Donna Marie's Peace & Poetry

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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

The kids in Ms. Hill’s class are writing poems for a time capsule. Poem by poem, the thoughts, emotions, and complications of being a fifth grader emerge. We learn that … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Review of THE POET X

  Some novels-in-verse read like separate poems strung together as story. The Poet X reads like a novel first—with the bonus that it’s told in verse through the strong voice … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Poetry for Your Beach Bag

Romance novels are the go-to for beach reads, but don’t forget to bring along a poetry book or two! Gaze out over the water. Read a few poems. Let your … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

National Poetry Month Suggestions!

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, here are three highly recommended books for you to try. Small Rain by Barbara Crooker What a beautiful book. Master of metaphor, skilled … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

got poetry?

David Kherdian comes home to Racine, WI, and to his boyhood in Root River Return. It’s a mix of poetry and short essays, a combination I find particularly appealing, separated … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Poet Dave Morrison Conquers Cancer

Dave Morrison’s life is moving along beautifully as a poet and as a musician—and then he is diagnosed with cancer. The honest pieces in Cancer Poems speak a truth that too many … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · Leave a comment


Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read the book, you might wish to do so before tackling this review or attacking this reviewer. Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has caused … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rohrer and Fusco Poetry Review

Surrounded by Friends by Matthew Rohrer (Wave Books, 2015) is a mix of poems I love and ones I don’t get. A poem about a bicycle ride ends with “They … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wife of the House

Wife of the House by Gudrun Mouw is about the writer’s journey into, through, and out of a troubled marriage. While Mouw creates many beautiful, bittersweet images, some of the poems … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Poet Dave Morrison Rocks!

SHAKE HANDS WITH YOUR HEART by Dave Morrison (2015, JukeBooks) Usually as I read, I mark words or lines I might use in a review. I did so this time … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 1 Comment