- Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh
Field of Harps
reviews - sample poems
I'm not a huge poetry fan, but gave this a shot after winning it in a giveaway here on Goodreads. I read this cover to cover in one sitting, taking the time to read each poem out loud. I found it an interesting experience. This collection of poems explores the intent of the written word from a spiritual perspective. The poems are, therefore, about words quite literally. I was most intrigued at the author's use (or nonuse) of punctuation. Unlike the majority of poetry I've read, Mahgerefteh's poems leave out punctuation for the most part. Not only is this a comment on this collection's overall story – the written word, and how language flows – but, it leaves each poem even more open to the reader's interpretation. Each poem can be read in several different ways, with the emphasis on different words, and pauses taken at different times. At first, I found this to be quite challenging, but now I'm appreciating its artistry.
My favorite poems include: pOetry,The Written Word, and The Absence of Words. I know I'll be picking up Field of Harps every now and again to experience them again. If you like poetry, or anything pertaining to language and how it's formed, I think you'll enjoy Field of Harps.
***** GOODREADS Review
While I am not a religious person, I am a lover of "words" and that is all that is needed to thoroughly enjoy and be moved by this wonderful collection of poems! I received this as a "first-reads" book and couldn't be happier. It has been a while since I've read a book of poems and now I am wondering why! I look forward to reading other books published by this author.
Truly, I thought this would be a quick read - yet the depth of the woods, thought not in abundance, take your down a peaceful path. Michal uses words as an artist uses a paintbrush. The pictures and emotions transferred to me as I read the poems. If you want to just feel good and have a quick, thought-provoking read, grab this book! You won't be worry!
This is a beautiful book of poetry. I think one of the best poems in this collection is "Into the Desert." She captures an aspect of spirituality and life. These poems are a journey of the soul, of understanding, and desire.
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I admit that poetry isn't usually my thing. They were well written and the subject matter was pretty straight forward. This was certainly no boring English lit class.
This was a lovely collection of beautiful poems. My personal favorites were “Invocation” and “For Eternity.” They really spoke to me.
Beautiful book of poems I won from First Reads. Glad to be introduced to this author - Very nice work. Looking foward to reading more!
within my awareness
a gushing sound of words
streams to feed my ink-bruised fingers
layers of aimless wandering
uncover the en-fleshed soul
until it shines with its own beauty
*Published by RoamAndPlay Magazine
words my judge and silent witness
sound their morning bells
my eyes fired with verses and trail
of letters seeking the origin of birth
and its wealth of hymns
a place for my lonely prayers
charmed with patterns
magnolia orchard vine
this yearning carved a cavity
in my identity as I retreated
into an inner world shrouded
by restless thoughts no magic
carpet for my bare feet just
words to sail in a rich vocabulary
*Published by RoamAndPlay Magazine
like birds they chirp sweet melodies
as if the earth itself created them
nightly I strip before their eyes
no veil over the lower parts
until my womb swells with the finery
of thoughts known only to me
*Published in an anthology honoring
Professor Yossi Tobi (Israel)