ABOUT THE BOOK -
Laura Foley’s “WTF” refers to her father’s initials and, slyly, to the abbreviated colloquial exclamation, in a pun that laughs and cuts, in this reckoning with a fraught father-daughter relationship. These spare poems communicate more like snapshots than narrative lyrics, beginning with sympathy and gratitude, moving through disappointment, anger and resentment, without ever losing compassion, as Foley examines her father’s formative WWII experiences and, consequently, how he shaped her experience and character, ending with a positive recognition of her father in herself.
Laura Foley is an internationally published, award-winning poet, author of six collections. She won the Common Goods Poetry Contest, judged by Garrison Keillor; and the National Outermost Poetry Prize, judged by Marge Piercy. Her poetry collections include: WTF, Night Ringing, The Glass Tree and Joy Street. The Glass Tree won a Foreword Book of the Year Award; Joy Street won the Bisexual-Writer’s Award. Her poems have appeared on The Writer’s Almanac, in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Lavender Review, The Mom Egg Review, in the British Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, and many other journals.
A certified Yoga Instructor and creative arts facilitator in hospitals, she is the mother of three grown children, grandmother to two granddaughters. She and her partner Clara Gimenez live among the hills of Vermont with their three big dogs.
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MY THOUGHTS -
I love poetry so I always jump at the chance to review a poetry book. I reviewed one other one by Laura Foley - Night ringing, which I gave 5 stars. Although I didn't love this one quite a much as I did the other one I still enjoyed it very much. I will probably read it a couple more times (that's what I do with poems) after I read them a few times I start to "get them" more. They begin to speak to me.
One thing I can definitely say about Laura and her poems - she speaks honestly! These poems are edgy, raw, honest and from the heart.
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from "Poetic Book Tours" - Thank You!
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