The Lovely Wild in Me by Hannah Herrera


The Lovely Wild in Me



The Lovely Wild in Me has three parts it speaks to: Anguish, Yearn and Mend (Heal).  And within each section are poems that inspire you to see your own life from a different perspective.  You are left remembering those very things that hurt you, or broke you, but in the end did not define you.  They didn’t define you because you are still here.  You healed from it and you let it go.  Each section read, I gathered favorites and wrote them down, but in the Mend (Heal) section is where my favorites tripled.  Healing from bad things isn’t the easiest thing to do and everyone will tell you or suggest to you how to do it.  Ultimately though, you have to find a way to heal yourself your own way and in your own time.  Sometimes, if not all the times, we forget to heal ourselves from past events, or maybe we feel we don’t deserve to or simply, we just don’t want to.  The ability to heal from something requires you to delve deeper into the realm of the past, going through it and then releasing it.  The hardest part for anyone, myself included, is the ability to walk through that fire once again and relive those moments.  But how do you truly heal if you don’t walk through that path again?  It will only constantly relive itself in you if you don’t pull them out like weeds.  You will scar, yes, and it’s okay.  Those scars, I’ve come to find, only remind us of what we’ve been through and what we’ve got out of.  You are still unique.  You are still beautiful.  And not anything less.

From Anguish:

“Roses slice

you open

when you

grip them

too tightly;

people are

like roses,

I’ve cut my

hands for


who only

bloom for

a season.”


From Yearn:

“He is the



each scar

of mine

& he whispers

that I’m

still beautiful.”


From Mend (Heal):

“I picked up

pieces of


scattered about

like a

jigsaw puzzle

& then

I tenderly kissed

each and every part,

-an apology to myself”


To Be Devoured by Sara Tantlinger


To Be Devoured


“Having vultures minimized to the size of bacteria, have them placed in bodies, flying through the blood stream, veins, bones, organs, everything.  Having them soar through and clean out all the bad parts – the cancer, the tumors, the build up of what will one day bring our fleshy husks down into the unloving dirt.  Eat away the bad parts – for me, eat away my sadness, the sticky, bitter feelings with their rage inside my body, cloying my will to live some days.  Most days.”

To Be Devoured certainly has locked its claws into my brain tissue and taken it for a ride.  Never read so many ‘what the hell?’ moments and thought about how this could really end.  Many possibilities and as the truth started unraveling, it canceled all of those possibilities, and I was left with a sense of hope that perhaps it could go the other way.  My eyes and mind are still suffering the aftermath of what it’s like to be devoured.  But, in a very oddly, fantastic way.  Ms. Tantlinger has definitely created an out-of-your-mind masterpiece that will make you want to reflect on your own sanity.  The troubling realization is that you’re never under the impression that your obsessions can lead to a crippling madness…or maybe it’s because you are aware that it does, that you let it take over.

A Vow – A Collection of Love Poems by Aurelien Thomas


A Vow – A Collection of Love Poems


A Vow, not just a collection of love poems, but a magical journey of Love.  Each poem has its own thoughtful praise and recognition that is tied to a vow.  Many made me reflect on my own personal experiences back when I was dating, then when I got married.  Love is the center of all things in life and that’s what makes life so beautiful.  There are five parts to ‘A Vow’ and they are Love, Lust, Sickness, Health and We Belong.  In Love, I found A Rise (For Love is not a Fall) and A Garden.  In Lust, I found A Thought and A Journey.  In Sickness, I found An Argument, A Yearning, A Blossoming and A Thank You.  In Health, I found A Bunch of Smiles and A Hand.  In We Belong, I found A Calling and A Vow.  A beautiful collection that captures the essence of truly loving every bit of somebody you hold dear, especially when you decide to take that next step called Marriage.

I’m Fine…And Other Lies by Whitney Cummings


I’m Fine…And Other Lies


Raw and Beautiful.  A true, inspiring memoir about mistakes, regrets and what true beauty is in a person.  Loving and accepting your imperfections, despite who might ridicule you because of them (including yourself).  This book has made me laugh, cry and think twice about the stories shared.  I commend Whitney for being so open about the uncomfortable parts of her life, that is what truly makes her human.  You are your hardest critic and once you can silence that critic, everybody else doesn’t matter.  There are both internal and external forces that help influence how you see yourself.  Some positive and some negative and it’s in the learning that we come to understand what the negatives are and how to handle them.  A lot of the times it is handled not in the best ways.  What can be taken from reading this memoir? – well, for starters, make sure you have a well put sense of humor about life, especially yours.  Be open to vulnerability and know it’s okay if you’re not perfect.  Don’t keep the toxic people in your life out of comfort, cut them out.  Instead, surround yourself with positive, uplifting people.  The difference will be highly noted.  And you will feel better about yourself and the company you keep.

Saluda Reflections by Arthur Turfa


Saluda Reflections


In reading Saluda Reflections, one feels transported into another time that existed long ago.  The beautiful imagery makes one feel like you’re living in that moment, sharing in the memory.  Arthur introduces us to the inspiration behind the collection, including themes and past events that transpired, along with issues in the United States today.  The underlining tone grasped by the remarkable woods of Saluda County, South Carolina.  Favorites include Her Eyes, The Archipelago and The Sullen Expression of Growing Anger.