By Julia Cirignano
Thank you tothe authorfor gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Words of Life: Poems and Essaysby Ann Chiappetta contains nature poetry broken up by stories of tropical vacations and vivid stories, ending with the story of a woman coming to terms with her disability.
Chiappetta starts this collection with humorous depictions of middle-aged people traveling with “sore butts and stiff joints”. She uses humor well, but I felt that her stories in this section lacked urgency. She told the facts of what happened on certain trips, but didn’t invite her readers into a more intimate depiction of the journey.
I wish Chiappetta had started this collection with her last second, “The Human Condition”. This is the section where we really get to know the writer, and I think this introduction into her more intimate experience and feelings would…
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