Touchpoints is a bit different from the norm; its 132 pages contain poetry that is rhyming in spots and somewhat like prose in others. They vary in length from short to extending over into the next page and completely span the range of the author’s emotions from A to Z. In “Death Unnerves Us” she speaks of the grief suffered when a loved one dies, the pain and loneliness that is felt by all concerned. Another touchpoint brought out is the romantic dance that two people in love will engage in. Sally emphasizes this point in the poem called “Dance with Me.” Ms. Shirley makes a very good point for everyone to think about in the poem “Promise Me.” She tells her lover to promise her many things, but not to promise her love “if you can’t love me.” I thought this a very good line and one that is worth remembering.
Her Touchpoints poetry takes the reader into her soul, her heart and her head. Giving the reader an inclination of the emotions she was feeling in all the different aspects of her life. Ms. Shirley seems genuine and down to earth in her writings. You can tell in the first few pages that this was a heartfelt write.
I think Ms. Shirley has written a book that could possibly be a piece of her personal diary. That is what I sensed as I read page after page of this emotional volume. I was very happy to give Touchpoints a high B rating for her well written, nicely covered and decently edited book of poetry. I recommend it to the general audience because it does not contain any offensive language or graphics.
(Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views)