What people are saying about Elise’s poetry:
Warm and accessible, Ms. Skidmore’s poetry shines. Her love of the simple things, of home and family, evokes memories and feelings common to us all, and her sure hand strokes the iron string that runs through every heart. Kudos.
—Dale Cramer, award winning author of KISS OF THE JEWEL BIRD
If you love poetry, When Leaves Fall will fill a new corner of your heart. If you think you don’t like poetry, its achingly simple beauty will prove you wrong.
—Linda Grimes, author of Tor Books’ Ciel Halligan series
Poignant and lyrical, every sentence is a gem.
—Karen White, NYT bestselling author
A Dance of Dreams is the eagerly anticipated third book from acclaimed poet Elise Skidmore whose poetry reaches into the heart and brings us together in the dance we all share.
We live in a dance of dreams,
glissade from fantasy
and back again.
Sometimes with the wobbly legs
of a newborn fawn.
We learn new steps
as we jump to unknown futures
and grow confident in choreography
perfected over time.
Sometimes we dance solo,
other times we revel
in glorious pas de deux,
but always we are part of the corps.
Life is but a dream we create;
leap into the dance and let yourself soar.
This is the third book, by Elise, and I must say it is her best. It is written from her heart, but there is a little bit of all of us in these poems. I found myself slowing my reading pace down so I could savor, each word. To really let it sink in and bring a smile to my heart. Not only is this a writing gem, but the photos that are placed through out , are beautiful. Looking for something a little different I highly recommend A Dance of Dreams, the perfect addition to your library, or coffee table.
With a wonderful purity and simplicity, these poems describe the human condition, common emotions, and the universal joys and pains we all share. Love, loss, and aging are frequent topics, and I guarantee at least one of them will touch a nerve, spark a twinge of memory, and cause either a smile to lift your heart or a tear to puddle in your eyes. But my guess is you'll relate to most, if not all of them. Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Not going to lie--I cried as I read a lot of these poems. But I was smiling through the tears. The author invites you into her heart and, with the beautiful simplicity of her words and photographs, shares a piece of her soul with you. Whether you nibble on it a poem at at time or feast on the whole thing at once, you can't helped but be moved. Brava!
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