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Patty Ho introduces her book as follows: 'This book is a collection of the poems which I have written mostly in the past five years. 'All beings are like scattered coins, love is the string (which binds them together).' (The original Chinese text is from the preface to Qing Shi by Feng Menglong.) If there is anything which links the poems in this book, it must be love. Here I mean love in a wide sense, which includes love between men and women, love between family members, love between friends, love of life and nature, love of poetry and beauty, and so forth. According to the philosopher Max Scheler, man is an 'ens amans', a being who loves; I hope that through this book I can share my beloved poetry with every 'ens amans.'
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PATTY HO was born in Hong Kong. She studied law in the University of Hong Kong and is now practising as a solicitor in a local law firm. She is also at present studying philosophy under the Master of Arts in Philosophy (part-time) programme in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Apart from being a law practitioner and a philosophy student, she has always been a poetry lover and poetry still remains what she loves most. She first started to write poems in Form Six in her secondary school days and since then she has kept up her interest in reading and writing poems. Time and experiences in life have deepened her love for poetry.Review:
It is refreshing to read passionate poetry that comes straight from the heart of a talented poet written without pretence or embellishment. Anyone reading Heart To Heart will be impressed by the originality of thoughts, feelings and literary expressions of its writer, Ms Patty Ho. The highest achievement in poetry must be to steal the reader's heart without the person knowing it or understanding why. Patty has achieved this by her simple, sincere and unpretentious style. She does not use difficult words or expressions, yet her poetry captivates the reader through easy to visualize imagery. Patty is in love with nature. It is everywhere in her poetry. Patty is also in love with life. In her "Poems for Charlotte", Patty describes her tender feelings for her "little peach" daughter. The reader could identify with her and feel the motherly love she so movingly describes. A great challenge in writing poetry is that it must be good and original and be able to convey deep emotions, subtle ideas and beautiful images. It is accomplished through the choice of the right words, the apt combination of expressions, the innovative association of ideas, etc. To achieve this by the simple style that Patty has adopted requires genuine talent and great effort because "the best of art is what seems no art". Poetry is not a work of the intellect but of the heart. Patty has a tender poetic soul and is endowed with both the courage and the ability to describe her innermost feelings. In her poetry, she opens her heart and soul to us. Through her work, Patty enables her readers to feel what she felt and to see the beauty of nature that she had seen through her mind's eye. --Winston Ka-Sun Chu
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