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Reviewed by Carolina Restrepo for Readers' Favorite
Gentle Memories / Random Thoughts is a beautiful collection of poems. The subjects vary from love, experience, loss, happiness, even ants, and mostly with different observations about life. George R. Hopkins has a special way of portraying his thoughts and feelings on some of the most trivial and important aspects of our lives. The poems bring to life people and suffering, which will most definitely be similar to people’s life experiences. They seem almost as if yanked from someone’s diary, that is how real they are. They may be very private yet these are definitely universal feelings, memories, and topics. The poems help the reader remember that tiny details, small moments, and unconventional things in life are as important as big celebrations, milestones, and overall picture-perfect experiences.
I loved this collection of poems as much as I love reading. They all brought me a sense of peace, and most of all, I felt as if I wasn’t alone in the world, having feelings that can sometimes be too overwhelming. Some poems made me think about my past, some about my present, and there were a few that knocked the air out of my lungs and made me wish my future was here already. I related to many of the characters’ sufferings, experiences, thoughts, and dreams. This is one of those books that are just essential for any household; there will be moments when you don’t relate to a certain poem, but give it time, your experience will come, and you will feel as if this book warned and prepared you for what was coming.