo.
Icy BC said…
What a fantastic review, Jo! Beautiful poem..
ruma said…
Yes. The theater seems to have the stage of the life.
Therefore a wonderful performance will be possible.

Thank you.
ruma
Vernz said…
Hmmm.. I should check this out..

Hi Joanna. thank you for dropping by Anything Davao
Evelyn S. said…
It's a great review and the collection definitely sounds like something I would want, too!
dawn said…
A great review and a beautiful poem!
fullet said…
What a nice review, I want to read more poems by her! Thank you, Joanne, for introducing us to her.
Ann said…
Lovely poem and your review makes me want to read more.
Sharkbytes said…
Yes, I like that one too. Sorry I haven't commented in a while. I'll try to do better.
Cher said…
beautiful poem! love it!
VanillaSeven said…
great poem and interesting review.
Self Sagacity said…
Blogger went out on my comment. So here it goes again. I love the title, it is very expressive. I also love the poetry style, simple words but expressed so artistically. I don't like reading poems that after all the lines, I am wondering what they are trying to say...I guess I don't have time to analyze now. I might change my mind one of these days. Smiles.
Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. Very much appreciated.
ruthi said…
thanks for sharing. will check it out when i get the chance.

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