I felt extremely surprised and esteemed when author Laura Lee informed me about Where Souls Grow Warm, her self-published collection of poetry. I like reading poetry simply because it is easy to read but difficult to understand. There is a certain kind of profoundness and bottomlessness that comes with poetry and although hard to figure things out, everything just flows and sits in place.
The poems in Where Souls Grow Warm are beautiful. Each and every poem had depth to it but was easy to comprehend because it is nothing but honest observations made by the author that are easily relatable and understandable. Two poems that I really loved were Literary Appreciation and Identity.
It is really challenging for me to review Where Souls Grow Warm because I am finding it hard to express the sheer beauty of all of Laura Lee's poems.
I will share two of the most precious and beautiful lines from the poems titled Pondering My Poetic and Married respectively.
my prison of loneliness
built of my own guilt stones
I have raided myself in captivity
pondering my prison
Give me you hand
tell me I'm wrong
beg me to stay
take me along
who would have thought
this day would come
the dream would remain
you would be gone?
The poems in Where Souls Grow Warm made me realise that all of us have similar experiences in life, but only the few talented ones can actually describe it in the form of poetry and make it look uncomplicated when in reality, it isn't so. I am so elated that author Laura Lee went ahead and published her personal poetry collection. Her writing is really heavenly and lovely.
The introduction at the beginning of the collection is simply stunning. It is always such a pleasure to get to know authors that you truly admire and look up to, on a more personal level.
In conclusion, Where Souls Grow Warm is a truly moving, wonderful and awe-inspiring set of poetry.