Saturday, May 30, 2015

Encounter by Linda Dobinson

Encounter
by Linda Dobinson

My rating: 5 stars


Publication Date: January 19, 2015
Publisher: PublishNation
ISBN13: 9781326116170
Genre: Poetry
Number of pages: 87
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 
 Encounter is a book of poems written mostly in free verse but with some traditional poetic forms – villanelle, pantoum and haiku – included. The collection is divided into three sharply observed themes – love, nature and life.

The author’s inspiration comes from many sources. She grew up in Barbados and the poems inspired by those memories show a strong emotional connection.

Married and divorced twice, the poems charting the author’s personal experience of love – the joy it brings, the pain when it goes wrong, and then finally moving on are poignant and sometimes raw.

However, the author’s greatest inspirations are nature and the seasons. The thrill of a new spring, mercurial summer, the glorious colours of autumn, the frozen wonders of winter -these poems are beautifully observed and imagistic. The author would like to say, though, that her feelings about snow are ambivalent and some of the happy snowy poems are definitely fictional. 

 
Encounter by Linda Dobinson

EncounterI know, we hear the word “poetry” and the horrors of high school return, reading it, writing it, dissecting it, interpreting it…which brings to mind, how come the teacher’s version of the interpretation was the only correct one? Encounter by Linda Dobinson is definitely NOT poetry with hidden meanings, what you read is what you get, well-written, light, filled with contemporary wording that never short changes us in their meaning of the feelings of the author.

Linda Dobinson has an affinity for the changing of the seasons and she puts her thoughts to paper, giving beauty to even a stormy day. Wonder how “love” comes across? There are poems of feeling new love, lasting love and dying love, yet none of them are maudlin or dark, but more like a flower opening slowly until its full beauty is exposed. There will be poems one can relate to, one can smile about and some that may bring back memories. Perhaps the short Haiku will strike a chord with you, but regardless of your favorite, each is short, easily understood and convey a what the author is seeing or feeling.

Not sure about poetry, this is the place to start, you may find one that truly resonates with you more than others or you may find another reading avenue to explore. Go ahead, interpret each piece to suit yourself, the teacher isn't watching. Highly recommended!

I received this copy from Linda Dobinson in exchange for my honest review.


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