My Whisperings, by Just Patty.
My whisperings is her second book of poetry in English since her first successful My Wings.
Much has changed since then. Patty is now an award winning novelist, having won the Hebban Fantasy Award for third best fantasy novel 2014 written in her native Dutch. The award is for her first in the trilogy, Dragan Duma – Zij Die Hoort. The second is Dragan Duma – Bondgenoten & Verraders. – – Third to come!
What is different here in My Whisperings from her first 100 plus poems in My Wings: My Dark Wings & My Light Wings?
My Whisperings is the evolving poet Patty with her 80 Poems and her, unusual for a poetry book, 20 untitled “Shorts,” and once again with photographic artwork made by and of herself. By “evolving” I speak factually having charted each and every poem as, in my opinion, “Dark,” “Light,” or “Grey.”
What I found was that Patty stayed true to her Dark poetic base, clocking in with more “Ds” for her Dark poetry. But I say “evolving” because I charted more “Ls” for Light poems and more “Gs” for Grey poems than in her previous poetry book. And in a number of cases, while the poems were for the most part Dark, they contained strong Light and Grey elements as well.
With My Whisperings I was hard put to pick favorites with the ups and downs of emotions; “fear, pain, loss, anxiety, hope, joy, love, strength, courage,” and so much more.
I love too many of these poems to do so. Perhaps that is because the poems are so strong of will, dedicated by Patty to “all those who are fighting a battle against Depression, PTSD, Self-Harm or any other visible or invisible condition.”
And so the titles are poetry themselves and convey the book’s strength. Can you hear the evolving poetry of Patty in Dark, Light, and Grey in these titles?
“This Time,” “Whisperings,” “Covered in darkness,” “Erotic Dancer,” “Salvation,” “Angel of Death,” “Don’t make me into something I’m not,” “When you’re looking down, “Survive the night,” “Black Rose,” “Beautiful Deception,” “Let’s pretend,” “On the line,” “Love Me,” “Hush,” “Summer Love,” “I can’t break free,” “It’s not too late,” “The End,” “The Warrior.”
These are the “best of the best,” among all the great poems here, for this reader, who Patty has made a fan of her Dark poetry.
You must “read Patty” to find your own favorites in My Whisperings!
Philip Fontana, February 2015