A Life in Poems
Paperback / 5″ x 7.8″ / 112 pp.
Color Illustrations by Isabelle Lawton and Breanna Slike
ISBN-13: 9780989101455 ISBN-10: 0989101452
Poetry, both metered rhyme and free verse in a variety of styles, written at emotional and spiritual junctures of the author s life.Together, these poems and the author’s introductions to the two sections, comprise a poetic memoir of sorts. The first section offers poems from Ms. Lawton’s adult years, arranged in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first. The second section offers poems written during her youth.
35 original color illustrations are interspersed among the 73 poems.
From the INTRODUCTION:
Poets compose poems and readers enjoy them because nothing quite distills the feelings of a moment as does a piece of verse with its resonance, sound, and form. A poem comes from someplace in the heart. And when read, it can reveal something about the heart. Like music, it may employ major or minor tones. I hope at least one of the poems in this volume, selected expressions from each stage of my life so far, will touch a chord for the reader – perhaps in a major key of delight or consolation; perhaps with minor overtones of grief or longing. May you find something here to illumine your path and lighten your soul at whatever place of life you find yourself.
From my wanderings in and wondering about nature; from opening more and more to the Divine; from faith, family, and friends; out of noisy living and quiet places; out of whelming emotions, questionings and questing … come poems to help cope, to make sense of it all, to ennoble earthly life. In crisis has come hope; in fear has come faith; in fragility has come strength; in joy has come affirmation; in loss has come bounteous grace. I want to remember it all, but softly.
READER COMMENTS/ REVIEWS:
“A book to be experienced. The poems are deep, light, intimate and in some instances, very funny. They represent stages of a life well-lived, with selections dedicated to grandparents, her husband, children and grandchildren. Its pages are brought to life by the colorful artwork of her two granddaughters. I found two of the poems to be breathtakingly inspirational ~ “Gladwin” and “Window Washer.” Reading this book is to walk through Catherine Lawton’s life journey while opening one’s own heart in unexpected ways.” –Susan Jenkins, author of Scandalon
“The hopes and prayers of a life given to love come through strongly, but fresh scenes also draw us back to the visual. The light and lively artwork [brings] yet another lovely touch to this book.” –Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, author, and blogger at The Poetry Editor and Poetry
“This collection of 65 poems written throughout her life, are really a memoir of life experiences and lessons learned–from joy, sorrow, healing, faith, and relationships. 111-pages of inspiration and lovely original-art colored illustrations. You’ll want 2 copies, one to keep and one to give. A poet’s treasure!“ –Elaine Wright Colvin, poet, author, Christian Writers Consultant
“Lovely book…. I enjoyed the artwork as well.” –Beate Sigriddaughter, poet
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