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Reader Views Posts an Awesome 5-Star Review for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Reader Views Review

I am so happy to receive this lovely review from Reader Views…  I’m posting the “Overall” first, since it means a lot to me:

Overall, “A Penny for Your Thoughts” by Sherrill S. Cannon is a remarkable, inspiring compilation of thoughts and poems which will captivate all type of readers as they relate deeply with the simple life messages and heartfelt feelings shared by the author. It is a five star little book that will touch the person within, and one I will surely re-visit and share over and over again.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. (2017)
ISBN 9781946540560
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (01/18)

“A Penny for Your Thoughts” by Sherrill S. Cannon is a compilation of poems in different forms. I have seen and loved the author’s work in children rhymes, so was eager to explore this new side of Sherrill Cannon’s writing.

The content of this book reflects feelings which we all might have encountered on different occasions and within different stage of our lives. Cannon organized her poems in three major groups that encases feelings of ‘Heads – Love and Friendship,’ ‘Spinning – Of Related Emotions,’ and ‘Tails – of Heartache and Anguish.’ At the same time it represents the flight of a tossed penny.

In my opinion the tossed penny represents the randomness of our feelings in a life time. I found all forms of verse, sonnets and play words awesome, and truly loved her rhymes. The messages within her words were not only deep; they are so relatable to anyone. Although I can’t really pick a favorite as I loved all of them, there was one that touched me to my core. I quote it below as I believe it to be the perfect example of the author’s skill of expressing complex deep messages, while making them feel natural, harmonious and simple:

‘OLD WOMAN

Life sketches echoes of the past

Across her face: lines around her eyes

And mouth, furrows on her forehead – cast

In permanent parchment. The creases so disguise

The woman still inside, no one can see

The little child or lovely maid within.

The mind that looks on life so eagerly

Is hidden by the wrinkles of the skin.

For what is youth, but just a state of mind –

A way to look on life – to stay aware?

And who can say what love that one could find,

If one could know the person hidden there;

The youthful laughing girl who lives inside…

And cannot understand why she’s denied.’

Overall, “A Penny for Your Thoughts” by Sherrill S. Cannon is a remarkable, inspiring compilation of thoughts and poems which will captivate all type of readers as they relate deeply with the simple life messages and heartfelt feelings shared by the author. It is a five star little book that will touch the person within, and one I will surely re-visit and share over and over again.

Thank you so very much…My heart is smiling!

Nice New Year’s Review from Readers Favorite for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Pinnacle Award Winner

So pleased to receive the following lovely review for

A Penny for Your Thoughts from Reader’s Favorite:

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers’ Favorite

“A Penny for Your Thoughts by Sherrill S. Cannon is a collection of one hundred and fifty-four poems on the theme of the many and varied aspects of love. Beautifully illustrated with black, grey and white sketches by KJ of Kalpart, Ms. Cannon explores love and friendship, related emotions, and heartache and anguish. The three sections comprise very different views of the title subject. Love and Friendship includes A Sign, a poem about the promise of spring. Related Emotions embraces work still more diverse, appealing to children, adult lovers, and citizens of an unenlightened world. Heartache and Anguish: cold, chill, barren, loss, tears, holocaust, and death. A Penny for Your Thoughts will appeal strongly to those who venture into reading poetry for the first time.

Sherrill S. Cannon’s poetry is mainly freestyle, but the contribution I found most intriguing and unexpected were the haikus. There is one called Autumn to be found in the Related Emotions section, and another entitled Grief towards the end. Fall, amongst the Heart and Anguish collection, is the cleverest, literally falling from “The geese are flying South again” to “S”, the point at the bottom of gradually shortening lines. Every reader will have their own favourites. Mine are A Poet’s Photograph, and Forever Love, which is appropriately in the last section; it is a heart-breaker that compares love to a butterfly, delicate and easily destroyed. A Penny for Your Thoughts is a true coffee-table book; it has a poem somewhere within it for everyone.”

Lovely Review from a Classmate

Pinnacle Award Winner

Letter from Betsy – A Penny for Your Thoughts

I was able to start your book and fell in love with it from the first page…I am wondering how to write you what I felt as there were so many emotions running through me from beginning to end.  It was as though you lived inside me and knew exactly what my thoughts were and I couldn’t figure out how you could do that.  I kept wondering if you were just a marvelous writer or if you really had had glances of love and loss in your life.  I put myself in your place all the time and realized early on that…I was always thinking of other people I knew.  I think I liked the first part of the book the best as it was so loving and gentle, but I did find that at the end I was identifying very much with the poems about the seasons, how I was growing older and the end is in sight.  I really am impressed that you and I think so much alike.  And yet you have the most beautiful way of expressing yourself, something that I couldn’t possibly do and which would never occur to me.  There was a poem about in the middle that I almost melted away with about loss and all I could think about was our son.  It expressed my thoughts exactly and yet I can’t tell you the name of it… I wonder if this is enough of a commentary on your lovely book.  I am so grateful to you for giving it to me and I am a better person for having read it.  It was sweet, gentle, very often real and always enlightened. Thank you for my gift…The book was really perfectly done.” Congratulations!  Much love and thanks…

A Penny for Your Thoughts Wins Pinnacle Achievement Award!

Poems of Love and Loss…
Feelings Into Words

So pleased to receive this email today, announcing that A Penny for Your Thoughts has received a Pinnacle Achievement Award!!

“Dear Sherrill,

Congratulations!

Your book has been chosen one of the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners for Fall 2017.”

Winner of Pinnacle Award

Congrats to Barton Johnson too!

Thank you Victoria Ross of the San Diego Examiner

Poems of Love and Loss…
Feelings Into Words

Thank you for the nice comments by Victoria Wagner Ross of the San Diego Examiner about A Penny for Your Thoughts.

A Penny For Your Thoughts is simply the most beautiful book of poetry. Thoughts of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her sensitive sonnets are shadows in some of Cannon’s poems. The lovely style of blending and weaving words to evoke feeling is well done. The poetry touches on topics of age, youth, nature, and love with deep emotion such as “Frozen Wasteland” and “My Tree”. The poetry exceeds her wonderful children books that hinted through the Dr. Seuss homage of rhyme delivering gentle lessons with deeply felt emotions of humanity. How wonderful this A Penny For Your Thoughts book of poetry arrives in time for the holidays the time of wonderment and renewal.