Watch A Poet Grow Up On The Page
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It’s fascinating to watch a poet bloom. There’s a special kind of joy that blesses those who have the privilege to watch little seedlings grow into beautiful things. In We Earthbound Stars, published in 2018, the readers are touched with that same joy. The collection opens with poems written in 2011, presumably appearing just as they were written then. The readers are then taken on a seven year journey, witnessing how every year, the poet adds flair, practices restraint and develops a sense of refinement. It is rare that readers are given this chance to see a poet develop a personal style that is drastically more polished than how they started all in one book.
What is even more fun about this work is that it is clear in the early pieces that this particular poet, simply known as Stars, has potential. There’s an allure when paging through this work as the readers wonder how the poet’s style will turn out it in the end. It’s an anticipation “…I haven’t felt before / unsure if it is the world which trembles now or I”. Happily, Stars makes good on that potential. Their closing pieces of the work are a different animal from her initial work. These fully ripened fruits of their labor are precise and sing out. After all, it is as the poet says, “…it takes time turn / A peach pit into blossoms”.
Even the back and front cover illustrate the massive difference between open and close of the book. The front cover, while vibrant and interesting to look at, seems slightly out of focus. It is like many of the poems in the opening. Popping with good ideas but the whole entity is a bit fuzzy. As the poems progress, they turn into the swan on the back cover. Defined, serene – fully self aware.
There are many lovely poems to spend time with in this collection. Some that readers are highly encouraged to take a few minutes with are “My Poet Hall – Sunday, May 20, 2018,” “Smarter – Wednesday, May 30, 2018” and “Untitled – January 14 2018”.
We Earthbound Stars is a concise, gentle collection that encapsulates the creative progress of a poet. It is available for purchase from your local bookstore or online.
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