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Ré Harris is a "starving artist" who writes poetry and short stories, sometimes songs. She makes her home in Chicago, Illinois and hopes to add a novel to her repertoire sometime soon as she continues to scribble, scribble, scribble.
on Nov. 25, 2013 :
First collections are a leap faith but the faith is justified when the statement you deliver is as assured and memorable as this one. Re Harris’ lays bare her vulnerability with honesty, humour, and reserves of strength, but with a sure-footedness that ensures your enlightenment, and enjoyment, to the end. Yes, these are enjoyable poems, in the same way that Sylvia Plath’s poems may be dark at times, but still enjoyable.
“My Pink Ribbon” is an exposure of raw emotion of fear, fear of tenderness, and of the force to live . One of the most powerful poems addressing cancer and the fear that I’ve ever read.
We can all relate in some way to the parental torment of “I never wanted you to know” or the forceful evocation of a difficult relationship in “Black Ice”.
The imagery is original (try “Cacophony” ) and the pictures Re Harris paints connect with us all ...
From “Some Hearts”
“.... you can have my heart
if you look into my eyes and promise to see
what I shouldn’t tell ....” or
“Many hoped courage was her shield
offering sure reward,
but for her it behaved like fun house mirrors
Then she winks at you with a lament to the passing of the days of tight butts in denim jeans. These poems may have sprung from some darker times but there is life and artistry here, to connect with and enjoy.
First collections are always difficult. You can sink or swim. Judging by this book, Re Harris deserves to swim.
(reviewed long after purchase)