Appreciate Life

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A chapbook of poems with themes of love, lost, and hope. These poems are meant motivate reflection and inspire thought with a deeper appreciation of what life has to offer. More

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About Amaryllis Holloway-Turman

Amaryllis Holloway-Turman a business professional who renewed her interest in creative writing after attending a writing workshop in 2010. Since then, she has immersed herself in the literary world, become an active member of the local poetry group, the writer's guild, and participated in many poetry readings in her area. In addition to writing, she also enjoys travelling with her husband, scrapbooking, and photography.


Review by: Rohan Healy on Jan. 18, 2013 :
This is a beautiful little collection of poems on the subjects of love, loss and hope and inspiration. I found the love poems very sweet, romantic without being too flowery, capturing the universal themes of infatuation and life long love. They would be excellent for sharing with loved ones, or sending to an object of affection.

The poems on the subject of loss and despair are heavy, especially after reading the love poems. Some of them, like "Pain in Life" are quite heartbreaking! These poems are melancholy and relatable, they touch on things we've all experienced in a very empathetic manner.

Finally the poems on the theme of hope bring us out of the despair of the darker middle section. These poems are inspirational and positive, and give weight to the poems on loss. We are given the sense that we are beginning to heal and come into the light at the end of the tunnel.

The book concludes with a number of fun and cute Haikus which I'm sure everyone will enjoy.

I very much enjoyed reading the Amaryllis' poems, and I particularly liked the way they were structured in the Love>Loss>Hope formula, as is so often the case with life.

I'd recommend this book of poetry to fans of poetry and to people looking for nice poems to be able to send to and share with friends and family.

Rohan Healy
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Leonard Mettle on Feb. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
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Heading: Definition of True Love in the "Appreciate Life" collection
Review: Poetry is such a personal thing to read and the perception of everyone changes according to their past life experience. From my point of view and personal experience, this poetry says a lot about me as a family member. In many cases its very easy to love me but in love sometimes one has to sacrifice what one wants in other to make the other feel better; so if a woman gives up a a favourite perfume for another it shows a great deal of love and care. A similar idea can also be applied the cat and dog concept in the poem.

Gifts to another person can only be valued by the receiver and therefore gifts of love do not necessarily have to be of monetary importance as the true gift being given is a favourable emotional blessing. True peotry are such as these with hidden meaning that only the emotional intelligent can decipher. Yes its not worth getting a gift to someone who will find no true value in the gift. it would be like a poor man giving a rich man cash as a gift. The emotional response would feel like an insult. On the otherhand it would be wonderfue for the poor man to receive cash from the rich man. Yes, indeed the expression of true love is not just roses and poety, but by every good word of God who defined love.
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