Versions of the Self
Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each ...more
On my blog, ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress, I have a Friday segment entitled 'Author Alert,' where I spotlight a novelist I've met through blogging. Christy and I connected a few months ago and I volunteered to read her book, as it was something different than a normal work of fiction. I used to write poetry and I enjoy her blog, so I dove in.
The ~115 page book is a collection of 80 poems organized by 8 sections, all relating to the concept of 'self.' It covers indiv ...more
Christy Birmingham has written her poetry collection Versions of The Self from the first-person viewpoint because it’s about her personal journey. At first I found the constant use of the word “I” off-putting, but my initial reaction fast metamorphosed into feeling privileged, as a reader, to share in Christy’s honest account of putting herself back together, having had a relationship with someone who did his best to destroy her.
She tells of her deep love for this man and his gradual undermining...more
I loved the poems that celebrated freedom and could at times feel my soul soaring along with the words. Then different poems made me stop and think while bringing me back to Earth.
The poem, “Within a Few Feet,” shows the regrets that hold us back and keep us earthbound, all while freedom is only a few feet away in the form of seagu ...more
I have always found reading poetry a catalyst for my own writing, particularly in its ability to fill my m ...more
"Here is my sense of self,
Here I am strong and focused,
Putting my needs first.
I realize that it is a proud moment."
Whether the poems are exploring hurtful memories or ...more
I read and re-read a lot of the poems, deep and meaningful poetry from start to finish. Christy shows you a different way to relate to her poetry and I went through an emotional and uplifting journey my favourites being "Tender Hands" and "As we walk together" they really touched me. I found myself sailing through the pages before I knew it the book was over. Thank you Christy, a fabulous read that I will definitely keep and your words will stay with me.
I felt I would like to get to know the poet as I read her poems. While she does write about a mixture of various emotions, there is a thre ...more
I've followed Christy Birmingham's blog for years, and, likewise, she's been a strong supporter of mine. I think she was one of, if not the first, who purchased my book of poetry when I self-published (Oh, Createspace, how I miss thee!). But this is the space for honest reviews, and, being an honest, ethical, straight-arrow type, with a healthy dose of blunt forthrightness, here goes my honest review. (Please, stick with me to the end of the review.)
I wasn't sure how I f ...more
The poems speak of moments in life that we can all relate to: the love of a child for their parent, the sudden yearning for a crush, the he ...more
I was amazed at how much so many of the poems in this collection resonated with me. It was as if the author was actually inside my head at times. However, even the poems that touched on things I have never personally experienced were so well-crafted, so full of imagery, that I felt drawn in as if I was part of the experience.
I bookmarked a few passages for myself that I know I'll want to read again when I need a bit of encouragement or inspiration in my day. I would rec ...more
Poetry for me is hit and miss. I either love it, or I hate it. It either pulls me in and makes me think and feel deeply, or it puts me off completely. Not very often do I find middle ground. Oddly enough I was reluctant to read this book because I follow Christy's work on When Women Inspire. I love her approach, as well as the unique and resounding subjects she often tackles. She's inspiring and supportive, and honestly I was a little worried that reading a book of her poetry might dis ...more
I am the author of two poetry collections. The first one is Pathways to Illumination, available exclusively at Redmund Productions. My second book, Versions of the Self, is available on Amazon.
Currently, I am sipping coffee and typing her third book, which will be fiction. Stay tuned!
When not writing, I like ...more