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That Looks on Tempests

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That Looks on Tempests – Thoughts on the Nature of Love is Barbie Robinson’s third solo book of poetry and the first book of poetry to be published by For Pity Sake. That Looks on Tempests is set up in three sections – people, place and paradoxes – the work explores the way the word love is used, what it means in different contexts and to different people, how we learn about love.

‘People, place and paradoxes. Barbie Robinson’s third book of poetry contains a playfulness to delight the reader along with sudden insights into the nature of relationships.’
Sara Dowse, author of As the Lonely Fly

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That Looks on Tempests – Thoughts on the Nature of Love is Barbie Robinson’s third solo book of poetry. Not only does it explore the gamut of love, it also expresses Barbie’s gratitude for even being here to write it, thanks to a stem cell transplant that saved her life in 2015. In the author’s own words, ‘Love and gratitude seem to be in such short supply world-wide. I am daily conscious of how fortunate I am and the poetry is one way of acknowledging this and thanking the universe.’

That Looks on Tempests is set up in three sections – people, place and paradoxes. The work explores the way the word love is used, what it means in different contexts and to different people, how we learn about love. Barbie starts by quoting in full Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 – ‘Let me not to marriage of true minds’ and ends by quoting two lines from a Bonnie Raitt recording of a song by Bob Thiele Jr, John Shanks and Tonio K:

Isn’t it love that keeps us breathing?
Isn’t it love we’re sent here for?

Both of these works carry meaning for the author and it doesn’t matter at all that one is considered high literature and the other popular culture. And that is the way of Barbie’s poems in this book. They are all true, coming from the author’s own life and experiences. These poems are not mysterious, impenetrable or difficult. They are accessible and, we suspect, common to many, many people – the care and death of a loved one, passion, sex, lust, devotion, the love of children and grandchildren or lovers or spouses or parents, friendship, admiration, charity.

That Looks on Tempests also challenges the rampant misuse of the word ‘love’ in today’s world when, perhaps, ‘selfishness’ and ‘ego’ might be better suited terms.

‘People, place and paradoxes. Barbie Robinson’s third book of poetry contains a playfulness to delight the reader along with sudden insights into the nature of relationships.’
Sara Dowse, author of As the Lonely Fly

1 review for That Looks on Tempests

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    We at For Pity Sake are thrilled to be publishing our first book of poetry, ‘The Looks on Tempests – Thoughts on the Nature of Love’ by the gorgeous Barbie Robinson. In my humble opinion, the wonder of poetry and the perspective the poet provides to our own experience, should be accessible to everyone. Sadly, poets are hard-pressed to find publishers willing to take them on. Well, we think we’re lucky to have found Barbie Robinson and her beautiful, evocative and heartfelt work. ‘That Looks on Tempests’ is Barbie’s third solo book of poetry and I for one hope there’ll be many more to come.

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