Beads on a Fragile String: an Insightful Glimpse into a Poet's Soulful Spirit

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Charlotte Fielden has a gift for her readers – it is the gift of herself, of her soul, the gift of her innermost thoughts, feelings, beliefs and sensibilities. Not every poet is so willing to stand so exposed, but Fielden delights in taking the literary path less frequently travelled. The reader is all the more enriched for her risk-taking and generosity of spirit.

Fielden's second book of poetry, Beads on a Fragile String, is now in distribution. Her first collection of poetry, Fragrance of Thyme, was released in 2008 to considerable reader and critical acclaim. In Beads on a Fragile String, Fielden reflects with insight and sensitivity on her life as it has unfolded in the years from 2008 to the present day. She has dedicated this collection to the memory of her beloved brother Ralph, who died in 1998.

The poetry in Beads on a Fragile String runs the gauntlet of emotion – the sheer, simple joy of a day's outing to Pinery Provincial Park on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, the melancholy and enormous sense of loss in the words of The Waiting Room, the haunting chill of the poem entitled A Child, and the poet's expressed outrage over the folly and misguided glory of war in the dramatic No More Sacrifices. In every piece, the uplifting power of Fielden's love of life is on full display; it is the common thread that holds these Beads on a Fragile String together.

Author and anthologist John Robert Columbo makes this enormously complimentary observation about Fielden's work: "When Charlotte Fielden uses the word 'I' in a line of a poem, I sense the presence of three people: her, you, me. Her trinity is our triangle of affection." Deborah Windsor, executive director of the Writers' Union of Canada (2002-2010), offers this heartfelt note to the poet: "During the past eight years, I have come to hear your voice in my head when I read your poems. This is a gift I will always treasure."

And that, too, is Fielden's gift to her readers in Beads on a Fragile String. This collection is a treasure-trove of deeply personal, spiritually energizing poetry that warms the soul, charms the heart and soothes the spirit.

Charlotte Fielden is a Toronto-based writer. She is an award-winning poet and author, and has developed and adapted her work for the stage, TV, radio and film. Her short stories, now collected in A Thin Place, and poetry have been included in a number of anthologies and literary reviews. She is the author of the novels Palatine Hill, The Wolves of Positano and the acclaimed Weil trilogy of Crying As She Ran, Messages Like Memories and An Age Without a Name. Fielden is a founding member of The Writers' Union of Canada and the Playwrights' Guild of Canada. Additional biographical information on the author can be found at
Beads on a Fragile String
by Charlotte Fielden
ISBN: 9780973677997

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