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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
My Bones Are Love Gifts is a collection of poems by Dawn Sperber. There are thirty poems in this book and each one brings readers to an extraordinary realm that is both familiar and unusual. The Turning Time is a good example of the tone of the collection: "Each year’s the same/Spring wind strips away the dead leaves, readies the branches/and blows till the seeds and pollen fly/In order to grow, first, you must be blustered." The longing for redemption appears repeatedly, and often with a sense of resignation. It is as if the best one can do is to endure discomfort and bear witness to life itself. The poems here are written in free verse and are seldom predictable. Sperber is a poet who can transform the mundane into something magnificent.
Dawn Sperber’s My Bones Are Love Gifts is full of powerful and memorable poems that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page. Reading her work is like having an aesthetic experience, where the visuals are portrayed with such clarity that they resonate deeply. Illustrated with whimsical drawings, Sperber writes about innate magic, eternal moments, and the infinite self with ageless wisdom. At other times, she writes with childlike curiosity. Sperber pays tribute to the beauty and fragility of life and it’s an unforgettable read.