Where Do Wishes Go?


Debra Bertulis opens Where Do Wishes Go? with Poems are Doors, where she reminds us that they are ‘there to unlock/ [though] You already have the key‘. It confirms that this writing form offers direct acknowledgement of what we feel, experience and observe.

Therefore, we recoil at the Greedy Gull! that ‘eyes/- spies/- swoops//- dips’. Then again, we feel the anxiety of the New Boy from ‘another land/ Where life was not always good/ Where people weren’t happy/ Where people weren’t kind’.

What’s more, we can hear Gran’s Cat answering Gran’s assertion that she ‘wouldn’t want to be out/ in this weahter/ scampering up trees’. The poet enables us to understand this relationship, this mutual respect and care.

There is a capable variety of poetry forms included within this selection. What’s more, there’s a variation of subjects too, though there are hopes, dreams, ambitions, from star gazing, to mountain climbing, considering other people’s lives and achievements. What’s more, there is such an awareness of the world about us, from moving home to blackberry picking or bird song.

Bookwagon loves and recommends Where Do Wishes Go? and looks forward to further books from this poet.

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Where Do Wishes Go?

Poems by Debra Bertulis, illustrated by Jess Mason

(Otter-Barry Books)

There is a HEART inside/ EARTH/ Can you find it?’ asks Debra Bertulis in Where Do Wishes Go? This poetry title seems to tap into our inner observations and considerations. Therefore, we wonder why ‘Mum lowers her eyes,/ diverts them down’ when ‘Miss Jazz walks towards us’. 
Then again, we’re sympathetic and aware when we’re asked look up at the Cumulus clouds. It seems we see more than ‘one kilometre wide- water droplets‘. In fact it’s as though we might glimpse Father Christmas or a space ship too! What’s more, we stand to attention, to join the ‘calm and focused minds‘ attending when The World Speaks. After all, we know it’s important. Furthermore, we read between the lines of Lily’s stories of her mum and dad who ‘live in Hollywood’.
Somehow, magically, through the intimate immediacy of poetry, the writer enables us to look out at what she describes and feels and knows. Along the way, she offers information about the style of poem she’s written, for example a cinquain in Tomorrow. Then again, she includes attachments to her subjects, such as Christa McAuliffe, pioneer astronaut. Like How To Write Poems, we are informed and engaged.
Altogether, Bookwagon recommends Where Do Wishes Go? to read alone, together, quote, know and love. It is a strong and beautifully created title.


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