‘Amor’ by Ina Schroders-Zeeders – Review

Here is my review of Amor, a beautiful anthology of 227 poems by Ina Schroders-Zeeders, ‘about’ love’s many twists and turns.

Amor5 Stars. Leaves the Reader Breathless and Breathing

Amor, a wandering progression of instinctively crafted poetry by Ina Schroders-Zeeders, is an intensely personal yet unselfconscious and certainly unashamed story of the author’s experience in love, creating a collection that is entertaining, imaginative, thought-provoking and full of visual and sensual detail. Exploring the questions of love and not really looking for answers, it hardly matters whether the 227 poems are about many different loves or kinds of love or many aspects of a few. Either way they seduce the reader into their immediacy and honesty with an almost hypnotic effect, blending one into another: words, sentences, paragraphs and chapters of waiting and hoping, looking and finding, coming and going, regret and remembrance.

As anyone who has followed Ina’s poetry through her blog knows, she is a prolific and eclectic writer. Her stories and reflections pour out of her ceaselessly, without any sense of urgency or pretension, as if she breathes them onto the page. I feel Ina would be a storyteller even if she wasn’t a writer – like the bards of old, she has a most natural need to `speak’ about her environment, encounters, travels, observations, emotions and memories just for the sake of sharing and encouraging others to do the same. Yet, it is obvious she is a seasoned poet: deliberate and skilled in her use of form and formlessness, knowing what works and doesn’t but never afraid to veer off the beaten path and try something new. As in life, so in art. She doesn’t let either pass by without making the most of what they have to offer for her own satisfaction and, happily, for that of her readers, too.

As in Ina’s first poetry book, ‘Veritas’, the poetry in ‘Amor’ is all the more remarkable because English is not her native language. And, once again, her kinship with the sea is evident. Even when it is not specifically mentioned, its movement, vastness and unpredictability are present in mood and outlook; these poems lapping at the shore, backwards and forwards, clinging and letting go, with low tides and high tides, winds blowing and everything stilled, the horizon seen but never completely defined.

This is a beautiful book, in its content and production. It tells a story that is circular rather than linear – well, many circles interconnecting like a chain-link, representing the cycles of beginnings and endings within the cycle of loving and living – that leaves the reader breathless yet still breathing and so wanting more.

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And don’t forget to visit my Reviews for Others page (far right tab at top of blog), for my thoughts on Ina’s other lovely poetry collection, Veritas,  and other novels and poetry collections.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! Here is a different view, then Western New York has had for the last two months, of a snow drop …

Copyright 2013 by DM Denton

Copyright 2013 by DM Denton

14 thoughts on “‘Amor’ by Ina Schroders-Zeeders – Review

  1. Fascinating review Diane ! Very convincing and well-worded,presenting her poetry work in an appealing way.Loved your reference to her Love experience and reminded me the C.S.LEWIS ” The Four Loves “,as well as, “The Art of Loving ” by Erich Fromm.
    You said above that her kinship with the sea is evident.Indeed,it is and I realised it by reading her : ” The sea is my mother ” and the ” beach ” poems.I also liked the Swan’s eding …
    when I’m sleeping after dream …
    Huge congrats Diane !!! Your rich review strongly seized my interest from the very first lines and made me run to her poem-posts.
    All the best,


    • So glad my review enticed you her poetry blog, Doda! She is amazing, not least because English is not her native language. I can’t imagine mastering the nuances of poetry in a foreign language. And may I say again, it is nice to see you here again, and thank you so much for your generous comment. I can’t say enough how your kind words encourage me to keep writing! Blessings, Diane


      • My pleasure Diane ! Couldn’t help but praise what I caught through your brilliantly written review.It’s increddible how she expresses her inner thoughts in English which isn’t her mother tongue.Thus,we are talking about a real talent.
        Best, Doda


  2. A terrific review Diane of a very deserving book. Ina leaves me in awe; you would never think English is her second language. What she is capable of doing with it far surpasses many whose first language is English. I have this book on my coffee table and never tire of it, even if I keep opening it at the sme pages. Its just wonderful.

    Lots of love
    Xxx ❤


    • Thank you, Christine! I am constantly amazed by her writing … in English … which is much harder to do in terms of poetry than ‘regular’ writing or speaking. And the quantity of her poetry that never sacrifices quality! So glad you liked the review. XXXOOO ♥


  3. I am a great fan of Ina’s poetry. I studied English at University, and have read many poets, old and new and I feel Ina can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of them. It’s a puzzle to me that she is not better known. Simply wonderful sense of life and use of words. Your review is terrific in itself, and such a nice thing to come across, and does Ina full justice. You should be proud of yourself on many levels and for me, this was a joy to come across


    • Yes, I agree, Peter. Ina is a remarkable poet and so prolific, but never to expense of the quality, truth and beauty of her poetry. So glad you enjoyed my review of ‘Amor’, Peter, and thank you, as always, for your kind words. All the best!


  4. Thank you very much Diane! This is a fantastic review! I am truely amazed, you have such a wonderful way with words, not only in poetry and stories, but also in writing this review…

    Stay safe in the cold xx 🙂


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