With the Lamp of My Soul
by Jelena Bango

"Into the nights of the deep
connected we fall."

Readers encounter meditations and prayers, insightful wisdom, and reflections in these narrative verses. They then take a different journey through incorporated photographs from the author’s life and various journeys that fuse with other meaningful images that accent the collection’s poems. Those who are politically engaged will enjoy poems like “The Immigrants’ Song” that parallel current events by asking, “Where is our home?” and “Have we found our home?” Musically-inclined readers will find respite in poems such as “Piano,” which offer affectionate reflections about a mother’s role and music’s calming and foundational influence in human relationships. Spiritually-minded ones will find reminders of humility and God’s power in “Namelessness,” “Night or Day,” and “The ‘No’ Journey.” Nature lovers and modern-day Transcendentalists will find comfort in poems like “Rewind and Return,” “My Letter to the Sun,” and “The Sun and The Man.” The scientifically-minded will gravitate towards poems like “GIANT” and “Space Is” because of their blend of astrophysics with the mundane.

These prayerful, reflective, and meditative poems offer readers of all inclinations a poetic treat. With philosophical insight, esoteric theological concepts, and liturgical-like poem structures, this book becomes an engaging read that offers an escape from the hectic, overwhelming daily grind that too often takes an unforgiving toll on one’s senses and spirituality. This book also offers the insight that connections to nature are undeniable and needed, especially in a continually urbanizing world, and it conveys the ever-important role of the family in one’s existence. Poetry readers—both beginning and advanced—will appreciate this book’s balance of metaphor with the literal that creates a reverent tone that both the faithful and the faithless can appreciate.

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