Today is International Day of Awesomeness, and we at Story Empire wanted to pay tribute to a special lady across the waters who does so much to support authors. And that lady is none other than Sally Cronin!
There is no one in the blogosphere who is more giving and supportive of others than this lady.
Her Smorgasbord Blog Magazine offers an eclectic variety of content from her own personal stories and journeys through music and time to author features and reviews as well as nutrition guidance and fabulous recipes. If you aren’t following her blog, now’s a great time to remedy that. Just click on the graphic below.
This is just one of her many books.
HERE’S THE BLURB:
“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” Arthur Brisbane 1911.
An image offers an opportunity to see endless possibilities depending on the viewer’s perspective. Where some might see beauty and joy, others imagine sadness and loss of hope.
In this collection, images and syllabic poetry are brought together to tell a story based on the author’s perspective. The poetry explores our human experiences such as love, happiness, hope, aging, friendship, new beginnings, dreams, and loss.
The world around us is an amazing playground and source of all our essential needs as well as sensory experiences that bring wonder into our lives. What lies beyond the horizon? What surprises will we discover as a garden bursts into bloom? Where do the night creatures live?
At the end of the collection, there are some longer poems celebrating memories of the author’s life of travel, teenage exploits, and love of food!
HERE’S MY REVIEW:
This book is one the reader must sit back and savor. It consists of images combined with a variety of syllabic poetry styles from simple Haiku to complex butterfly cinquain. Each is beautifully done. The author shares her unique perspectives in such a way that the reader is swept up into the scene. The first poem, “Washed Up,” is a great example, filled with stark reality, then hope. My all-time favorite poem is “Our Legacy.”
seek to inspire
those of us not yet great
to leave behind a legacy
Fame and fortune are not required
if we are remembered
for our acts of
As a writer myself, that one really hit home. “Silver Lining to Isolation” was another one that hit home as relevant and timely. “Life’s Progression” brings the entire circle of life to completion.
I love this line, “Wrinkles mark passing time…”
The flash fiction stories inserted following the poetry are poignant recollections of childhood and other life events. Every story, every poem, every line is well-written and powerful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a unique perspective on life.
I hope that intrigued you enough to go check out all of Sally’s books!
So, thank you, Sally, for all that you do, from The Story Empire Group!