“Rift Zone” by Tess Taylor

“Rift Zone” by Tess Taylor, is a powerful, moving collection of poetry giving voice to the voiceless, and to those who express theirs in a whisper, a whimper, a growl, or a scream–whatever the utterance may be. These poems describe rifts in various forms–rifts in society, rifts in the earth, rifts among people and ideas, and the present and the past. … More “Rift Zone” by Tess Taylor

Storm by Deb Grant

During the ten years I lived in South Florida, I went through many hurricanes. Some just brushed off but others seemed to aim at us. It is no surprise I gravitated to “Storm” by Deb Grant! I was moved, and happy to finally find words to feelings, and experiences I lived through once too many, whether by finding myself in middle of the storm or helping loved ones through the aftermath of a storm. … More Storm by Deb Grant

“The Rummaging of Thoughts” by Suryani

THE RUMMAGING OF THOUGHTSSuryaniLulu Express (2019)ISBN 9780578533407Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/2020) “The Rummaging of Thoughts” by Suryani is an unstructured and eclectic collection of the author’s thoughts, just as implied by the title. On every page of this book, readers will find an array of different formats of free verse and other … More “The Rummaging of Thoughts” by Suryani

“Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness through Poetry” by Caleb Woods

HARNESSING DARKNESSCaleb WoodsCaleb Woods (2019)ISBN 9780578531465Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (01/2020) What hooked me when I picked up “Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness through Poetry” by Caleb Woods was the title. We all have a dark side, but how can you control darkness? Woods presents us with a poetic collection of his thoughts, … More “Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness through Poetry” by Caleb Woods

“Teachers Have 9 Lives: An Underground to Surface Exposure” by Hannah Hope

TEACHERS HAVE 9 LIVESHannah HopeOutskirts Press (2019)ISBN 9781977204417Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (12/19) “Teachers Have 9 Lives: An Underground to Surface Exposure” by Hannah Hope is truly unlike anything I’ve ever read before! The author is a teacher who has taught for over 20 years in the inner-cities public school system. Hope started … More “Teachers Have 9 Lives: An Underground to Surface Exposure” by Hannah Hope

“#Snapshot” by Hannah Harris and Marcus Harris

#SNAPSHOTHannah Harris and Marcus HarrisCreateSpace (2018)ISBN 9781984331434Reviewed by Marjorine Castillo for Reader Views (10/19) Hannah and Marcus Harris’ book “#Snapshot” uses poetry to convey personal, social, and political issues American adolescents may be facing in the current social media-driven and political chaotic climate. The themes of the poems vary from topics such as self-esteem, interactions … More “#Snapshot” by Hannah Harris and Marcus Harris