Daddy, Then

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Too old to be "Daddy's little girl," a middle-aged woman has more questions than answers as she reminisces about decades gone by and emotions gone wrong.

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About Chantale Reve

Corporate robot by day, lucid dreamer by night, Chantale Rêve lives to express her thoughts on the human condition through erotic short fiction (especially erotic mystery and suspense stories) and poetry. She is inspired by and enjoys the creations of other artists—from novelists and poets, to dancers, musicians, visual artists and chefs.

Chantale is profoundly influenced by certain existentialist schools of thought, including Camus’ and Sartre’s; by the literature of William Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Kate Chopin, Ralph Ellison, Jean Toomer, Alice Walker, Anaϊs Nin, Henry Miller, Philip K. Dick, Richard Burton Matheson, James Patterson, John Le Carré, Ian Fleming, among others; the plays of Tennessee Williams; and by the cinematic genius of Hitchcock; of French and Italian New Wave auteurs Truffaut, Varda, Bresson, Antonioni, Bertolucci and Fellini; and—from the African Diaspora—of Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, Spike Lee, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay.

Chantale’s worldview continues to be shaped by her travels and by the images and messages in remarkable independent, modern and postmodern films—both past and present—from around the world.

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MamaChellie Books reviewed on on Dec. 7, 2011

Awesome work! This poem is totally powerful and the writer is an awesome writer. This work is proof that a poem is much more than a bunch of words, it must reflect passion and realism. Chantale Reve is a true poetic genius. While reading Daddy, Then, many of my coworkers surrounded my desk to find out why I kept saying-dam- this is good! We nodded in unison, dam-
-she's good! Awesome work!
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Cyn Bagley reviewed on on April 28, 2011

This poem is so powerful. When the poem starts with a little girl holding her daddy's hand, I had a flashback to my childhood when I went every where with my daddy. I also used to sit on the toilet and watch my dad shave his face. It was an honor and a privilege to watch this routine.

These following words:

An aging rift remains undefined unlike muscular arms
Catching your horse shit from reluctant distance.

--hit me pretty hard. I am also watching my father age. We haven't talked in almost two decades. And as I see him gray and age, he seems to be farther away from me spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

And the last stanzas summed up the entire poem. Bye daddy.
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Mark Stewart reviewed on on March 27, 2011

How true. Well written. Straight from the heart.
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Abhay Adil reviewed on on March 27, 2011
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Good poems
thoughtful and well written
Both poems had emotional depth
I especially liked the second poem
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