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Waves of Grace by Anna Grace is a collection of poetry that can bring your awareness to a deeper level. The author writes intelligently of life, love, and situations with an empathetic, literary tone. Some of the subjects she writes about include illness, fear, family dysfunction, loneliness, death, grief, and confusion. Some poems are serious and nuanced, while others are surface and straightforward, but all convey thoughts and feelings you can relate to. A lot of poetry is vague, abstract, with esoteric meaning only the author understands, but Grace's poems are highly relatable and accessible. These are poems you can read casually on a park bench, or study in a literature class. When Grace writes about illness, she chooses symbolic imagery that plays like movie scenes in your mind, and this technique causes you to relate to similar experiences in your own life.
Lines like these are sensitive and impressive: "I like a man who can cry in front of me. And rest his dragon wings in my lap. I like the sound of a grown man weeping, like somehow a new earth is being born." This author is skilled at elevating language to that place of beauty, even when talking about harsh, unsettling subjects. This technique involves the reader, rather than repels. A good poet knows how to relay a message that can be interpreted in many different ways, and Grace does this to perfection. She writes about childhood, adolescent angst, adult disappointments, and victories. She writes about communication and the lack of it, about growing and learning, and about coming into your own and finding happiness. Weakness and strength. Lightness and darkness. Innocence and experience--these are just some of the themes she covers. Waves of Grace by Anna Grace is the perfect collection of poetry to read if you're new to poetry or think that poetry all sounds the same. Grace has an individual voice that rises above most contemporary poets today.