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Half-Blood Poems: Inspired by the Stories of J.K. Rowling [Paperback]

Christine Lowther
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Book Description

July 1 2011
J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER books are classics of modern fantasy literature which have moved millions of readers with themes that reach to the depths of human existence - the fact of death, the threat of evil, and the power of love and friendship. It is no wonder that such epic themes attracted a poet like Christine Lowther. Harry Potter's losses and struggles have an uncanny resemblance to episodes from her own life which she calls the twelve "Searing Similarities" (detailed in the book's preface). But like Harry, Christine's poetry can also soar above the tragic to discover the heroic and beautiful in such poems as "Neville, Unlikely Rebel," "For Our Wide-Armed Mothers," and "A Boy's Hands." There are seventy-one HALF-BLOOD POEMS divided into seven chapters corresponding to the seven book series: STONES OF SORCERY, SECRETIVE CHAMBERS/HEART AND MIND, FREED FROM AZKABAN, GOBLET OF HEALING FIRE, TEARS OF A PHOENIX, HALF-BLOOD MUDBLOOD, EMBRACING THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. Fans of HARRY POTTER will experience again many of the emotions they felt reading the books - emotions presented most effectively through a poet's words. ~ . ~ . ~ Christine Lowther resides on the beautiful shores of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This is her third published collection of poetry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Half-Blood Poems: Truly Inspired Sept. 4 2012
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Harry Potter fans will love this volume of poems, and, while I enjoy Harry Potter, and the cleverness of J.K. Rowling's writing, I am far from being a dyed-in-the-wool fan. I don't know all the names, spells, or characters. But I have been a HUGE Christine Lowther fan since the early 1990's, eagerly awaiting each of her successive volumes of poetry.

As I opened the absolutely perfect cover, I knew I would be embarking on an adventure, but had no idea just how much the poems within this volume would resonate with me. Fans will read them with perhaps greater appreciation of the Harry Potter details, but anyone can find much to enjoy, appreciate and empathize with in these poems. The human condition, pain, history, tears, all are there......as is the succor of nature, and the healing and restorative balm of Her beauty.

As we read, we come to understand that the poet, like Harry Potter, (and as have we all,) has risen from her early Circumstance with great courage, to make something of beauty and meaning of her life. Descriptions of the beauty of the West Coast of Vancouver Island are woven through the pages, as are memories and reflections on the poet's very Harry Potter-like childhood, and her emergence and blossoming into a life and art of her own.

The poem "Choices" states this so well:

"Choose to....take this ride.....aim for the sky......all your scars blazing defiance, blasting misery to its dungeon...hold on and let go.....I am hurt, but survive.....Watch me, the wounded walking, the mortally injured dancing, flying in your face."

I have watched this poet's journey, from her first volume of poems written about her mother's death,(New Power), and everything she has written since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading! Sept. 1 2012
Ok, so I will admit up front that while I am a big reader I don’t read a lot of poetry. That isn’t because I don’t enjoy it but perhaps I just haven’t made space in my reading for the right poets. Reading Chris Lowther’s new book “Half Blood Poems” has given me the impetus to make some more time for poetry.

Like many people I have read all of the Harry Potter books and enjoyed them a great deal. In fact, so many people have read them or watched the movies that they provide a rich shared experience. Ms Lowther is a big Harry Potter fan and in this book she has used references to the stories to enhance a very personal collection of poems. While Ms Lowther’s poems borrow from the Harry Potter stories to add similes and metaphors they are not about the world of Harry Potter; rather they are about her personal experiences and recollections many of which resonated for me.

I thoroughly recommend this collection of poems, you don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy them but you will get more out of them if you are!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Half-Blood not half-baked! Aug. 27 2012
Christine Lowther's book of Half-Blood Poems is more than an homage to JK Rowlings' books, and the films based upon them. It is an exploration of relationships, a beautiful ode to forest, flora, fauna, imagination and magic, and an eager - but, at times, bleak - acknowledgement of her "searing similarit[y]" to Harry Potter himself. A true woman of words ("an evil idiom slithered / from my own tongue"), Christine's persona is revealed on every page. Her love of Place: "Barnacles spread out along the rockface / like honeycombs; / hail splinters the sunshine; / sparks from a wand." Her celebration of unexplained mystery and adventure: "wherever the magic is unbridled / she would go there first". Her experience of the danger and exhilaration of aging: "The older we grow, the more our souls hum, / a frenzied hidden aliveness." And her deep regard for the environment: "Broom...hippogriff or thestral, we're carbon-free." and "I emerge in one piece / leaving the forest in shards, / not yet slain, pure, defenseless, / a cursed half of what it was."

But above all, Christine has truly allowed herself to write about the death of her mother; not just her death, but her murder...at the hands of her husband, Christine's father. This Pandora's Box is opened because of the Searing Similarities -- Harry lost his parents to murder as a child, and so did she. Lost both of them, though only one was truly gone from the world. "We have a right to our mothers..." she writes, and celebrates the love that Harry received from Molly Weasley: "the Molly we love, mother we love, / motherly love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspired Dec 14 2011
By marmont
Christine Lowther is a previously published writer and a talented poet who explores the similarities of the Harry Potter books with the personal trauma of her own youth. The poems with this premise could have been a dark read but she avoids this in part by using the natural world that is all around her, (she lives by the rain-forests of Vancouver island B.C), this force is the magic that is transformative both for her and Harry. She also has an understanding of the Potter books that is deep, potterology deep. This brings a certain weight of myth into the poems, myths that are carried into the everyday world where the characters become alive lean close and whisper words of advice and caution. This book is a brave and accomplished achievement.
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