Friday 13 September 2019

Book Review ~ Moments: An Autobiography in Verse by Daphne Denley

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My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this poetry book

Like many of us, Daphne Denley is a fully signed-up apprentice of mid-life mayhem. She is a mother trying to adjust to her daughter’s grown up tastes. And she is a loving wife who has had her life turned upside down by her husband’s devastating diagnosis.

This collection of poems is an autobiography in verse. In turns heartfelt, familiar and beautifully observed, Daphne explores each of life’s Moments – and in the process shows us how, even in the worst of times, hope can return in the end.

My thoughts..

It's always a real pleasure to feature poetry on the blog, especially when that poetry is by a writer who shares the personal moments of her life in emotional poetry which is both heartwarming and heartfelt.

This poetry collection covers a whole range of emotions in reflective pieces which are scattered throughout and which take us on a journey through the poet's thoughts and feelings about what was going on in her life at the time of writing. And whilst this is a very personal collection, which has deep meaning for the author, the strength of the verses also struck a chord with me, and I felt like I was travelling alongside the writer on an intimate journey.

This collection of 55 poems covers a wide range of topics, from the beautiful simplicity of the opening poem, Sweet Dreams, about a mother with her baby, and as a new grandmother I can identify with its beautifully expressed sentiment, to the succinctness of the finishing poem Cheers, and in all the poems in-between there is something to enjoy in verses which are not overly complicated but which reflect those autobiographical moments in life which are so precious to us all.

About the Author

Daphne Denley is a poet and song-writer. This is her first published collection of poetry. She lives on the edge of Rodborough Common with her husband and daughter.

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