Review from Serious Reading.com
4 and 1/2 stars
This is a humanizing book of poetry that covers just about anything. These poems inspire you to get out there and do something great, make you think about the things you can probably relate with but were not able to describe properly before, and force you to contemplate upon the deep thoughts written in the form of mesmerizing poetry.
The ideas are very mature and philosophical. There is stuff about change and evolution, and then there are poems about accepting yourself and self love. The poems are delightfully balanced and for those who need to hear the right thing at the right time, they are sure to be of great comfort. There is something about the rhythm in the poems that creates a beautiful tone and has a stronger effect than mere words written without a poetic connection. Once you get your hands on this book, you will realize that the author is inspired by nature, and a few pages ahead, you'll understand exactly what she wants you know about it.
Veronica Thornton a.k.a. Vee was always gifted with the art of verbal and written communication although she was never a big talker yet quite the observer and listener.
Vee currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio is a survivor of domestic violence and mother of two. In her youth she wrote notes to herself and others when she could not verbalize what she was feeling. Many thought her writings to be poetic and inspiring in nature. Her empathetic feelings caused her to keep writing later in life as a way to release all the emotions and questions that were presented to her that otherwise remained nonverbal. While most of her writings remained private it was during her educational pursuits Vee was strongly encouraged to pursue a writing career due to her versatility in topics, styles and ability to articulate her thoughts in a clear, creative yet relatable manner.
Vee is a member of the OAC along with belonging to various online poetry groups. Vee has previously contributed to online magazines along with being included in a poetic anthology and compilation of stories and poems for domestic violence.
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Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Universal Colloquies Inside of Me by Veronica Thornton is a collection of poems inspired by Veronica's own personal struggle and life. I found the title of the book intriguing and the poetry even more so. Universal Colloquies Inside of Me starts with a brief introduction by the author through a poem that beautifully expresses what to expect from the poems and, in fact, the rest of the collection does not disappoint. With titles such as Salty Tears, Ride or Die, and No Fairytales, the poems are a mix of tragic and hopeful, love and disappointment, sorrow and joy, and beautifully capture the inner emotions and feelings that are often left unsaid and unexpressed.
Universal Colloquies Inside of Me by Veronica Thornton is unique in the sense that it is inspired by the author's own personal life and journey. The issue is a particularly important one since Veronica herself has been the victim of domestic violence. The poems are touching and, at the same time, filled with a strong sense of self and strength as Veronica puts on paper the emotions and feelings inside that cannot always be expressed verbally. I found the collection to be extremely inspiring and I ended up having a few favorites such as "Ugly" and "When" that I would want to go back and re-read. I also greatly appreciated the fact that the book highlights important social issues such as domestic abuse/violence, racism, and what it means to be a woman in this society. This is definitely a collection I would want to read more than once!
Who Am I
I’m the caterpillar that turns into the butterfly
I’m the whispering in the winds when you walk by
I’m the light behind the twinkling in your eyes
I’m sometimes the conscious you despise
I can be your worst nightmare or your best friend
I can help end life or help it begin
I’ll be there when you lose and there when you win
I can keep an open-mind or give a swift kick in the behind
I’m your relief when you are stressed
I’m the ears that listen to the releasing of your unrest
Divinely created I am a woman truly blessed.
4.0 out of 5 stars ~ Uplifting & Inspiring
By L. J. Diaz on May 26, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're looking for intellectual poetry with a philosophical nature then look no further. This collection is incredibly thought provoking & inspiring. Whilst I couldn't directly relate to all of the issues described, the writing was insightful & honest, and overall left me feeling uplifted. Nice work.