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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite
If You Have Something to Say, Margaret: Poems by Marge Barrett is a thought-provoking collection of poems. Through these poems, we gain insight into the author’s life, her faith and family, and her experiences while traveling the world. Marge Barrett describes many moments in life such as the security of growing up in a large family, the uncertainty of choosing a path in life, becoming a mother, and grieving the loss of a parent. The author also vividly captures snapshots in time, from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Beautiful descriptions of the natural world are given as the author recalls growing up in Minnesota and time spent by the water. With this collection of poems, Barrett depicts day to day occurrences and significant moments in life with clarity, compassion and heartfelt emotion.
If You Have Something to Say, Margaret: Poems by Marge Barrett are poems that read like vignettes from the author’s life. Barrett skillfully weaves all of the poems together while sharing the story of her life. I found it very interesting to learn about the author in this way. It was fascinating to learn that the author courageously made changes in her life when she felt that she needed to. These are poems that will make you laugh, think, and cry while reading them. Marge Barrett’s poetry is filled with emotions we can all relate to, with sadness, fear, joy, and hope. If You Have Something to Say, Margaret is a highly recommended read.