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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Reflections of a Life in Poetry by Kenny Rager is a heartfelt, ebullient collection of wise and inspirational poems from an experienced poet with a natural feel for the musicality of language. This collection of fifty of Rager’s poems, written over a period of thirty-two years, is handily organized into themed sections - “Holiday Poems,” “Love Poems,” “Encouragement Poems,” “In Fondest Memory Poems,” etc. - making it a perfect volume for those who occasionally have the need or opportunity to share an inspiring or relevant quote in a public speaking situation. Rager’s poems are, without exception, eminently quotable. From “Don’t Forget to Say I Love You”: “We often take for granted we’ll see a friend once more/you never know if they are your last words out the door/Don’t forget to say I love you, don’t fail to show you care.”
Rager makes it clear that he is eager for readers to share his poems; at the end of “I Trust You My Heart” and its companion “You Can Trust Me Your Heart,” he offers optional last lines to be used when the poems are included in wedding vows. The fifty poems in Reflections of a Life in Poetry by Kenny Rager are always inspirational and often reflect Christian values, albeit never overtly so. One of the loveliest poems in the collection is the book’s dedication, written in rhyming pairs and offering genuinely heartwarming wisdom that somehow manages never to read like a list of platitudes. It is a delightful surprise to read such a volume of heartfelt rhymes that miraculously avoid being trite or saccharine. Rager’s poems are ideal for those who like their verse to rhyme but grow weary of greeting card sentiment. Every one of the fifty poems in Reflections of a Life in Poetry is uplifting and well crafted - the collection is truly a delight to read.