Nonexistent Poems & Songs of Love, by Sharon Marcus --A poet's Reflections, Secular and Spiritual

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These poems are a literary pathway to the soul of the poet. They reveal her individual experience while at the same time sending out clues which are universal in expression, reflection and emotion.

Sharon Marcus is an accomplished, prolific Canadian writer and poet, the author of nine highly regarded works published by The Sufi Press, a small, independent Toronto based publishing house. Her most recent publication, a book of deeply personal poetry, Nonexistent Poems & Songs of Love, is now in release.

There are actually two books in this collection, an exploration of two sides of the poet's life. The first book, Nonexistent Poems, places her firmly in the world, examining who she is there, what her life has become there, with all the memories, dreams and anxieties life on earth entails. The second book, Songs of Love, takes the poet from the secular to the spiritual where she is more at peace, in search of God, pure longing for His comfort.

The connection between the secular and the spiritual is clear in the poet's own description of her book. "The intense but transient sorrows in Nonexistent Poems are eclipsed by the light of revelation in Songs of Love, both offered as emblems of our human experience, one face turned to the world and the other to God. In Nonexistent Poems we study the poet's introspective solitude . . . in Songs of Love, the solitude once thrust upon the unwilling poet is eagerly sought, where the ardent devotee turns with love and longing to God."

The passage of time and the seasons represents a signifcant part of the focus in this collection. She is sensitively in tune with her own mortality and what the future can hold, talking in September of "the stunning scent of a jasmine flower," then "dying October days," and then "the optimism of longer days and shorter nights" as winter gradually recedes, bringing the fragrance of forsythia and magnolias with springtime. She writes as well of longing, rejection and a weeping heart, "Must I knock Beloved a beggar at Your gate?"

Readers who have come to know Sharon Marcus's work will be moved by the well wrought symbolism in this book, those unfamiliar with the depth and complexity of her work will find words which speak to them, poems filled with the illuminating candor and vitality of introspection. For the thoughtful, and for lovers of poetry, Nonexistent Poems & Songs of Love is delight and revelation.

Nonexistent Poems & Songs of Love
by Sharon Marcus
ISBN 9780973753486
$28.95
Date of Publication: November 21, 2009

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