Lake County Examiner features Kim Dower’s collection, SLICE OF MOON!

Did you read “Slice of Moon,” our poetry book for May? If you didn’t, I don’t blame you; many people shy away from poetry, and I am one of them. However, I picked this offering for a reason. Dower’s work is accessible. It isn’t full of flowery language that you must spend minutes ruminating on her meanings. She says what she means, and you can either agree, be entertained, or even wonder is this really poetry?

For those of us brought up on Kilmer’s “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree”… Yes, Dower’s “My Mother Wants Extra Crisp Bacon” is poetry too. Anyone who has taken care of a parent who is declining and is a bit difficult will relate to that poem. There are no metaphors, no elaborate language where you wonder if the writer is talking about her mother or a sea creature, yet with spare and relatable words you know exactly what is going on and how the writer feels about it. That is what I mean by accessible.