Welcome to Day three of the Fairies, Myths, & Magic II Book Tour!

For Your Enjoyment:

* I’ll share a review of my favorite book from my host’s list.

* Something from or about Fairies, Myths, & Magic II (follow the link below).

Please leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $15 Amazon.com gift certificate.

Come back daily to colleenmchesebro.com to find the links to my host’s blogs. This book tour runs from December 1 – December 16, 2022.

🎄 Day Three: Off we go! 🎄


About the host:

I met Liz on the blogs, and we became fast friends through our love of poetry. Here’s a bit about Liz from her About Page:

Elizabeth Gauffreau writes fiction and poetry with a strong connection to family and place. She holds a BA in English/Writing from Old Dominion University and an MA in English/Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire. Her fiction publications include short stories in Woven Tale Press, The Long Story, Soundings East, Ad Hoc Monadnock, Rio Grande Review, Blueline, Slow Trains, Hospital Drive, and Serving House Journal, among others. Her poetry has appeared in North of Oxford, The Writing On The Wall, The Larcom Review, and Natural Bridge. Her debut novel Telling Sonny was published by Adelaide Books, New York in 2018.

Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance, by Elizabeth Gauffreau

My Recommendation: Grief Songs is a poetic memoir filled with personal photographs, memories, and family, which the author shares with us. It is her mother, father, brother George, and herself, all taking front stage in the book. The poetry, written in Japanese tanka, evokes profound emotions.

A tanka is a Japanese syllabic poetry form comprising five lines, 5-7-5-7-7. Similar to haiku, this form uses brevity in the choice of words to create an image for the reader to connect with. Tanka, which is a form of waka, is a Japanese song or verse, and translates to “short song,” which was the perfect poetry form for this book.

There are some free style poems, but Gauffreau uses the tanka wisely. A family photograph mirrors each tanka, which creates a poignant backdrop to the poem. I found several poems that tugged at my heart. I never knew my own mother, yet I connected deeply to this tanka:

clearing out the house  
entering forbidden rooms  
hidden photographs  
baby picture never seen  
her pride in me now showing 

© Gauffreau, Elizabeth. Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance (p. 15). Paul Stream Press. Kindle Edition. 

In one way, this book is a love letter to the author’s family. It’s a celebration of their lives spent together. By embracing the dark and the light, this book also accepts the author’s grief as she deals with the loss of those most dear to her.

Take your time and linger over the photos and the tanka. Read the poems several times, and you’ll connect to additional meanings not “felt” at the first read.

Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance available on Amazon.com

If you have a chance, head on over to join the Yule Blessings book tour for Fairies, Myths, & Magic II at ELIZABETH GAUFFREAU’s BLOG

🎄Happy Yule!🎄