Joanne Cherefko’s third collection of poetry, transcends the themes of loss and reality vs. perception by focusing on the author’s emotional and spiritual state of mind during the co-existing COVID pandemic and the BLM protests.
The book is divided into five sections: Isolation, Fear, Visions, Solace, and Redemption. The collection reveals the author’s paralyzing fear and isolation during the pandemic, her sorrow and compassion for victims of racial violence, her ever-present surrealistic visions, the solace nature affords during challenging times, and the saving grace her husband provides, even during the darkest of times.
Her first two collections, A Consecration of the Wind and Fragmented Roots, received a combined twenty-six 5-star reviews on Amazon.com. Her poetry has been hailed as “blustering and brilliant” and “transcendent.” As in her previous collections, the poems in Souls Tilled Like Soil reflect “deep introspection and themes of the human condition using beautiful imagery and lyricism.”