Apologetic for Joy by Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst

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The silky cream cover of Apologetic for Joy features a whimsical snail that draws readers to open its pages and discover a trail of joyful moments. Hiemstra-van der Horst’s poetry describes joys she has seen and heard and tasted and touched. Color and music, beloved artists and beloved grandparents, homes here and homes far off. “I don’t need to be seen, I want to be heard” Hiemstra-van der Horst writes. This slim volume invites the reader to hear and see through verse enriched with the poet’s illustrations. It’s a delight to dip into this young writer’s words. (Goose Lane Editions)

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.