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Monday, August 17, 2020

Tanka-poems reviews---poetry and meditation books

Thanks to Lark Writes for giving me the inspiration to write short, poetic book reviews. Hers are called 'Haiku Reviews.' I'll make mine a little longer and call them tanka-poetry reviews. Similar to haikus, tanka poems are short, using only 31-syllables in the cadence pattern of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. I'm catching up here on past-due reviews.

Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Kitchen Meditations and Inspired Recipes from a Mindful Cook by Dana Velden (Rodale Books, 2015)

Everyone must eat.
Velden gives meditations
To help center cooks
as they make food for all.
I needed this book right now.

Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again by Roger Housden (Harmony Books, 2007)

Housden highlights ten
poems, gives insights/comments.
Poems come alive---
stars twinkling in night sky.
Empowered to change my life.

Blue Iris: Poems and Essays by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press, 2004)

Favorite poet.
Focused on nature, flowers.
Essay, "A Blessing" 
recounts a time as a teen,
remembering the beauty.

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith

Volatile poems---
Blacks speak to us from grave...
What was their death for?
Other poems left me flat,
themes I could not relate to.



  1. Love these! The first one and the last one are my two favorites. :D

  2. I enjoy these. Thanks Lark.

  3. Very clever way to review books of poetry! I love the cover and the review of the last one in particular.

  4. I need to read more poetry! I have a couple of Oliver's collections and Don't Call Us Dead on my shelves. I need to try some out soon.


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