- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11 Feb. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523958367
- ISBN-13: 978-1523958368
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,999,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Musings and Mischief: The Grumblings of a Gargoyle Paperback – 11 Feb 2016
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About the Author
Lynn Gerrard was born in St Helens, Merseyside where she now lives with her husband Michael and their 5 year old blind and boisterous Jack Russell, Ralph. A serial worrier, Lynn survives mainly on a strict diet of fingernails and chocolate and delights in using misery and mirth as her muse. Lynn found her studies in psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology and criminal law to be most useful in substantiating her obsession with the darker side of the human psyche and much of her writing reflects this. Mostly, Lynn’s interests lie in occult philosophy, mythology, parapsychology, archaeology, Egyptology, humour and pickled onions. As a keen activist for mental health awareness and having performed a stand-up comedy routine in aid of the ‘Stand Up To Stigma’ campaign, Lynn is in the process of writing a play. The aim of this is to fuse the comedy aspect with the reality behind the laughter, in the hope of helping reduce discrimination attached to mental health issues.
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I loved this collection from Lynn Gerrard so many different genres in one book,humour,fear,hate,happy,deep sadness.
My favourite at the moment ,though that could change! Is 51 Trust this poetry flowed through my heart like a steak knife through butter, were it a brick it would have knocked me out.
Each page took me on a delightful exploration of myself and others around me tears and laughter rung out as I read these out to my lovely husband who too enjoyed eAch I read ( or sang)😕
Definite 5* from me don't be afraid to go down further inside the words!
You will be delighted to own this collection buy it now with on Amazon
A great variety and fantastic collection of “Musings and Mischief’ and as with the first book, one to read over again.
This is a great collection of poems and a few short stories, including on of my favourites "Lilly".
Lynn has this knack of making you laugh out loud with one poem, while balling your eyes out crying, with the next.
I highly recommend this book to fans of gothic romantic poetry. Hell, I recommend it to everyone.
But…how to review? If this was a novel, I’d be talking about plot, setting, character development, and pace. And, at the end, as I considered the stories told in the poems, I realized that they had all of that.
Whilst continuing to work with verse and her play ‘I’m Not All There’, Lynn is also busy writing her first novel. Inspired by Lynn’s passion for cemeteries and the delightful residents thereof, this will be a tale of horror, heartache, hilarity and hopefully a dead good read!
The very first poem, Echoes From the Past, is the backstory. We look back through the years to see a child playing happily among the “smoky giggles” of factory chimneys and food made by “a flurry of floury hands“. That contrasts with today’s children, “pallid prisoners of some screen“, living in empty streets “In a world where no one trusts and no one chats“.
The next poem, The Dress, is the setting. But soon we realize that the dress is actually the narrator’s youth, its “flaunting grace” replaced all too soon by age that “Worn and tattered, leans against my frame“. Even as life prepares to discard the dress, though, the woman inside still wishes for one last glimpse of youth, “Oh ruthless life how I wish for one last time My Dress was new.”
Like all good books, this one has a rich and varied cast of supporting characters. Almost without exception, each of their stories has a final, usually hilarious, twist. For example, Ritual tells of the helpless victim forced to endure regular torture at the hands of her abuser…until you get to that final two-word twist. Lost takes you down a snarky path with a trademark surprise at the end. Parenting and Lingering Lingerie shows family heritages that twist on their last words, while in The Monster a troll’s typical behavior is explained with crystal clarity in its final word. For the Love of Ethel reveals that jealousy exists in the Afterlife too—along with the end twist nobody sees coming.
As the poet’s story goes on, we see relationships formed, children who grow and leave home, beloved family members and lovers separated and ultimately united by death and suffering. And slowly, slyly, the gargoyle’s darkness peels back to reveal flashes of joy and even hope. A young family sacrifices and loves in Dark Skies. In the poem which is my personal favorite, Life’s Ballet, the poet vows, “I shall pirouette Into my more wisely years”.
And, for poetry-fearing wimps like me, there is even dessert—three flash fiction tales that contain all the laugh out loud snarky humor and end twists of those poems.
So how many stars for Musings & Mischief? All five of course. Even if you usually approach poetry with the enthusiasm of a teenager attending remedial algebra summer camp, I think you’ll like most of these short, witty, and often extremely funny poems. And—if you’re like me—some of them you’ll love.
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