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Shards & Figments
|by Sandra Joran|
Shards & Figments: Poems by Nathalie Buckland
Shards & Figments is a very moving and heartfelt book of poems covering feelings of aloneness, happiness and the love of people, the earth and nature. It has disturbing and uplifting passages that give you that déjà vu feeling that this is how you have felt yourself at times in your life and that there is a friend here in this book that understands. A pleasurable read that lingers in your memory for a very long time.
To perceive the wondrousness in everyday events and then paint word pictures for others to see is the mark of a great poet, Nathalie does this with ease. As Tennyson wrote:
Shards & Figments is a nicely produced book which runs to just over seventy three pages. Many of the poems concern Nimbin in northern NSW where Nathalie has lived for over thirty years, been a school teacher and also raised her own four children.
There is a mistaken idea by many that poetry written in the form of Free Verse is simply lines blurted out like those in a newspaper article, nothing could be further from the truth - it is, “the rolling sweet cadence”, the way words sing in a poem, that separates the amateur from the accomplished poet. Nathalie's poems are full of such “singing-ness” which transforms mere words into exquisite poems.
Poems about a dying father, snakes in the roof, teenagers with attitude and moonless nights are all there in this delightful book. Shards & Figments is absolutely recommended to everyone interested in poetry, contemporary life and for those who would like to add a small token of quality and value to their lives.
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