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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Convictions of the Heart is a collection of poems that allows us to view places and thoughts from a different perspective. John L. Holgerson reflects on time and memories that he captures as moments. He demonstrates that everything around us can appear more beautiful if we see it through poetry. If we pay attention, feelings and situations take on a different tone. Extraordinary experiences are within reach even while walking the streets, observing the surroundings, or feeling the night. John tells little stories in some of his poems and narrates the things he sees at a particular instant. His poetry is to be read calmly and then reflected on. John writes about timeless situations and current moments.
Convictions of the Heart showcases the life of a poet who finds inspiration all around him. John L. Holgerson can be in a bar or feel the sand on the beach and write about it with the same sense of harmony. You can feel his pleasure in writing. I recommend this collection to those seeking inspiration to write poetry themselves. John also describes how meeting someone for just a few moments can make a lasting impression. He talks about his experience as a poet and the reactions of his readers. It is surprising how he develops stories in just a few words. John includes anecdotes about sharing his poetry, which is why Sorrows of an Old Poet was one of my favorites. John examines the subjectivity with which readers view poets and poetry, and he quotes various opinions that he has received. This is an enjoyable read that teaches you to appreciate every moment.