Nostalgia

Poems and Paintings of Beauty, Love, and Loss

Poetry - Inspirational
100 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2019
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Nostalgia: Poems and Paintings of Beauty, Love, and Loss by Christina M. Pages is a collection of inspirational poems that reflect the beauty of nature, explore the hidden, somewhat imperceptible movements of the heart, the longing of the human spirit, the thrill of love, the sense of loss, and the quest for a spiritual anchor. The style is very evocative and filled with symbolism. The author’s sense of imagery is refined and it is interesting how she uses images from nature to convey landscapes of the heart and that which is felt deeply in the soul. There are many appealing poems, some that are deep and provoke reflection, and some that are just gems to savor.

This is a beautiful collection and the illustrations add not only color but paths for the reader’s mind to travel. They are beautifully illustrated. There is beauty in each of the poems, and whether they capture a moment in the life of the personae, express an aspiration, or tell a story, they are filled with humanity. One of my favorites is “Beyond Space,” a poem with strong spiritual themes:

“I kept searching for you in the hollow
void of skies, deserts, and hills.
But today, I came to see
that space, air, and time
don’t hold you
as they do me,
and I stopped looking for you.
That’s when I heard our song
inside a tree
drenching me, until
all empty crevices were full.”

Nostalgia: Poems and Paintings of Beauty, Love, and Loss feature poems that are short and Christina M. Pages’ economy of word comes across in the poems brilliantly. Each word seems to be well-chosen to take its place in a line. Here is a collection that will thrill fans of poetry and will remind them of the beauty of living.