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In Quintessence: The Poetry of True Nature, author and teacher Sara Priestley continues her longtime exploration of both knowledge and experience, moving through reflections, emotions, and inner dialogue to reach a fuller recognition of the abundance of being. She frames this journey using the five fundamental elements of the universe as themes, grouping poems using the pr In Quintessence: The Poetry of True Nature, author and teacher Sara Priestley continues her longtime exploration of both knowledge and experience, moving through reflections, emotions, and inner dialogue to reach a fuller recognition of the abundance of being. She frames this journey using the five fundamental elements of the universe as themes, grouping poems using the principles of earth, water, air, fire, or essence. Not only does this framework help with the discovery of meaning but also the attribution of it, coloring each poem with a new light. Though Sara’s approach to poetry is often described as an inside-out way of knowing, she prefers to call it inside-in, to bring recognition to the directness of the paths of understanding. You’ll find profound truths penned with clarity, lightness, and simplicity as you share in her journey, poem by poem. And after you experience all the joy, freedom, grief, and peace quintessence offers, you may discover a new understanding of your own true nature.


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In Quintessence: The Poetry of True Nature, author and teacher Sara Priestley continues her longtime exploration of both knowledge and experience, moving through reflections, emotions, and inner dialogue to reach a fuller recognition of the abundance of being. She frames this journey using the five fundamental elements of the universe as themes, grouping poems using the pr In Quintessence: The Poetry of True Nature, author and teacher Sara Priestley continues her longtime exploration of both knowledge and experience, moving through reflections, emotions, and inner dialogue to reach a fuller recognition of the abundance of being. She frames this journey using the five fundamental elements of the universe as themes, grouping poems using the principles of earth, water, air, fire, or essence. Not only does this framework help with the discovery of meaning but also the attribution of it, coloring each poem with a new light. Though Sara’s approach to poetry is often described as an inside-out way of knowing, she prefers to call it inside-in, to bring recognition to the directness of the paths of understanding. You’ll find profound truths penned with clarity, lightness, and simplicity as you share in her journey, poem by poem. And after you experience all the joy, freedom, grief, and peace quintessence offers, you may discover a new understanding of your own true nature.

30 review for Quintessence: the poetry of true nature

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ann-Marie "Cookie M."

    I will sometimes pick up poetry books, although I don't usually hold out much hope for them. As a poet myself I am hyper critical and very unforgiving. I do claim some right to be, I did study poetry quite a bit, and was published in some minor semi-pro poetry things in the 1970's in college. I consider writing poetry a bit like performing do-it-yourself dentistry. So, I guess reading it is like performing it on someone else. I probably shouldn't do it. I did like many of Priestley's poems in thi I will sometimes pick up poetry books, although I don't usually hold out much hope for them. As a poet myself I am hyper critical and very unforgiving. I do claim some right to be, I did study poetry quite a bit, and was published in some minor semi-pro poetry things in the 1970's in college. I consider writing poetry a bit like performing do-it-yourself dentistry. So, I guess reading it is like performing it on someone else. I probably shouldn't do it. I did like many of Priestley's poems in this collection, which was a shock to me. I could even relate to many of them. In fact, I was not embarrassed to read them out loud to enjoy their word play and feel. High praise from me. And these were soft, touchy feely poems, too. So, good work, Sara. I received this book free from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    These poems are similar in length and presentation to Rupi Kaur, and similar in subject matter to Rachel Hollis' self-help books (sense of self + spirituality). They are easy to grasp and quick to read. I expect that a lot of people will enjoy this book. Coming at it with a literature background, I was a little disappointed. Any time I pick up a book of poems I hope for something to chew on - something to work through. The subject matter of these poems did encourage personal introspection, howeve These poems are similar in length and presentation to Rupi Kaur, and similar in subject matter to Rachel Hollis' self-help books (sense of self + spirituality). They are easy to grasp and quick to read. I expect that a lot of people will enjoy this book. Coming at it with a literature background, I was a little disappointed. Any time I pick up a book of poems I hope for something to chew on - something to work through. The subject matter of these poems did encourage personal introspection, however, the devices and imagery had little depth. I realize that trendy short poetry collections are easily accessible and very surface level. But I think there could have been some depth to the literacy devices used. As it is, it reads a lot like a diary. I did really enjoy the poem "Walk Gently in the Fields of Time."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kay-Leigh

    Let's call this review "Lost in waves of complexity" The introduction comes off a little pompous and purposefully muddled; "We live more in alignment with the love that we are". What? And the bit about awareness is rather loosely tacked together. I felt out of the loop from the start... Although, she says these poems come "from the heart and not the head", so I convinced myself that I was intellectualising too much. But then I read the poems... and found that she is OVER intellectualising and int Let's call this review "Lost in waves of complexity" The introduction comes off a little pompous and purposefully muddled; "We live more in alignment with the love that we are". What? And the bit about awareness is rather loosely tacked together. I felt out of the loop from the start... Although, she says these poems come "from the heart and not the head", so I convinced myself that I was intellectualising too much. But then I read the poems... and found that she is OVER intellectualising and intentionally saying things that are incomprehensible in order, it seems to me, to appear intelligent and 'aware...' Generally, I feel the poems are overly dramatic and navel-gazing with no real beauty or significance. There's no nuance or subtext, no opportunity to see yourself reflected in the poems. It is only what it is; for example; 'Live it': "I am angry. He annoyed me. I am happy." (What?) ... "Misunderstanding, understanding, the disintegration of both" And all this existential blabbing about awareness... Ugh. There is a desperation, as though the poet is working out her need for self-actualisation and purpose in the face of life's indisputable mundane-ness. And yet, all she can offer is mundane. And also, she might be God? ("I Am"). "The impossibility of ego dissolves into awareness" (Meeting Point). Ugh! It's just ego... IMO "Wave" "At your essence You are the wave Experiencing itself" What? There were some really funny bits... "From pure consciousness" in one poem (Please elaborate! What is pure consciousness?) to "Walking (Dawn Walks at Sea 2) which is essentially about a person's butt making an infinity symbol as they walk. Haha! Perhaps I am too much of a simple dunce to appreciate this collection. I didn't hate "Child of this Land", "All Shall Be Well" Honestly, I did not finish this. 50% seemed like enough to know what I could expect from the rest.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    What a beautiful collection of poetry! This was enjoyable and fast paced. I didn’t want to put it down until I was finished. I will most likely read this several times during my lifetime. This collection is all written based off of nature, but as anything else that is written you can interpret the true meaning of the poetry to anything you feel. I will read anything else she writes and that says a lot coming from a fellow poet.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This collection by a new-to-me poet contained poems in a variety of lengths and alignment. I liked the poems with somewhat shorter lines more than those that had very long ones. Many of the poems dealt with feelings or man's nature rather than being poems about the natural world. I'd hoped more would deal with trees, flowers, birds, and the like. My favorite poem was "Building Sandcastles." I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway with the hopes, but not an expectation, of a review. This collection by a new-to-me poet contained poems in a variety of lengths and alignment. I liked the poems with somewhat shorter lines more than those that had very long ones. Many of the poems dealt with feelings or man's nature rather than being poems about the natural world. I'd hoped more would deal with trees, flowers, birds, and the like. My favorite poem was "Building Sandcastles." I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway with the hopes, but not an expectation, of a review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna-Karen Sorensen

    I enjoyed the free feel to the poetry, very close the depth psychology in leaning. I feel I would are it between a 3 and a 4.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    When I started reading "Quintessence," I was looking forward to a quick read that I was going to be able to really think over and gain something from. This collection did deliver as a quick read, but I was left feeling that I had missed out on what could have been a very engrossing poetry collection. The summary tells us that this collection was written to make us experience something and to hopefully lead us to understand more about ourselves. The apparent goal of these poems is to make us consi When I started reading "Quintessence," I was looking forward to a quick read that I was going to be able to really think over and gain something from. This collection did deliver as a quick read, but I was left feeling that I had missed out on what could have been a very engrossing poetry collection. The summary tells us that this collection was written to make us experience something and to hopefully lead us to understand more about ourselves. The apparent goal of these poems is to make us consider a deeper meaning, yet I felt that most of them didn't actually have anywhere to take me. There were five poems out of the eighty-eight collected that I really enjoyed, a handful that I thought were nice, and a good many that felt empty or overstated. The themes in these poems vary, but they all have introspection as their core goal. Some of them push too hard for this goal, like 'When You Know,' whereas others like 'Who Am I' do make you stop and think for a moment. 'When You Know' (view spoiler)[ When you know yourself as love, that knowing will express itself as love. When you know yourself as peace, that knowing will express itself as peace. When you know yourself as freedom, that knowing will express itself as freedom. (hide spoiler)] 'Who Am I' (view spoiler)[ Who am I? I am what is thought. And who am I Between thoughts? Everything. (hide spoiler)] The concept for "Quintessence" was good. Poetry is supposed to make you think and feel something new, but I felt that this collection was trying too hard. It pushed us to the goal, in some cases rushed us to it, and it didn't leave time for feelings and conclusions to be drawn naturally. Some of the pieces had a lovely flow and depth while a good many others felt forced. I knew the response that I was supposed to have to those pieces, but I didn't have the emotional response to make it real. The gems in "Quintessence" show that the author has potential, but this collection as a whole didn't leave me with the feeling I was hoping for. However, with it being a quick read, it may be worth a look for those looking for something a bit more straightforward. I received a digital copy of "Quintessence" from the author through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Choi

    We are as a race exceptionally busier than we were at any point in history. Through the marvels of technology and Moores' law, we have achieved superhuman levels of productivity, comfort, health, and material wealth than at any other point in history. It's a common refrain that is often used as a mallet to beat down any narrative for change. We have come to this point as a species because of the innovation, hard work, and perseverence of the generations of people who came before us. However, des We are as a race exceptionally busier than we were at any point in history. Through the marvels of technology and Moores' law, we have achieved superhuman levels of productivity, comfort, health, and material wealth than at any other point in history. It's a common refrain that is often used as a mallet to beat down any narrative for change. We have come to this point as a species because of the innovation, hard work, and perseverence of the generations of people who came before us. However, despite the heights of achievement of the modern society, there is a sickness. A sickness in our minds, in our souls, and in our hearts. We see the symptoms of the sickness on the news everyday. In the suicide statistics. In the mass shootings. In the protests and political outbursts. We may be comfortable but we weep in our white picket fence homes. I think we all feel this existential question of who we are and our place in the empty universe. It's a kind of postmodern sickness. And the thing is that there really is no prescribed answers to that question. It's something we have to seek for ourselves. No longer do we have the elder council of the tribe handing out decrees or mythologies. No longer do we have these tomes of ancient manuscripts. All of our mythologies have died and the emperor has been stripped naked. The only thing we can do is accept our existence (existence preceds essense) and trust ourselves to figure it out along the way. We are do not have an ordained purpose but we seek to invent one. We are not who others see but who we choose to let ourselves see ourselves as. We are not the sum of our thoughts in this body but we can transcend these trivialities.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angelyka

    Won this in a giveaway! I had a hard time deciding whether I would give this collection of poetry a 3 or a 4, but overall, a 3/5 felt more reasonable to me. While I think that Sara Priestley has a lot of potential as a poet, quite a few of the pieces here fall very flat compared to her stronger works, causing me to feel a sense of disappointment. A large problem with modern poetry is the fact that it can be overly simplistic, while I believe that poetry should make you think. In addition, I'm not Won this in a giveaway! I had a hard time deciding whether I would give this collection of poetry a 3 or a 4, but overall, a 3/5 felt more reasonable to me. While I think that Sara Priestley has a lot of potential as a poet, quite a few of the pieces here fall very flat compared to her stronger works, causing me to feel a sense of disappointment. A large problem with modern poetry is the fact that it can be overly simplistic, while I believe that poetry should make you think. In addition, I'm not a fan of short poetry that is made to explicitly reveal some sort of truth that can be helpful to its readers. An example is "Love": (view spoiler)[How do we explain Love? We don't If it has an explanation It's not Love If it needs and explanation It's not Love (hide spoiler)] However, there are times when Priestley uses good poetic techniques such as alliteration and repetition at times. Her strongest pieces make use of interesting metaphors and imagery. One of my favorite pieces is "Between Two Thoughts." (view spoiler)[I've died a million deaths In the eternal space Between two thoughts Disappeared into nothing Lost all idea of me Then found myself again Like a star collapsing And being reborn back at the beginning of time (hide spoiler)] Overall, I see promise in Priestley's work and would be intrigued to read more in the future. Maybe something meant to be less uplifting than this, but that is just personal preference.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I won this poetry collection in a Goodreads giveaway! While Priestley is on one level of course concerned with poetics, I think the primary focus of her poems is upon sharing metaphysical philosophies and insights related to mindfulness and something akin to a Buddhist conception of nirvana. When reading the words themselves without being too concerned with meaning, a mystical and spiritual mood is unquestionably created. With that said, considering my limited knowledge regarding mindfulness spi I won this poetry collection in a Goodreads giveaway! While Priestley is on one level of course concerned with poetics, I think the primary focus of her poems is upon sharing metaphysical philosophies and insights related to mindfulness and something akin to a Buddhist conception of nirvana. When reading the words themselves without being too concerned with meaning, a mystical and spiritual mood is unquestionably created. With that said, considering my limited knowledge regarding mindfulness spirituality, I feel like some of the meanings of the poems were lost on me. But if I were to sum up my takeaways, it seemed that Priestley emphasized the importance of enjoying each moment for itself and viewing ourselves not so much as separate individuals but rather one connected whole in our shared humanity.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Finley

    I received a free digital copy of this book through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. Quintessence is about nature, love, and the exploration of identity. It is arranged into five sections based off the five spiritual elements, and whether including them in a literal sense or only the feelings associated with them, the raw energy that they elicit is simple but at the same time deeply relatable. These are not poems written for any sort of fame or accolades. Priestly put her feelings into these deepl I received a free digital copy of this book through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. Quintessence is about nature, love, and the exploration of identity. It is arranged into five sections based off the five spiritual elements, and whether including them in a literal sense or only the feelings associated with them, the raw energy that they elicit is simple but at the same time deeply relatable. These are not poems written for any sort of fame or accolades. Priestly put her feelings into these deeply personal pieces, and that is enough. Due to its deep simplicity, it can be enjoyed by poetry lovers of all type. And while reading it, perhaps your own contentment and understanding can be found in her words, just as she seemed to find while writing them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hamann

    As a whole, this poetry collection is a great idea, and the arrangement of elements is well done and communicates a message to the reader well. However, much of the poetry feels like it's riding on the "milk and honey," "rupi kaur" coattails of poetry that could have just as easily been Tweets or Tumblr posts and have no real point or prose, but instead convey a vague message to the reader. It is not unwelcome, but prevents us from knowing Sara. There were some pieces in Quintessence that were t As a whole, this poetry collection is a great idea, and the arrangement of elements is well done and communicates a message to the reader well. However, much of the poetry feels like it's riding on the "milk and honey," "rupi kaur" coattails of poetry that could have just as easily been Tweets or Tumblr posts and have no real point or prose, but instead convey a vague message to the reader. It is not unwelcome, but prevents us from knowing Sara. There were some pieces in Quintessence that were truly resonant and beautiful, and it does leave the feeling of wanting to read more from this author. Should there be a follow-up, I eagerly await it, hoping that we get to the real truth of Sara.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rubayet Nusrat

    Beautiful poetry! I am always looking for nice poetry and i am lucky that i came across this book. there are different types of poetry- some are cheap, some are poetic, some can stirr inner feelings in you and some can heal your soul. I found all these types of these poetry except the cheap ones here! A poetry collection always reflects the personality of the poet, and i think Sara has an incredible soul who sees things " inside-in". Poems get better and better as the book comes to an and, The g Beautiful poetry! I am always looking for nice poetry and i am lucky that i came across this book. there are different types of poetry- some are cheap, some are poetic, some can stirr inner feelings in you and some can heal your soul. I found all these types of these poetry except the cheap ones here! A poetry collection always reflects the personality of the poet, and i think Sara has an incredible soul who sees things " inside-in". Poems get better and better as the book comes to an and, The gift and the English country lane is two of the favourite poems from the book. Looking forward to read more from Sara!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dora (Swift Coffee Book Blog)

    Unfortunately I have to admit that I completely missed the depth that I expected to experience through these poems after reading the description. Most of the poems seemed a bit flat, I simply couldn’t get into them… I got what they were talking about, I got the message; but I couldn’t for my life *feel* them. And that’s what I would expect from poetry, that’s what makes it great: not the meaning in itself, but the overflowing feeling that resonates with you. I didn’t get that here. Since poetry i Unfortunately I have to admit that I completely missed the depth that I expected to experience through these poems after reading the description. Most of the poems seemed a bit flat, I simply couldn’t get into them… I got what they were talking about, I got the message; but I couldn’t for my life *feel* them. And that’s what I would expect from poetry, that’s what makes it great: not the meaning in itself, but the overflowing feeling that resonates with you. I didn’t get that here. Since poetry is a very subjective thing, I give this collection 3 stars. Not my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it more than I did.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kirra (thebooksofkirra)

    Overall I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it! I would compare it to something like the modern poetry version of Descartes’ ‘I think, therefore I am’. Though I really struggled to get completely wrapped up in the content and to be able to relate to this writing. The nature themes throughout though was a clever touch and adds more to the poetry itself and the meaning, and generally I enjoyed and found more impact in the shorter poems than the long almost rant like poetry. As a lover of Rupi Overall I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it! I would compare it to something like the modern poetry version of Descartes’ ‘I think, therefore I am’. Though I really struggled to get completely wrapped up in the content and to be able to relate to this writing. The nature themes throughout though was a clever touch and adds more to the poetry itself and the meaning, and generally I enjoyed and found more impact in the shorter poems than the long almost rant like poetry. As a lover of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace type poetry, I was trying to branch out for a little same same but different, and this didn’t quite hit the spot for me unfortunately!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    ~Disclaimer: I received a kindle copy for free.~ This didn’t resonate with me. The imagery rarely evoked an emotional reaction. For me poetry is all about the emotions and this didn’t do it for me. I suspect that given time to polish their craft the author will improve (there is something here). Sample: Turns out I’m not a rough gemstone, but a flint. A flint cracked open. Jagged, raw. A weapon. A cutting Love. “Within” reveals itself in experience. At the core of experience is the source of experienc ~Disclaimer: I received a kindle copy for free.~ This didn’t resonate with me. The imagery rarely evoked an emotional reaction. For me poetry is all about the emotions and this didn’t do it for me. I suspect that given time to polish their craft the author will improve (there is something here). Sample: Turns out I’m not a rough gemstone, but a flint. A flint cracked open. Jagged, raw. A weapon. A cutting Love. “Within” reveals itself in experience. At the core of experience is the source of experience. Pure awareness.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Zak

    Poetry I enjoy poetry. It is like art, some you just immediately enjoy, others you definitely don’t, and others need time to grow on you. And poetry is personal! Much of this book of poetry is inward looking, from the prospective of “I”. Much did not speak to me personally, some I just didn’t get. there were a few gems for me though : 1. No, it is not okay 2. Flint 3. Hold of this land, but thought the end did not do it justice 4. No words 5. Raging 6. Between 2 thoughts 7. Head to Heart Enjoyed it enou Poetry I enjoy poetry. It is like art, some you just immediately enjoy, others you definitely don’t, and others need time to grow on you. And poetry is personal! Much of this book of poetry is inward looking, from the prospective of “I”. Much did not speak to me personally, some I just didn’t get. there were a few gems for me though : 1. No, it is not okay 2. Flint 3. Hold of this land, but thought the end did not do it justice 4. No words 5. Raging 6. Between 2 thoughts 7. Head to Heart Enjoyed it enough to go back to to see if more grows on me

  18. 4 out of 5

    lettisha ♥

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was really drawn to this cover, it’s absolutely gorgeous. The poetry was pretty well written, although I preferred the shorter poems compared to the longer ones. This is a fairly short read, and there are poems for each of the elements which I thought was pretty cool. If you’re into poetry, you’d probably enjoy this collection of poems.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I got this book in a giveaway. I don't know why I joined the giveaway, because I don't love reading poetry. But overall this was a decent book. It was cute, not many stood out to me but there were a few I really liked. It took me a while to finish this, even though it was super short. But t wasn't awful, I bet people who like poetry would enjoy this a lot. I think, but I don't love poetry so I have no idea. I liked how it was split off into sections and different elements. I got this book in a giveaway. I don't know why I joined the giveaway, because I don't love reading poetry. But overall this was a decent book. It was cute, not many stood out to me but there were a few I really liked. It took me a while to finish this, even though it was super short. But t wasn't awful, I bet people who like poetry would enjoy this a lot. I think, but I don't love poetry so I have no idea. I liked how it was split off into sections and different elements.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ri

    3.5 Stars I won this book in a giveaway. I love poetry because it has the ability to move the soul. I did not read this continuously, but rather just a few poems here and there at a time. There were some really strong poems in this collection and there were some others that didn't fit that same caliber. However, I think this poet is very talented. I would still recommend it for anyone who loves poetry though. 3.5 Stars I won this book in a giveaway. I love poetry because it has the ability to move the soul. I did not read this continuously, but rather just a few poems here and there at a time. There were some really strong poems in this collection and there were some others that didn't fit that same caliber. However, I think this poet is very talented. I would still recommend it for anyone who loves poetry though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I have felt those words Thoughtful expression in its reflection specifically of “oneness” and love. I resonated with her approach and found it profoundly beautiful even at times feeling a bit of a lament myself. Such a beautiful feeling she captures it well and strongly. I loved this work and found myself smiling and reminiscing throughout her pages. When a poet captures emotions upon paper and it flows like music there it is a talented artist.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Skyler

    This was a nice, quick read, with some really uplifting poems inside. I particularly enjoyed the recurring theme of spirituality and unconditional love. The author sectioned the book into elemental themes: earth, water, air, fire, or essence. I also want to say that the cover is so beautiful! My only qualm with the book is that some of the poems are rather repetitive and it felt as if I read a few of the same poems over again. Overall, I liked it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Adams

    I won this book on a Goodreads Giveaway and was excited to read some poetry. While not all of it struck me as nature poetry I did really enjoy it. Quite a few of the poems resonated with me and I expect that I will re-read quite a few of them. It was a nice cohesive set of poems and work a read if you like poetry, prose, and nature.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Krista Dolan

    I won a digital copy of this through a Goodreads Giveaway (thank you)! (3.5) Overall, this was an interesting, thought-provoking collection -- some parts might have been a bit to philosophical for my current end-0f-the-school-year mindset though. This one definitely has some meaningful lines that resonated with me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Zamora

    The flow So maybe if I didn’t read the whole in the order it was printed I wouldn’t be expecting a flow. Each one can be read as a solo poem however most poems seem to be the authors musings instead of a poem. With that said there are a couple of really nice poems with beautiful imagery though.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    It is beautifully written I am a novice to poetry but I did enjoy reading the various poems in the book. Some spoke to me personally and I've kept those highlighted to read again. I'm sure everyone can find at least one poem in here that soeaja to them. I liked the flow from one element to the next. Thanks for the goodreads giveaway. It is beautifully written I am a novice to poetry but I did enjoy reading the various poems in the book. Some spoke to me personally and I've kept those highlighted to read again. I'm sure everyone can find at least one poem in here that soeaja to them. I liked the flow from one element to the next. Thanks for the goodreads giveaway.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kasi

    I won this on goodreads in trade for an honest review. I liked this, more than I had anticipated. It is a bit repetitive, especially in subject matter, but it isn't heavy handed and I found it entirely too relate-able. Some of the pieces I liked very well. I would recommend it. I nice, easy, but thought-provoking read. I won this on goodreads in trade for an honest review. I liked this, more than I had anticipated. It is a bit repetitive, especially in subject matter, but it isn't heavy handed and I found it entirely too relate-able. Some of the pieces I liked very well. I would recommend it. I nice, easy, but thought-provoking read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I don't know much about poetry but I enjoyed this collection. Divided into sections representing Earth, Fire, Air & Water, the language is simple yet thought-provoking. I can see myself re-reading certain poems to continue reflecting on their meaning. I don't know much about poetry but I enjoyed this collection. Divided into sections representing Earth, Fire, Air & Water, the language is simple yet thought-provoking. I can see myself re-reading certain poems to continue reflecting on their meaning.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    This one fell flat for me. When I read poetry, I read each poem a few times over and over to get a feel for the rhythm and intended meaning, as well as how I can relate. I liked a few of the poems, others had awkward wording, or felt self-important or insipid.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill Holmberg

    First off, I love the cover design which is what drew me to this book in the first place! These poems are divided into sections which were very well fitting. Many of these poems really made me stop and think "wow, I don't think I've ever read that feeling but described in such perfect words before!" I did win this book in a giveaway but my review is of my own with no pressure to write one! First off, I love the cover design which is what drew me to this book in the first place! These poems are divided into sections which were very well fitting. Many of these poems really made me stop and think "wow, I don't think I've ever read that feeling but described in such perfect words before!" I did win this book in a giveaway but my review is of my own with no pressure to write one!

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