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Colleen’s 2018 #Poetry #Book #Reviews – “Passages and Paths: A Journey of Life through Poetry,” by Author, Dorinda Duclos

December is Poetry Book Review Month


In ‘A Journey of Life through Poetry’, Dorinda invites you to join her, as the wonder and awe of the Earth inspire her, bringing her visions to you through her poetry. Experience the setting sun, share in the challenges and victories of life, await the new day, and find yourself lost in the lush forest trees, as you join her on her journey, through Passages and Paths.


“Passages & Paths – A Journey of Life through Poetry,” is filled with the prose and poetry of Dorinda Duclos whose love of nature and of the world of make-believe makes this collection shine. 

Nature poetry is my favorite. If an author can make me see the world from their perspective, my poetic reading experience is greatly enhanced. The author accomplishes that and more. Her cadenced prose often rhymes in just the right spot, allowing the reader to sense a more profound meaning by the encounter with the verse.

I found many of these poems were filled with the word images and magic of dragons, fair maidens, and things that have no earthly explanation. I also sensed that this anthology of poems brings the reader closer to the places the author holds dear. 

My favorite poem, “The Enchanted Spell,” read like a fairy tale. This poem shares the story of a young woman searching the woods at night for her lost love with the help of her lantern and her owl. The flow of the writing is magical and ethereal. There’s a great twist at the ending, which made this poem a real stunner.

I received this collection as a gift from the author. My reading experience was so enjoyable, I had to share my thoughts. There’s a gentleness in this author’s writing that beckons the reader to slip into her world if only to stay for a little while. By the end, I was sorry to go!


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, Dorinda Duclos

About the Author:

Dorinda Duclos is a writer of poetry, sharing her life experiences in verse. She is also the author of the blog, Night Owl Poetry, and has amassed a following of fellow poets, writers, and artists, and is highly recognized in social media. She is a member of the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets, as well as a guest writer on PoetsCornerBlog.wordpress.com 

She was also involved in “Poets for Peace”, a collaboration of poems from poets around the world. This collaboration is now archived in the ‘Stanford University Archive’ of the ‘100,000 Poets for Change’ collection!

A wife and mother of two, Dorinda makes her home in northern New Jersey, surrounded by wildlife, and nature’s beauty, all inspiration for her poetry.

Her books include: #Seasons – Autumn Haiku Book One”, “Dark is the night – A Poetry Chapbook”, “Passages and Paths – A Journey of Life through Poetry” – “How Shall I Dream – A Collection of Poetic Musings” – “A Flight of Imagination” (Realm of Fantasy) – “A Flight of Imagination (Illusion of Fantasy) -“A Flight of Imagination” (Spirit of Fantasy) – “Pieces of Life – A Poetry Collection” – “Marrow of the Soul” and “Night Owl Poetry”.

How to Connect with the Author:

Blog: DorindaDuclos.com ~ Night Owl Poetry

Facebook: Dorinda Duclos

Twitter: @DorindaDuclos

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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Pingback: #PoetryReadathon #Bookreview – Passages and Paths, A journey of life through poetry by Dorinda Duclos – Robbie's inspiration

  2. P.S. Following you on BookBub, Colleen!

  3. Wonderful review! Must share…

  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A review by Colleen Chesebro for Passages and Paths from poet Dorinda Duclos – still time to buy before Christmas…

  5. An excellent review, Colleen. I love nature and love poetry connecting with nature also. I have a copy of Dorinda’s book and review in a later time due to the holidays and travel. <3 <3

  6. What a beautiful review Sis. I’m adding this book! <3 Congrats Dorinda. <3

  7. I love you review of this book. It sounds like I need to add this to my list of Must Haves! 🙂

  8. Fabulous review, Colleen! This sounds like an inspiring read.

  9. Reblogged this on Night Owl Poetry – Dorinda Duclos and commented:
    Nothing is more humbling than a review by a peer, especially one who is a wonderful writer, herself. Please read this fabulous review of my book, “Passages and Paths – A Journey of Life through Poetry”! Thank you so very much, Colleen! <3

  10. A wonderful review, Colleen. I am currently reading this book.

  11. Thank you so very much, Colleen, for this wonderful review. It warms my heart to know that you connected with the poetry. That has always been my one goal as I write. It’s not only my experience, but that of my readers, that makes it all worthwhile. <3

  12. Love me, some Dorinda! <3

  13. It sounds fabulous, Colleen. Congratulations to Dorinda and good luck with her book. ♥

  14. Another lovely review 💜

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