Patchwork Poetry by Mel Finefrock


Patchwork Poetry 
By Mel Finefrock
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN13: 9781517360337
Pages: 44
Cover Art: John Bramblitt
Genre: Poetry


Straight from the heart and imagination of Mel Finefrock, blind writer and musician, emerges a delicately bold collection of exploratory free verse poems chronicling various aspects of her personal journey. Believing that there is beauty to behold in almost any situation, Finefrock quilts precious and ordinary moments alike into patchwork poetry that embodies themes of love, friendship, pain, and growth. While unique to her experiences, Finefrock’s soul-baring reflections are also applicable on a universal level and will inspire readers to look inward.


This review will fall on the lighter side, and I am literally terrified of it. I have never, ever attempted to review poetry. I only recently discovered through several amazing poets (who happen to be book bloggers) that I do in fact appreciate poetry. You know who you are, but I am throwing you out there anyways, Gretchen at ChicNerdReads and Drew at TheTattooedBookGeek, because I believe in credit where it is due.

The problem is however, I am so truly new to this area of literature that I can offer no real expertise, but I have opinions, and the following are mine. I just hope that you can find a small amount of justice for Mel’s beautiful work in the fumbling attempt below. Thank you Mel for providing me with this lovely copy to review.

Patchwork Poetry is an elegant collection of free verse poems that encompasses three wonderful and important aspects of life: aspiration, inspiration, and evolution. Mel Finefrock has managed to present her work in a timeline that adequately walks us through these stages with a certain air of heart and boldness.

Her words are embracing and comforting, as I found a sense of familiarity in the old emotions that returned and washed over me during the course of the time it took to read this small and beautifully covered little book.

Perhaps what I found to be the most rewarding element of reading Mel’s work was just how personal it truly was. Each poem resonated with a definite amount of connection, while I was able to still understand and grasp that these where her moments. I was witnessing her time through the strength of her words. She was painting pictures of her history and presenting them to the reader.

The entire experience that is Patchwork Poetry felt open and full of life. The honest and sometimes simple but heavy emotion touches the soul and exposes a side of human life we can often tend to overlook.

With Mel’s permission I have chosen to share one of my favorite poems from this enchanting collection, Tenderly.


I must focus now

to recall your room:

dim, yellowed lamplight,

things strewn around as always,

traces of incense

and the lingering notes of a song …

I am home.

I touch your smiling face,

and you touch mine,

as if to compensate

for my being blind,

so I meet your eyes

and feel the warmth at my core

as if I have truly seen them.

We are equal.

We are beautiful.

We are divine.

We are one.

You calm my soul;

I forget all my hurts.

All my suffering

was worth the wait for you—

joy, bliss, ecstasy.

And your voice,

soft, flowing,

like a tranquil river,

I love you

always and forever,

every perfect imperfection,

your heart,

your mind,

your soul,

your body,


Yes, I have to focus now,

not for a lack of memory,

for I know it well;

I know the smell

of your skin, your hair, your cologne,

the warmth of your breath

as it chills my shoulder.

I have memorized

the beat of your heart against mine,

the sensation

of being cocooned

in soft blankets and sheets,

the sweet, gentle taste

of your goodnight kiss,

the utmost belonging

as you turn, burrowing

into my embrace,

your hand on my hand on your belly

as you laugh sleepily

at something I’ve said.

Such a sense of security,

of trust, of camaraderie—

I remember it tenderly,

but I must focus now

to make it real,

to try and feel, and hope to heal,

a love

that may never again be.

About Mel Finefrock

Author portrait (2015).JPGOnce a book editor, now a claims adjuster, and an artist still, Mel feels privileged to have had a variety of experiences, all with her eyes closed and her mind and heart wide open. Mel has self-published a book entitled Patchwork Poetry, been featured in interviews with Plano Magazine and the BBC, written for popular blogs such as, the Mighty, and the Huffington Post, and was the source of inspiration behind Melissa Foster’s bestselling novel, Touched by Love. She also enjoys singing and playing guitar, and just about any cup of tea is her cup of tea. Mel now resides in the Downtown Plano Arts District with her partner, Jordan.

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This small gem is worth every invested moment, as it is brimming  soul and life. An easy 4 star collection that I will keep nearby for those moments when I need to be lifted up and reminded to look inward. I also cannot recommend visiting John Bramblitt’s site (linked above) enough. The artwork is stunning.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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34 thoughts on “Patchwork Poetry by Mel Finefrock

  1. First of thank you for the shout out, always appreciated.😀

    Secondly, it’s a great poem.😀

    Thirdly, quality review, poetry is hard to review, I’m guessing as I’ve never reviewed any myself but it’s the sort of thing that while the poet has put emotion into their work, you as a reader only really connect with a poem if you also feel the emotion or relate to the words.😀

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  2. Such a brilliant review Danielle! Honest and full of the emotions the poetry stirred in you, I love it! ❤ I discovered poetry did not have to be confusing and utterly intricate, contrary to what studying literature had taught me, but could be a powerful and beautiful art that captures feelings on paper thanks to Drew and Gretchen. I'm thankful for them opening my eyes to it and thankful to you for this great piece!

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  3. I think I’ve read more books written in verse than actual poetry. Even though they’re both poetry they just have a different feel to me, if that makes sense. Either way, I really adore free-verse poetry and I’ve always been hesitant about reading then reviewing it myself because I wouldn’t even know where to start. But you did such a fantastic job with this review, Danielle! Your review and then that poem. Wow. I’m definitely going to have to get my hands on this book and read it at some point. 😊

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  4. First of all, I *adore* the changes to your blog. I love the light, flowery, blue background and the matching banner. It’s so soothing! Plus, it matches this review.
    I too struggle with poetry, but I think that’s because I was more-or-less conditioned to have a “right or wrong” answer in my poetry critiques from school. So, my teachers scared me away from it. I think you did a great job here! You are completely on point with your statement: “Her words are embracing and comforting…” after reading Tenderly, I completely agree! What a beautiful poem. I just feel wrapped up in a blanket. 🙂

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    1. Jackie, thank you so much! It is so intimidating to tackle something that I was taught to be so complex at one point. Years of college classes had embedded into my brain that I really needed to dissect this. But that felt wrong. Her work was too personal to strip drown. I am so glad the approach attempting to write what I felt seems to have worked to some degree 😉

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  5. Lovely review. After experimenting with poetry and reading milk and honey, I am very interested in reading more! This sounds like a good one to start with, too. 🙂

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  6. Great review! What I truly find amazing about poems is when you’re able to find meaning in them, for you, personally. I definitely haven’t really jumped into poetry yet, but I’m definitely going to change that for 2017! 😀

    – Lashaan

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    1. I am also hoping to dive into the world of poetry more this year. years of lit and being taught to dissect everything in such a rigorous manner have left me feeling intimidated, but I think I am finally letting go of that and learning to just appreciate what I take from it on a personal level. I hope 🙂

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