Local poet's latest book celebrates late husband's love

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"Where Green Meets Blue" is a beautiful poetry chapbook, Elizabeth Robin's second to be published. It was inspired by the memory of her husband and his love of the Lowcountry.

In her poem "Whereafter," her lyric "where green meets blue, I remember, he loved that view" refers to the points on the horizon where trees meet sky, a defining place of possibility and hope.

Robin's poems hit you straight on, no tip-toeing around; her writing is passionate, with sharp insights and observations. In this collection of 25 poems, she touches on various topics, taking the reader through a myriad of emotions.

Living on Hilton Head Island, she experienced firsthand Hurricane Matthew's devastation on the barrier island, where hundreds of old live oaks were lost and there was extensive property and marine damage.

Her poem "One daffodil" paints a poignant picture of the wreckage left behind in New Jersey (her previous home) by super storm Sandy and tells of a stubborn but optimistic daffodil that found the sun and bloomed.

Alternately, the whimsical "Dear David" brings a smile:

what perfect renaissance man

did Michelangelo find, and how?

surely my David

has been replicated

- somewhere.

In "Inaction # Distraction," she delivers an uncompromising critique of social media and the hash tag culture, "...where viral tawdry gossip floats on the global intercom" and "signals our bit for social justice is done."

Conversely, the charming and clever "See-Saw" plays with semordnilap (yes, palindromes). With a rhythmic cadence that picks up speed as it goes, this one practically begs to be read out loud.

Robin recently completed an ambitious (and long) road trip in that included visits to multiple national parks in her new camper and accompanied by her dog, Byron, as co-pilot.

Details of her adventures across the country, new friends met and lessons learned will be the subject of a book, so be on the lookout for that ... perhaps by next year.

"Where Green Meets Blue" is a small book of 32 pages, lending itself to reading at one's pleasure or mood. Get your copy at finishinglinepress.com, where you will find as well her previous collection of poetry, "Silk Purses and Lemonade" (2017).

Robin's work also can be found in numerous journals and magazines including "The Breeze" and "Time and Tide," a publication of the Island Writers' Network.

Glenda Harris of Bluffton is a freelance writer and editor, nature lover and aspiring novelist.

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