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Book Review: Wild Woman Waking


From the time I was a child, poetry has always been a means of expression for me. I still have notebooks full of naive poetry that I sat in my room dreaming up. My poetry turned ago lyric writing and continued up to today, as I routinely do both.

That’s why, when I began blogging, I knew I wanted to incorporate poetry into my writing as much as anything else. So when I found Morgan Dragonwillow and signed up to participate in her OctPoWriMo in 2012, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit as well as a wonderful community of like minded souls. Morgan is a Creatrix, a poet who dabbles in all styles of prose and who aims to inspire others to explore and experiment with words and personal expression through the annual aforementioned OctPoWriMo, where I’ve been fortunate enough to serve as a team member, and most recently, at Poets On the Page, a year round extension of the October project that focuses on poetic writing prompts to keep the inspiration and ideas flowing, all in the spirit of becoming better poets and sharing ideas with  a community of poets.

Morgan published her first book Dancing Within Shadow, in March of 2013. A beautiful book of prose, it documents Morgans journey through life through a series of photographs, art and poetry emphasizing strength of spirit, in four phases: Darkness, Rebellion, Love and Light.  The book was such an inspiration to me personally, and Morgan’s words are a delicious and bittersweet food for thought to take away for one’s own personal journey and triumph.

Now, with her second book, Wild Woman Waking, which incorporates Tui Snider‘s lush photographs with a lyrical poetry that at times, begs to be set to music, as with Sharp and Bitter, a treatise on the impact of hurtful words.

Throughout her work, Dragonwillow explores the human condition – raw emotions, musings, introspection and redemption found through strength and perseverance. Intentionally released during Women’s History Month, the book also touches on women’s issues, none more poignantly than Vagina, which celebrates the life giving gift of women, and Take a Stand, a defiantly empowering call to arms.

By the final poem, Recipe For a Poet, we are treated to a peek into what makes a poet and how we, too, can use our words to express, transform and transcend our own inner struggles.  It is, after all, a very integral part of Morgan Dragonwillow’s purpose and trajectory; to inform, inspire and build a community of wordsmiths unafraid of Diving Deep into this oft considered intimidating world of poetry to seek out healing and beauty of our own.


Morgan Dragonwillow is a shadow poet and recovering perfectionist that strives to inspire other poets and writers. She especially enjoys helping those that have had trouble letting go of the fear holding back their words from landing on the page. It thrills her to her marrow when her words inspire someone to write; it is one of her greatest joys. Morgan released her first poetry book, Dancing within Shadow, in March 2013. She is intimate with shadow and dances into the heart of it. She believes that diving into what most people try to avoid makes great fertilizer for all types of creativity, especially writing and poetry. She writes poetry to be able to say things, feel things that she can’t seem to express or feel anywhere else. Morgan lives in Marietta Ga. with her partner, their Pekinese, and their long haired Tabby. She loves creating of all kinds but words are her passion. You can connect with Morgan from the links below.


Tui Snider is a freelance writer, travel blogger, and photographer specializing in offbeat sites, overlooked history, cultural traditions, and quirky travel destinations. Her articles and photos have appeared in BMIbaby, easyJet, Wizzit, Click, Ling, PlanetEye Traveler, iStopover, SkyEurope, and North Texas Farm and Ranch magazines, among others. She also wrote the shopping chapter for the “Time Out Naples: Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast 2010” travel guidebook. Unexpected Texas is her first book. For Tui, travel is a mindset. Her motto is “Even home is a travel destination,” and she believes that “The world is only boring if you take everyone else’s word for it.” She has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. Her first book, “Unexpected Texas” is a guide to offbeat and overlooked places within easy reach of the Dallas – Fort Worth region of North Texas. You can find Tui all around the web.

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  1. March 13, 2014    

    Absolutely perfect review, Linda!!! You know I’m a huge fan of Morgan and now Tui, too!!!

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