Elizabeth Gauffreau has written such a thoughtful review of my poetry book, River Ghosts–and she even made a video! 💙
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Merril D. Smith’s debut collection is poetry of the felt but unseen, those moments in life when we feel in touch with something greater than ourselves to which only poetry can give voice. Even then, we can never fully understand it. We just know it’s there, a form of faith we never knew we needed.
The title poem, “River Ghosts,” introduces the idea that our sensory experience of the natural world–”dusty grass,” “a gull’s laugh,” “cloud-light shimmering,” “spring-scented rain”–can evoke memories and dreams we thought we’d forgotten. However, it becomes apparent after reading the entire collection that we can only hear a “whisper in that dusty grass” if we are attuned to the wavelength on which it travels.
Smith does not limit her experience of the natural world to earth and water. A number of the poems look skyward to…
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Congrats, Merril! What a great review by Liz. I loved your Dear Reader letter!
Thank you so much, Jill! 😍
What a lovely review Merril! I couldn’t access the Vimeo – ‘this link does not work’.
Thank you so much, Susan. That’s too bad about the video. Maybe it only works in the US?
Occasionally this happens – when it does it says ‘this link is not available in your country’. Does it work your side?
Yes, it works here. I don’t know, since it’s from Liz, not me.
I’m sorry you couldn’t access the link, Susan. This may be a WordPress glitch. WP was being persnickity when I embedded the video. You could try this direct link: https://vimeo.com/712263706/8434d0b277
Thanks Liz this worked a dream. Lovely choice of images encapsulating the mood of the river beautifully – with the accompanying piano 💥
You’re welcome, Susan. I’m glad the link worked for you.
Liz did such a wonderful job with the video!
Thanks for sharing this, Liz.
You’re welcome, Merril.
Congratulations Merril! I have ordered my copy and it should arrive by the end of the month 😊
Thank you so much, Ingrid. I’ve ordered yours, too!
I hope you enjoy it! 😊
I’m sure I will! 😊
This is delightful Merril and showcases your work so well. So well done by Liz! Such a gift! 💖
It truly is, Cindy. Thank you. 💙
It really is.
Congratulations. And I love your artist statement and your photo. I’m so happy to see this book come into being.
Thank you so much, Claudia. I appreciate your kind words so much! 💙
Another very well deserved review – with the insightful addition of the video featuring your integral photography.
Thank you for reading, Derrick. I thought so, too.
Congratulations, Merril. That’s a wonderful review. Lovely video too.
Thank you so much, Punam.
I was so pleased and surprised! 😊
You are welcome. It is always wonderful to be pleasantly surprised. 😊
It definitely is! 😊
Liz wrote a wonderful review. Every bit of praise is deserved. The video is lovely.
Thank you so much, Resa! 💙