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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Since her teenage years, Maureen Himler has loved poetry. My Happy Place is a collection of her poems penned over 38 years, between 1984 and 2022. Himler's poems reflect the world as she saw it through the various stages of her life, beginning with putting her thoughts on paper as an adolescent, to finally becoming a wife and a mother as an adult woman in the prime of her life. Her poems capture a myriad of emotions, feelings, and moods as a child growing up in a small town in Cleveland to a little girl eagerly waiting for a letter from her father; to coming back to one's childhood home as an adult to reminiscing about a lover's songs. All her poems share different aspects of life such as nature, family, love, dreams, faith, society, and much more.
Emotionally resonant and filled with nostalgic fervor, Maureen Himler's stanzas find a way to pluck at your heartstrings, leaving you with a smile on your face. The poems cover a diverse range of styles and subject matter, and each feels distinct as they provide a brief glimpse through the window of that specific time of her life when they were written. From free verse poetry to sonnets and couplets, you will find many different rhyming structures throughout, each with a personal touch and feeling that strikes you at your core. All in all, My Happy Place is a mesmerizing collection for all poetry lovers out there.