Review by Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig
‘because an optimist: / is salaried on overestimating’
Alms Basket for Your Heart is a poetry chapbook with coloured illustrations by Mackenzie Moore. The verses trace the different stages of a relationship, from the fragile excitement of the first meeting, to moments where vulnerabilities and discordances are exposed, plans made and discarded, hopes built and later dismantled like so many shelves in one’s imagined or real shared home, until, when paths have parted, one examines what remains, regrets, remembers, and, finally, recovers. It is a tender little book and a reminder that, yes, not all dreams come true, but that doesn’t mean we should stop dreaming.