Author Spotlight,  Poetry

Author Spotlight: Penny Luker

Penny Luker, Author

Penny Luker has been writing fiction and poetry all her life, but in the last ten years she has had the time to develop her writing. She lives in Cheshire with her husband. When she went out to work she was a headteacher of a small, Cheshire primary school and later taught for the Open University. Nowadays she is constantly writing books, taking art courses and attempting to play the piano. Penny writes for all ages. You can find her work at Amazon.

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The Shadows Of Love
Poetry to Enjoy

Available at Amazon


A collection of poems about the different forms and stages of love. When is love, love, and when does it become obsession? Why does love change?


5.0 out of 5 stars Fine entertainment in verse
By Tom on 26 September 2018 – Published on
Whether an aficionado or still finding your way when reading poetry, this book will be enjoyed. There is much more to poetry than free-verse or rhyming couplets and fine examples of different forms are demonstrated here. Within this collection, as you might expect are examples of romance, but juxtaposed to these are tales in verse of other varieties of deep emotion.

I’ve read other poetry and short story anthologies by Penny Luker and she dovetails the two distinct disciplines here in poems like ‘A Large Feathered Hat’, and ‘Abandoned’. Introspective pieces like ‘Existence’ stand out too.
This is a book you could enjoy reading more than once, which for me is a key difference between poetry and other forms of creative writing.
I was given an advance copy of this book to review, but having read the author’s other work I would have purchased the book in any case.

5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read – a book to treasure!
By Sarah Stuart on 27 September 2018
The title poem seized my attention. It’s misleadingly simple but deep and, sure enough, A Large Feathered Hat demonstrates the flip side of love: hate.

A Mother’s Love has an ending that shocks with its truth – Christmas with Mother is hilarious; we’ve all met this lady whether she was our mother or not!

Swallows is a one-sentence poem. I read it twice, and it really is, demonstrating Ms Luker’s incredible talent for expressing love in so many diverse styles, not just another slant on the subject or in different words. The mix of focus surprises from page to page – love of books, flowers, a coffee flask, pills – mixed views on those!

My absolute favourite is Godmother, which opens with this line. “Shall I compare thee to a winter’s night?” Unexpected – once again, tails to love’s winning heads.


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Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Survival series and the award-winning paranormal, The Consuming. Rhonda writes sci-fi/horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, romantic suspense, and mystery. She writes for adults, young adults and middle grade.

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