Susan Marie Molloy

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BOOK REVIEW: Dreams of Love


Love, romance, and relationships know no season, and “Dreams of Love” by Pamela Beckford is no exception. If you ever were in love, still in love, think you’re in love, or wish you were in love, this collection of her poetry is waiting for you to read. This is sixth in my series of book reviews; I hope that my recommendations inspire you to read these books.

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That singular word – breathtaking – is the best one-word description of “Dreams of Love” by Pamela Beckford that kept coming to mind as I lingered within the pages.

“Dreams of Love” is a superb collection of thirty-one poems that not only touches upon the varying facets of a relationship, but is also a powerful timeline of the changeable levels of growth in a relationship. Simply put, “Dreams” can be read in no particular order as stand-alone poems; conversely, if read in order, it presents a love story.

Pamela Beckford is an extraordinarily talented poet. After recently reading “Voices of Nature” (a co-authorship between her and Kirsten A.), I was, indeed, expecting more delightful poems in “Dreams.” What I didn’t expect was the exceptional style in which she conveys varying emotions and sentiments between two people finding themselves in a complex relationship. For example, in “It Started With a Look,” I felt and saw the excitement, both physically and emotionally:

“Your hand in mine
Electric was the air
I started to talk, but then
You began to play with my hair.”

Initially, the speaker is seemingly in control of this momentous meeting, with her hand in her lover’s and by her beginning to speak. However, suddenly it’s her lover who takes control of the meeting by playing with her hair, and as we read further, using his “finger [that] traced [her] mouth/Eager to explore . . .” Many emotions and illustrations are woven into just those few lines alone: desiring, loving, caressing, controlling, surrendering, holding, longing, looking, tenderness, playfulness, peacefulness, heat, and hearts skipping beats. Though Pamela doesn’t write those words per se; they are the emotions and thoughts she creates succinctly and implicitly. What we do find here and with this collection is a complex back-and-forth relationship between two lovers.

My favorite poem in this collection is “Melting.” Specifically, the line “Two melt into one” is a beautifully written thought that conveys everything about what a loving and trusting relationship is, not only in the passionate sense as we might initially interpret here, but also in the everyday condition where two people walk together side-by-side through the mundane, too. Indeed, “Melting” has a duality about it: the here-and-now passion and yet, a wanting for the future.

In “Just Out of Reach,” we feel the pain of the lover going “home to her” (my italics) and the speaker woefully, yet hopefully, calling out to him that “. . . forever my heart will be yours.” This poem is, indeed, heartbreaking and forlorn. There is a feeling of desperation with threads of love and hope on the female speaker’s part.

I cannot say enough positive aspects about “Dreams of Love” and Pamela Beckford. I would like to analyze and speak to every one in her collection here, but then that would be taking away the enjoyment for you, her current and future readers. I encourage you to enjoy it, as I have — without preview, to fully enjoy and interpret yourselves.

This collection of love poems left me in breathless wonderment. I liked it so much, I’ve read it three times already. We all, I believe, can relate to her poetry. Certainly, as she wrote, “Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul.”

Pamela Beckford articulates beautifully. I applaud her for conveying those deep, soulful expressions in such a magnificent, yet intimate, way.

I highly recommend “Dreams of Love” by Pamela Beckford.

You can find “Dreams of Love” through Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

6 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Dreams of Love

  1. Reblogged this on Poetry by Pamela and commented:
    What an incredible review of Dreams of Love. Reading it made me blush/smile/cry. Susan writes a bit of poetry herself. Show her some love and visit her blog.

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  2. There’s nothing like dropping into a writer’s love fest to get the blood pumping. I love authors.


  3. Really lovely review, Pamela writes some really good poems.


  4. Reading your post reminded me of Roger Housden’s book son poetry. It made me think that your series of book reviews could be made into a collection as Housden’s are.
    Dreams of Love sounds like a beautiful book and I’m grateful to have found her. 🙂 .

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