Life is filled with emotional highs and lows. Riding the wave of this experience is part of living, but for poet Bernadette Bland, dreaming was even more important. No matter the attitude, mood, or circumstance, Ms. Bland has always believed in the beauty of life. Never to be deterred from her heart's desire, she has ridden her own life wave with an eye to her dreams and an eye to the beauty of nature.
In her new poetry collection, Flights of Fancy, Ms. Bland shares her imagery with the outside world. She delves into the lavish splendor of nature in "Drifting Grace: God's Art Show." She peers behind the protective mask of a weeping clown in "Behind the Mask." She recalls watching her mother slowly grow old in the poignant "Mama." In all her words, she reveals her deepest yearnings and fears with selfless honesty.
Flights of Fancy is an example of an imagination set free. Ms. Bland fills her poetry with wonder and will leave you longing to step out into the sun. She is not afraid to depict the sometimes traumatic rollercoaster of life; yet she encourages us to move on, move up, and not look back. Within every word, she calls to the reader, challenging each one of us to never stop dreaming!
While compiling this collection, I tentatively called it "Humor on Wry," but it didn't quite capture the end result. The playful little snippets in Part 1 fit the humor well enough, but the humor tends to be more direct than wry. Also, some of the poems in that section are there only because they're short. Part 2, on the other hand, has quite a few wry poems but ends with ones that are more risque. I briefly considered calling that section "Humor on Wry ... with Mayonnaise" but decided against it. Perhaps I should have reconsidered? The real problem is with the not-quite-inspirational nature poems in Part 3. Some of them shout, Hey! This is cool! without getting too caught up in the oooohh factor. Others are appreciative and recognize the awesome weirdness of nature (without being maudlin, I hope). Only a handful are humorous, and I doubt they have any wryness-or rye-ness for that matter. At least, if they do, it wasn't intended, which only confirms the theme of Part 2: Humor is a funny thing! Part 4 is comprised of poems that are sometimes humorous, sometimes melodic, sometimes odd-whatever tweaked my fancy enough to include them. Overall, they are a fitting end to the poems in this collection, and I hope they, and the rest of the poems, bring a bit of joy and laughter (and maybe a few juicy groans) to your reading experience."
After the success of the anthologies of 2014 and 2015, Caithness Writers have once again produced a collection of stories and poems for your enjoyment.Flights of Imagination takes the reader to the furthest realms of the county and beyond.Sit back, relax and enjoy a sample of the talent local writers have to offer.Take a trip with us from light fantasy to the dark side, fashioned from creative northern minds