Feathered Quill Review of A Dime is a Sign

Thank you to Feathered Quill Book Reviews for this lovely review of A Dime is a Sign: Poems of Love and Loss

By: Sherrill S. Cannon
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC
Publication Date: September 2018
ISBN: 978-1949483208
Reviewed by: Anita Lock
Review Date: November 2018

Award-winning author Sherrill Cannon provides plenty to ponder in her next installment of poems of love and loss, A Dime is a Sign.

Before Cannon’s poetry turned into book form, they were first used for other purposes. While some poems focused on personal reflection, the majority were designed to offer counsel to teens and comfort to friends who were going through difficult times in their lives.

As with her first book, A Penny for Your Thoughts, Cannon’s newest keeps to the same “Love & Loss: Coin Toss?” framework with three sections earmarked as “Heads—Of Love and Friendship,” “Spinning—Of Related Emotions,” and “Tails—Of Heartache and Anguish.”

Cannon’s love-and-loss theme is a wonderful balance between human’s mercurial emotions and God’s mind-boggling, unconditional love. A true wordsmith, Cannon first- and second- person writings capture the sentiment of wherever love (or the lack thereof) leads in particular situations. Her creativity expressed into one-hundred-plus poems are made up of sonnets, haikus, blank verse, free-form verse, quatrains, and couplets, to name a few.

Cannon’s human-interest poems delve into areas of the heart. Her words are clear as she candidly and deftly conveys the highs and lows of love. Examples include closeness to loved ones; joy (across the board); the beauty of nature; the tenacity of God’s love; encouragement; and the freedom that comes with various “love” breakthroughs.

Opening with the bulk of her work, Cannon immediately draws readers in through her uplifting words, sending an inferenced reminder that we are not alone in our experiences of happiness and sorrow as we travel on this love journey. Parts two and three keep to words of encouragement while weaving in related emotions, such as hurt, anger, false love, and fear of rejection.

Much of her poetry is designed in sonnets that lean heavily between Shakespearean sonnets and Petrarchans. Of course, Cannon does not confine her talents to these forms of expression. As mentioned earlier, she explores other methods. One such example is an hourglass poem titled “Self-Condemnation,” which begins and ends the same and can be read from top to bottom or vice versa. Here is an excerpt:

“Hypocrite! Damn you to the ends of your false world!
Strip away the blind self-righteousness from your mind;
Tear down the wall of martyrdom around your heart;
Wake up and see yourself for what you truly are:
A selfish, immature, thoughtless mediocrity.”

Another is “Before,” a syllabic poem that decreases with each stanza. Here it is in its entirety:

“Before I met you,
My life was full –
I was happy
And content …
But now
I know
What I
Missed.”

While Cannon’s work contains powerful messages pertaining to love for readers to ruminate on, she hopes that A Dime is a Sign will also open the doors to healing.

Quill says: A Dime is a Sign is thought provoking from beginning to end.

For more information on A Dime is a Sign, please visit the publisher’s website at: sbprabooks.com/sherrillscannon

Another Lovely 5-Star Review for A Dime is a Sign

Six 5-Star Reviews!!!

Thank you to Lorilyn Roberts, Founder of the John 3:16 Marketing Network for this lovely 5-Star review for A Dime is a Sign:

“A Dime is a Sign is vulnerable, introspective, and a masterpiece of emotional catharsis

Touched my heart in a way I didn’t expect. I found myself reliving moments that had been buried deep in the sands of time. And that’s what good poetry does. It lingers, makes you stop, and remember – the hills, the valleys, the ebbs, the flows, the good, and the bad. A Dime is a Sign allowed me to open up my feelings to myself.

I think sometimes I’m afraid to feel. Or I’m afraid to think about difficult subjects – love, loss, failure, disappointment, broken friendships, the “what could have been’s ” – and yet, how can we appreciate God’s goodness if we don’t remember the hard places we’ve endured, those unfortunate turns that sent us screaming, crying, shouting, or pouting?

I remember one poem brought to mind some roses that I admired many years ago that were part of a rose competition. I never knew there could be so many different varieties, so many different colors, and so many spectacular blends. How could the judges choose just one winner?

I think A Dime is a Sign resurrected that memory because God has been telling me for a while – stop and see the beauty in the land of the living. Feel more, taste more, dream more, embrace life more – in all its fullness and nuances. Don’t be afraid to feel love, sadness, dejection, or anger. It’s in feeling that God restores our soul and gives us more of Himself.

In this fast-paced world in which we live, perhaps it’s just too easy to forget the beautiful sounds and rhythm of well-written poetry. We need to remember the beauty of words stunningly put together draw a portrait of our humanness. It’s our frailties, passions, hopes, and despairs that give us commonality with the world and with each other. I needed to be reminded of many things that had been put away in a crowded box of the forgotten. In feeling deeply, I know I’m still alive.

I thank Sherrill S. Cannon for taking me down a road less traveled (at least for me) and helping me to be more than I was before. Helping me to slow down and risk living at a slower pace

I’m good at building invisible walls so I stay in the middle of the road on which I travel. At least today, I ventured out along the edges where I stopped and picked up stones that were beautiful and redemptive. Beautiful poetry has a strange way of doing that.

A Dime is a Sign is vulnerable, introspective, and a masterpiece of emotional catharsis. Enjoy the read to the fullest.”

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Nice Comment from Fellow Author, Christine Cazes

A Dime is a Sign –  a companion volume to A Penny for Your Thoughts

Nice to find this lovely comment on FB this morning…

“I’m very pleased to know Sherrill, an award winning author of children’s books and recently two poetry books entitled “A Penny For Your Thoughts” and “A Dime Is A Sign”!!

I’m still reading the thought provoking poems in her newest book “A Dime Is A Sign”!! I love reading them!!!”

 

Christine has recently released two lovely children’s books:  Punkin and Gem.

(Punkin is particularly appropriate at Halloween time!)

A Dime is a Sign Accepted as Global eBook Nominee 2019

Five 5-Star Reviews!!!

Nice to receive the notification that A Dime is a Sign has been accepted as a Global eBook Nominee for the 2019 Awards!  This book of poetry is also about trying to put feelings into words, and is a companion volume to the award-winning A Penny for Your Thoughts. Both ebooks are available on amazon.com at $4.99 each.

Congratulations!

Ebook(s) Accepted

America’s 50andWe Test…

I was thinking about the divisiveness occurring in our United States, and lamenting the seeming lack of empathy… so wrote this this morning…

America’s 50andWe Test

I made the grade, I passed the test –

I’m standing out from all the rest

I got my test results today…

Please let me tell you what they say:

 

They say I’m white and red and brown,

Some black and yellow also found…

I’m Christian, Muslim, Islam, Jew

And Atheist is in there too.

 

I’m male and female sometimes both,

Part is grown and some needs growth…

I’m young and old and in between,

And sometimes nice and sometimes mean.

 

I’m part of all, and all of us,

Composing all of our U.S…

Republican or Democrat,

We must unite, be proud of that

 

Which makes us strong and makes us free

To be the best that we can be…

The 50 states that makes us “we”

Our land of love and liberty!

                                                                                    …Sherrill S Cannon

Please let’s come together and have “united” in our DNA…

A Penny for Your Thoughts Highlighted on the Top Shelf Magazine

Ten Awards for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Fun to find on the Top Shelf Highlights:

Finalist – Top Shelf Magazine

Award placement to be announced in their Holiday Edition!

See a Penny?…Good Luck!

Another 5-Star Review for A Dime is a Sign

Five 5-Star Reviews!!!

Thanks so much to Jannifer Powelson, co-founder of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, for this lovely review of A Dime is a Sign.

“A Dime is a Sign – Poems of Love and Loss” is the second collection of published poems by Sherrill S. Cannon. The book is divided into three sections: Heads (Love and Friendship), Spinning (Related Emotions), and Tails (Heartache and Anguish), that deal with emotions, plus a few poems sprinkled among them that are nature themed. Ms. Cannon’s poems are written in a way that even non-poets can easily understand and relate to. Whether dealing with issues pertaining to friendship, new love, lost love, enduring love, broken relationships, or death, there are poems in this book that will speak to you and possibly help you. Ms. Cannon’s verse is lively and upbeat reading, making the poems easy for readers to absorb and apply to what they are feeling in their own lives.”

(She has also informed me that her teenage daughter is impatiently awaiting her turn to read the book!  She loved the first one, A Penny for Your Thoughts…)