New Poetry Collection Urges Readers to Contemplate Life

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Christine Dieckhoff mines everyday experiences to create poems of resonance, contemplation

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This is a collection of the ordinary and the unusual thoughts and observances that could occur in any person’s life

BRODHEAD, Wis. – Christine J. Dieckhoff’s new book “Opening the Door Just a Crack: A Poetic Peek at Surviving Everyday Life” (published by iUniverse) presents poetry about her thoughts on everyday life. It is personal, but at the same time it's the type of book accessible to any reader.

“This is a collection of the ordinary and the unusual thoughts and observances that could occur in any person’s life,” writes Dieckhoff. “It takes one from an ordinary rock to the stars in the heavens. It explores the friendships that one would expect to find, and the frustrations of living with those who challenge us every day.”

An excerpt from “Opening the Door Just a Crack”, from the poem “Celebrations”:

“I celebrate the small, important things in life:
Waking up in the morning without any pain;
The ‘I love you, Grandma’ as we part;
A stimulating massage;
The smile creasing an old woman’s face after a compliment;
The first delicious morel found in spring.”

“There are no magical answers to having a wonderful life,” Dieckhoff offers, “but this book reveals my way of seeking out ways to survive and enjoy the events that happen daily.”

About the Author
Now retired, Christine J. Dieckhoff is a former librarian and schoolteacher who began writing poetry in high school. She holds a B.A. in elementary education from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. She and her husband, Wayne, have two children and five grandchildren. They live in Brodhead, Wis.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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