Crossing Places


Poetry - General
110 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2018
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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

Crossing Places by Ernestine Cowalton is a collection of entrancing poems about love, loss, survival, and generally life and its twists and turns. Each of the poems tell a different story, but in a way they all come together to form one captivating read about the war, about the emotional turmoil the war brought for those fighting it, and especially for those left behind, and about everyday life. Together these poems form an entrancing story that is excellently built, describing a journey through time. The poems, some describing everyday life experiences, and others bringing you one of a kind situations, will touch your soul and you will feel the emotions of the voices behind the words.

Crossing Places by Ernestine Cowalton is a unique compilation of poems describing unique circumstances, or everyday situations, but with unique emotional outcomes. Some of these poems deliver highly emotional situations and descriptions while others transform what would otherwise have been everyday situations into deeply touching reads. Through these words, you will feel the emotions of those leaving, those departed, and those left behind, but most importantly, you will feel the love spoken through their words. Ernestine Cowalton's poems tell a tale of a full life cycle and all the ups and downs that complete it; war, love, loss and life. Through these poems, this complete story comes to life, told in so few words and yet so deeply touching. Each poem will bring you a different part of this journey as it moves through time to complete the tale.

Rabia Tanveer

Crossing Places by Ernestine Cowalton is a book of wonderful poems on multiple perspectives of war and how it affects people. It is divided into three parts and each brings something new to the table. I really liked the first poem, Soldier. It was filled with a level of mind numbing understanding that only comes when you have resolved your heart and mind.

The imagery, symbolism and the descriptions were amazing. Although I’m not a poetry person and I generally stay away from poems, there was something about this book that entranced me. Poems usually go straight over my head, I don’t understand their meaning, and I certainly don’t understand how I should read them. Funnily enough, I did not have this problem with Crossing Places. It was smooth and very easy to read and understand.

Commenting on the way it was written, the poems are fulfilling and instill strong emotions in the mind of the reader and I really, really liked that. It had a great impact on me and I know I will not be looking at soldiers and people affected by war the same way. But these poems are not only about war, there are poems on peacetime as well. I also really enjoyed the poems that reflect general feelings. All in all, this is a wholesome collection of poems that everyone will enjoy.