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This poetry collective moves through the first half of a lifetime. Collectively, the author's verses move through everyday life with eyes wide open, but sometimes perhaps with a slight squinting rather than in full focus. The poems wrapped in this cover were selected by the author as her first 50, expanding the first half of her writing years. It is the hope that you will This poetry collective moves through the first half of a lifetime. Collectively, the author's verses move through everyday life with eyes wide open, but sometimes perhaps with a slight squinting rather than in full focus. The poems wrapped in this cover were selected by the author as her first 50, expanding the first half of her writing years. It is the hope that you will come away covered with layers of love, bitterness, hope, cynicism, cautiousness, lust, respect, positivity, doubt, loneliness, sadness, happiness, ecstasy, pride, resilience, tranquility and perhaps even utopia after traveling through its pages. "There is a Time" is from Meske's earliest years as an author, written in her late junior high years. Some of the Haiku and works such as "Travelling Words" and "In Absence of Love" are among her latest pennings, and prose commemorating momentous people and momentous times in life is waiting inside for your consideration as well. "A Most Special Day, But Without You" reflects upon a most memorable occasion where the author also shares the joy that comes when a one-time poet writes his first lines-something the 60-something farm-raised Army vet turned welder never thought he would do, for his stepdaughter or for anyone. Facing his last days, he still managed to take on the challenge. As we move from birth to death, we face the challenges brought on with each day we are given. We love. We play. We hurt. We make mistakes. We learn. We succeed. We fail. We pick ourselves up and try again. The dust and dirt that gathers on the soles of our shoes, in our eyes, on our skin, and hidden deep within our closets and our minds ends up looking the same when we view it from the mountaintop at the high points of life or with an upward gaze as it accumulates over us while we're laying six feet underground.


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This poetry collective moves through the first half of a lifetime. Collectively, the author's verses move through everyday life with eyes wide open, but sometimes perhaps with a slight squinting rather than in full focus. The poems wrapped in this cover were selected by the author as her first 50, expanding the first half of her writing years. It is the hope that you will This poetry collective moves through the first half of a lifetime. Collectively, the author's verses move through everyday life with eyes wide open, but sometimes perhaps with a slight squinting rather than in full focus. The poems wrapped in this cover were selected by the author as her first 50, expanding the first half of her writing years. It is the hope that you will come away covered with layers of love, bitterness, hope, cynicism, cautiousness, lust, respect, positivity, doubt, loneliness, sadness, happiness, ecstasy, pride, resilience, tranquility and perhaps even utopia after traveling through its pages. "There is a Time" is from Meske's earliest years as an author, written in her late junior high years. Some of the Haiku and works such as "Travelling Words" and "In Absence of Love" are among her latest pennings, and prose commemorating momentous people and momentous times in life is waiting inside for your consideration as well. "A Most Special Day, But Without You" reflects upon a most memorable occasion where the author also shares the joy that comes when a one-time poet writes his first lines-something the 60-something farm-raised Army vet turned welder never thought he would do, for his stepdaughter or for anyone. Facing his last days, he still managed to take on the challenge. As we move from birth to death, we face the challenges brought on with each day we are given. We love. We play. We hurt. We make mistakes. We learn. We succeed. We fail. We pick ourselves up and try again. The dust and dirt that gathers on the soles of our shoes, in our eyes, on our skin, and hidden deep within our closets and our minds ends up looking the same when we view it from the mountaintop at the high points of life or with an upward gaze as it accumulates over us while we're laying six feet underground.

35 review for The Dirt Still Looks the Same: A Poetry Collective

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Held

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for this review. When you read this book, and I highly suggest you do, take your time and think about every line. Let the words paint pictures in your mind. Even if you are not a big poetry fan, this book is worth a read. It is thought provoking. The poems reflect the author's life and reactions to it, and everyone can relate to the emotions evoked by each line. My favorite poem in the book is "A Glimmer, A Curse" which reminded me to liv I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for this review. When you read this book, and I highly suggest you do, take your time and think about every line. Let the words paint pictures in your mind. Even if you are not a big poetry fan, this book is worth a read. It is thought provoking. The poems reflect the author's life and reactions to it, and everyone can relate to the emotions evoked by each line. My favorite poem in the book is "A Glimmer, A Curse" which reminded me to live in the present and appreciate all that life has to offer at any given moment. This book offers something for everyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kapetanovich

    I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for this review. Now, I am NOT a big poetry reader. I actually have been known to make fun of poetry to the math classes I teach. Regardless, poetry done well does stay with me. Meske's books has poems that will do just that. This is the author's first book, but I hope it is the first of many. Her accessible, down-to-earth style allowed me to vanquish my own silly bias against poetry, and just experience the beauty of the language and emot I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for this review. Now, I am NOT a big poetry reader. I actually have been known to make fun of poetry to the math classes I teach. Regardless, poetry done well does stay with me. Meske's books has poems that will do just that. This is the author's first book, but I hope it is the first of many. Her accessible, down-to-earth style allowed me to vanquish my own silly bias against poetry, and just experience the beauty of the language and emotions in each piece.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Davenport

    Like another reviewer here, poetry doesn't comprise a majority of my reading, but I really have enjoyed this book. Nature, relationships, change, pain, reflection, strength, disappointment and love may be typical themes for a poet, but I found Meske's work deeply engaging. The imagery is rich and sensual. Contemplative and passionate. Entertaining and endearing. I am so glad I was given a copy of this book to review, especially considering this is her first! Like another reviewer here, poetry doesn't comprise a majority of my reading, but I really have enjoyed this book. Nature, relationships, change, pain, reflection, strength, disappointment and love may be typical themes for a poet, but I found Meske's work deeply engaging. The imagery is rich and sensual. Contemplative and passionate. Entertaining and endearing. I am so glad I was given a copy of this book to review, especially considering this is her first!

  4. 5 out of 5

    BG

    There is a dichotomy to Melissa’s work that is rare. It has the quality of being both intimate, and at the same time, accessible. You will often feel like a fly on the wall, but never as if you are intruding. It is also simultaneously challenging and comfortable, appealing to both the serious and the casual reader. BG, educator/photographer/U.S. Army veteran

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bill Crockett

    " I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for this review " , you could tell the poems were from the heart and from life experiences, very inspirational. " I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for this review " , you could tell the poems were from the heart and from life experiences, very inspirational.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Meske

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    Frederick Rotzien

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    Dawn Obrien

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    Juliette

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    Stacia Chappell

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    Richard

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    Debee Sue

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    Kathy Heare Watts

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Reader

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    Kristin

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    Karen Campbell

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    Raymond Stone

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    Kandy Palmer

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    Jan

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    Mary Nee

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    Dawn

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