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Impassioned Soul

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Author: Shirley Bolstok
Binding: Paperback (pp: 96)
ISBN: 978-81-8253-083-6
Availability: In Stock (Ships within 1 to 2 days)
Publisher: Cyberwit.net
Pub. Date: 2007
Condition: New
Price: $13
 
 

Impassioned Soul is a courageous first book by a talented author. Shirley Bolstok boldly takes up many aspects of life, personal development and human evolution without preaching ... and without cynicism or bitterness. Particularly moving are her poems about personal relationships and tragic historic events (eg. 9/11, the Holocaust). Bolstok consistently shows both sensitivity and vision in her writing, and much of what she writes about is easy to relate to ... primarily because she writes with such honesty, and about emotions, thoughts and life processes that we all have but perhaps seldom talk about in public. There is great healing in such.

I do have one criticism regarding her usage of rhyme: in the poems in which the rhyming words conclude every line or every other line, I sometimes felt that the inevitability of the rhyme interfered with my ability to take in all of the supporting words leading up to the rhyming word. Simply speaking, the rhyming process took over too much of my concentration. However, the poems where Bolstok surprised me by breaking up the rhyming patterns worked rather well for me. Although, rhyming poetry is a valid and age-old classical form with many possibilities, I would personally love to see a second book by Shirley Bolstok that breaks a bit more from tightly-worked rhyming patterns.

That being said, Bolstok has written several fine poems worth mentioning: "Cardboard Cut-outs",  "The Invisible Storm", "The Longing", "Collective Motion" and "Ventilator" to name just a few. I would like to conclude this review with two of her poems:

Author BIO
Shirley Bolstok

Shirley Bolstok was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. “My parents are Holocaust Survivors. Writing has always been an integral part of my life. I like writing about the shifting of our existence, whether it is ethereal, emotional or physical. I have had many publications of my work in newspapers, anthologies and online magazines and now have the opportunity to consolidate it in a volume of poetry.


 
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Apples from the Tree of Life

Apples from the Tree of Life
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ISBN: 978-81-8253-093-5

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Impassioned Soul

Impassioned Soul
Shirley Bolstok
ISBN: 978-81-8253-083-6

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Grapes From The Vines of Life

Grapes From The Vines of Life
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