Tears Against the Windowpane

Poetry - General
42 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2020
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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

Tears Against the Windowpane opens with The Park, but the second poem, For Samie, is a requiem. It takes only four four-line verses to express the innocence of the girl, Samie, tragically killed whilst driving at only twenty-one. Moving and beautiful, it led me on into a treasure trove of Katie Marshall’s freestyle poetry. It is unusual, and a delight, to find a collection that did not consist mainly of three lines and a title. These are poems that explore the subject rather than leaving the reader to guess or imagine their own scenario. It took me a while to read Why I Live in Maine because it was so vivid that I felt I was there too, and it was only when I awoke from the dream to turn a page, I remembered the long-ago visit it echoed.

The Death of Forever is one of the shorter poems in this compilation, more succinct than the rest, but anyone who has ever lost a lover to another will understand its meaning. Thinking of You that follows is about a long, heartfelt, hidden tragedy. The Scream shows a new aspect of Edward Munch’s revolutionary expressionist painting. Music called to me; “true music is found in the soul”. Do I have a favorite amongst so many? I do, and it is Finding God, although Phoenix Love comes a close second. Tears Against the Windowpane by Katie Marshall is a gift to poetry lovers worldwide who enjoy exploring facets of happiness and tragedy.