My Bones Are Love Gifts

Poetry - General
90 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2023
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Author Biography

Dawn Sperber is the author of Now, That's a Trick (Finishing Line Press, 2022), a magical realism chapbook of flash fiction based in New Mexico. Her lyrical stories and poems have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, PANK Magazine, Bourbon Penn, NANO Fiction, Hunger Mountain, Gargoyle, Zizzle Literary, Luna Station Quarterly, ONE ART, flashquake, Annalemma, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Third Wednesday, Witches & Pagans, Rosebud, The Pedestal, and elsewhere. A writer, editor, and artist in New Mexico and Texas, Dawn is drawn to authenticity, healing, and pursuing the mojo that motors us through the challenges. Find her at

    Book Review

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.