Book Review: Hearts and Minds by Maria VA Johnson
This book felt a bit like the proverbial curate's egg, in that some parts were better than others. I felt that some of the rhymes were rather overreached and occasionally jarred, but the free verse was much better and the meter was always perfect - something I consider extremely important in poetry. It was broken into sections related to the topic or the mood and that made it something I might dip into at a later date if I'm looking for a poem to suit a particular occasion.
It was, at times, extremely personal. I happen to know the poet, and that might have been a little awkward, but somehow wasn't. It felt more as though a friend was opening up to me. I'd be interested to know if readers who don't know the writer feel the same way.
Overall this is a lovely little volume which leaves the reader with a sense of warmth and enrichment. Recommended.