Suquamish, Washington (PressExposure) February 12, 2012 -- Poet, Carol Baxter, presents her book, "Pages of my Soul," published by Crossbooks, a division of Lifeway Publishing.
"Pages of my Soul" is a collection of short poems inspired by nature, feelings, family, and life. Containing down-to-earth language devoid of hyperbole, readers say, her poems move the reader to ponder common everyday events, some that bring delight, some that bring tears, but all of which cause one to reflect.
Ms. Baxter says she wanted to create a beautiful coffee-table book, easy to pick up when relief from a stress-filled day is needed.
Three factors converged that culminated in Baxter's publication. First and foremost, she says, is the love and respect that encompasses her children and their families. Second, growing up in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by salt water, lakes, and mountains, Baxter says she has always been inspired by the beauty of nature in its ever-changing forms. And third, the recent death of both her parents.
Baxter started writing poetry eleven years ago when a common sight struck deep meaning in her soul. She recalls walking along a dry riverbed and contemplating the variety of rocks, when a poem just crept into her mind, and thus was born, "It's Just a Rock," which celebrates uniqueness. After that first poem, she remembers just being filled with ideas. Sometimes about family, sometimes about nature, sometimes about feelings, all are inspired by her religion, which, Baxter says, was the spark and continues to be the source of the never-ending flow of her poetry.
After writing for several years, she showed one of her first poems to her father. It was written to and about him. A stalwart man, Baxter recalls her touching tribute her father brought him to tears. After reading many more of her poems, he made her promised to share her gift to the world by being published. She kept her promise exactly 18 months after he passed away.
Those who have read her collection say the simple beauty and powerful insight of each poem is especially heart-warming as they are further enhanced by unique photography taken by the author. These accompanying pictures, they say, give additional insight into the origins of the emotions that inspired each poem. Ms. Baxter's hope is that in sharing her work, both in words and photographs, readers will pause to consider and reflect on the world around us and share in her feelings of nature's beauty and human love.