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Poetry Book Reviews: Paula Light and Lamittan Minsah

on November 21, 2022

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Monochrome: Poetry from the Ashes by Paula Light (2018). Available on Amazon.com.

Paula is a California poet whose poetry collection is a delight to read. She writes with a gentle hand. Her poems are like butterflies which attract us with rich colors, feather-weight movements, velvety textures, and delicate wings. She explores the nature of love, loss, sadness, and acceptance with profound understanding and peace. At the same time, she has a sharp wit and approaches life with humor and positivity. When you read her WordPress blog, you will experience both sides of this very talented woman.

“Immersed in words,

Steamed in verse,

Lovesongs burning up my dreams . . .

It must be true:

I still hold

A torch for you . . .”

And from her poem, Grace:

“The night sky knows my sorrow:

An ice wind screams your name,

While thunder booms in horror

And lightning damns this place.

Then softly comes the music;

Gently falls the rainsong;

Rhythms drip down smoothly,

And the moon is bathed in grace.”

Website: Light Motifs

Let’s Talk Bride: A Poetry Collection by Lamittan Minsah (2020). Available on Amazon.com.

Lamittan is a Kenyan poet who has written a collection of poems about a very special person in his life, Apostle Darlan Rukih, also known as the Bride of the Lamb, a minister in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International.

This book has a fascinating backstory. Darlan Rukih was born a hermaphrodite (someone who is born with both male and female genitalia and characteristics, also known as an intersex person). Since this condition is not accepted in Kenyan culture, Rukih grew up isolated, alienated, and rejected by others. But faith in God and the Lord Jesus Christ helped Rukih to overcome this disability and to serve by helping others. Rukih first married a woman and was blessed with a son. After that relationship failed, Rukih dated a man and got pregnant. Blessed with two children, Rukih is devoted to helping children in need in Kenya. Reference: Mpasho website.

Lamittan’s admiration for the Bride of the Lamb knows no bounds in this fine collection of poems which praise Rukih, God, and His son, Jesus Christ. Lamittan expresses both his joy and his sorrow in these poems:

“There’s beauty walking in Africa,

Traversing a lonely desert –

A damsel formed by the maker

Out of the ribs of Adam, long ago.

There is beauty

Such as one that never was before.”


“They nailed our Lord by force.

The heavens roared,

His pain had reached God,

And for a moment,

Darkness covered the firmament

And hid God’s gaze from his son . . .”

Follow Lamittan Minsah on WordPress to read more of his poetry and stories and to learn more about Kenyan culture. His business site, Laminsa Indies, encourages and aids “budding writers, musicians, actors/actresses, self-publishers, photographers, drawing artists, dancers and many other talents from the creative industry.” Check it out!

Website: Laminsa Indies


Dawn Pisturino

November 21, 2022

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26 responses to “Poetry Book Reviews: Paula Light and Lamittan Minsah

  1. Wonderful reviews and poetry Dawn.

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  2. kvbclarke says:

    New to me. Thank you!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Paula Light says:

    Thank you so much for your review ❤️

    Liked by 3 people

  4. WOW Dawn, thank you for introducing us to two fascinating authors. Your wonderful reviews of Paula Light and Lamittan Minsah speak so eloquently of their lives. Thank you for sharing these authors who are new to me. Another fabulous job my friend! Have a FANtabulous day! 🤗💖😘

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  5. aruna3 says:

    Wonder reviews and sharing about wise poets and their poems.Most impressive,dear!!❣️🙏❣️

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  6. What a wonderful review, Dawn! Can i ever even find enough words to thank you for bringing this to the limelight? Your review has touched my heart – you’ve simply put it in the right exact words. Thank you in the biggest way, and blessings to you, my friend. 🤗💖

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  7. Such a wonderful review of our friends books who are both so gifted Dawn!! 💗

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Michele Lee says:

    Fantastic, Dawn! You are a poet curator!

    Liked by 2 people

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