“Once I knew only darkness and stillness…my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living. Helen Keller Our perceptions and interactions make us uniquely who we are. The moment we become aware, everything speaks to us “ not only people but animals, objects, music and art. Poetry first spoke to me because I was a slow reader. Poetry was short. I could manage a poem in reading time at school, going over and over it. Rhymes and rhythms helped me overcome my difficulties..."
"Vanishing Point" is a poignant reminder of the power of personal perspective in coloring our experiences, a beautifully crafted story that lingers in the mind long after the last step is taken. It's a journey through history, art, and the intricacies of the human spirit, inviting readers to see the world through a lens of introspective discovery.
In "Slemish, Ballymena and Beyond," Oonah V Joslin crafts a vivid tapestry of stories, interweaving the rich history of Northern Ireland with her personal experiences. This collection traverses the landscapes of Slemish Mountain, the streets of Ballymena, and beyond, delving into the complex identity shaped by these places: it is a journey through the heart of Northern Ireland, exploring the intersections of history, nature, and personal growth. Joslin's evocative prose invites readers to contemplate their own landscapes and the imprints they leave on our identities.
"Drawing the Line" is a poignant and powerful tale that captures the complexities and emotional toll of living in a divided and conflict-ridden area, highlighting the human aspect of such struggles; a gripping narrative that vividly portrays the tensions and dangers in a divided community. The story is set in a place with a physical divide, a peace line, symbolizing deeper societal and political rifts. The protagonist, staying with Mrs. Manderson, finds herself in a precarious situation amidst rising tensions.
Winter’s Last Breath" is a poignant reflection on the cycles of nature, marked by vivid imagery and a strong sense of motion and change. It captures the tension between winter and spring, portraying it as both a battle and a natural, inevitable transition.