~ Mark Twain
Published in 2014, Joy Street by poet Laura Foley is a chapbook of thirty-three poems. I read Joy Street quickly and intently one afternoon, then reread it on a different day, and jotted down some notes. I read a few of the poems out loud (when I was the only one at home) because poetry is meant to be heard. I'm never quite sure how to best read or review a collection of poems (or short stories), but I suppose there is no right or wrong way.
The poems in Joy Street are honest and personal, and could be autobiographical. Some of the poems (or poetic narratives) are written as descriptive paragraphs, rather than in stanzas. Below is a short example of this style, in Laura Foley's poem about writing, which will resonate with writers.
After two beach weeks, sun-tanned and sandy, I perch, air-deprived as
a pet canary, amidst piled books, diligently marking paper with pen,
while anybody with any sense enjoys the air at the nearest body of
water, as I follow the urge to make sense of surf, to make waves that
may outlast memory.
The title of the collection, Joy Street, is found in the poem, No GPS Necessary, although the author's profound sense of joy is present throughout the book. Laura Foley expresses the joy she feels in various poems: while buying fruit in Springtime at the Grocery Store, when she sees her partner, Clara, gardening in Voyeur, while Clara is at the hospital in Like Teenagers, and elsewhere. This poet shares her joy with readers in a clear, direct, and distinct manner. The collection is aptly titled, and these poems gracefully capture moments of joy. I found the poems interesting and I enjoyed reading them. Joy Street made me think about the joy I feel in my own life (my cup runneth over at times), and it made me feel appreciative.
Thanks to the author and TLC, I'm very pleased to offer a giveaway for this book (U.S.A. /Canada).
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Enter by 5 PM PDT on Monday, February 2. One winner will be selected randomly and announced on Tuesday, February 3. Best of luck to all!
Special thanks to Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit for inviting me to participate in this tour, and to Lisa from TLC for providing a copy of this book. Please stop by again tomorrow for my guest post with Laura Foley. For more reviews, giveaways, and other features, visit the other stops on TLC's book blog tour for Joy Street.