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Posted August 6, 2006
'Light Filling My Bones' is a beautiful collection of poems telling of author Dorothy Anderson's childhood experiences in China and her eventual journey to the United States in 1948. Each of the five sections of 'Light Billing My Bones' in enhanced by a lovely , full color, cut paper art work by Donna Bruhl. The somber but bright illustrations somehow capture the atmosphere of mystical joy, sadness, and overall acceptance of the duality of life that is so prevalent in the poems. They are also further illuminated by the Notes on the Illustrations given so kindly at the end (page 79). To capture the graceful essence of an experience is at the heart of these, and perhaps all poems. A few lines from 'Mechanic Arts High School 1950' are a demonstration: Our English teacher, in front of the class, book in one hand, waved the other as she recited Shakespeare in a deep voice. Humid August, jammed desks, as my fellow classmates stretched, yawned, she strode and turned full face - a teacher actor - Words like jewels fell out of a velvet sack onto the classroom floor.... I don't remember her name - but she set a torch to dry words, painted speaking in iridescent blues, greens, reds and gold. (p.8) 'Light Filling My Bones ' is a beautiful tribute to a complex life that deserves to be remembered and shared, lovingly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.