I’ll admit, it scares me a little to review the work of others. What if they don’t like what I’ve said? What if I’ve misinterpreted them? What if, what if, what if?
Especially for a publication like ILLUMINATION, where all viewpoints are respected and free-speech is held in the highest regard.
I never could take to ballroom dancing. My special skill is stepping on toes.
Paroma Sen doesn’t realise, but she nudged me to complete the challenge of selecting works to highlight and review, by highlighting my work in her own challenge. I need to pay it forward now. But more than that, Paroma pointed out how important the ILLUMINATION tribe is to her, and I have to agree. This place gives us a voice, and introduces us to a community of voices; some of which will challenge us, some will teach us and some will befriend us.
I’m so grateful to have access to this diverse community, especially now, in the time of plague, where there’s not much more to sustain me than my brain and these four walls. ILLUMINATION is invaluable to me.
I’d like to highlight a few ILLUMINATION gems I’ve read recently, that made me laugh, and pulled me out of the plague doldrums (no simple task!).
1. Going For a Walk. Invisible to Others.
Dr John Rose is a constant source of delight for me here on ILLUMINATION. His work invites us to contemplate the profound interconnectedness of every day experiences, usually with a good dose of humour. My favourite poem from Dr John, is ‘Going For a Walk. Invisible to Others.’, a piece that ruminates (a little cheekily) on the oblivious nature of those who overuse their phones.
Going For A Walk. Invisible to Others.
I See People, They look through me, Invisible me. But my Kookaburra Friend Understands.
2. Soul Hole
Terry Mansfield is a regular around the ILLUMINATION village. I’m never quite certain when I click on one of Terry’s poems whether it will be funny, thought-provoking, or some combination of the two. Either way, my day is always better for reading his work. Here is a combination of funny and thought-provoking, in ‘Soul Hole’ by Terry Mansfield:
3. A Man I Knew
Amy Marley is a wellspring of positive energy. I only discovered Amy’s work recently, but it has already made a big impression on me. A love for life bursts out of every word, even the humorous, self-deprecating ones. Amy seems to me like a person who has life pretty squarely figured out. Her work showcases what’s important and what isn’t in life, and how to laugh about it all.
If you’ve come this far, thanks for reading my review of these ILLUMINATION gems. I hope they’ve brightened your day!
Paroma’s ILLUMINATION gems are here:
Gratitude Gems, Discovered
ILLUMINATION writing challenge: Paroma’s favorite discoveries through the past month
And thank-you, Dr Mehmet Yildiz for issuing this challenge in your piece:
This community is better for your unrelenting support, and I remain grateful for your encouragement of all the writers here.