Rainbow’s Red Book of Poetry by Lily Lawson – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Rainbow's Red Book of PoetryRainbow’s Red Book of Poetry by Lily Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb for this book of poetry says, “Do yourself a favour: buy this, curl up in your favourite chair and read it, knowing you will come away refreshed”, and I would definitely recommend doing just that! I’m new to this author and her poetry, but I will be looking out for her again in the future, as I was hooked from poem to poem. I was surprised at how relatable each poem was, and how they spoke to me, making me feel immersed in them and also how engaged with the author I felt. Some of the poems I responded to more than others, and I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster whilst reading them. My favourite poems were, ‘Awakening’ and ‘Sunrise’, the poem, ‘Refuge’, seemed particularly relevant with the war in Ukraine and the number of people seeking safety elsewhere. ‘A Shaft of Light’ and ‘Surrender’ were particularly emotional for me, as was ‘Down but Not Out’. I loved the ‘Recipe For Life’ at the end of the book, which left me with a feeling of hope and inspiration as I closed this book of poetry.

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