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Monday, February 23, 2015

Doll God - poems by Luanne Castle

I love poetry and always have.  I have slim volumes and huge anthologies on my shelves.  When asked to be a part of this blog tour, I was reminded that for some time, I've been neglecting my poetry reading.  And I rarely read anything new; returning time and time again to my favorite poems and favorite poets (John Donne, Dylan Thomas, T.S. Eliot, Marge Piercy, Gerard Manly Hopkins).  Poems about fairy tales are an exception--I love reading a re-interpretation of a fairy tale in poetic language. My favorites "fairy tale poets" are Anne Sexton and Jane Yolen.

Doll God

Book Description:
Consistently on Amazon's Hot New Releases in Poetry
Luanne Castle's debut poetry collection, Doll God, studies traces of the spirit world in human-made and natural objects--a Japanese doll, a Palo Verde tree, a hummingbird. Her exploration leads the reader between the twin poles of nature and creations of the imagination in dolls, myth, and art.

Although most reviewers have been pleased with this little volume, I only found a few poems that spoke to me. Again, it is a matter of taste, just like in novels.  Or perhaps, I just wasn't in the right mood.

Since all the reviews I read were 4-5 stars, I recommend that you read the poems yourself.  The fact that they did not resonate with me is of little importance--they may speak to you.

The Doll God Book Tour

Tour Stops:
Feb. 9: Patricia’s Wisdom (review)
Feb. 10: Everything Distills Into Reading (review)
Feb. 13: Bell, Book & Candle (review)
Feb. 14: Book Dilettante (review)
Feb. 19: Peeking Between the Pages (Author Guest Post)
Feb. 20: Peeking Between the Pages (review)
Feb. 22: Regular Rumination (review)
Feb. 23:  A Garden Carried in the Pocket (review)
Feb. 24: Bookgirl’s Nightstand (review)
March 1: Tea Leaves (review)
March 4: Diary of an Eccentric (review)
March 6: Savvy Verse & Wit (review)

Poetry.  2015.  86 pages.


  1. Thank you so much for being on the tour; I hope at a later time that these poems speak to you. The beauty of poetry is that it can be rediscovered.

    1. This is true. Sometimes a poem opens gradually.

  2. I enjoy reading poetry too, although do not read it too often. I feel as if poetry is even more something thing even more personal than a novel, speaking to each reader differently. I am sorry this collection didn't speak to you, Jenclair. It was nice of you to give it a chance though.

    1. You are right, poetry is more personal than a novel. :)

  3. Jenclair thank you for your honest review. This is what reading is about - sometimes a book will speak to us and sometimes not. That doesn't mean that someone else won't enjoy it. Like you, I also found this collection a bit hard to get into but still enjoyed reading a new poet. I'll have my review up soon.

    1. Reading anything, but especially poetry, is such an individual encounter. Most readers seem to have been more in tuned to these poems than I was.

  4. I agree; each poetry or novel speaks differently and sometimes it also has to depend on a reader's mood. ;-)

    1. I've often found that given time, a poem might present a new appreciation. Mood and circumstances have a huge influence on reading poetry.