“To My Dreamcatcher,” an 81-page collection of poems by Elizabeth Robin of Hilton Head Island, published June 10, is her third book featuring her unique style of poetry.

Robin’s first two were chapbooks, “Silk Purses and Lemonade” (2017) and “Where Green Meets Blue” (2018), earning the author a fellowship from the South Carolina Writers Association as well as the John Edward Johnson Prize from the Poetry Society of South Carolina.

“To My Dreamcatcher” is a full-length collection of poems on a wide range of subjects. Many of these poems took root during her 2018 road trip, a cross-country getaway touring national parks with her canine sidekick, Byron.

“Not only did those landscapes allow me the space to sort myself out, they inspired a fresh perspective to living in nature,” Robin said in an interview. “You realize how small you are, under a South Dakota sky or giant redwood.”

Indeed.

In these poems, the reader will find fantasy, vivid imagery of dreams, then pain and heartache – daring hope to prosper. In the midst of big sky and mountains, streams and canyons, there is space for self-reflection.

From the moon to the mundane, from the river to the redwoods, her metaphorical sketches and words seeming to flow effortlessly, yet conveying power.

Being present with oneself in a new place, taking in Mother Nature’s surprises, is the perfect nourishment for the soul. Fans of poetry are the beneficiaries of Robin’s “fresh perspective” and I believe they will read this new book with an ever-growing admiration of her work.   

The elegy to her late husband is deeply emotional and incisive. Below is one of many passages that stopped me, to read it over again…

“Dear Dreamcatcher,

i realize you cheated death more than once

before you didn’t know, know you lived

as though you knew you wouldn’t”

“My Dreamcatcher” pulsates with energy, questions and discovery. Though difficult to summarize an assemblage of such eclectic poems, this work seems spiritually emphatic, as if the author has traversed through darkness and beyond, finding she is perhaps ready to embrace her new life, on a path to live “as a woman alone, finishing life well.” (Christen Kincaid, Finishing Line Press, 2022)

“My Dream Catcher” would be a lovely gift for anyone who loves poetry. It is available at finishinglinepress.com and on Amazon.com.

Follow the author’s other work and see a schedule of her events at elizabethrobin.com. More of Robin’s poems can be found in numerous journals and magazines including “The Breeze” and “Time and Tide,” a publication of the Island Writers’ Network.

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