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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite
Body Language: Another Collection of Poems About Aging by Janet Cameron Hoult is a humorous collection of poems about growing older. No part of the body is spared in this book as the author pokes good-natured fun at the ears, eyes, nose, teeth, colon, heart, shoulders, back, skin, knees and more. The poems have a light-hearted feel as the author reminds us to retain our sense of humor (no matter what age) and not take aging so seriously. Fact of life: people age. So we can either embrace our aging bodies with love and laughter or just become old and bitter. Examples of the poems include “If I shake or nod my head to a song. The inside of my head sounds like a gong. That resounds and echoes in my ears. Reverberating loudly so I fear that you can hear it outside my head. An incredible noise that I dread” (ears) and “My memory bank is useless. It’s completely broke. It always seems to fail me. With the punch line of a joke” (mind).
I thought Body Language: Another Collection of Poems About Aging was an interesting read. I do think that it will appeal to aging readers (those with experience in the issues the poems discuss) more than young or middle aged readers based on the subject matter. The author takes a tactful but humorous approach to aging and it is also a clean read (nothing explicit or vulgar here). The main thought that I got from the book was to approach aging with a sense of humor; everyone ages, might as well embrace it!