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Genuflecting Through the Night Reviewed by Mary Hill
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Genuflecting Through the Night
By Renee Smith
PUBLISHER: Publish America
ISBN 1-4241-3466-8
PAGES : 64
PRICE $9.95
GENRE: Poetry

Genuflecting Through the Night
A Review
By Mary Hill
As I read the work by Renee Smith, I felt a kinship with her. She is a fellow poet trying to share her work with the world. I do not want to degrade fellow authors trying to make it in a difficult and competitive field. I wish, however, Renee had taken more time with her work and developed it further.
Within her poetic work, I do see glimpses of potential. One of my favorite poems in the book is Avian. It is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe’s Raven and Steven Wallace's avian poetry. Instead of “Nevermore” we find the repetition of the line, “Peace My Friend.” The reader will also find a menagerie of birds from the small robin that stood up to the blackbird and a nightingale who rescues herself.  
 You can learn more about Wallace Stevens and Edgar Allen Poe by visiting The Academy of American Poets at On the website, you will find an autobiographies of the poets and a link to one of my favorite poems by Wallace, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” at: .
As I stated many poems seem to have little gems you can latch on to, but Ms. Smith filled her poetry with tired clichés that obscure the imagery. A paring down and yellow highlighter could have helped these poems breathe new vision.  I do not know if Ms. Smith submitted any of these poems for peer review to a critique group, but doing so would have helped her tighten the poems.
I do not want to discourage a fellow writer. I want to encourage her to continue in her quest of poetry. With this desire in mind, I point to these resources for all poets to follow in their quest to hone their poetic skills. The best resource is free and you can find it on the Internet: The Academy American Poets, This website includes biographies and poems by the greats including John Keats, Walt Whitman, and Langston Hughes. The site also includes an in-depth FAQ on writing and publishing. Additionally, the site has an extensive bibliography of other online resources for poets.
 Smith needs to refine her craft, but writers need to support writers. I recommend this book to beginning poets and experienced poets a like. I also welcome anyone’s comments about this review. If you are a poet, never stop with the first draft. Look for ways to improve your vision and imagery.  In conclusion, I give this poetry book an average rating.
Rose, Large                                    *AVERAGE

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