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"Filled is my cup with the joy and breath of existence. It overflows with love and excited hope, like seeing for the first time and feeling absolute awe. I’ve stared at all the trees in my backyard before. I’ve seen the road I’ve traveled many times. But reveling in the beauty and sheer simplicity of a lovely day is new, refreshing, and internal. A surge of energy, a state of being one "Filled is my cup with the joy and breath of existence. It overflows with love and excited hope, like seeing for the first time and feeling absolute awe. I’ve stared at all the trees in my backyard before. I’ve seen the road I’ve traveled many times. But reveling in the beauty and sheer simplicity of a lovely day is new, refreshing, and internal. A surge of energy, a state of being one with the scenery, embraces my soul like a warm blanket and washes over me like a cool breeze. I close my eyes to take all this joy inside myself. Then, as quickly as it came, it exits, but not without leaving a mark, like the contrails planes draw in the sky, that come from different directions, converge, and then disappear in a cloud as if pointing to the main destination and then forming something greater where they intersect. I am the contrails, finding my true center to become whole again. Reborn into something greater than my imagination could have predicted. To love oneself with the purity of the sun shining upon the leaves of a tree, making it glow for those who choose to see it. Overwhelming bliss." -Cynthia Schaefer Cynthia Schaefer's debut poetry collection explores deep emotions common to the human experience like anger, fear, grief, joy, and love. Written through the eyes of a trauma survivor, Present Peace offers a deep breath, a quiet moment, and an emotional and spiritual release that both validates and comforts its readers.


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"Filled is my cup with the joy and breath of existence. It overflows with love and excited hope, like seeing for the first time and feeling absolute awe. I’ve stared at all the trees in my backyard before. I’ve seen the road I’ve traveled many times. But reveling in the beauty and sheer simplicity of a lovely day is new, refreshing, and internal. A surge of energy, a state of being one "Filled is my cup with the joy and breath of existence. It overflows with love and excited hope, like seeing for the first time and feeling absolute awe. I’ve stared at all the trees in my backyard before. I’ve seen the road I’ve traveled many times. But reveling in the beauty and sheer simplicity of a lovely day is new, refreshing, and internal. A surge of energy, a state of being one with the scenery, embraces my soul like a warm blanket and washes over me like a cool breeze. I close my eyes to take all this joy inside myself. Then, as quickly as it came, it exits, but not without leaving a mark, like the contrails planes draw in the sky, that come from different directions, converge, and then disappear in a cloud as if pointing to the main destination and then forming something greater where they intersect. I am the contrails, finding my true center to become whole again. Reborn into something greater than my imagination could have predicted. To love oneself with the purity of the sun shining upon the leaves of a tree, making it glow for those who choose to see it. Overwhelming bliss." -Cynthia Schaefer Cynthia Schaefer's debut poetry collection explores deep emotions common to the human experience like anger, fear, grief, joy, and love. Written through the eyes of a trauma survivor, Present Peace offers a deep breath, a quiet moment, and an emotional and spiritual release that both validates and comforts its readers.

37 review for Present Peace: A Poetry Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Present Peace: A Poetry Collection, by Cynthia L. Schaefer, is the emotional journey of a woman stepping forth into her creative dreams. The author’s debut, it speaks of both grief and joy, beauty and breaking in the path to become fully present and wholly oneself. Organized by feeling, Schaefer begins with the book’s title poem as a prayer which leads into glimpses of nature and childhood memories. This beginning is slow and tranquil, its verses filled with a quiet reverence and awe. In its sec Present Peace: A Poetry Collection, by Cynthia L. Schaefer, is the emotional journey of a woman stepping forth into her creative dreams. The author’s debut, it speaks of both grief and joy, beauty and breaking in the path to become fully present and wholly oneself. Organized by feeling, Schaefer begins with the book’s title poem as a prayer which leads into glimpses of nature and childhood memories. This beginning is slow and tranquil, its verses filled with a quiet reverence and awe. In its second part, the book quickens in tempo with an “awakening of spirit,” characterized by pain, loss and revelation, leading to inspiration and sparks of joy. It is here where readers see transformation, and here where intimate connection to the creative spirit begins, particularly in the poems “Poetry - Joy Refocused” and “Pen Strokes.” Within some poems are dialogues; the poet is struggling with voices both within and outside of herself, and we feel privy to private conversations. Perhaps the most emotion comes in the third part of the book, with the poet letting go of anger, stress and grief in a visceral way where we can feel its affects on the body, such as in the poem “Throat Constriction.” We can also feel relief through the releasing of tension, and human connection in both the words and illustrations provided here. By its final two parts, Present Peace reaches for and grasps the healing that needs to come with any transformation, but that is essential to an awakening or reclaiming of the self. In this case, it is also the acceptance of her chosen path, courage and belief in her artistic dreams. As a poet and musician myself, I felt an immediate connection to this journey. It may be for this reason that I held on to poems near the collections end the most; it is in these joyful moments that I felt closest to bliss. Here, we found the stars and began to fly. What leads us to the sky isn’t overblown description or flowery language in these verses. Schaefer’s style, like the complimenting illustrator, is contemporary, reminding me at times of Rupi Kaur. Though this will likely feel comfortable to today’s millennial readers, I found myself wanting to reach out and bridge the space somehow, when it seemed the author may have stopped the line short, such as in “Simple Pleasures” or “Confidence.” Show me what love looks like deep at its core, describe those simple pleasures. In short, what I longed for in these verses was more sensual detail. And yet, this is perhaps a different style for a different poet. In the end, my heart is lifted by seeing a poet preserve what works for her and come to a fruitful end (and also, beginning) of her journey. The standout poem for me in the collection is “The Courage Found in my Own Song.” It is here that the poet’s chains are removed, her armor tossed away - and her artistic voice lifted. In these words, I felt a powerful sense of freedom and self, and I too wanted to “belt it loud.” Present Peace: A Poetry Collection is a brave debut from a new poet who is navigating challenging and inspiring waters as an artist. Support her by reading and reviewing her work, then go find other living artists for which you can do the same. Let the verses in this collection settle slowly over a cup of tea or afternoon respite; you will be grateful that you did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    This book of poetry covers the author’s journey from career to the sacrifices of motherhood, and a struggle to reach a “present peace.” The poems beautifully express the emotions felt through her journey. Jennie

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dahlya

    100% transparency I won this book in a giveaway, which I was stoked about and grateful for, and am happy to leave my honest review for fellow readers to make informed choices hopefully without spoilers. I didn’t major in Poetry or Lit, of any kind, so take my opinions with a grain of salt. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to even get through this book. I can’t imagine a poetry snob is going to love this, however, anyone else just might. It’s not religious, or preachy, or dark, or too lovey do 100% transparency I won this book in a giveaway, which I was stoked about and grateful for, and am happy to leave my honest review for fellow readers to make informed choices hopefully without spoilers. I didn’t major in Poetry or Lit, of any kind, so take my opinions with a grain of salt. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to even get through this book. I can’t imagine a poetry snob is going to love this, however, anyone else just might. It’s not religious, or preachy, or dark, or too lovey dovey. The first two parts read like diary entries about a woman who has quit her job to take care of her family; feels bitter about it, but doesn’t want anyone to know. The author, unfortunately, experienced a death, and like most people do, went through some astonishing growth. It was clearly someone very important to her, because this was some black melancholy type grief. Part three, focuses on this time period, and in my opinion, has most of her best work in it. I don’t know if she was more honest because she was soooo deeply connected to her feelings during that time, or if she was able to spend more time writing because other people were around to watch the kids. Whatever the case may be, I felt like I was reading poetry for the first time when I hit this section of the book. Part four was about her rediscovery. This was also a good section of poems. I felt like the shorter her poems were the better they were, almost more impactful. That’s not to say that all of the longer ones weren’t good: Disappointment, Confidence and Throat Constriction, all come to mind. Part five reminded me a lot of parts one and two in tone, selflessly ambitious (the person,) and superficial (the content.) That sentiment was sort of peppered throughout, Energy Zapped, in part three, for example. I'm not saying the author isn't brave or talented, I just couldn’t connect with the material. My favorite poem was Conflict-Avoidant with Pen Strokes a close second. My favorite line came from one of my least liked poems from part one, The Gift of Christmas. It makes more sense within the breadth of the poem but nonetheless, here it is. Enchanting my spirit to love more, give deeper and untie expectations. I thought I would relate to this book of poetry a lot more than I did. That’s on me. Poetry is personal.

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