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Poetry Book Reviews: Kym Gordon Moore and Patricia Furstenberg

on November 18, 2022

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We are Poetry: Lessons I Didn’t Learn in a Textbook by Kym Gordon Moore (2022).

       Available on Amazon.com.

I’ve known Kym for about a year now and regularly follow her blog on WordPress. Although we don’t always agree, I’ve always found her to be intelligent, funny, well-educated, and articulate. And, she’s fierce! Whatever causes she embraces, she puts her whole heart and soul into them.

In her latest book, Kym provides a general overview of poetry and her vision for the future of poetry as an art form, a therapeutic tool, and an educational medium. She views poetry as a living, breathing thing that can transform the poet, the community, the country, and even the world. Poetry should be as rich, colorful, and diverse as life itself.

Her book is almost a textbook on creating poetry and would be a useful tool in the classroom. She introduces the concept of ArchiPoetry, which employs architectural ideas to design and perfect poetic creations. As she writes: “By combining the use of language, imagery, metaphors, and specific patterns, the design elements in ArchiPoetry have different disciplines and poetic variations.”

While journaling has been an accepted therapeutic tool for a while in mental health, Kym developed the concept of TheraPoetry, a process through which people can find emotional relief by expressing themselves with poetry. Kym speaks from experience. After the death of her mother, it was poetry – and writing poetry – which helped her through the grieving process.

Illiteracy is an issue about which Kym is very passionate; and she wants to use poetry as a medium to teach our children how to read and improve their reading comprehension skills. We all remember rhymes that we learned as children. Those rhymes stick in our heads as rhythmical pieces of our childhood, bring back fond memories, and encourage us to pass them on to the next generation.

Poetry is creativity, mental gymnastics, lyrical composition, and inner fantasy. Poetry is emotional release, mental growth, and spiritual expression. This is why Kym championed the cause of poetry in 2014 when she persuaded mayors all across North Carolina to submit proclamations officially recognizing April as National Poetry Month. Kym also endorses and supports the Academy of American Poets as a valuable resource for educators and poets everywhere. As she says, “Poetry is a revival and reminder of our aspirations, possibilities, and achievements for all people.”

Finally, I close with Kym’s own summation of poetry:

“Poetry paints emotion

art is imagination and passion

poetry inspires art

expressionism through creativity is art and poetry


poetry and art is creativity through expressionism

art inspires poetry

passion and imagination is art

emotion paints poetry.”

Website: From Behind the Pen

Christmas Haiku by Patricia Furstenberg (2018). Available on Amazon.com.

Patricia is a Romanian poet living in South Africa. Her poetry appears regularly on MasticadoresRomania, Spillwords Press, and other poetry sites and literary magazines. With Christmas right around the corner, I was drawn to read her book of Christmas haiku. Charmed by the simplicity of her verses and photos, I sincerely recommend this little chapbook as the perfect way to get into the candy-gingerbread-tinsel-lights holiday mood! Patricia has written numerous books for adults and children, which are all available on Amazon. So, grab a steaming cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!

“Christmas, snow, giggles,

Young and old around the tree.

Scent of fresh cookies.”

Website: Patricia Furstenberg, Author

34 responses to “Poetry Book Reviews: Kym Gordon Moore and Patricia Furstenberg

  1. Ah, sweet Dawn, what an incredible early Christmas present this is!!
    Thank you, and I am THRILLED that you enjoyed Christmas Haiku 🙂

    A pleasure being featured alongside Kym’s incredible poems!

    Thank you!

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  2. kvbclarke says:

    Love your comments about Kym’s book. Can’t wait to get a big print version!

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  3. 👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  4. OH my goodness Dawn. Girl, you put the pedal to the metal with this most appreciated and powerful review of my book. 🙏🏼 I love this girlfriend and I am honored by your generosity! Being paired with a review of Patricia’s collection, I must say that I am truly humble. Honestly, I am. I am so pleased how you really did a deep dive into the message and mission behind my book, and you pulled out exactly what is behind the creation of my mission.

    I have to say that we both know our political views may be different, but the beautiful thing about what you have done shows that we can have an intelligent and meaningful conversation, finding common ground that we are truly more alike than different. Bless you for raising the level of consciousness that brings the things we present at the table, to something we can all embrace…we are human beings who want to be heard and respected. I don’t just say this because of this well-composed review you have written that I am so honored by, but to see that we are truly poetry! How awesome is that? Have an amazing and FANtabulous day my friend. Once again, thank you for taking the time to write a generous review for Patricia and me. Bless you! 🤗💖🥰

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    • Kym, you put so much thought and passion into everything you do! Your poetry is so beautiful and your concern for humanity so special, that you deserve all good things! The world would be a sadder place without you. Keep up the good work! We all benefit from it. Have a blessed day, my friend.

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      • Dawn, to come back home and read your heartwarming words tug at my heartstrings. You don’t know how much your words touch my spirit. I feel the same way about the messages you share with us. Your heart is generous and your lessons are so valuable. But including me on your blog today is so self-less and such a great gift. Thank you from the bottom of my heart my friend. 🤩🙏🏼🤗💖😍

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  5. aparna12 says:

    Fantastic book reviews on two of my favorite bloggers cum authors. Excellent, dear Dawn. Thoroughly enjoyed reading both the reviews. ♥️♥️♥️♥️😊😊😊

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  6. I would love another book! I think I’ll check this one out!

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  7. utahan15 says:

    meet john doe
    just so

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  8. Belladonna says:

    This is so sweet Dawn! I’m reading Kym’s book now. She is so damn amazing!!!

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  9. What wonderful reviews of 2 amazing writers Dawn! We are so lucky to have them in our community! ❣️❣️
    And you are so kind to share your beautiful words!

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  10. […] shoutout and show my appreciation to Dawn Pisturino for her generous book review on her site “Poetry Book Reviews: Kym Gordon Moore and Patricia Furstenberg.” Patricia and I were so surprised and delighted that Dawn took the time to actually read our […]

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  11. Phil says:

    I’m a few days late to the party but wanted to recognize the kind and thoughtful shoutouts you’ve shared regarding the fine works of both Kym Gordon Moore and Patricia Furstenberg. Right on, dear Dawn, and I wish for you a wonderful weekend 🤗

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