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on April 16, 2011 :
Of all the rich, visually potent poems in this e-collection by Cyn Bagley, I was moved the most by "Icarus." I imagined myself standing there in the scene, wanting to wretch from the spill of fluids and the fresh smell of death, and conflicted by a divine sense of justice in nature. In "Icarus," the poet paints her words in a hauntingly beautiful way.
The stark reality of "Living in a Dream” and “Mercy’s Dispensations” stirred me, the latter making no apology for depicting pain’s intimate intrusion. I found myself returning to “Mercy’s Dispensations” thrice within one hour in trying to understand even one iota of what a very close relative experienced as she battled, before succumbing to, a serious illness for one, long year. Such is the impact of poetry, when it makes the transition from private expression to universal understanding.
In reciting “Maze of a Dream,” I am injected into an eerie realm with a portal to hope. Its dreamscape captures the emotions and spirituality of a person with one door in the present world and the other in the afterlife.
Another fave is "Pressed Flowers," in which the perceptive poet encourages the reader to ruminate over the plucking of a flower – a swift death – and ironizes its lifeless beauty pressed into immortality.
A survivor of a chronic illness, Ms. Bagley invites the reader into the experience of pain, the deliverance of the afflicted person into hyperconsciousness, and the mind-body struggle for recovery. As the poet obviously has experienced in her remarkable life, her poems reflect the triumph of the human spirit.
A Flicker of Hope: Poems Written by a Wegener's Granulomatosis Survivor is highly recommended by this fellow poet. Accompanied by professional photography, Cyn Bagley’s profound biographical poetry collection has a permanent space in my virtual library and has made an indelible impression on my mind.
(review of free book)