Over the last few years I’ve participated in the National Poetry Month blog tour that’s hosted by Serena over at Savvy Verse & Wit so of course I wanted to this year as well and after you’re done here be sure to check out the other tour stops as well. I’ll say right off that I’m no expert when it comes to poetry but I don’t think you have to be to enjoy it. So many are scared off by poetry for that very reason and they shouldn’t be. They just need to find the right poetry to enjoy. I can see a piece of poetry and while I may not be one to analyze its meaning I still know that it touches me and I enjoy it and I think that’s all that matters – that we enjoy what we’re reading. My choice for this year is a small book of poetry called Silver Threads by Jade Kennedy.
I heard about Jade’s book, Silver Threads, while over at Audra’s site Unabridged Chick and was really intrigued by it and now I’m so glad that I got to experience it for myself. It really is a wonderful little book of poetry – one that you can grab a glass of wine and relax with in your most comfy chair. Now like I said I always feel like I’m missing something when it comes to poetry but with Jade’s poetry I felt lifted up and taken away; like in a dream. So even if I missed the meaning behind some of the poems, it doesn’t matter because they left me feeling enriched and the poems I really enjoyed I read several times over and I imagine I will revisit them again in the future.
Silver Threads is Jade’s first book of poetry and I sure hope to see more from her. Jade describes her poetry as a collection of emotional, dark and light-hearted poetry and I agree. As an added bonus Silver Threads is now available for free on Google drive and she’d love it if people would give it a try and let her know what they think. I’ll leave you with a few links and then share with you one of my favorite pieces of poetry from Silver Threads.
Silver Threads on Google Drive for free
I’ve always been amazed by how poets can put words together so beautifully. I enjoyed quite a few of the poems like The Lies I Told My Mother, Darkness, Dreamtime Landscapes, and Deepest Nights but my favorite is…
Once upon a barren night
when the starless sky was as black as black had always been
and the sea was restless, forever listless
the trees breathed within the dark
their branches stretching and twisting,
growing and snapping
searching for the amber moon, always elusive.
Their wooden roots dug deeper
into the black, within the earth’s suffocation
curling and feeling, blind.
This was all too silent and slow to be seen,
Life is created in the dark.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this beautiful piece and I really hope you’ll download Jade’s book and experience the rest of her beautiful poetry. Again, don’t forget to follow the rest of the blog tour to discover even more wonderful poets!
Source: Review copy provided by the author. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
I love that you don’t worry about missing things when you read poetry. As long as it gives you some kind of experience, that’s what matters. It seems like this collection really spoke to you and now you are the second book blogger I’ve seen to recommend it. I’ll just have to check it out.
Thanks again for being on the tour. Check out today’s activity on my blog. I think it will be fun.
Beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing it!
I generally feel like I’m missing something when I read poetry too. I loved that poem and need to get that collection.
Audra (Unabridged Chick) says
Great review — this was really such a wonderful volume of poetry — wonderful for those who are apprehensive about poetry, I think! This volume was a great reminder of how personal the poetry reading experience is — for one of the poems, it clicked only b/c it has some relationship to my wedding — which obviously, the author had no idea of, but it was a lovely connection — and every poem is like that, a chance for the reader to have an ‘ah ha’ or something.
Lovely poem! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Your review was wonderful. I like it when poetry touches something deep inside, and leaves you changed because you’ve read it. I’m no expert on poetry, which is why I have stayed away, but I’ve recently learned the art of reading it, which is very different than I had originally thought it was, so that helps a little. I am interested in this collection, and will be downloading it. Thanks for sharing it, Dar!!
Nice review, Dar. I’m not much of a poetry reader either. I usually don’t understand it or get much out of reading it so I generally stay away. Having said that, the piece you shared is really lovely. Thanks for that.
Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem Dar! The National Poetry Month blog tour is always a great one. I love poetry that moves me, with just a few words.
“the sea was restless, forever listless” is a wonderfully evocative line. It has the rhythm of a wave hitting the shore and drawing back the sand.
Bryan G. says
Way to go in promoting a poet most of us probably haven’t heard of…and for free. Very nicely done. All these posts I’m reading are making me wonder what I can come up with later this week to even compare to what the rest of you have written. You’re all amazing, really.
Estrella Azul says
Great poem choice, and review. It is so much fun to drop by again during a poem blog tour 🙂
PS: Sammy is getting big, so cute!
Lovely choice! I feel intimidated by most poetry but I think I would be able to really appreciate this collection!