“Nocturnal Embers” is a beautiful collection of poetry and photographs by Danish writer, Helle Gade. I was very impressed by the poet’s first book, “Silent Dreams”, but I think this is even better. The poems touched me in so many ways; some made me want to weep, others made me smile. Each one touched a part of me.
“Excruciating Pain, “Release Me”, “Sadness”, “Fog” and “Fatigue” moved me almost to tears. The first of these is a heart-rending description of a person suffering with an invisible, painful illness. Knowing several people who have to live with pain constantly or who live behind a façade of normality, this poem stood out for me.
I love the poem “Child’s Soul”. It is quite beautiful, mentioning the positive attributes of love and compassion. I felt that it could be matched with “Karma”; despite the fact that, in many ways, it is the opposite of “Child’s Soul”.
“Karma” is a chilling poem, talking of Karma as
”……the hoar frost
The harbinger of death
To all who are without love and compassion.”
I enjoyed the love that flowed through “Pap” and the hopefulness of “New Circle” and “The Sting”. Some of my favourite lines come from the poem, “Fireworks”:
“Let go of the expectations of other people’s opinions of you
Let go of the control
And spin till you are dizzy”
I have already read this collection of Helle Gade’s wonderful poetry twice and I can say with certainty, that I shall read it again. I would recommend “Nocturnal Embers” to anyone who enjoys beautiful, heart-felt poetry.
- Book/Magazine Spotlight – “Savage Rose” by Helle Gade (wepoetsshowit.com)
- 2013 #Review Recap – Silent Dreams, by @Helle_Gade (alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com)