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Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite
From Peacock Lane: The Poetry and Prose of Emily Evans is a cultivated, accessible, and thoroughly beautiful collection. Edited and published by Emily’s daughter, this book memorializes the work of a life-long artist and her exceptional eye for capturing the depth of everyday moments. Organized into sections by location such as “Greenwich Village” and “Cocoa Beach,” the work shares vivid descriptions with the reader. Bucolic poems about rural life, familial connections, and a child’s view of disturbing difficulties comprise the opening sections. Later, the scenery shifts to New York with reflections on both the busy, urban aspects of life, along with the still and natural places. Love and loss are highlighted among tropical flora and fauna. The collection concludes with a suburban series that transports the reader into the pain and everyday experiences of not-quite-average people and their spaces.
Emily Evans captured my heart from the first page. From Peacock Lane showcases the poet’s brilliant way of drawing the observer into a moment with a few subtle images. Whether standing alongside a child delighted by baby animals or being overwhelmed with grief in a Floridian paradise, readers will experience the uniqueness and commonality of a life lived through each work. While this collection is artistic, the style is accessible to those beginning their foray into poetry. The poetry aficionado and the beginner alike will be satisfied. I eagerly anticipate the next volumes of this series.