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"Finally, a collection of exquisite poetry to live by...inspirational, magical, original...Kick off your shoes, rest your head on your favorite cushion, sip a glass of wine, and open to that first page of Marsha Berry's words ...touching your soul, spurring you to action, creeping into your dreams, imagination. On a scale from one to ten, Ms. Berry gets my eleven." – Jacqueline Dick. "Vivid detail, surprising turns, and a touch of whimsy carried me along the pathway of Marsha's poems. They are a treat for all the senses, containing depth and riches, which reward each new reading." – Matt Quinn.
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Aug 7, 2013What can you expect of a collection of poetry from an academic, whose specialism is communications and media, whose artistic talent extends well beyond the written word and into many forms of modern media, like video, in which she has exhibited around the world and, for completeness, back into traditional water colour painting. You couldn't be blamed for thinking that Berry is a 'Jack of all trades and master of none'. Well, I have to tell you that you'd be wrong. The explanation for why, I suggest, is that her talent for creating imaginative impressions of life is eminently transferable. From the opening five part, scene setting, title ‘track’ poem, “Spinning”, in which she weaves a remarkable, illuminating story, which is simply magical, she takes us on a journey. This is a journey that moves us from the sometimes deep and enigmatic, like “Black Mirror”, "Rattles" and "Drishti", through stories of mysterious yet familiar places in “Quarter Acre Block”, then into... More > what I can only describe as a picture of sound, in “Back Yard”, to the simply mysterious “A Murder Perhaps?”. Placing a poem that depicts the worst of war in “Dresden”, alongside a scene of feline domesticity in “Brave Loulou” seems perverse, but it somehow works, amazingly, reminding us of the fact that life goes on and keeps us on our toes! The brevity and apparent simplicity of most of Berry’s poems bely the complexity of their stories and the depth of her sometimes exquisite observations of life. I found poems like the poignant and observant “Magnolia Air”, in which she writes “...a promise invades my nose I sneeze thinking of summer.” both moving and enjoyable. As with many of her poems, amidst the text, which can be engrossing, enchanting or enthralling, I would find myself surprised by a turn of phrase or change of direction, which caught my breath. The very meaningful “Twitter Hugs” and “One Forty Characters”, in which she reveals micro-poetry “...constrained but uncontained...”, she constantly surprises with her ability to turn a poem on its head with a sudden perspective that makes you think. Their brevity carries so much more poetic value. This review can only hint at the diversity and quality this collection of poetry has to offer and I could eulogise about it all day. If I were to tell you it was an anthology of poetry by many different poets, you could be forgiven for believing me, but it isn’t. It is the work of one poet, which, and whom, I unreservedly recommend to you.< Less
Dec 30, 2012Prepare to be spellbound - What is there that I can add to the wonderfully detailed forward for this utterly absorbing book? I will try and tell you from my personal perspective what it was about this book that sucked me in and wouldn't spit me out until page 121. As a young child I found the Silver Brumby books written Elyne Mitchell and fell in love, reading them over and over again. I had only one dream to visit this wonderful faraway land called Australia. My love of poetry came a little later but in this carefully spun poetry collection, Marsha manages to transport me once again like a child to this most alluring of places. She also takes me on a metaphorical magical carpet ride around the globe, touching down purposefully on meaningful issues, as well as making me smile and even laugh with her playful and light-hearted observations of everyday life. Many of her poems are narrative, all wonderfully descriptive of how she sees the world and captures it carefully with each pen... More > stroke. She also stamps her skillful poetic mark in form poems such as `Jonquil's Promise' and `Inspiration' leaving the reader in no doubt of her extensive ability to meld her words into these marvellous sculptures of sound. So to finish I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves being spellbound when reading. I leave you with a small snippet from `October Evening' that nicely sums this up for me: `Feeling the kiss of the twilight air; Venus rises with the crescent moon, I wish for nothing.'< Less
Nov 24, 2012Marsha Berry's wonderful collection of poetry is a delight to read and often left me either sighing or smiling. From the first page I was transported into a magical world where elephants walk upright on cushions and where the moon dresses in silver and the stars smile. This poet has a marvellous way of looking at things and she carries you gently on a wondrous journey through her clever verse. Spinning is an absolute must read and I highly recommend it.
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- Marsha Berry (Standard Copyright License)
- October 30, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.52 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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