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JOY STREET: Poems ~Laura Foley

“Who would have thought poems about dead husbands, distanced fathers, and social awkwardness could evoke such a sense of hope, and even laughter?…this is the magic of Laura Foley’s latest collection of poetic narratives.”  (-Joni B. Cole, author of Toxic Feedback, Helping Writers Survive and Thrive.  From promotion material)

The JOY STREET poems are an autobiography in 33 short verses.


Over an omelet and toast Clara’s made for us, I
ask if she minds my morning silence, a time when spirit composes,
and if I listen quietly enough, I hope my pen will
translate its music for my mind.
Clara says we’re listening to a symphony of us,
with a bridge between our solos.

I have read this little book with its lovely verses a number of times.

JOY STREET poems are about life and love with sorrow, laughter, and cancer; illuminating love.

TLC Book Tours sent me this lovely – de  light  full PDF e-book for review.  I do so enjoy a good poem.  Thank you

I highly recommend this book even if you do not read a poem a day.

About the author:

Laura Foley is the author of four poetry collections.  The Glass Tree won the Foreword Book of the Year Award, Silver, and was a Finalist for the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Outstanding Book of Poetry. Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Inquiring Mind, Pulse Magazine, Poetry Nook, Lavender Review, and in the anthology, In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief.  She won Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Memorial Poetry Award and the Grand Prize for the Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Contest. She lives on a woody hill in South Pomfret, Vermont with her partner Clara Gimenez and their three dogs. Please visit her website for book information or more poems: laurafoley.net. (from the TLC tour page)

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6 Responses to “JOY STREET: Poems ~Laura Foley”

  1. Deborah Barker Says:

    Have only just got back to blogging so am catching up but wanted to wish you a very happy New year Patricia. Am looking forward to reading more reviews and adding more books to my list. X

    patricia Reply:

    Thanks Deborah for the lovely words

    Happy new year to you also how’s that new puppy?
    I am looking forward to your new story telling including Flossie and Charlie B tails

    I have pneumonia right now so slowed the pace a bit. Zip and I are just back to our big walks again

  2. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    This slim little book is definitely easy to read and reread. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J

    It is a lovely read. Just back to it for another read again

  3. Serena Says:

    I also found myself re-reading this collection and certain poems in the collection.

    patricia Reply:

    I enjoy the bits of twinkle emended lobely read