I have been a follower of this poets work for quite some time, holding expectations, always surpassed. Harmony & discord, two forces that can shape a life. It is how we, as individuals, perceive and react to both, that define our natures.
The poems in this collection illuminate a lifetime of struggle, (yours, mine and the writer herself), and capture, through poetic grace, the search for delicate balance in a constantly shifting world.
~ Kevin M. Hibshman, Poet
Throughout her premier poetry collection, Harmonies & Discords, Ms. Smyth's work touches us directly with the immediacy, clarity and sharpness of a perfectly snapped photograph. She invites us to be present, to witness her universe right along with her from behind her eyes.
Smyth's poetry entices with its signature blend of spirituality laced with a shot or two of welcome practicality. Believing guilt to be nothing more than destructive wallowing, there is a no nonsense quality about her work that is refreshing and rare.
The eclectic Harmonies and Discord is a vibrant collection of poetry in which thought provoking nature-based themes join alluring multi-layered love themes that will raise goose bumps on even the most cynical reader. Some of Smyth's poems are joyful. Others are sobering. Any one of her poems, picked at random, is reason enough to have this gem of a book on your bedside table.
~ Barbara H. Moore/Author, Dancing On Broken Glass