A Walk On The Snow by Pam Britt Kleinsmith

A Walk On The Snow

KIRKUS REVIEW

A poetry collection centered on the quotidian and the great meaning behind it all.

This collection of 44 poems has a strong focus on everyday life, ranging from daily observations and inconveniences to the significance of living every day. There are poems on love, friendship, and the power of knowing your own heart and following your dreams, as well as plenty on more seemingly trivial subjects, like a missing purse, an annoying day or the mystery of a hat left on a post. All the poems rhyme but are otherwise proselike in style. For example, in “Happiness,” the poet writes, “Happiness is a choice, / throw out the negative and / with the positive rejoice.” She’s also fond of metaphor, hyperbole and other symbolic language, the result often being an imaginative comparison. In “Pecking Order,” after noting that “most people look like their pets,” she goes on to describe some people’s behavior: “Have you ever observed them / acting like a flock of chickens? / The competition is intense and / what’s left is slim pickins.” Fairly often she also works with opposites, presenting paired poems that stand in direct contrast to each other, such as “Good Friend” followed by “Bad Friend,” “Dumb Husband” followed by “Smart Husband,” and “Good Mood” followed by “Bad Mood.” The subjects of these poems are sometimes described in a first-person stream-of-consciousness voice, sometimes with a more distant angle, which creates a sense of diversity even among the similar poems. However, the central tone—light, hopeful, observant—remains consistent, with plenty of imagination. Readers who appreciate the simple things in life will find plenty to enjoy in this jubilant collection.

A fun read full of light poems on everyday life.

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2013
Page count: 194pp
Publisher: Weathered Hat Publishing
Program: Kirkus Indie
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