I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Night Ringing by Laura Foley
Published: January 11th 2016 by Headmistress Press
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Night Ringing is a new autobiographical collection of poems from author Laura Davies Foley. I read her Joy Street collection several years ago and am delighted to be able to explore more of her work.
Night Ringing includes 63ish (my count may be slightly off) short poems that begin in childhood, but quickly progress to more adult themes of finding love, losing love, divorce, and new beginnings. The collection is divided into five sections, which are reflective of different life stages. The poems within each are contemplative, and range from joyful to poignant. For example, the titular Night Ringing comes from a piece about being woken up by phone calls when a loved one has died.
My favorite poem in the collection is “In the Honda Service Area,” which relates an adult’s conversation about hip replacements through the eyes of a teenage girl reading The Iliad in the waiting room of a car dealership. I remember carrying around my battered copies of The Iliad and The Odyssey the summer before I took Advanced English in high school, desperately trying to finish the reading assignment before the school year started, and as I read Foley’s poem, I found my own memories reflected in the poem.
Because poetry is a form of art that often must be experienced to truly get a feel for an author’s writing style, here’s another of my favorite poems from the collection:
Incident in the Coffee Shop
I’m having my usual,
OJ, bialy, eggs poached easy.
I’ve known this waitress years:
Florence has met my kids,
my sons’ girlfriends,
my lover who I’m
breaking up with.
Today, when she asks
if everything’s okay,
I begin to cry
she means the food.
The poems in Night Ringing are truly a reflection of life’s ups and downs, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Foley has a way with words, and can convey a range of emotion and experience in just a few breathtaking lines. If you enjoy contemporary poetry, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her work.
And if your curiosity has been piqued, today is your lucky day! As part of the blog tour, I’m giving away a copy of the book (US/Canada only). The giveaway will end on 9/28, and you may enter using the Rafflecopter below.
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You are also welcome to join an author chat with Laura Foley in the Facebook group TLC Readers, on September 13th from 3 – 4 pm PST/ 6-7 pm EST. Our moderator will be Deb Christensen from the blog Kahakai Kitchen. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/