For my second post of the day I’m pleased to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for a moving book of poetry called The Sea Refuses No River by Bethany Rivers. Thank you to Anne Cater and Fly On The Wall Press for the invitation.
About the book:
The journey of grief is a strange one
and one not often talked about in our everyday reality of this society,
but I know what it’s like to dive deep,
down to the bottom of the wreck,
feel the ribs of the wreck,
after losing a parent so young in life
In this collection, the sea refuses no river, there is an acceptance of the pain and an acceptance of the healing moments; the healing journeys. To quote Adrienne Rich: I came to explore the wreck’, and in this collection, Bethany discovers how, ‘The words are purposes. The words are maps.’
About the author:
Bethany Rivers (M.A. in Creative Writing from Cardiff University) is a poet and author based in Shrewsbury, who has taught creative writing for over eleven years and mentored and coached many writers from the start of their writing project through to publication.
Website : http://www.writingyourvoice.org.uk/
Twitter : @bethanyrivers77
The Sea Refuses No River by Bethany Rivers is a short book at only 42 pages long, but is one that takes you on a turbulent and emotional journey of discovery all the same. For me, poetry has to resonate on a personal level for it to have any impact and this book certainly does that.
It has a raw intensity to it that I found incredibly moving, each poem exploring a different facet of grief, healing or acceptance and the many ways those wide ranging emotions manifest themselves within us.
Although only a short book it is one that deserves to be savoured, so I read only one or two poems at a time, allowing myself to digest what I’d read before moving on to the next.
I think most of us can identify with the themes of grief and sorrow held within these pages, but it is by no means a depressing read. I enjoyed the journey it took me on as it gave me a lot of food for thought and I was glad I had taken the time to read it.
A beautifully written and moving collection of poetry that I would recommend.
The Sea Refuses No River by Bethany Rivers is available to buy now: Fly On The Wall Press
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