The Collection

A poetic exploration of friendship, love, fantasies and the soulmate

Poetry - Love/Romance
100 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2020
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Author Biography

Jacqueline Belle currently lives in Manitoba, Canada with a strong connection to New Zealand. Jacqueline has traveled throughout the world and takes inspiration from the people and places she sees and meets along the way.

Jacqueline's debut poetry collection, 'When I Walk Upon the Earth', was published in paperback and on CD in 2019.

'The Collection: a poetic exploration of friendship, love, fantasies and the soulmate', will be releasing an accompanied poetry album and audiobook in November 2020.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

The Collection by Jacqueline Belle features elegant and passionate poems that explore themes about love, hope, nature, and sadness. The third poem, “I Know,” combines the soft, invigorating feelings from nature with the unspoken words and lingering questions between two people. In the poem “Reach Up,” the narrator inspires the need to reflect upon dreams and imaginations and to allow one to live and savor life’s different moments: “Let reality's sounds, smells, flavors and textures to surround you/ Engulf you.” While some poems are passionate, others are striking and realistic, exploring different aspects of love. In the poem “My Heart Lays Open,” the narrator experiences heart-rending pain from those they care about while the poem “Cherish” is about an enduring love that remains steadfast through times of happiness and darkness.

The poems drew me in by their clever use of language that engages the senses, such as in the first poem “My Morning Coffee”: “Steam curls upward/ creeping slowly/ under my chin/ I breathe in the thick/ musky smell.” Others employ metaphors to portray various circumstances. The symbolism held my attention as I worked on deriving the meaning of the poem. In “The Tree,” for instance, a boy picks the fruits of a tree without regard for the well-being of the tree. Personification utilized in the collection allowed me to connect even deeper with the themes explored in the poems such as in the poem “Sadness” that presents the feeling of sadness as a living thing that whispers and has ghostly fingers. Jacqueline Belle’s The Collection brings together poems that empower and inspire the imagination.

Julie Kusma

A look at the author's beautiful soul as revealed through the poetic moments of her everyday life. A beautiful experience to feel these emotions as you read. I highly recommend.

Holly Dobbie

Jacqueline Belle's book of poetry, The Collection, will find its way into the lost places of your heart and remind you that human connection is non-negotiable. Honest, tender-hearted, and fully relatable, Belle makes the world substantially more beautiful. I will read this book over and over as it will be my go-to source for inspiration.

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While love may be a subtext to the poems in the collection, they are, in fact, a searing celebration of life’s precious moments. The poems will stay in the minds of readers long after they finish the book.

This is an evocative and powerful contemplation of life and a must read for lovers of poetry.

Highly recommended!

Bella Rayne

The Collection was an interesting piece to read. It takes you across the full spectrum of emotions from raw and intense to sadness and loss. The very nature of life rings true through every word written. One of my favorites was the poem called The Tree. It really makes you stop and think about how you choose to show up in life.
As always, I love Jacqueline's work and wait patiently for her next creative adventure.

Laura Maybrooke

A beautiful, poetic exploration of the meaningful things!
It took me a long while to read this... not because there was a lot of it, but because what there was (still plenty) was thought-provoking. I love poetry just for that; what the words really mean is often more than just the words on paper. I loved this poetic exploration and read quite a few of them a couple of times. I love poetry that asks you questions; makes you consider your answers. As with her previous work, When I Walk Upon the Earth (which I recommend you also check out) shows that Jacqueline Belle really can create deep impressions and beautiful, meaningful words.
Amazon review March 22, 2020

Helen Whistberry

A collection of evocative, lyrical, passionate and sensual poetry. The author is a keen observer of moments both small and momentous. All of the senses are employed as she describes scenes and emotions with delectable details, so that the reader feels a part of the experience. There are common themes in many of the poems. "High Wire," "Balance," and "No More Tugging," for instance, explore the idea of what it means to seek peace and calm in the places in between. Others are more allegorical ("The Tree") and bear careful reading to parse out an interpretation that speaks to the reader and their own life experiences. "He is Here" is a more narrative piece and a bit of a masterwork of description and building suspense as a longed-for meeting unfolds. And many of the poems read almost as a meditation exercise, "Satisfaction" being my favorite; an exaltation of nature and becoming at one with the universe. Recommended for poetry lovers who seek out poets who pour their hearts out on the page and offer the words to us as a gift. (Note: I was provided an advanced copy of this work by the author in return for my honest opinion.)
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Duncan Wilson

A contemplation of compassion, caresses, and caring. A reflection of encounters both intimate and timorous, passionate and fragile. A study in carefully crafted verse of what it means to engage with another, and what it means to give of oneself, even when that giving might unnerve or trouble oneself. More than anything, these are poems about experiencing the affection of another and learning what it means to grow from that adventure, even if the ardor fades.
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