Reborn and Other Versifications
by A. E. Fonner

"When sad, she offers relieving cheer.
When troubled, she takes the darkest fear.
Her presence calms the tempest sea.
My love throughout remains with me."

Collecting roughly three dozen poems into this brief, direct volume, the author shares his creativity and perspective with the reader on a personal level. The poems in this book are organized into three chapters that follow a logical progression of themes. The first chapter, “Lost in the Dark,” focuses on primarily negative emotions and difficult, trying times or situations. The second chapter, “Through the Twilight,” is more transitional in its perspective, looking forward to the good while expecting the bad. The final chapter, “Emerge in the Light” contains poems that are hopeful, exuberant, or celebrate the benefits of faith.

Covering a full spectrum of human emotions and reactions to events of all kinds, the verses in this book will surely foster empathy and entertain. These poems can either be read and considered individually or by following this journey from dark to light and read in succession to provide commiseration to those who are suffering and inspire hope that things will get better with time and trust. Almost every selection in this book is accompanied by a striking illustration that captures the theme or stirs the reader’s imagination, ranging from cartoons to pop art to classical paintings. Each poem offers its own style and approach aside from the chapter where it belongs, adapting varying rhyme schemes or degrees of lightheartedness. The end result is a collection that is a delight to read from cover to cover, twisting the reader’s expectations one way or the other while still following the linear direction of the overall organization of the work. Perfect for a quick burst of creative inspiration or emotional support, the presentation and range of this work cause it to stand out.

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