Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Janet Cameron Hoult
Publisher: Outskirts Press
“So many things I’ve
got to do
It makes me tired, I’m telling you
I think I’ll sit and rest a while
And watch the others with a smile
Who handle tasks with energy bursts
But me, I’ll do my resting first.”
Janet Cameron Hoult writes in her poem titled “Resting First” in her book, Body Language: Another Collection of Poems About Aging.
Second in the collection of poetry on aging, this seventy-five-page paperback targets those who enjoy short poems that discuss growing older. With no profanity, the topics of body parts may not be appreciated by immature readers. Acceptable to current day writing of poetry, some of the poems lack proper punctuation.
After a dedication, the book is divided into twenty-one sections, usually the names of body parts. The ending includes acknowledgments and the author’s biography. With one poem per page, there are almost sixty offered.
Getting older can affect every body part from the top of our heads to the tip of our toes. Covering each limb, appendage, and coinciding issues that go with aging, the poems are from several lines to many stanzas long.
Be it the body as a whole or the ears, eyes, nose, and teeth, shoulder, hands, knees, toes, and feet are observed, complained about, or evaluated. More random topics of colonoscopies, diabetes, skin, hospitals, and word paintings are set to rhyming poem format, forcing the reader to understand and accept the body is aging.
Without being morose, depressive, or hopeless, the author looks at the funnier side of growing old, dealing with developing wrinkles, sagging body parts, and forgetting what has been forgotten.
Clean, cheeky, and crisp, this little book offers poems to cheer the elderly up, be it at a retirement or assisted living complex or while resting in a rocking chair during the golden years.
Having lived and traveled throughout the world, author Hoult lives in Southern California with her husband. Now in her seventies, the senior citizen has won an award for her first book in the collection as she notices the comical side of the body aging.
Thanks to Outskirts Press and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.