Grief and Her Three Sisters

Category: Poetry
Author: Jerry Lovelady
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Publication Date: November 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 146
ISBN-13: 978-1639885909

Grief and Her Three Sisters by Jerry Lovelady is a gorgeous collection of poems that capture life, love, and loss. The first thing that catches the attention of readers when they start reading Lovelady's poetry is his incredible ability to write with clarity while allowing the fusion of nature with human emotion. And then there are those moments that compel readers to reflect on insights about life and the author’s wisdom. You'll find one as you open the first poem, “The Great River Taketh.” It reads: ''In death there is always life. / In a seed there is hope for life. /In our offspring resides all genetic diversity.'' The collection is moving, powered by strong streams of emotions and words to heal grieving hearts.

Jerry Lovelady's poetry stands out in its symbolism and the breadth of its imagery. The author has the uncanny ability to capture the different seasons of the heart while inviting readers to look past their hurts to discover a new beginning in the ending. Each poem is unique, concise, and filled with wisdom. Each poem is like a stream to drink from — fresh and invigorating. Each poem reflects the confidence and freedom of someone who speaks from the depths of things seen, touched and lived. Grief and Her Three Sisters warms the heart, roaming a range of feelings and emotions, from grief to epiphanies, from a strong sense of loss to acceptance. Grief and Her Three Sisters is a readable book of poetry with a message that is resonant, poignant, and insightful. This author has the ability to imbue his lines with arresting ideas while offering beautiful images to delight readers.  

Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo


Date: January 8, 2023