on Nov. 27, 2012 :
A.D. Joyce – “Like, Love, Hate” – A Review
Adriene Joyce is a prolific author in prose and poetry and offers “Like, Love, Hate” as a brief publication of her thoughts that leave one introspective…and wanting more.
A collection of four poems Adriene explores the base visceral emotions we all experience as we try to compartmentalize and categorize our sensory memories. Adriene’s approach to this collection is to create [or] elevate visual and sensory images to put what we all think into palatable perspective.
“Like, Love Hate” examines responses to daily life, described as condiments as part of the larger perspective we adapt to cope ad remember. It absolutely tests all of our senses, but more importantly, brings our sensibility into question in a way that can help us re-examine our personal journey.
The poems embrace desire, living in the moment and strength in self-realization. From the pleading approval sought by every child, to the finite moment of a relationship dissolved…and then the emptiness.
Like, Love, Hate is a beautifully crafted piece of visual and sensory words that compact our basic emotions and responses into a collection of verses that one has to read many times, and will find something new each time. It will give you pause each time as you imagine how it relates to your life.
Like, Love, Hate is life broken into fragments; small bites to chew on and digest for a most profound nourishment of the soul. You will read it again, and you will think about it as a dessert and savor. But…much like eating Chinese [food], it won’t take you long to want more.
I'm just saying.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Nov. 16, 2012 :
I have just read Like, Love, Hate for the third time. Each time I read it, I saw something different. With a minimum of verbage, A. D. Joyce conveys strong feelings about three words we all use every day. Her poetry shows a depth of feeling that is like a glimpse into her soul. "Victoria's Dress" brought back memories of my own childhood, and I could actually envision it as I read. In "the buddha of questions" Joyce spoke of the strong passion a lover experiences in the rush of a new relationship...it was breathtaking. "The Beginning and the End" made me cringe in pain, and I won't say any more for fear of spoiling it for the reader. But I do encourage you to read it. It is not a long read, but it is an intense one, and I highly recommend this book. I think that the reader, like me, will return to read it more than once, to peel away the layers and see the depth in these poems.
(reviewed the day of purchase)