Posted by: tsopr | January 20, 2009

Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body, and Soul

Book Review:

                            Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body, and Soul


                       Winner of “Best Christian Poetry for 2009 Award”

Book details:

Book type: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781424152490
ISBN-10: 1424152496
Publisher: PublishAmerica
Date: October 2006
Page Count: 187

The Authors:

Joseph S. Spence, Sr. has received various editors’ choice poetry awards. His poems have been published in many forums with several of his poems listed as top 100 poems. He has participated in open mics and poetry slams.

Sheila M. Parrish-Spence is member of an ensemble group with other professionals known as No String Attached. Her poetry has been published in various poetry forums and has received various editor’s award for her poetry. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and NCCU Law School.

Jonathan Clarence Parrish Spence is a violinist, singer, orator and actor. He has participated in poetry recitals at the University of Wisconsin and Woodlawn Pattern Center 2006 poetry marathon. He is a high school student, a member of Who’s Who among American High School Students and National Honor Roll.

The Review:

The concept behind this poetry collection “Trilogy Moments” is such an inspiration, the eternal bond existing between the writers themselves. “Trilogy Moments” – winner of “Best Christian Poetry for 2009 Award” is a poetry book for the mind, body and soul, beautifully authored by the Spence family namely Joseph, Sheila and Jonathan Clarence Parrish Spence. This book of 187 pages has an eye catching photo cover and the text format is well-laid out and readable.

Throughout this poetry book are uplifting and heartfelt poems written in different poetic forms such as Haiku, Senryu, Nonet, Acrostic and Quatrain to name a few. In the back of this book, there are pages that give definition to each poetic form of which I think will make a good poetry source not only for the readers of this book, but as well for the aspiring poets.

This poetry collection is divided into nine sections and the first section the writers take the reader on a maiden trip with “The Season of Beauty”, where they let the reader dance with the “Autumn Rain”, page 23 enjoy freely the “Spring Showers”, page 26 and let him rest on spellbinding “Red Leaves”, page 28 or perhaps, chat endlessly with the “Ducks in a Row”, page 30. I really loved this section for it is very enthralling!

After a wonderful and enjoyable trip to the mystic spell of nature in four seasons, you’ll be led to a menagerie of poems that will touch your soul and the writings below were just some of my favorites from this great collection.

“A Father’s Heart”, page 122 by Jonathan Spence, a tribute poem is about the character/role of a good father and the permanence of his love for the family.

“Thanksgiving, Ah, I Remember”, page 125, written by Sheila Spence, a poem reflecting the olden days, when all members of the family gather together at a table set, sharing with every one each treasured moment.

Speaking of spirituality, the writers remind you in the best possible they can the way of showing gratitude to the Almighty. “The Prayers for Life Events” section will inspire and teach you the great importance and power of praying. The prayer poems are here, being published to satisfy their intention of sharing to the whole world the gift of God.

“Prayer for Poets”, page 53 penned by Joseph Spence caught my curiosity and after reading it I discovered that Joseph is not only a poet by words, but also by heart.

The surprising part of this book is that when the Spence family, headed by Joseph, invites you to a get together, where their rare specialty is being served, the Epulaeryu, which is a poem about succulent foods. Though I never call, nor have the aim of calling them as culinary poets, it is simply their intention or I may say desire of being called or admired as such. Having said this, I loved this “Slice the Ham Thin”, an Epulaeryu poem that feeds my poetic craving.

Spiral cut ham all garnished
Sliced orange on dish
Brown sugar and marmalade

Goes good with Limeade
Appetite ready
Go steady

Savoring this meal prepared by Joseph himself, I am inspired to stay more often in my poetic kitchen and cook my own food with their recipe.

As I reached the final reading of this “Trilogy Moments” I have unmasked beneath the mantle of their everyday life a poetry full of love and inspiration, the writings are indeed of remarkable poetry, somewhat like an epitome of the writer’s blood loaded with passion. The imagery created by their book is such a wonderful thing that accents to the reader‘s soul.

The Spence’s, a family of literature, are the most talented poets/writers in the purview of my outlook and their “Trilogy Moments” is the most innovative and uplifting poetry book I have ever read. It is undoubtedly a must read book for all walks of life and I recommend it for a reading pleasure. Lastly, The Sound of Poetry Review is honored to have their masterpiece read and reviewed. -TSOPR Editor-

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  1. Dear Editor: Excellent commentary on Mr. Joseph Spence, Sr’s., book “Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body and Soul”. Your write gives so much insight to the reader about the different forms of poetry available to the writer. After reading you I have gained insight to the author’s work and I look forward to reading his material. Sincerely, Rhoda Galgiani, Poet/Author Long Island, NY USA

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