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My Vibrating Vertebrae: and other poems by [Graham, Agnes Mae]
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We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the 'Troubles'?
From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Weaverback Press (18 June 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HA8Q116
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Having read several of Agnes Mae Graham’s entries in this book of her collected works, it’s easy to see where blogger extraordinaire Christopher Graham gets his sense of whimsy. The poetry is very atmospheric and paints a vivid picture of the times. Her words run the gamut from wistful to fun to sad. You don’t have to be a great lover of poetry (I’m not especially) to enjoy her words. I certainly did. I am both impressed and enchanted by what I’ve read so far. I can tell that I’ll be equally pleased with the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited Irish Poetry 21 August 2016
By Tina Frisco - Published on Amazon.com
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My Vibrating Vertebrae is a delightful book of poetry, comprising the works of Agnes Mae Graham and gathered and published posthumously by her two children.

As stated in the dedication, the poems span decades of Agnes’ life in 20th Century Northern Ireland, offering a flavor of Irish dialect as she puts to paper her loves, hopes, and dreams.

Two of my favorites are Nonsense Rhyme and The Women’s Rural. I can well imagine Nonsense Rhyme being read to a child who, perhaps not understanding all the words, would burst into giggles at the ending. And as I read The Women’s Rural, I delighted in the feeling of sisterhood and community it conveyed, a sorely needed phenomenon in our contemporary western society.

How Agnes must have been dearly loved by her children, Lorna and Chris, for them not only to have kept her poetry, but then to have braved the waves of indie publishing to make sure their mother had a voice in the world.

More than reading Agnes’ spirited words, I was deeply touched by the love shared between a mother and her children. I am grateful that Chris and Lorna chose to share Agnes Mae Graham with the world.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mum of The Story Reading Ape 3 July 2016
By Teagan - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read several of Agnes Mae Graham’s entries in this book of her collected works, it’s easy to see where blogger extraordinaire Christopher Graham gets his sense of whimsy. The poetry is very atmospheric and paints a vivid picture of the times. Her words run the gamut from wistful to fun to sad. You don’t have to be a great lover of poetry (I’m not especially) to enjoy her words. I certainly did. I am both impressed and enchanted by what I’ve read so far. I can tell that I’ll be equally pleased with the rest.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Inspiring, Perennial 2 July 2016
By Jo Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Agnes Mae Graham’s poetry is refreshing, uplifting, funny, and at times deeply moving. She vividly brings to mind the horror of life during the terror attacks in Ireland in The Terror and the Tears, and also how heartbreaking and lethal it must have been to have to choose sides during those tragic times in Kitty and Joe. Then she moves on to the joys and loves of youth and young motherhood, the awe of first flight, and the love and memories of home and hearth. And for a good old belly laugh she whisks us back to childhoods laughs and tears in Really!

I was given the honour of editing and formatting this book, and from the first smile it gave me I realized what a gem of a collection it was. All about real life, from the bubbliest joys to the darkest despairs, this book of poetry will always be right at the top of my “read more than once, and often” pile. I highly recommend this book to all humans for smiles and introspection both.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Folk Poetry 25 September 2016
By TermiteWriter - Published on Amazon.com
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Christopher Graham has honored his mother’s memory by publishing a collection of verses that she wrote as she grew up, married, and raised her children in Northern Ireland during the 20th century. Agnes Mae Graham had a natural, sly (but always good-natured) wit, as well as the instinct for catching details that give the reader an enjoyable and incisive picture of the people and places she encountered. Some of the poems bewail the tragedy of the sectarian conflict of that age in Northern Ireland, but she had a large sense of humor, which she exercises with great charm. (The suggestion of Irish dialect in the poems adds to the pleasure.) I could give many examples, but I’ll end with one quotation, from ”Woolcos,” where she engages in praise of her job, her coworkers, and her bosses in that discount store.
It ends thus: “Godspeed to all my workmates, / To our dishy bosses great praise. / Perhaps, just perhaps, this poem of joy, / will get us all (yes, all) a raise.” I hope she got it!
An entertaining quick read that I heartily recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A peek at 20th Century Northern Ireland during The Troubles....evocative! 8 July 2016
By Emily Gmitter - Published on Amazon.com
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Received the book yesterday and enjoyed reading this collection immensely! Agnes Mae Graham's personality--funny, compassionate, wise--shines through her words. She brings you into her world with sweet poems of her workplace and colleagues (and "dishy bosses"), and the social get-togethers of her women's group. Poems Rosie and Willie, Tender to Touch, and The Operation had me laughing out loud, while Kitty and Joe made me sad with its tale of young lovers split by the divide within their national conflict-ridden, and, ultimately, war-torn country. Felt the pride Mrs. Graham felt for her country when I read My Homeland, a poignant poem, painting pretty pictures of Ireland's "forty shades of green" seen in the summer light. Then,with Ulster's Shame - with lines like "What matters is the depths of God's sighs" - I felt the pain and misery of living in a country undergoing "The Troubles"....Ulster's Shame evokes images that are hard to imagine, let alone live through.

Mrs. Graham's book is really a collection of short stories disguised as poems. Either way, they will hit you in your funny bone. And your heart.