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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
When I read poetry, there’s always something that stands out above all else. Even poetry about romance and love has some element of surprise that captures my soul and my imagination. I am always fascinated with how poets use or describe eyes. The eyes are metaphors of so many things. It’s interesting to find a poet who uses eyes in so many of her poems.
Isabel Scheck describes her collection of 150 love poems, Tiny Poems For Gentle Hearts, as poetry for “warming hearts and thawing souls.” Her poems are short and gentle, reflecting (as eyes do so well) the depths of her soul, the deepest feelings in her heart. But she expresses herself so well by using the eyes as important elements of her feelings, metaphors and expressions of love. Her descriptions of eyes include a number of fascinating colors. The eyes in her poetry are mint green, bloodshot, bluey-grey, twinkling brown, bluey-green, greeny-brown, chocolate brown, liquid brown, and so much more. “Your eyes are/ like pools of ink/ that slice through/ my soul.” She also uses similes to describe her eyes: “periwinkle blue/ eyes that shine as brightly/ as the moon.” And: “Her eyes were/ like emerald ashes/ and golden sugar.” Or, she simply calls them “stunning eyes”.
And then there’s the element of surprise, the substance that eyes excrete: tears. “The moon sobbed stars./ That what the stars are;/ Just the moon's tears/ flooding the night sky.” Tears which she equally eloquently describes as “pale blue tears, pastel blue tears.” Gentle poems for a gentle heart. Tiny Poems For Gentle Hearts is a little treasure.