Book Review: Three Spaces, by Heather Grace Stewart

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About the author:
Trained as a journalist, Heather Grace Stewart started publishing her poetry after starting her own freelance writing & editing business in 1999. This is her fourth published collection of poetry.

Thoughts on the cover:
I think the cover is the first that attracted me to this collection. It’s a simple design with the title depicted on a cellphone keypad and beautiful scenery below it. I couldn’t understand the combination at first, but could after reading.

From the description:
A brave new collection of poetry, prose and photography. Three Spaces explores themes within our public space, our personal space, and cyberspace.

My review:
I believe poetry is powerful, and that there is a poet in every one of us. However, to understand it is not everyone’s cup of tea. So to review a collection of poems would be just as difficult. This is based on my understanding of Three Spaces and some of my favourite poems in it.

The poems, photos and short stories in this book are spread over three sections.

The first is Public Space. Some poems in this section are very beautiful. The opening poem, put on a photograph tells us to just be ourselves and shine bright, so even if we aren’t sure what we are doing, we guide ourselves because we are shining bright. That felt a right note to begin on, and very hopeful. Another poem in this section that I could understand was The River. I could relate to this as I’m always chasing a dream that the world around me doesn’t seem to understand either.

The second is Personal Space. Again, Grace begins with a beautiful note, with a poem that tells us to find a place within us where we find peace, and to stay in that place for a while. Then there’s this poem titled “This illness…” which is something I liked. It speaks out to me, saying to me… they might hide you, but you’ve to find yourself, they might throw you down but you’ve to stand up, they might not believe in your dreams, but you must… and till the last breath, live.

The third is Cyberspace. The poem which stood out is “Slow your life”, which tells us not to hurry and enjoy life a little, then answers to life might come. I couldn’t quite understand why it was put in the Cyberspace section though… might have fit more in personal space. The book ends with a poem titled “Today I lived”, which was inspirational. It’s too short to explain, but I think it’s a right note to end the book with. It’s another poem that might have fit more in personal space section too.

Overall, I think the collection is enjoyable. Few poems do stand out more than others, and some just went right over my head, like the poem “It’s Fiction”. Some of the stories were interesting too, but I loved the poems more.


Rated a 7 on 10!
Rated a 7 on 10!

Book details:
Title: Three Spaces
Author: Heather Grace Stewart
ASIN: B00BG2EJ9Y
Type: Kindle e-Book
Genre: Poetry (few short stories included)
Price: INR. 172

 


The book is a personal copy. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


Shared with the First Reads challenge at b00k r3vi3ws.


(May 20th, 2013)

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Three Spaces, by Heather Grace Stewart

  1. Thanks so much for the review! I’m so pleased you liked the collection and took the time to write this in-depth review. As for my & my editors’ reasoning for those poems being at the end of the collection, in the Cyberspace section – here’s the scoop: they are meant to slow the reader down at the end of that section and contemplate how their Cyber lives and personal lives collide; if they’re really living meaningful lives online, and if not, it’s a reminder to slow themselves down. I just felt they worked best at the end – didn’t want to end on the dismal tone that may be felt in the poem The Day You Looked Me In the Eyes. Wanted final poems that would make people think.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful review!

    1. oh ok 🙂 the poems were really nice. and they did work where they were too. was a pleasure to read, and to review. thanks, heather…

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