Captivating read … Highly recommended … 5 stars
The animal writer / activist says: “This Book of Remembrance is dedicated to all the victims of Katrina, both human and non-human, both living and deceased, who endured a hellish nightmare that most of us can only imagine; and to the many compassionate souls who rushed to help them, in whatever way they could.
Through Katrina’s Eyes Poems of an Animal Rescuer’s Soul is a compilation of poetic works that begin with Immanuel Kant’s haunting words “Our eyes are the windows to our soul.” The poet Kostro’s first offering is Through the Eyes of Katrina, in which he brings the reader face to face with the horror, terror, death of hope and the utter and utter discouragement of many of those four-legged beings. devastated by Katrina. The creatures were sometimes abandoned by those who thought they would soon return, others were left behind, and by so-called human rescuers who insisted that the animals could not accompany those who had taken them with them from their homes to supposed safety.
The old man and his dog, and the woman and her daughter are filled with the poignant hope that we humans hold, and to which our creatures respond so well. Other offerings include Katrina’s Highway. Pet Rescue Camp, Message in a Bottle, and Mangy Dog. A sweet and loving dog is shown in the words of One Eyed Jack, and a cat with grim determination is reminded of us when we read The Old Traveler. The joy of reunion is featured in A Vet and His Pet, while the pain of being ripped from the arms of his beloved master by a heartless ‘rescuer’ before he too is returned to his beloved owners is shown in Heavenly Touch. , renewed happiness through adoption is found in the words of Get Shorty. The poet Kostro’s own adoption record is applied in the fall in St. Louis, Eddie, Tater, and A Flower Blooms in Winter. The plight of the lucky, saved, ‘left behind’ is shown in Help and Paradise Lost, in which writer Kostro brings the reader face to face with the urgency of so many now rescued but living in pens and in need of creatures in the home. Kostro’s poetry concludes with the poignant wish that rescuers pray that our government has become much wiser. We pray that the owners are never forced to leave them behind again. ‘
This critic knows well the poetry and love for animals of the writer Kostro. Kostro includes not only his own poetic works, but also some background and ‘color’ information on his ability to volunteer in the rescue effort carried out after pet owners were forced to evacuate and leave companions behind with the who shared their lives. Kostro also includes quotes from several well-known figures in history and today about the creatures and the role they share in our lives.
Through the eyes of Katrina, the poems of An Animal Rescuer’s Soul make a compelling read that leads the reader to the despair and optimism of the rescuers and the confused and anxious left behind. The poems are not always easy to read, as we find discouragement and hopelessness represented in sheer realism. The joy of reunion or adoption restores the reader’s ability to better cope with the despair that is grimly described.
Excellent poetry, excellent message. A book for everyone. Those who love creatures will not need any encouragement to buy, read, and read again. Those for whom creatures are just something that we humans have ‘mastery’ over may find themselves beginning to better understand the early writers who actually said that creatures are here towards which we cocky “intelligent” beings will show a care. compassionate.
Excellent addition to personal reading shelf, school library, therapist’s shelf, and reader’s learning. A portion of the proceeds will go toward pet rescue efforts.
I enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.
Reviewed by: molly martin
Genre: Poetry compilation
Author: Ed Kostro http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewwork.asp?id=14707
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