BOOK REVIEW by Lisa de Jong
Bridget’s extraordinary poetry goes beyond the heart, and touches the soul. She is gifted in weaving words that invoke rich imagery, intrigues us, and leaves us feeling there is only more to discover in her writing, each time we return to it. Her poetry indicates a depth of imagination, and a connection to the spiritual realms of heaven and earth that is rare in its insight and perception. She opens the door to the world behind our everyday world. She speaks of loss in a way that is stirring, and of love that is enduring – which we get a sense is not just across decades, or lifetimes, but centuries. Her poetry is not easily definable, but in her words we can all define a meaning that speaks to us personally, and reminds us that there is an uncommon behind the common, and that the past is connected to the present, and because of this hope is always possible, and loss is never final – and resilience and enduring faith will have its own reward. Her poetry brings to mind the words of William Wordsworth, “ Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come”.