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Review of Statements Made in Passing

  • Mon, January 16, 2023 10:10 AM
    Message # 13059230

    Title: Statements Made in Passing by Kathleen Serley

    Genre: Poetry

    Length: 60 pages

    Published by: Water’s Edge Press

    Review by: Kathleen (K.M.) Waldvogel

    Statements Made in Passing is the perfect title for this collection of poems written by Kathleen Serley. While reading each poem, I found I often paused and reflected on what Serley’s observations concerning life and nature. Each poem described sights and memories of life told in a manner that creates a visual and relatable moment for the reader.

    The book is divided into four sections determined by the author: “To the Garden”; “In the Woods”; “By the Window”; and “At the Door.” This helps the reader recognize the organizational manner of the book, which I found to be helpful.

    In “To the Garden,” I began my journey into Serley’s world. I curled up in my chair with a cup of tea and savored each word in the poems. I particularly relished reading about the loved one who returned from Iraq and, upon entering a room, was greeted by the aroma of a baking apple pie. Oh, the love captured at that moment!

    Many other poems touched me and caused me to pause momentarily before moving on. As someone who loves the gentleness of butterflies, I cherished “Monarchs.” I read and reread the poet’s words, closing my eyes and envisioning the incredible scene created.

    Outside my window, beyond the fence

    a monarch clings to the lilac tree

    folding, unfolding faceted wings

    balanced in morning’s savory light.

    I encourage everyone who appreciates nature, life, and poetry to grab a cup of tea (or hot chocolate), curl up in a chair, turn off the world, and savor Statements Made in Passing. You will not be disappointed.

    Reviewer Kathleen (K.M.) Waldvogel enjoys writing for children. She is the author of a middle-grade book, Spies, Soldiers, Couriers, and Saboteurs: Women of the American Revolution, highlighting little-known women and their role in America’s fight for independence. She also has two picture books Three Little Ghosts, and Whoo, Whoo, Who’s Out There?

    Waldvogel is active in the Wisconsin Writers Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as writing groups in Wisconsin and Arizona.

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