Bette A. Sevens is a real Renaissance woman when it comes to writing–she does it all. Children’s fiction and nonfiction with her charming story of Matilda the Monarch butterfly as well as her Tanagram puzzle book, historical fiction with Pure Trash and Dog Bone Soup, and now she’s turned her attention to further developing her skills in the demanding area of poetry.
Every word always counts, no matter the genre, but it seems that in poetry each one needs to work extra hard. Ms. Stevens has chosen the haiku form to paint her ephemeral pictures of mood and fleeting imagery, and she has clearly practiced her craft to come up with these gems. And even though I’ve never been to Maine, I feel I’ve been privileged to see it through Bette’s eyes. She obviously loves her home in a profound way.
My favorite haiku in the collection is titled simply “Autumn Leaves,” and it contains this exquisite passage:
“Radiant rustling leaves
Sketched among the trees
Foretell the story
Splashed across woodlands
Blazing brush transforms the world
Into a canvas”
This is a quality read, one where you’ll wish to savor every word. You can check out the Look Inside here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733896503/.
Happy reading! : )