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Anatomy of a Poet
C.J. Heck
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"There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken; a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable; a sorrow beyond all grief which leads to joy, and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. There is a hollow space too vast for words through which we pass with each loss, out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being." ~ Bri Maya Tiwari

That quote astutely describes not only my life, but the poetry in "Anatomy of a Poet".

One of six children, I grew up in a small Ohio town and married my high school sweetheart at nineteen. A Vietnam War widow at twenty, I went on too soon to marry and then divorce twice more. I made a lot of choices, some good, some not so good, but as one of the poems in the book ends, " least I made choices. How sad for those who merely hitchhike along, never daring to choose at all."

"Anatomy of a Poet" was written over a period of nearly forty years. The poetry is rich with memoir, rife with humor and, at times, sensual in nature.

Poetry can be daunting and hard to understand, but it doesn't have to be. I feel a poet has an obligation to write in a way that everyone can understand. Poems should flow softly through a poet's words, their meanings easily touching the heart and mind of its reader. If a poem comes from the heart, it will reach other hearts.

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Poetry to touch the soul:
I love this book. I often find poetry frustrating, sometimes inaccessible. Not so with CJ Heck's offerings. I haven't read through the whole book: poetry is not something to be rushed at, but something to be savored. Each poem evokes a different mood, a different response, so I like to read one occasionally, almost as a thought for the day.

Many of the poems are love songs with no need of music: they create their own in my heart. They resonate with me as a long-married lover.

If asked before if I liked reading poetry, I'd have pulled a face and said, 'Mmm...sometimes...if it rhymes, if it has rhythm." But it doesn't seem to matter whether CJ Heck's poems have rhythm or rhyme, they are beautiful.

I would recommend this book to all lovers of poetry and, especially, to all who think they are not."
Christine Campbell

"This is my kind of poetry. Direct, beautifully expressed and without a hint of pretension." ~Allison Cassidy

"CJ is predominately viewed as a writer of works for children, but CJ now carries over her approach to more adult themes. In doing so, she presents a profound world that is deeply sad, incredibly humorous and sometimes very intimate." ~Joseph Daly

"CJ Heck is a very talented author. Her words are enlightening and charismatic to people of all ages. It is a privilege and honor to read her prolific pen." ~Janet Caldwell (Managing Editor, Inner Child Magazine
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