Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Life, Love and Everything in Between: Poetry to Empower, Enlighten and Entertain Your Soul is an inspirational collection of poetry written by Terrence Thompson. The poems gathered in this volume span decades with some written as early as the 1970s and the most recent ones in 2011. Thompson writes about what inspires him. It might be a passing thought or something that a friend said, and then, the poet writes, the words and thoughts seem to flow. Many of his poems refer to nature and the elements or to reincarnation and thoughts about life, its purpose and the personal journey each person travels during their lifetime. Thompson speaks directly to his audience, whether it is the person who has influenced his writing or those unknown readers he envisions reading his words at some point in the future.
In his inspirational collection of poetry, Life, Love and Everything in Between: Poetry to Empower, Enlighten and Entertain Your Soul, Terrence Thompson shares so much of himself, his life and his perceptions. Reading this book of verse is a heady experience with the poet a seasoned and sometimes nostalgic guide who, every so often, will interject a bit of play or irreverence to make sure his audience doesn't take him or themselves too seriously. His discussions of faith and his take on it are enlightening and never presume to lead or influence, though I did notice in one poem that he casts a mildly jaundiced yet tender eye at a friend's belief in karmic punishment. Thompson's verses flow naturally with rhymes that seem comfortable and fitting, but my favorite poem in this collection would have to be the predominantly free verse work entitled Reflections. It was in that poem that somehow I heard the poet's voice most clearly. Life, Love and Everything in Between is highly recommended.