Poems can be inspired by the most ordinary moments, the simplest of happenings, the most elusive of memories, and if done well, they take on all the lightness and shadows, the colors and sounds of that from which they are drawn. These pages of verse cover everything from a trip to a local postal annex and Hallmark cards to a white dwarf star in the constellation Canis Major to low riders with glow lights. From lamenting the disappearance of phone booths on every corner and the challenge that makes for super heroes to a poem of two people separated by thousands of years and half a world but connected by that which none of us can avoid to winners in the 2009 Westminster Dog Show Best of Group to the heartbreak of a lost child. The most mundane and familiar are transformed into important happenings, memorable moments, while the most profound are freed through an examination of the ordinary in them by Katrina Roberts in this small collection of free verse poems. There is something for everyone here — many letters of love, many surprises, many comfortable moments, and some shocks that will leave you breathless.
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