Saturday, April 18, 2009

A celebration of poetry in National Poetry Month

If you like poetry and want to read some wonderful poems, then check out Glenda Bixler's blog, Book Reader's Heaven, during the month of April. Glenda is an Independent Professional Book Reviewer and she is playing host to some great poets all during this month, which is National Poetry Month.

I feel very honored that today she has chosen to highlight two of my poems from my anthology Family and More - Enemies or Friends? , which is a collection of sixteen poems, written in free verse, about people who've had a big influence on my life and the lessons I've learned from them. The two poems are "The Baby" and "The Father". You can read extensive extracts from the book on my author's website and my authors den website. It's available as an ebook from my publishers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Free verse - an art form

What exactly is 'free verse'? Angela Saunders, who is poetry editor for the website Bella Online, recently wrote an article about this and she says the following:

"Free verse is a form of poetry that does not follow either traditional rhyme or meter. Rather, it uses a rhythm or cadence closer to normalized speech patterns. Free verse may use a repetition of words, a grouping of words in specific shape patterns, or it may use specific line breaks to create emphases on thoughts. In free verse, the poet chooses how they will and will not use conventional rules of poetry..."

She then goes on to compare free verse to abstract art and illustrates the points she makes by giving examples from my book It's a Teacher's Life...!, which is all written in free verse. If you'd like to read the whole article (which is not very long), here is the link:

I hope you find the article interesting and I'd love to know whether you agree that free verse is like abstract art or not!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Essence of Light

This poem was written in response to the above picture which is reproduced here with the kind permission of the artist, Kimberly Dawn Sanders.

Spread wide your arms

and let the wings unfurl,

soar into your essence of light,

cradled by the loving energy

rippling through the river of the universe,

weaving through the tapestry of time...

And feel the freedom

of your soul...

Copyright © 2009 Helena Harper

What do YOU see in the picture?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Reader's review of my ebook "Family and More - Enemies or Friends?"

WOW! I've just received this comment from a reader of my poetry ebook "Family and More" (where I've written sixteen poems, based on the people who've had a big influence on my life and heavily influenced by my German/English background). This comment blew me away and I just wanted to share it!

"The poems are absolutely wonderful and perfect - it's an epic, multi-generational collection that tells of major, international events of great historical value and have characters that come alive, whom you just fall in love with. You have written a story that could be as epic as 'Gone With The Wind' and 'The Titanic'. I love it! I love the whole concept of that little girl and her family from opposite sides of the war. You have some really dynamic conclusions, recognitions and discoveries about self, family, people, nations and WAR. The challenge of a child, a young woman, resolving what nations could not, in order to integrate all her loves into who she is and honor their values and courage. It is so good.

You are such a skilled story teller, 80 pages felt like 20. It went so fast and ended way too soon. It is absolutely the stuff of greatness, it has an inspirational and loving feel and wisdom that may be "just yours", but it is priceless. Thank you! B.W."

If you're interested in reading more, please go to my website. If you do read any of the poems, I would love to know what YOU think. Do you agree with the above or not? (The book is available from my publishers.)