Review and Giveaway: “Joy Street” by Laura Foley

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Review and Giveaway: “Joy Street” by Laura FoleyJoy Street by Laura Foley
Published: 2014 by Headmistress Press
Genres: Poetry
Pages: 36
Format: ARC
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The Land of Happy

Sometimes all this grinning feels so strange, I just lie on the porch

doing nothing energetic, just lolling on the sun-warmed wood, letting

the dogs lick my face, while the din of loneliness fills other ears

Joy Street by Laura Foley is a collection of poems that eloquently capture moments in life and love as the narrator meets and gets to know her partner Clara and finds happiness.  There’s an exuberance in Foley’s worldview as she revels in the feelings and experiences that are simple yet meaningful.

Joy Street contains thirty three poems, each of which is short but packed with meaning and imagery.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Dinner Party

The narrator and Clara go to a dinner party together, and the conversation progresses even though the two of them feel awkward and disoriented, unsure whether to jump into the conversation, which has turned to funerals.

Drift

The narrator tells her elderly Aunt Lizzie that she’s seeing someone (a woman) and that she might get married, and Lizzie reacts in a way that shows she doesn’t get it, but is almost funny in an old-people-say-the-darndest-things kind of way.

 Grace

One of the narrator’s poet friends places a coffee order for the group, and the narrator marvels at the way that a kind word and understanding gesture to the barrista can make such a difference.  She thinks that she’d like to be that way too, one day.

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