Body Aging: Another Collection of Poems about Aging

Body Language: Another Collection of Poems About AgingTitle: Body Language
Author: Janet Cameron Hoult
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-5033-8

“So many things I’ve got to do
It makes me tired, I’m telling you
I think I’ll sit and rest a while
And watch the others with a smile
Who handle tasks with energy bursts
But me, I’ll do my resting first.”
Janet Cameron Hoult writes in her poem titled “Resting First” in her book, Body Language: Another Collection of Poems About Aging.

Second in the collection of poetry on aging, this seventy-five-page paperback targets those who enjoy short poems that discuss growing older. With no profanity, the topics of body parts may not be appreciated by immature readers. Acceptable to current day writing of poetry, some of the poems lack proper punctuation.

After a dedication, the book is divided into twenty-one sections, usually the names of body parts. The ending includes acknowledgments and the author’s biography. With one poem per page, there are almost sixty offered.

Getting older can affect every body part from the top of our heads to the tip of our toes. Covering each limb, appendage, and coinciding issues that go with aging, the poems are from several lines to many stanzas long.

Be it the body as a whole or the ears, eyes, nose, and teeth, shoulder, hands, knees, toes, and feet are observed, complained about, or evaluated. More random topics of colonoscopies, diabetes, skin, hospitals, and word paintings are set to rhyming poem format, forcing the reader to understand and accept the body is aging.

Without being morose, depressive, or hopeless, the author looks at the funnier side of growing old, dealing with developing wrinkles, sagging body parts, and forgetting what has been forgotten.

Clean, cheeky, and crisp, this little book offers poems to cheer the elderly up, be it at a retirement or assisted living complex or while resting in a rocking chair during the golden years.

Having lived and traveled throughout the world, author Hoult lives in Southern California with her husband. Now in her seventies, the senior citizen has won an award for her first book in the collection as she notices the comical side of the body aging.

Thanks to Outskirts Press and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

5 Comments

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Non-Fiction

5 responses to “Body Aging: Another Collection of Poems about Aging

  1. Jackie McNutt

    Interesting review! I never thought I would see poetry about ageing,
    Thanks for featuring it

  2. Thx, Jackie ~ I volunteer reading comedy to the elderly so will use it from time to time.

    • Jackie McNutt

      What a nice Blessing you give to them! Some of elderly residents get really lonely and bored at least appeared that way when I visited my dad in nursing home.

  3. From the poet: Grow old along with me/the best is yet to be.
    Check the following: Clean, cheeky, and crisp, this little book offers poems to cheer the elderly up, be it at a retirement or assisted living complex or (to enjoy sitting on a back porch in a rocking chair during the golden years.)
    Parallelism problem: Should be in a prepositional phrase to agree with “at a….”
    Well done review. JP

    • O thanks, wonderful mentor! Does it read better now? Those silly prepositional phrases trick me every time. I bow down to you once more, Great Grammar Guru.

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