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Megan E. Hoffman

Autor/a de Biting Thorns Off Roses

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Nom oficial
Hoffman, Megan E.
Data de naixement
País (per posar en el mapa)
United States of America
Lloc de naixement
Rutland, Vermont, USA
Llocs de residència
Los Angles, California, USa
Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Biografia breu
Megan E. Hoffman is a free-verse poet and author of her debut novel, Biting Thorns Off Roses.
Fascinated by relationships with ourselves, each other, and the world around us, she writes to explore that which makes us all most profoundly human.
She is inspired by those who refuse to abide by the status quo; those who question, and relentlessly search for truth in all areas of life. Her greatest poetic influences and spiritual teachers are Mary Oliver, Rumi, and Baba Ram Dass.
An avid solo traveler, Hoffman has hiked and road-tripped all across the United States, carrying well-worn copies of some favorite books: Into the Wild by John Krakauer; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
In her downtime, you can find her lounging on empty beaches wherever they may be found, performing full concerts in the shower, or cruising across mountain roads with all the windows down, headbanging to Nirvana.
Megan E. Hoffman is a twenty-six year old, Vermont native. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her two beloved dogs; Tsintah, and Tahoma. (July, 2023)



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This was a pleasant read, albeit not the top poetry I've ever read. The illustrations were a nice touch, which I do appreciate, but some of the poetry could have been a bit more developed. Still, it is definitely a nice book for the right audience, and that is not something I can fault it for.
carr0tmunch | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Dec 16, 2023 |
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NOTE: I received a free eBook copy of this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers (August 2023).

"Biting Thorns Off Roses" is a poetry collection in two parts. In the introduction to this collection, Hoffman tells that the writing of "Biting Thorns Off Roses" was a form of therapy for her, as composing these poems went hand-in-hand with recovering from a failed relationship and making sense of the suffering she put herself through. These experiences are evident in Part One, which leads the reader through some dark mental landscapes and Hoffman's own personal purgatory. It is honestly drudgery to get through: though there are hidden gems of insight in places, the verses themselves are indulgent, conjuring images of a distraught adolescent journaling in fury in their bedroom. Part Two, in contrast, couldn't be more different. It takes a 180 as Hoffman reflects on the nature of life, of growing and maturing, arriving at new understandings of one's own experiences and planting hope for the future. It's tempting to propose that a different author wrote Part Two, yet something intangible about Hoffman's writing style connects its voice to Part One. Perhaps the experience of composing these poems really was transformative for Hoffman, enabling her poetic voice to grow and mature in parallel to her lived experiences. The trajectory of the collection led me through despair to eventual peace and understanding, from repulsion to empathetic wonder as I connected with elements of Hoffman's verbalized experiences.… (més)
msoul13 | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Dec 8, 2023 |
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Exceptionally insightful poetry delving into human personas -- the proverbial different hats, or masks, we wear while negotiating life. Thought provoking and very well crafted. Brava! Janice M. Frum
Jan336 | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 14, 2023 |
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Poetry is so difficult to review. What speaks to one person does not necessarily speak to the next.

Or, in this case, some parts of the book stop speaking. Hah. Okay, so... I really liked the first part - it spoke to me and I believe I was following the "story". I enjoyed the decorative pages. I did not have any difficulties determining where a poem started or ended. The author uses whitespace, blank space and large gaps intentionally, for emphasis... this works.

As the book reached the midway, however, I feel I lost the thread of the "story", what is tying this collection together? The poems became more... ahhh....abstract perhaps... or ambiguous? Not sure I can put my finger on it, but they felt farther away from what I could connect to. (yeah, sorry, not much help am I)… (més)
crazybatcow | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 9, 2023 |