Patricia Taylor Wells brings us a new collection of poems that represents life's everchanging views.
Kaleidoscope is dedicated to those who have forgotten how to love. Wells seeks to express how we hide our humanity when we allow darkness to overcome us. She discovers the loneliness that follows us around is not always due to being alone, but from feeling unloved. But there's nothing like nature to remind us sometimes, after a threatening storm, "a rainbow's aura blossoms like a garden in the sky where only splendor grows."
Throughout Kaleidoscope, Wells attributes human traits to non-human creatures, inanimate objects, and abstract ideas in her metaphoric descriptions of the natural, material, and spiritual worlds, resulting in a vivid and unique presentation of her work.
As in her first collection of poetry, LodeStar, the poems in Kaleidoscope are divided into topics that deal with the Sun, Moon and Stars, Creatures of the Land, Air, and Sea, Seasons, Nostalgia, Distractions, Meditation, Uncertainty, and Disquietude. Wells draws these themes into her own experiences with the changing patterns of a world darkened by a pandemic, the loss of her mother, and other events that brought uncertainty to her life. But she also reveals the healing power of nature and the hidden beauty behind every cloud of doubt.
Kaleidoscope is a welcome addition to Patricia Taylor Wells' continual exploration of her interaction with the world through poetry.