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Half-Blood Poems: Inspired by the Stories of J.K. Rowling Paperback – Jul 1 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
As youths, all of us went to Hogwarts. It was our job to become wizards. We knew that life is magical and spiritual and that things are not as they seem. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2012 by kevin head
I really loved this book, as it is, first and foremost a wonderful, beautiful read. What also strikes you immediately is the startling comparisons between between the tragic... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2012 by Bridget T
Half-Blood Poems by Christine Lowther is extraordinary, refreshing, and nothing short of magical. Deeply inspired by the phenomenal Harry Potter series, Christine manages to... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2012 by ceraye