The Blue Whale Sings from Afar | Critical Book Review

Reading is meditation: an opportunity to sit quietly and take in what comes to you. Embracing nature is meditation too: an acceptance of being alive on your spot on earth. What will come flying through the air or bounding through the grass to join you will come.

Welcome to the realm of Josefina Bérard’s The Blue Whale Sings from Afar, a poetry collection that softly dances across the pages like a murmuration of wings. Bérard’s verses transport you to a place where language flits and floats on the wind, painting a serene pastel sky of contemplation.

Seasons of Contemplation

Structured around seasons, the collection gently unfolds the lessons nature can teach us about both calm and tumultuous times. However, it avoids delving too deeply into the storm, allowing readers a floating, easy-reading experience. Ideal for a bedtime companion or a morning muse, Bérard’s collection invites readers to linger in the quietude of nature’s embrace.

Weaving Through Nature’s Tapestry

As poems cascade down the pages, they weave among the grasses, birds, and skies, adding complexity and lingering afterthoughts. Standouts like “Garden” infuse playfulness into the winds of nature, evoking the senses and the sweetness of fruit. “Ekdahl’s Home” employs specificity to craft a family home with a palpable history, while “A Story” skillfully utilizes creative line breaks to mirror the ebb and flow of nature.

A Mixed Bag of Verses

However, amidst the thoughtful and quiet poems, there are instances of clichéd lines and verses that leave readers with little to ponder. Works like “Letter to a Tart” lack substance, and the final section, “Winter,” occasionally falters with simplistic concepts.

A Calming Journey

The Blue Whale Sings from Afar ultimately offers a soothing experience. For those enchanted by the intricacies of nature and our interconnectedness, the collection serves as a pleasant tone-setter for a day to gratefully dedicate to our earth.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Atmosphere PressPoetry / Nature64 pages9781639888115

Reading is meditation: an opportunity to sit quietly and take in what comes to you. Embracing nature is meditation too: an acceptance of being alive on your spot on earth. What will come flying through the air or bounding through the grass to join you will come. Welcome to the realm of Josefina Bérard’s The…