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#bookreview: Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude

I’m so thrilled that Liz Gauffreau, the poet, features me on her blog today. She did a fabulous and insightful review of my poetry collection, Songs of Heartstrings. She highlighted two of my poems and read one. Please head over to enjoy. While you’re there, check out her publications.

Elizabeth Gauffreau

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My Review

Reading Miriam Hurdle’s poetry collection, Songs ofHeartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude, I was immediately struck by the poems’ depth and breadth of reflection. The maturity of these contemplative poems brought to mind educational reformer John Dewey’s definition of reflective thinking as a meaning-making process by which individuals learn and society advances. This meaning-making process is very much in evidence throughout the collection–as is Hurdle’s strong religious faith.

The collection is organized into thematic sections, like suites of music. Taken together, they form the rich symphony of a life well-lived, including the inevitable discordant notes.

Hurdle employs of a range of forms in the collection, including free verse of varying lengths, acrostic, and prose poem, thereby demonstrating her sensitivity to the relationship between form and content. She chooses the form of poetic expression that will best communicate to readers…

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“Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships” featuring Miriam Hurdle!

I’m excited to be featured on Lauren Scott’s blog today to discuss one of my poems, “Kindness Repeats,” in the anthology Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships.

April 28 is Pay It Forward Day. I shared the incidents and inspiration behind this poem.

Please stop by her blog to visit the book launch tour schedule, browse her many poetry publications, and read my poem. I look forward to meeting you there.

Baydreamer ~ Lauren Scott

Dear Friends,

This is day 4 of the blog tour for Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships, a beautiful anthology compiled by Kaye Lynne Booth and Robbie Cheadle. The tour schedule is below…

Day 1: Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read started the tour with a guest post from contributing author Lauren Scott.

Day 2: D. Slayton Avery at ShiftnShake shared a guest post from blog series host, contributing author, and editor Robbie Cheadle.

Day 3: Miriam Hurdle atThe Showers of Blessingshosted contributing author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Day 4:Lauren Scott at Bay Dreamer Writesis hosting contributing author Miriam Hurdle.

Day 5: Victoria Zigler at Zigler’s Newswill host contributing author M.J. Mallon and share a review by Victoria Zigler.

Day 6: The publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth, will be in the interview spotlight with James J. Cudney over at This Is My Truth Now

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Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships – Launch Tour with Lynda McKinney Lambert

Welcome to the launch tour for Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. It’s my privilege to have Lynda McKinney Lambert as my guest today. She is a contributing author to this anthology. I’ll invite her to tell you about her poems.

Please follow the tour and leave a comment at each stop to be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a free digital copy of Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. The tour schedule is at the end of this post.

Here is Lynda:

Walking by Inner Vision with Lynda McKinney Lambert

Presents

A BOOK LAUNCH and Blog Tour

of Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships (Anthology)

New From WordCrafter 

Edited and compiled by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynn Booth

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Four of my personal favorite poems appear in this new collection created by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynne Booth.

As a visual artist, I bring the unique skills of conceptual art into my literary creations. Spare poems and thoughtful personal essays are my passion.  My materials are gathered from memories, journal entries, cultural artifacts, found objects, and communications.

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I write poems in response to particular situations and deeply individual private encounters. Some are chance meetings, and others are gleaned from e-mails I receive or memories from my childhood or family life. My poems bring the reader into a private space where they may observe intimate relationships through all of their senses.

Below: I share the inspiration and thought I had when writing the four poems I chose for this new Anthology with the theme of Relationships.

_A Togetherness Poem_
This poem covers the space of an entire day as I ask my husband to write a poem with me in the early morning. The result of my request develops through dialogue and musings about writing poetry with my husband.  I selected this poem to share a relationship I have with my husband.  On April 14, we were married sixty-one years. 

_Afternoon Embroidery Lesson_

The poem peers into an afternoon activity. The setting is my grandmother’s kitchen, where I am a young girl who is stitching the future.  As in most of my poems, there is a view into the thoughts and dreams of an individual. Often, there is a feeling that more than one person is speaking in the poem.  

_Primavera: When Spring Break is Over_

I wrote this poem from journal entries and memories from my first trip to Puerto Rico.
My colleagues and I developed a spring semester course, Puerto Rico Culture,” where we traveled with our students for 10 days each year in Puerto Rico. In this poem, I write of our experiences collectively and individually. This poem embraces imagery and people on vacation in Puerto Rico.

_Full Circle_

I began writing a series of “found poems” during the past couple of years.” I call this series,

Thinking of You

Each poem was created from actual correspondence I received via e-mail messages or snail mail correspondence
Often the poem includes parts of the 2-way communication we share via the mail.

©April 2022. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

About Lynda McKinney Lambert

Lynda, a retired professor of fine arts and humanities, Geneva College in Pennsylvania, authored 5 published books that focus on spare poems and thoughtful personal essays. Lynda lives with her husband Bob, their 2 dogs, and 6 cats – all rescued. Lynda’s love of nature, fine art, and history provide her dominant themes.

Lynda’s Mission Statement

  • Seeking Euphoria through art and writing
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or invisible

Lynda’s contact

http://www.lyndalambert.com

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Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships Book Blog Tour

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

Relationships are golden and each of

 Arthur Rosch, Elizabeth Merry,

D Avery, Robbie Cheadle,

Harmony Kent, Lauren Scott,

Jules Paige, Leon Stevens,

Colleen M. Chesebro, Miriam Hurdle,

M J Mallon, and Lynda McKinney Lambert 

pay poetic tribute to their most intense

personal moments.

This wonderfully unique collection of poetry features works by Robbie Cheadle and her poetic guests from the 2021 “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read, and it really is a treasure chest filled with poetic gems. There is a fantastic eight-day tour planned for you to learn more about this poetry anthology. Please join us through each tour stop.

Day 1: Opening Day with Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read with a guest post from contributing author Lauren Scott.

Day 2: D. Slayton Avery at ShiftnShake with a guest post from blog series host, contributing author, and editor Robbie Cheadle.

Day 3: Miriam Hurdle at The Showers of Blessings will host a guest post from contributing author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Day 4: Lauren Scott at Bay Dreamer Writes will host a guest post from contributing author Miriam Hurdle.

Day 5: Victoria Zigler at Zigler’s News will bring us a guest post from contributing author M.J. Mallon and a review by Victoria Zigler.

Day 6: The publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth, will be in the interview spotlight with James J. Cudney over at This Is My Truth Now.

Day 7: Robbie Cheadle at Robbie’s Inspiration hosts a guest post from contributing author Colleen M. Chesebro.

Day 8: Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read will wrap things up with a guest post from contributing author Leon Stevens.

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To purchase a copy:

Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/3kP8aK

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Free Book Promotion Link

Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude by [Miriam Hurdle]

Dear friends,

I’m celebrating the 3rd anniversary of publishing my poetry collection Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude.

The free download is for October 29, 12:01 a.m. to October 30, 11:59 p.m. PDT.

It has been my pleasure meeting many new authors and bloggers during the last three years. I would like for you to have the eBook version of my poetry book.

Hope you’ll enjoy this poetry collection illustrated with my photography and watercolor paintings.

Click Buy on Amazon Link:

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Trailer created by Diana D. Wallace

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Kindness

It’s the fourth week of the month! Harmony Kent from last month’s challenge picked the theme for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This month’s theme is Kindness.

 

I chose the Alouette poetry form for this poem.

The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, (12 lines or more) with the following set rules: Syllabic: 5/5/7/5/5/7, Rhyme Scheme:  aabccb.

The form name is a French word meaning ‘skylark’ or larks that fly high, the association to the lark’s song being appropriate for the musical quality of this form.  The word ‘alouette’ can also mean a children’s song (usually sung in a group), and although this poetry form is not necessarily for children’s poetry (but can be applied that way), it is reminiscent of that style of short lines.  

 

 

 

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