Title: /Butterfly Kisses and a Bee Sting Mind
Author: Julie Ann Pritchard
Review: Before I dive into this review there’s a few points I’d like to talk about.
First is this is the first poetry collection I’ve reviewed. Even though I read poetry my favorite poet being Gillian Clarke, I have never reviewed any of them.
The second point I’d like to make is this review is going to be slightly different to my usually style as you can’t review poetry the same way you would a novel. This is because books are design to invoke thought whereas poetry is designed to invoke emotions. This collection will make you smile and cry all at once and make you feel what the poet was feeling when it was written.
Butterfly Kisses and a Bee Sting Mind is a short collection of poetry which is themed heavily around nature. Julie Ann Pritchard opens the collection with a short poem entitled “Alive” and even though this poem isn’t actually part of the collection its still good. “Alive” is the poetry equivalent of the introduction to a novel. “Alive” plays on sensations like running through a meadow barefoot feeling the grass and earth beneath your feet. Its about being at one with yourself and the nature around you.
The main theme running through the collection is nature, although love and loss are used greatly as well. Julie Ann Pritchard also uses nature to show loss. Like in “Bluebells” there is a line “their purple heads dropping in their sadness”, this poem is primarily about picking bluebells, but the way she likens the flowers to a child and that they should be cherished the same way shows her appreciation and admiration for the nature around her and she draws inspiration from it. I love the line “for they have been taken from their habitat and put into mine”, which shows her sadness because even though the flowers look pretty in her home it is not where they are supposed to be and it upsets her in a way.
My favorite poem in the collection is “Butterfly Kisses, A Bee Sting Mind” because it isn’t a cohesive poem, through the poem there are only two full sentences the rest of the poem is just singular words, but these words have a purpose they invoke feelings; admiration, kindness, sadness. Her writing style overall is very unique and I very much enjoyed reading the collection.
I think Julie An Pritchard’s writing will be appealing to several kinds of people including people that read a lot of poetry and people that have never read a poem before in their life.
Overall I think that Julie Ann Pritchard writes in a way that speaks to the reader but it doesn’t feel like she is talking to you or that these words belong to her, it feels like these are your words because the feelings and sentiment behind them poem so many people will be able to relate to. I highly recommend this collection and will be reading her second collection “Healing Garden” as soon as I can.
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