Patricia Taylor Wells
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Patricia Taylor Wells brings us a new collection of poems that represents life's everchanging views.
Kaleidoscope is dedicated to those who have forgotten how to love. Wells seeks to express how we hide our humanity when we allow darkness to overcome us. She discovers the loneliness that follows us around is not always due to being alone, but from feeling unloved. But there's nothing like nature to remind us sometimes, after a threatening storm, "a rainbow's aura blossoms like a garden in the sky where only splendor grows."
Throughout Kaleidoscope, Wells attributes human traits to non-human creatures, inanimate objects, and abstract ideas in her metaphoric descriptions of the natural, material, and spiritual worlds, resulting in a vivid and unique presentation of her work.
As in her first collection of poetry, LodeStar, the poems in Kaleidoscope are divided into topics that deal with the Sun, Moon and Stars, Creatures of the Land, Air, and Sea, Seasons, Nostalgia, Distractions, Meditation, Uncertainty, and Disquietude. Wells draws these themes into her own experiences with the changing patterns of a world darkened by a pandemic, the loss of her mother, and other events that brought uncertainty to her life. But she also reveals the healing power of nature and the hidden beauty behind every cloud of doubt.
Kaleidoscope is a welcome addition to Patricia Taylor Wells' continual exploration of her interaction with the world through poetry.
“Ever since the day she was born, she could aggravate me one moment, then leave me feeling ashamed for not being a better mother the very next. She simply wants more and needs more than I ever have to give her.”
In 1963, Holly Hendricks and her family moved from the small East Texas town where they have strong family roots to the impersonal city of Dallas. Against a backdrop of local and worldwide turbulence, their once close ties are fragmented. With her mother not coming to terms with losing a son and the father having a breakdown, fourteen-year-old Holly returns to the small town to stay with her Grandma as she tries to cope with the loss of her brother.
will you hear the desert.
Gaylen Mackenzie, a young, single American woman from Texas, is offered a position at her company’s headquarters in Saudi Arabia. While excited by the idea of living and working in another country, she must confront the challenges of residing in a society that largely excludes women from just about every freedom she grew up taking for granted.
Gaylen settles into her new job and living situation and soon discovers her greatest adversary is loneliness. As a single woman, she is dependent on her male friends to accompany her when she steps foot outside the company compound. And even then, Gaylen risks getting in trouble with authorities each time she is out and about with male colleagues who are not blood relatives. Only Gaylen’s cousin Tom, a U.S. airman on duty in Saudi Arabia, can act as her legal guardian during his short visit with her.
Adapting to this new world is more than remembering a headscarf when venturing beyond the isolated world of the company compound. But as the Kingdom slowly gives up its secrets, Gaylen learns to appreciate the hypnotic beauty of the desert and Islamic traditions. Maybe, just maybe, she can find her place in this fascinating world.
Patricia Taylor Wells calls upon her own experiences as a single young woman working for a company in Saudi Arabia. Like the delicate sand roses found in the salt flats of the Arabian desert, she reveals the fragile beauty and mystery of a country constructed over the ages from strong and proud traditions.