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"I revel in the genius of simplicity" Laura Foley writes as she gives us in plain-spoken but deeply lyrical moments, poems that explore a life filled with twists and turns and with many transformations. Through it all is a search for a fulfilling personal and sexual identity, a way to be most fully alive in the world. From multicultural love affairs through marriage with a ...more
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Rebecca
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Foley’s strong fifth collection ruminates on romance and family via autobiographical free verse. Sensual language and alliteration make this poetic celebration of traumas and triumphs a meaningful read. One of the collection highlights is “In the Honda Service Area,” which unexpectedly unites modern technology with ancient literature. While a woman describes her impending hip replacement surgery to a friend, Foley tries to concentrate on Homer’s Iliad.

The collection is dedicated to Foley’s partn
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Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love poetry and I love poetry book that tell a story. I loved this book! I loved the story in the poems. I meant only to read a few but I couldn't put it down and found myself reading the whole book!

This is a collection of very heartfelt - sometimes sad, sometimes joyous, always raw and truthful and gutsy! This take you on a journey through a woman's life, good times and bad. Through only these short poems I really felt like I got to know her. I felt for her. Is that possible with something s
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Grace Troxel
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:
http://bookswithoutanypictures.com/20...

Night Ringing is a new autobiographical collection of poems from author Laura Davies Foley. I read her Joy Street collection several years ago and am delighted to be able to explore more of her work.

Night Ringing includes 63ish (my count may be slightly off) short poems that begin in childhood, but quickly progress to more adult themes of finding love, losing love, divorce, and new begi
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Lynda Dickson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: nonfiction, poetry
Night Ringing is an autobiographical collection of 63 poems, both in verse and free-form. The book is divided into five sections, each one dedicated to different parts of the author's life.

Part I catalogs her childhood memories: her parents' divorce, a friend's suicide, eavesdropping on strangers, her mother's drinking, her father's abusive manner, life after her parents' divorce, a skiing holiday with her father, horse riding, her mother running over a dog, and her first sexual encounter.

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There is somerthing very moving about poetry. I feel like it is a reflection of the soul. I feel that good poerty resonates with the reader and makes them feel things deep in their bones. In NIGHT RINGING, Foley captures a vast spectrum of emotions. She dazzles the reader with her verse that encompasses so much of life, the big and little moments. Such a wonderful way to escape by being taken away within beautiful poems.
Elizabeth Mathis
"I revel in the genius of simplicity" Laura Foley writes as she gives us in plain-spoken but deeply lyrical moments, poems that explore a life filled with twists and turns and with many transformations. Through it all is a search for a fulfilling personal and sexual identity, a way to be most fully alive in the world. From multicultural love affairs through marriage with a much older man, through raising a family, through grief, to lesbian love affairs, "Night Ringing" is the portrait of a woman
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John
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Reviewed for Foreword Books IndieFab Awards.
Leslie
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Laura Foley’s new poetry collection, “Night Ringing” is a compilation of poems about the simplicity and complexity of life as seen through universal experiences. By examining everyday experiences, Foley tells us about her own life while giving us the opportunity to examine our own.

This collection is absolutely beautiful. I have to admit, I’m not much on poetry. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but rather, I’ve never felt I had the patience to sit down and absorb its essence, and often times, I do
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Deb
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
am not one for critically reviewing books, I generally just give you my opinion--what I like and what I don't, what moves me, inspires me, makes me smile or brings a tear--and that's what I'll do with this book of poetry. Night Ringing is a deeply personal and accessible collection of poems about the moments in life, both big and small. Even though the author has led a very different life than mine, I can relate to many of her feelings and many of these poems spoke to my soul. Incident in the C ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I love poetry. In a few words it can transport you to another place. You can almost always find a way to relate to a good poem. If they are good, they become a part of who you are. They encompass you. These poems are like pieces of a persons soul. Life put into small snippets. They will make you feel a variety of emotions, different for each person who reads them. You must savor them, read them aloud, feel them. You may smile, you may cry or ponder, but you will feel the words as they call out t ...more
Serena
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Night Ringing by Laura Foley examines a life led on its own terms in spite of the disappointments and the obstacles. A life that may look as though it was faltering and a person who seemed to be drowning, but a life that was lived with as little regret as possible. Foley expresses a wide variety of emotion in these compact poems, and readers will feel the crescendo when it hits.

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Mary
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Shelves: poetry
This is a very autobiographical poetry collection and has a lot of NYC poems in it.
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Laura Foley is the author of five poetry collections. The Glass Tree won the Foreword Book of the Year Award, Silver, and was a Finalist for the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Outstanding Book of Poetry. Joy Street won the Bi-Writer’s Award. Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Inquiring Mind, Pulse Magazine, Poetry Nook, Lavender Review, The Mom E ...more

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