Reviews for The Regret of a Flower

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Review Posted by Valerie 31AUG13

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5 Stars

There is no question about it that Gail Thornton is able to take life’s experiences- tragically, romantically, and everything in between-and mold a play of words that reach the heart in delight and depth.  I categorize her talent to be in the elite category and in this poetic work The Regret of a Flower you will discover love, nature, culture, vulnerability and portrait sections to be some places of familiarity captured in raw truth.  Learn how flowers and birds, for example, can be metaphorically related to complements, fierceness, and grace.  The love you have felt but couldn’t quite capture it in words will be revealing in Just One Word as a person is looked upon having tsunami/strength while your delicate emotional ecosystem is willing to be invaded and taken away.

Captured in the vulnerability section in Your Caring will portray a long neglected heart that awakens forth hope.  She has a sensitivity to suffering, despair and fear when attempts to forge ahead result in retreating back and when a bird in subzero weather has it better than human bare sub existence.  Fears are real and perhaps this collection of unfiltered work is what helps make it a great poetic menagerie.  Bipolar suffering relays the following: “Head Bangers in my bedroom, in my headroom…years of faking it, then losing it”. Her piece in The Danger will reveal deep fears that emerge from lack of contact and a cry for help.

The culture section will take you inside a 1956 Blues singer that drinks his songs away in a rented room, the 1963 era, and in The Millstone experience time evaporating opportunity.   We have all experienced it but Thornton can capture the OCD waitress, the man with charisma, the smoker, and the evening artist with a depth and precision of words that will enhance any writer’s storehouse of ideas and play on language.

Writers and poets especially will relate to her writing section where a sample of her work relaying the anticipation of a poet’s zeal is as follows: ” Passion billows the pages wanting for release; bulging, pulsating, throbbing in painful engorgement.”
As you take this work into your living room or wherever else you may perch, along with this book I highly recommend her other book The Girl in the Iron Lung.  That memoir will shed light on her early life including polio affliction and how she battled but survived including emotional trauma. My respect for her perseverance and character is immense and how she is able to use it all today to masterfully write and recite poems is admirable.

Definitely two 5 star books that I recommend.

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Review Posted by Naomi 25FEB13

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5 Stars

I love this book of poetry. I hope that Gail Thornton’s poetry will gain a wider audience though this publication because her work well deserves it! I was moved by so many of her poems as if they were speaking to me personally. She has the unique skill of bringing together images of great tenderness and longing with a bit of sardonic wit. She shows us the sublime but doesn’t shy away from the experince of suffering that is so much a part of human experience. If you are looking for a book of poetry to bring you deeper- this is it!

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Review Posted by Frank 29JAN13

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5 Stars

a moving intelligent book of poems

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