My local paper was profiling Plumleaf Press, an imprint of Rubicon Publishing and this is how I first heard about The Woman in this Poem. They generously sent me a review copy and the timing was perfect because I had been feeling down and a bit lost when I started reading the book. As I mentioned elsewhere, I found the poems were the perfect balm to soothe the hurt I was feeling.
The poems in this anthology were selected by Georgia Heard, a poet and author from New York. The collection is divided up into different themes that speak to a woman’s every day existence: Love, Motherhood, Work, Family and Friends, and Balance. Georgia Heard introduces each section to give some background to the poems.
I found this collection of poems pleasantly accessible, especially for someone like me who doesn’t read a lot of poetry. I thought Georgia Heard did an excellent job selecting poetry that reflected the themes and her choices really resonated with me.
Although I enjoyed the work by well-known poets, such as Emily Dickinson, I think this anthology could have stood on its own without the famous names.
I highly recommend this anthology for anyone seeking comfort, but finds reading a regular book requires too much concentration and energy. Reading a few poems and meditating on the meaning was the perfect way to wind-down after a long day. I’m also inspired again to introduce more poetry into my life, as this book proves I probably need more of it in my life.
I received a copy of The Woman in this Poem with much thanks to Plumleaf Press, but this in no way influenced the thoughts and opinions expressed in my review.