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November 29, 2018
Born in Bombay, India author Chriselda Barretto now lives in Belgium and has mixed roots Anglo-Indian and Goan-Portuguese. In addition to writing she is an Inflight Safety Training Instructor in the Aviation Industry. She is also a professional modern jazz dancer.
In this well designed book – a combination of images and shapes placed well with the many poems and prose Chriselda offers – we are privileged to musings by an obviously thoughtful and caring person. The thoughts are clear, well written and musical
This book is divided into sections – Intrigue, Romantic, Joy, Dreamer, Inspire, Thoughts, Philosophical, Trust, Broken, and Love each with little moments spark the imagination and support the growth of the visual and the emotional spirit. Some examples follow:
Awaken me like you do
Every morning be t rain, shine or hue
Build in me thoughts so free
Cause it helps me foresee
This enhancing feel of love and cheer
Heartfelt, warm, full of all the is dear
Allow me the will
To clear for you a place, quiet and still
To feed me with you love-spliced pill!
Squares of pearls
Blotching out the swirls
Made by this magical brush
Strokes of molten gold
Beneath the soft lead
Shading the brown summer bread
Silvery lines whinnying over
All the flurry of the cover
Turn over the page
Dipping in the red
Splash the colours
Lava on the run
Heat up the crazy burn!
Take the plunge
Scrape off the tar
As soft as black butter
Get on with the next spar!
This is yet another fine book by Chriselda to stimulate thoughts and perceptions and to encourage each of our emotions.Grady Harp, November 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars / This Read Was an Enjoyable, Learning Experience for Me
November 9, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third Chriselda Barretto book that I have finished in less than a week and I am pleased to tell you that it was an enjoyable, learning experience for me with its poems and their storylines and all. I truly found this book entertaining and suitable for my reading tastes I am so happy to recommend it to you to go ahead and order it for your Kindle collection right now. The poems here are multi-themed, with elements ranging from romance to thriller to inspirational. In all honesty, I have found a poetry book (here) that mirrors my own books that I have written and published. Just to give a preview of what I liked from this book, here are a few quotes or lines that I am sure will help you make your ultimate decision on buying it for yourself or your loved one for this upcoming gift-giving holiday season this year!
“Raindrops falling from eyes/ teardrops falling from the skies/…Pain to bring joy/ Happiness to lead to suffering…” I found the subjects in these lines to be opposite of each other, yet they are so true which shows Barretto’s amazing wisdom and insight.
“Under the bright moonlight/ cometh she out her mound/ skin glistening like/ little shimmering diamonds/ yearning for love and affection/ always facing rejection…” This has dual meanings for me. There is the mermaid from Andersen’s fairy tale and then there is the man/woman who faces rejection when they just want love and affection therefore it is forbidden love…
Other poems and prose in this fascinating and magical book of Barretto’s are obviously influenced by her ethnic heritage’s Hinduism where she mentions names of deities of that religion throughout the book and it’s all so beautiful to my reading tastes. (I like it when someone has vast knowledge of his or her multicultural background.)
There are also poems that tell stories of romance and love that I am happy to inform you to have inspired me in my own plans for my third poetry collection. I tell you if there is a poet out there that has a fresh voice and point of view right now for me it would be Barretto here. I love how she manipulates the structure of her poetic lines to make them rhyme with each other, that to me, is talent and yes, Barretto has incredible talent. Her English vocabulary level is vast and she knows a lot to give her poems here that professionalism that great poets and writers possess.
I really enjoyed this third book of hers and I wholeheartedly urge you to give her a chance, order a copy of this beauty for yourself to experience her gift for yourself. I recommend this book to all those who love skillful poetry and prose, because you will be amazed by her unique and fresh voice. One final note: I truly enjoyed this work of hers from the other two I previously reviewed because this is art at its best and it has inspired me to write poems that will follow her technique. Good stuff, way to go Barretto!
4.0 out of 5 stars / A solid read
November 12, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Another good read from Barretto. The majority of Dreams and Dew I found particularly enveloping and tender, although at times I did feel it got a little Hallmark-y, overall a positive experience. This is the third of Barretto’s books I’ve read, and continue to class her as one of my recent favorite author discoveries.
Barretto’s proclaimed mission of bringing poetry back to its glory is am ambitious one, and although I’m not sure Dreams and Dew will do this, I can definitely see it resonating strongly with the romantic fiction crowd.
4.0 out of 5 stars / Creative Poetry from a passionate author!
October 15, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third piece I’ve read from Barretto. This is a poetry/prose book, broken down into sections (outlined in the Table of Contents…which, as an aside, was kind of hard to read due to the first letter of each title being a fancy font). The poems are good for a new, enthusiastic and emerging author. Most of the rhymes felt natural, the pacing is sound in the majority of the poems (and the others are likely the fault of my interpretation, not the author). At the end, she includes a bit from “The Creep” (which I’ve read and enjoyed). This really shows her word creativity (see the poem entitled “B i/e tterness for example”). Despite this being a book of poetry and prose, I found there to be very little prose (none, actually, unless you count the theory on resonance bit).
Overall this collection is very creative and has some really good poems in here. The author is passionate, creative, and full of emotion and it’s all proven as she bleeds ink on the page.
5.0 out of 5 stars / Emotional Poetry
October 29, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read poetry from Chriselda Barretto before an really enjoyed her unique form of storytelling, so decided to try ‘Dreams & Dew’ too, which is so different to her previous work ‘The Creep’, but was still great to read. Whilst ‘The Creep’ was malevolent and eerie, ‘Dreams & Dew’ was poetry with real emotion. It is full of heart and soul, and there were so many poems that touched my heart. I have to say that my favourite was probably ‘Lost and Found’. It was short and sweet, but has a powerful message, when you have a broken heart, there is still love to give and receive all around you.
If you enjoy poetry, this will be a great addition to your collection.
4.0 out of 5 stars / Wonderful Collection
October 12, 2018
Dreams & Dew: Poems & Prose by Chriselda Barretto is a great collection that showcases Barretto’s talents and emotions. From the poem I Dare You to the poem Passing, and everything in between, these poems and prose exhibit an awareness of oneself, an immersion into the author’s psyche, and a bit of the macabre. This is quite a mix, and there is plenty here to choose from. With about 240 pages, you get a real sense for what Barretto is trying to convey in all of her incarnations. Once you have read all the poems, go back and read them again to fully absorb their meaning. With subtle touches of soft illustrations, this collection is the complete package, well put together, and a great addition to your library. Highly recommend for an interesting reading adventure.
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