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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Tanka-poetry reviews

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 call these reviews tanka-poetry but the books I am reviewing are not specifically poetry books.


 Musical Tables: Poems by Billy Collins 
Random House, 2022.

This new collection
is chock full of small poems --
My favorite kind.
Most are funny or poignant.
All made me laugh or smile.
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Banned Books: The World's Most Controversial Books, Past and Present
D.K. Publishing, 2022.

Title says it all --
banned books throughout the ages.
I've read almost half.
My favorite parts were quotes
by authors, impacts us all.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars.

The Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti
Macmillan Collector's Library, 2022, first published in 1862.
The foremost female
poet of her time. "Goblin
Market" is a weird
and ghoulish poem. So cool.
The others are not so good.

Rating 3 out of 5 stars.

Prairie Reunion by Barbara Scot
Riverhead Books, 1995.

A woman goes back
for bittersweet homecoming.
Tries to understand
why her father abandoned
family when she was young.
Rating 2 out of 5 stars.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
Scribner, 2014.
Marina Keegan
Died days after her college
graduation. Sad
family and friends compiled
her stories for this book.
Rating 3 out of 5 stars.  

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Amazon Publishing, 2013.

Child buried alive.
Man rescues him, nick of time.
Then spends rest of life
rescuing the boy from more
disastrous decisions.
3 out of 5 stars.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Duke Classics, 2012, originally published in 1920.

Debuting Poirot,
the famous Christie P.I.
Was death a murder?
Was it poison? Who did it?
We all know by end of book.
3.5 out of 5 stars.



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