Pausing To Catch My Breath - Book Review
"Debra Warren has appropriately titled her book of poetry
'Pausing to Catch My Breath'. The pages depict this mother
and grandmother as someone who I would personally love
to sit across from at a kitchen table with a huge pot of tea
and talk for hours.
Her style implements simple vocabulary with an honest
appeal, yet her work is astoundingly moving. This is the kind
of poetry that I like to read at a slow pace in order to allow
the statements to really sink in. 'I think' is a good example of
what I mean. 'Today' challenges readers to see beyond the
mundane, by considering what others are experiencing that
very moment. 'Its Never Too Late' was a moving piece about
many kinds of incarceration. I related with 'Trapped',
especially where she wrote, "I am trapped inside a body that
betrays". 'Pausing to Catch My Breath' is a particularly
beautifully written piece. I hope to retain in memory my
favorite line of this poem, "Hearing the music, I dance to my
yesterdays". Debra also displays an appealing sense of
humor in her work. I loved the imagery of viewing cruel and
stupid people as "human speed bumps" along the road of
'Pausing to Catch My Breath' most certainly displays
Debra's ability to use uncomplicated prose to create deep
emotion, intellectual thought and crisp images."
Author: Debra Warren
Publisher: Publish America, Inc.
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry.
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Listen to the speech
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