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Holding Grace embraces a contemporary, free verse style of poetry as the voice for sharing a range of life’s experiences and emotions, creating an approachable and highly readable collection. Within these pages are recognizable tales of friendship and loss, contentment and longing, reflections on current events and locales, and the pure pleasure that may be found when one ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published September 16th 2013 by Balboa Press
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Petra
Sep 20, 2014 Petra rated it really liked it
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I won this book in a GR Giveaway.

I really enjoyed the poems in this book. I took my time, reading only one or two poems at each sitting, to not rush and to feel the power of the words.
These poems are full of imagery and connectedness. Everywhere Rick sees a soul/person/self as part of something larger, an important and irreplaceable part of the cosmos. The soul/person/self is integral to this cosmos, which would be changed if not for that being. And vice versa.
I loved the imagery of nature th
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Marian
Nov 14, 2013 Marian rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful book to read. The author, Rick Heller, has a way of taking the most mundane moments of life, like that first cup of copy in the morning, or the most sublime moments, like experiencing the beauty of nature, and putting them into words that cause the reader to experience them anew and truly appreciate them. One of my favorite pieces, "Beyond Beautiful," describes his experiences while dog sledding in Alaska. Although this is not something I would choose to do, I felt that I ...more
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¡ POETRY !: Good Morning & Introduction 2 14 Apr 14, 2014 05:15AM  
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RJ HELLER lives life forward while keeping the
past close. By letting words find him to tell their
story, he captures moments experienced by us all
and presents them in a unique and tender way.

This first book is influenced by the author’s travels
and love of nature, especially the sea. Rick and his
family live their lives in Palmerton, Pennsylvania
and Starboard Cove, Maine.
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“In a tired time, with the light outside drifting away for another day and the lights inside flickering as they come to life, I cup my hands together and prepare to give thanks ... to the life of a day given to me. A day shared with past and present, living and dying, of body and not, and a realization that in everything that is, there is something that was.” 8 likes
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