In between events, appointments and obligations, life happens, says author Dayle Herstik. Every day is an experience, even when we do nothing memorable. In her first book, When We Were Perfect, Herstik brought us snapshots of daily life through her poetry. In Life Happens she explores the short story and flash fiction to show us the small dramas of everyday life; situations that can be either distressing or absurd, but that seem all-important in the moment that they happen. Tales of love, anger, fear, frustration, sadness and joy morph into little vignettes. Most of the time they are not life-shattering, but they could be. They can be translated into a thriller as a woman meets a strange man on market day, the humor of hearing the silent thoughts of the members of a wedding party, or the poignancy of a visit with a longtime friend. Life Happens reminds us every day is meaningful, even those days when nothing much happens but life.
Malene Tiombe’s story is all too familiar to us all:growing up in a family faced with poverty, drug addiction and abuse, she became a mother at the age of 16. But Malene’s story does not end in the way we all too frequently hear. Malene tells her story through poetry, taking us from the disillusioned child learning of her mother’s drug abuse through struggles with relationships and finally discovering herself. Beyond These Glass Walls is a moving memoir, a testimony of faith, and a work of extraordinary poetry.
Dayle Herstick’s poems are photographs of moments in a life. They are about happiness and laughter, sorrow and fear, and the growth of a family. “Over time one’s viewpoint changes. What motivates me now is so different than in years gone by. Then it was creating a family, nurturing and guidance for all ages and stages of childhood and a career, with all of its stresses. The ability to reap the benefits of these achievements and to create various art forms is my current perspective,” says Dayle.
Readers will understand and connect with the everyday experiences that are captured in Dayle’s poetry – a link to the past, a moment in time from the days “When We Were Perfect.”