2 May 2011

Review: Life Games by Trine Daely

I must admit I'm not a fan of poetry but this book stood out for me as it reminded me of my mother, so I gave it a go. I am very pleased that I did. The collection spans a number of years from 1989 - 1998 , the poetry, whilst in places dark, shows glimpses of the author's hope and often weaves these two together in a remarkable way, like in the poem Orphan's Lighthouse, my favourite from this collection.

From Smashwords.com
I personally find it very difficult to communicate my feelings on poetry, as I believe it's interpretation is individual to the reader, so instead I have selected some of the parts that spoke most deeply to me, these are only extracts the full poems are much longer:

Lean into the wind
and wed with a nod
Your body turns cold
as you dote on the sod

He showed to me the future,
he showed to me the past
Where the greatest knowledge could be found
and the greatest treasures stashed.
          Down to the River 

I lay waiting, fearfully at times
he is coming tonight
Like he does every night
he waits while my candle burns
he waits in the kitchen
at every corner I turn
He is quiet but
his laughter
rings loud in my head.
He is the one that you
have always known
yet come to know that
you can never really know him
             He is the darkness 

The fire that killed us moves on in strife
now we rejoice, for in death we found life.
        Orphan's Lighthouse

 As I have said before I am very glad I took the time to read this, as I usually skip past poetry collections. It is well written and contains some beautiful and emotional pieces. I debated weither to rate the work due not to it's quality or my enjoyment, but because perceptions of poetry are very individual. In the end I decided to rate it and would implore others, who maybe are not regular poetry readers, to take a chance on something a bit different and to share how the poems made you feel. 

The book is currently discounted to only 99 cents (59p in the UK) from Smashwords. To take advantage of the offer click here and enter coupon code EX45P at the checkout. This code will work until 24th May 2012. 


  1. Hello, I found you via your email on Book Blogs. I am interested to read your blog, I have recently started a blog for book reviews and also to experiment with my writing a bit. Good luck!!

  2. I am not usually a fan of poetry, but every time I give a poetry book a go, I'm always very pleased. I love to read poetry out loud - it can be rather addicting :-)

    New follower from Book blogs - so nice to meet you, keep up the great work!

  3. Consider giving Life Games a go then.

    Thanks for posting and welcome!


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