Book Review: Marc’s Message by Josée Therrien

Marc’s Message provides an exclusive and truthful sight of life and the world today. The author has shared her reflections on life and its challenges with poetry in the book.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Marc’s Message is a collection of poetry that is thoughtful and full of insight. Most of the poems are short, some haiku, and they’re all distinctive. A couple of my favorites:

Feeling alone
is nothing
compared to being alone.

Don’t let your dreams wake you.
Wake your dreams.

If you are looking for some unique poetry, Marc’s Message would be a good choice.

About the Author

Josée Therrien is a 24 year old Canadian author who started writing at a very young age, discovering ways to express her emotions and thoughts. She is passionate in observing life, which comes through in her poetry. ‘Marc’s Message’ is the author’s first creation; she is currently writing and preparing for her next poetry book.

Speaking to the media, Josée said, “Marc’s Message is dedicated to my father who was a great human being. He always dreamed of a beautiful life in spite of his struggles with manic depression. He wanted to see people love and care for the world and be true to themselves. I have kept his passion for life in my heart and in my poems.” She further added, “I want to convey a message with this poetry book. Life is very beautiful but sometimes it can seem dark, but enjoy it and get through it, for what awaits on the other side is a field of dreams.”

Book Review: Diary of the One Swelling Sea by Jill McCabe Johnson

Living on Orcas Island, Jill McCabe Johnson is a close neighbor to the sea. In her briny poems, she takes us even closer–letting us read the sea’s diary. From sea ground to surface, we see the intimate, inside story. Careful observation, precise research, musical phrasing, and active imagining surge through these poems. Ninety-five percent of earth’s oceans remain unexplored. What better metaphor for the vast mysteries of our existence–the constant change, the contamination, the resurgence, the essence of life and death. In these elegant poems, forces huge as magma shove up and forces delicate as brittle stars taste changes in sea water. Marvelous.
– Peggy Shumaker
Author of Gnawed Bones and Just Breathe Normally

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s obvious that the author of these poems lives near the sea. They bring the ocean and its occupants alive with vivid descriptions. The poems are short and at first, I didn’t think I was going to like them but they build on each other. 

A wonderful book of descriptive poems about the sea. One of my favorites:




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Book Review: The Car by Stuart Larner

A sequence of twenty-eight illustrated Shakespearean sonnets describing the human condition in terms of the mechanical components of a motor car.
An owner’s workshop manual for servicing your life.
The text was previously published in a print magazine twenty-one years ago. Now revised, and published with illustrations.
‘The Car’ asks, and tries to answer, these kinds of questions:
If the arc across the sparking plug’s gap is an indication of love, can love’s bright spark be cultivated like the ignition timing management system?
What can be learnt about human relationships by studying the phenomenon of clutch judder?
Can we discern our path in life by the way we drive at night, and by how we use indicators, windscreen wipers and washers, and the horn?
Does automatic transmission mean our modern society has learnt to leave decisions to a box?
What does the differential bearing assembly have to say about the working of the parliamentary system?
Does studying suspension and damper arrangements have guidelines for child-rearing?
Can the process of tyre wear and braking systems inform therapy for addiction?
Is human depression treatable by learning from the fuel gauge mechanism, the radiator, and the battery?
Is there life after death in a scrap yard?

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Car is a book of poetry about cars. Each poem is accompanied by a related picture which I liked. This is definitely a different kind of poetry book, but I like different. The poems aren’t just about cars but are symbols of the condition.

Whether you’re a car enthusiast or not, if you like poetry and enjoy “different” you should check out The Car. One of my favorites:

Driving in the Dark

Driving in the dark, we move cocoons of light,
Carrying thoughts along in front of us.
Our vision is short in the cave of night,
Something small in the future darts across.
At a distant bend another car dawns,
Devouring dark with its dragon’s bright breath,
Lamps search the dim opening they have torn
Into the next world to find their best path.
I feel your light begin its probe of me
Searching for your own future in my dim past,
Yet both searcher and searched we cannot be,
The powerful light makes us both recast.
The dark side of each we try to assess;
What one saw quite well, now two may see less.