Reviewed by Poppy J.

My Written Thoughts is the first book of poetry for Ashley Megan Lamore. The reader will find the cover art is simple and yet holds a deeper meaning. The prism in the inkwell is also reflected on the tip of the quill pen. It comes to symbolize that the book of poems represents the author’s deepest thoughts, and that those thoughts and feelings are like a well. Is there a bottom that would lead the author to sorting out her life experiences, or is the well bottomless, with no resolution at the end of the chord strung? The reader is privileged to be allowed to read the poems of this author since they are so deeply honest, and at times must have been difficult for her to write or speak out loud.

Most of the poems tell a story, of the Lamore’s past with abuse and relationships she experienced within her immediate family. However, these poems are more than being an exercise in general descriptions of relationships in the author’s life. A few stick out as significant.

Lamore finally tells her family of her “secret” (which alludes to her abuse as a child) and states, “Oh how good it feels to finally let go a part of my past.” At this point in the poetry book, one cannot help but feel happy for the author, since the reader has begun to understand how important it is for the author to begin her healing process and discover a possible forgiveness.

One of my favorite poems is “Deadly Medicine,” where Lamore writes of the choices we all make in our lives. She states, “There goes your life, Here comes your funeral,” and it is a literal statement as to how people contribute to our lives, our society or our planet – or not. The rest of the poems discuss temptations common to teenagers (the author describes many instances that occurred while she was a student in high school), and to this end there are no surprises. But the statement of a life going and a funeral coming is literal and fresh at the same time.

Two poems that deal with self image are “Mask,” and “Beauty and the Body.” Many readers will be able to relate to these poems as they are charged with the emotions of a person coming to terms with her life and her situation.

The poems at times seem too simplistic, with just a listing of feelings that are easily identified (fear, regret, or anger) by Lamore. Some of them will leave no place for the reader to go, except to agree with or deny the author’s feelings as something that the reader can relate to or not. On the other hand, there are many poems that might speak to the reader on a personal enough level. And it is at those moments that the reader might truly enjoy this poetry and reflect on the deeper meaning of Lamore’s writing.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.