Fallen Leaves

Poetry - Inspirational
22 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2015
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

From the opening lines, I was hooked. Barbara Grover’s Fallen Leaves: Poetry and Song offers lessons and memories in the most impressive collection of poetry since early Emily Dickinson. Her words immediately touch the rawness of life’s regrets and those inevitable “what if” moments that haunt even the most stoic individual. Each poem in the collection touches on themes very prevalent and timeless in nature. The loss of a loved one, child abuse and neglect, regret over poor decision making, and lessons learned the hard way are all addressed in the twenty–two pages that the poet fills with thousands of pages of meaning.

“The Death Visitor All Saint’s Hallowed Eve” is a beautifully vivid adaptation of the biblical book of Revelations. Grover’s use of the seven horsemen and the personification of death compact a longer story into memorable lines of verse. In “Are You Still My God?” the poet dares to question the existence of God as many individuals in dire situations are prone to do. Her suggestion of a young prostitute living on the streets and the physical abuse of a young child are imagery enough to capture the compassion of the reader. It only takes a word, a brief hint of doubt to determine an impression and Barbara Grover achieves this succinctly and eloquently in a combination of lyrical, metaphorical, and narrative lines. I am deeply moved and impressed with Fallen Leaves: Poetry and Song. I love, love, love this collection of poems. Beautiful job!!!!