Please let this reviewer, Andrew Scott, introduce you to the world of poetry and prose through eyes of Sue Koenig in her 2014 release, “The Bench”.
In “The Bench”, Sue Koenig provides and gives to us a look into her every day emotions and thoughts without holding back or hiding behind anything from us, the reader.
The journey that Sue Koenig takes us on starts with two pieces of prose. In “The Bench”, the story of a bench and what it has been through the years is told decade by decade with a eye opening message. Tales of love are given to us through the four seasons in “The Tree” in various degrees. These are a great start to the journey with in this book.
The prose and short works do not stop there as we get introduced to the insightful “Revelation” where the main character feels like they are just getting comfortable in their own skin or the brief conversation between witches in “The Spell”, where the good side of them is given to us, the reader.
Prose is not the only writings that Sue Koenig gives us in the “The Bench”. There is plenty of diverse poetry given to us that will make you think such as the story of a down on your luck man in “Walk On By”, who once had it all only to be forgotten about by all. Sue Koenig’s intimate, tender side is shown in “My Lover” as well as her dark side in the macabre poetry piece “Night”, sending thought provoking goose bumps.
Sue Koenig even demonstrates her fondness for the old poetic form the aikuHaiku. In using this form in “The Bench”, you, the reader, get re-introduced to the tragedy of “Slave Lake”, a horrific fire in that community and the “Ice Storm”, where you understand that nature will be the victor always. This is where the author truly shines as minimal words are used to make us think as in the haiku’s, “The Gift” and “Beach of Death”.
“The Bench” by Sue Koenig gives us an artist showing no fear in giving us her many different faces. There is something for everyone as you read through the different emotions and subjects presented to us through her poetry and prose and so much more to discover than the sampling given here.
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Andrew Scott is a published international author, reviewer and radio show host.