Testimony of the Heart
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Affection for an individual gives way to love for the world in this debut collection of romantic poetry.

In the introduction to her raw, passionate book of verse, Matic discusses the peculiar way in which love for a person can transform itself into something larger and more selfless: “I have realised that the greatest, most powerful love of all has touched me and it wasn’t just a feeling of love for this one man but a deep passionate love and respect for humankind as a whole.” The structure of this quote mirrors the organization of the book. Early on in the volume, Matic gives readers lots of deeply personal love poems; for example, here are the closing lines of the aptly titled “I Miss You”: “I miss you in the magic / Of the blossom trees / Everywhere I feel you / In everything I miss you / Everywhere I see you / Then I try not to cry.” Here and elsewhere, the poet writes emotional works dedicated to a “stranger,” many of which are pulled back from the brink of triteness by the obvious purity of her devotion to this man. (Matic, who lives in Australia, refers to this stranger pseudonymously as G.H. Eagle Spirit and includes some of his notes to her at the end of the volume.) And yet the collection gains in power and scope when her love shakes free from this narrow idiom and takes flight: “I fell in love / With a stranger I have never seen / Should I search for the answers / Written in the stars / Or just close my eyes and let the river flow / To carry me on the wings of time / Into the realm I have never known.” Unexpected shifts like this one, away from the stranger and toward the water and the stars, give the poems in the second half of the book a jolt of energy and a feeling of wonder.

Moving verse for a mystery man.

Pub Date: Aug. 17th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-984500-60-1
Page count: 94pp
Publisher: XlibrisAU
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2019