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Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite
Glimmering Sparks of Love by C.T. Michael is an inspirational collection of poems about love. It consists of thirty traditional haiku poems accompanied by related kanji symbols and thirty tanka poems. Haiku poems impart conciseness, economy of words and a wealth of wisdom, depth and meaning. Good haikus imply perfection and a very potent use of language and style. They are among my favorite types of poems and this collection did not disappoint me. What is more, the kanji symbols make the poems even more striking.
Glimmering Sparks of Love by C.T. Michael is a very powerful collection of poems. Love has obviously been one of the most central topics of literature from time immemorial and it is always difficult to be creative and original. C.T. Michael manages to achieve this feat and to provide us with gorgeous poetry and symbols. One of my favorite poems is: “A moment with you:/a dash of eternity,/a touch to the heart.” The second part (Tanka poems, some of which are illustrated by gorgeous pictures of flowers in bloom) is even more powerful, such as this one: “Ordinary day,/but my smile is radiant,/when the warmth of you/from the deepness of your heart/gently wraps me from inside.” This collection made me ponder what love is, what our purest human nature is, and also immersed me in the Japanese culture, which I find so inspiring: it reminded me of Taoism, the Zen movement and several other books I had just read such as the Book of Tea.