Kalliope Paine Releases New Book: Not Quite There Yet, a Picture of Our Life and Times, in Poetry

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The best poetry, the best prose, reveals the essence of the poet and the writer to the reader. It is when the writer is open, transparent and emotionally courageous that the reader can feel a certain kinship and an emotional empathy with the author. Poets with a giving heart offer a glimpse into their own souls and in the process, bring lasting value to those fortunate enough to appreciate their creativity and sincerity.

Kalliope Paine is such a poet. She gives willingly; she bravely reveals herself and she is fearless; willing to share her take on large issues including relationships, sex, religion, technology and well-being. She shares her deepest thoughts and bares her soul as she tells her tale and grapples with profound questions about the world that surrounds her.

Paine, who makes her home in southern Ontario, has just released an emotionally charged new volume of poetry entitled Not Quite There Yet. Using rhythm and rhyme, over the course of its 124 pages, Paine takes readers through a full range of emotion, from the heartache of true love not yet found and sadly elusive, to the action of contemporary times, to the light-hearted and silly things that make her smile with delight.

In Heartache, Paine looks into the mirror of her own life and finds a bleak, hollow existence while Bright Sunlight is hopeful and a testament to true love. In Battle of the Sexes, Paine cheekily asks: “Have men and women ever gotten along?”

Paine’s journey adapting to changing times is divulged in poems including the irreverent technology triptych, Computer Literate, High Technology, Wired World, the rant regarding energy costs, Gas Prices, and the candid essay on modern morality, Thoughts on the Ten Commandments, Circa 1995.

For the fun and the frivolous, readers will enjoy the slice-of-life poetry of Shoe Lament, as Paine ponders flip-flops and stiletto heels; or Cat Lover, in which she discusses the feline delights of her two cats, Growltiger and Zoe; or perhaps Klutzy, as she acknowledges her own accident-prone existence.

Through it all, Not Quite There Yet emerges as a positive, life-affirming collection of one woman's poetry and one woman's take on our daily lives. It is by turns funny, uplifting, thoughtful and provocative, introspective and insightful. It is the voice of a poet who is taking stock of herself and the world around us, a world that, day by day, appears increasingly divided among those who have and those who have not. In Not Quite There Yet, Kalliope Paine uses her poetry to paint a picture – and it is an entertaining and insightful portrait of herself, ourselves, and the times in which we live.


Not Quite There Yet
by Kalliope Paine
ISBN: 9780987679703

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