Pathways to Illumination

Christy Birmingham of Poetic Parfait fame wrote this book of poems.


Yet, it’s more than a collection of poetry. It is clearly a journey, a journey that begins in pain.

Path #1

  As she took me along her travails using metaphor to an exquisite height, I became enlightened. The rhythms of her near and not rhymes rocked me in their arms.

Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen
Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen

Her pondering did not pander. Rather, I looked out upon her reality with a gentle concern .

Artist: Mandy Leuwellen
Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen

In the end, I was rewarded with the sense of being freely born, and although not into a perfect ending, into a sense of dignity, positive energy and wisdom.

Artist: Tiffany
Artist: Tiffany Seymour

The final poem in Christy’s book is titled “What If”. Therefore, I ask, “what if you read it?” Well, if you do, you will be inspired, too!

Artist(s): unknown (Twelve Tribes Apprenticeship Program)
Artist(s): unknown (Twelve Tribes Apprenticeship Program)

Pics taken by Resa – 2014


Pathways to Illumination is available at the Redmund Productions Book Store.

Also, don’t miss out on Christy’s other most important blog When Women Inspire

50 thoughts on “Pathways to Illumination

  1. Gray Dawster

    What a fantastic posting
    with so much that is enjoyable 🙂
    You are right about Christy,
    she is a remarkable soul and
    I hope that her book of poems
    goes from strength to strength 🙂
    With lovely friends such as you
    are Resa, I am sure that is exactly
    what will happen. Have a lovely
    start to your Thursday my sweet
    and dear friend 🙂

    Andro xxx

  2. You are so sweet, Resa! Thank you for the lovely and uniquely art-oriented review here. I enjoyed your description of your experience with the book – particularly about the positive energy of the ending, as that really was my goal to convey that feeling with the book. Thanks for truly making my day brighter!

    1. That I have made someone’s day brighter means a lot to me.
      I really enjoyed reading Pathways to Illumination! It was a true journey, and I am very happy where it left me, what it made me think and feel.
      I know you are working on another book, and I am looking forward to reading it!

  3. Resa .. .this is an outstanding review … but I’m unsure … I’ve got the feeling you incorporated your pics with your thoughts … that’s also saying the pics were not part of the book. Right or wrong?

    1. You are right, Frank!
      I’m not a reviewer, per se, but when I asked Christy if I could do a review in my own way with a few words and some street art, she said “Yes!”
      It was one of the most satisfying posts I have done on GLaM.
      Also, I feel so very complimented by your use of the word “outstanding”,.
      Thank you so much!

  4. There couldn’t have been a better compliment for Christy and her book! The review is as illuminating as the book seems. Love that art work, which is adding so much value and aesthetic sense to this review. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, Balroop!
      Christy’s book inspired me to review it, and as I am not a reviewer, per se,
      I came up with this approach. Christy approved the idea.This has been a very satisfying post to publish. I might try another review in the future. Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. So glad you enjoyed my creative approach to the review!
      It seems I can say things better with the accompaniment of street art than I can in words alone.
      Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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