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  • By p c
    Sep 26, 2011
    If The Souls Sings proves to be at all representative of Olivia Meldrum’s future work, then it would not be inappropriate or wishful for her to be counted among the greatest of American authors, alongside such illustrious company as F. Scott Fitzgerald & Flannery O’Conner. This work is truly an exciting discovery in a literary world currently characterized by the sterility of self-aggrandizement and the frenetic imitation of everyone else’s rejection of all imitation. Though Meldrum is an author of US origin, the influences she demonstrates in The Soul Sings are quite interesting. Particularly, there is a clear influence of the Carmelite poets of early modern Spain, such as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (more commonly known as Teresa de Jesús or Teresa de Ávila) and her classic Muero porque no muero. However, Meldrum also marks out a style of her own, adapting Carmelite elements to her own experiences. Furthermore, while her writing is fiercely based on... More > her own experiences, the author makes all attempts at communicating something almost un-communicable to other souls, which causes the poetry to take on universality within its personality. The experience of reading these poems (in particular, The New Tantalus, You Say, I Say and The Young Man and his Teeth) is quite similar to the experience of the sublime which many schools of many mediums of art profess as a goal. Furthermore, the themes of the collection are very relevant to the promising fields within literary studies. Two in particular stand out: the relationship of the Self to the Other (das Andere as well as der Andere) and the nature of desire. It would be particularly interesting to investigate the relationship of Meldrum’s conception of desire to other literary giants who have worked with the theme, such as Camus, García Márquez and Dostoyevsky. Olivia Meldrum’s work is such an exciting find, filled with so much promise. The Soul Sings is a collection well worth reading and we all eagerly look forward to the publication of her next work. May the soul continue singing.< Less
  • By Sara Tang
    Nov 10, 2010
    At once both ravishing and refreshingly pure, The Soul Sings is a lovely and profound collection of poems that the reader can return to again and again, no matter where he or she is on the spiritual or literary path. Readers will find Meldrum's words dynamically descriptive of their own experiences and spiritual ponderings. A beautiful Carmelite and Franciscan influence twinged with all the poignancy of the classics, Meldrum's literary debut proves her to be a young poet to watch!
  • By dlwhite2
    Aug 31, 2010
    This is a collection of poetry of beautiful style and profound spiritual depth, and my world is just a bit more beautiful for having read it. Absolutely recommended for all lovers of beauty, truth, goodness, God, transcendence, contemplation, love, and longing.
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August 16, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.27 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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