Book Review: What’s in the Blood
In her latest collection of short poems, What’s in the Blood, Cheryl Denise shares everything from childhood memories to religion to growing old. Denise often makes Bible references, discussing her wonderment about her Canadian Mennonite roots.
The West Virginia poet lives near Philippi, in the intentional community of Shepherds Field. What’s in the Blood is her second book of poetry published by Cascadia Publishing House. She also just completed a spoken word poetry CD, Leaving Eden, with mandolin and guitar music by Ben Regier.
Cheryl explores all of life’s beginnings and endings, beliefs, forgiveness, being female, and raising livestock in her work. Many of her poems have West Virginia themes. Often times, she turns grave topics into light-hearted tales we can all relate to with a sense of comfort.
Cheryl’s first book through Cascadia Publishing House, I Saw God Dancing, was the winner of the 1998 WV Writers Poetry Competition. You can find What’s in the Blood by e-mailing email@example.com or on amazon.com and bn.com. Look for her CD on cdbaby.com or by e-mailing Cheryl.