Unscrambled Eggs

Published By: PublishAmerica

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Poetry

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Reviewed by Patty Inglish

This book of 60 poems is a five-year diary that speaks to young women who have been hurt by people they trusted, but found untrustworthy. They were men, mostly, who left them with bills, and perhaps children. However, these poems show something other than self-pity, anger, and disappointment. They display a spirit of determination to survive and prosper somewhere else, with someone else--or alone. The voice of the poet sings that despite the hurts, she will unscramble those eggs and start over. She will be unscathed by the past, but will remember it as a lesson, and create a fine future.

Some of these poems use a subtle play of cultural dialect ripples of the language in a slight clash of words that commanded my attention. In each instance I thought, "Yes, that's true; I can see that from two directions." Some entries produced an imagery that caused me to re-read them several times:

From Suppose
"What if...flowers grew wings in place of stem
imagine life as a chalkboar
where errors are erase
as unexpectedly as they are made"

I like this notion of past mistakes erased in a twinkling of an eye, unexpectedly. That is a
reprieve form Heaven itself. Perhaps flowers fly in heaven.

From If You Knew
"...my bills have grown the size of Texa
the rent is overdue..
I'd mirrored the su
but shouldered mountain
as my debt burdens seem mor
like the dark shadow that lurks behind"

How many have been in debt--their own or one foisted on them by someone they trusted--and tried to smile for appearances' sake? Unscrambled Eggs pins poetry from daily life against the backdrop of world crises. We have our own turmoil, the microcosm of the world at war over oil and righteousness. We all have a divine purpose to pursue, through the gauntlet of others' interference, through war and personal poverty, through daily trials, but also through hope and a little encouragement. A sense of wonder can be vital.

Armchair Interviews says: Recommended for ages middle school through adult. There is much good material for discussion in these sonnets and triple haikus.

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