Metamorphosis

A Collection of Haiku Poetry on Love, Grief & Healing

Poetry - General
182 Pages
Reviewed on 01/06/2022
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Author Biography

D.L. Heather is the pen name for poet, writer, and former music journalist Debra Heather. She has a B.A. in English and is a best selling author of inspirational poetry books, and is best known for her book, Life Interrupted.

Writing came into her life in her teens by way of therapy and the exploration of healing through journaling. Her writing is motivated by her experiences with childhood trauma, love, loss, healing, heartbreak, and self-discovery. Her words take many on a roller coaster of downfalls and rediscovery.

A private person by nature, she prefers to let her work speak for itself, in the way poetry allows her to. She hopes to inspire others and reinforce the fact that you are not alone.

When she isn’t writing in her studio, she enjoys travelling, reading, movies and gardening. Connect with her on Instagram @author.dlheather Twitter @AuthorDLHeather

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Metamorphosis by D. L. Heather is 'A Collection of Haiku Poetry on Love, Grief & Healing' that has been created in its entirety through the heartfelt perspective of its author. This is the second edition of this compilation but has been significantly extended with over double the amount of new pieces blended with the best of the prior collection. All of Heather's work within this book is in haiku formatting that follows the traditional seventeen phonetic unit structure, frequently in a five-seven-five configuration but also cleverly in a stylized jiyuritsu. Interspersed between the work are line illustrations that highlight the simplicity of the haiku pattern without minimizing its depth.

Metamorphosis is a book worth savoring and I have frequently returned to the work of D. L. Heather over the past couple of weeks to re-read my favorites, and there are many. We are currently living in a time of unprecedented loss that by contemporary comparison can only be set side by side with war. And in this case, grief is a very real war in and of itself. An internal battle between mind, heart, and the burning of our souls. Heather has a no-holds-bar approach as she writes lines that read, “You taught me so much - yet, you forgot to show me - how to live without you.” There is agony in the words, but also great love and as the book progresses, healing: “Life altered by pain - unconditional self-love - pathway to healing.” This is a beautiful, beautiful collection.

Clarissa Pattern

Within the preface D L Heather writes, ‘The wound will heal, though the scars remain. You will never be the same as you were before.’ This touched me on a very personal level as the grieving process is something I have never found any resolution to. Several times while reading I had to pause and be with my own feelings before I could continue. For this reason, I would recommend this as a very powerful collection that reflects both the individual rawness of losing someone that no one else can ever comprehend, and also connects with the fact that so many people live through everyday carrying our scars behind our smiles.
The haiku is a perfect form for this expression of mourning. Visually the few black words on a blank white page with an occasional illustration seems an ideal aesthetic for how empty the world feels when a loved one is gone. The haikus work as small contained glimpses into the grieving soul, where a single sentence can unravel and reveal all the emotions of loss.
Throughout the collection there is a movement towards acceptance and the healing concept of ‘love bonds us forever’, providing hopeful healing, but always acknowledging that grief is an incredibly deep pain that everyone will work through within their own time and space.

Another Loss Soul Navigating Grief

I love my father, my best friend, to Covid. I have felt so alone. No one has loved and understood me the way he did. Reading Metamorphosis validated my pain. I wasn’t alone and I wasn’t crazy. It made my cry, a lot. But not all of it sadness, some love, and some grateful for D.L. Heather’s braveness to write her pain down . I will forever keep this book & I look to reading more of your work.


Forever thankful for you,
Chelsea Virgadamo