Self-Published Saturday/Grief Songs

I am so pleased to share this review and interview for the launch of Grief Songs.

Bonnie Reads and Writes

Self-Published Saturday is my attempt to showcase works by self-published authors. Saturdays are dedicated solely to self-published/indie authors and their works. These authors have to do it all, from editing to cover design to marketing. Self-published Saturday (or SPS) is my effort to try and help with the marketing side of things as much as I can. I also need your help in the form of sharing this post with your social media followers to give these authors more exposure. Today I want to bring your attention to a wonderful book of poems by Elizabeth Gaffreau. Written in Tanka style, they are a tribute to her departed family members. Liz also agreed to answer some questions for us, so don’t miss the Q&A below!


Grief Songs is a beautiful collection of Tanka poems, accompanied by family photographs. Each poem pays tribute to a family member and often goes…

View original post 1,463 more words

107 thoughts on “Self-Published Saturday/Grief Songs

  1. Speaking of Tanka, check my wife’s friend Jeanne Lupton’s book ‘Love Is Tanka,’ available on Amazon. She also has a humorous chapbook, ‘In The Popular Lane.’ Here’s a sample:

    “Sunday night
    I let go of him
    give him
    back to the City
    with more or less grace”

    copyright 2011 Jeanne Lupton

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Great job on the interview, Liz. I’ve got a few follow-up questions. I hope you don’t mind if I pick your brain a little further. Great job on the trailer as well. The music fits the images so well. I think it’s great that you dove into the deep end with Tanka poetry.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Thank you for sharing Bonnie’s excellent taste and generosity with us, Liz! You are a true wordsmith and writing pro; you never cease to impress me with your skills and wisdom.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. My goodness! I devoured this interview. Bonnie did a masterful job. It’s interesting what strikes a reader, and I was struck by your comment, “Writing the poems was a way to stay with my family just a little longer.” Just a little longer. That was a lump in my throat. I can picture you going through all those old family photos and feeing poetry.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Liz, congratulations on the thoughtful and insightful review. I very much enjoyed the interview with Bonnie and learning more about you, your life and also how you came to the format of the tanka. It is wonderful that you didn’t find it at all restrictive rather:

    ‘The confines of the tanka form were actually a saving grace because I had to focus at the line, word, and syllable level. I found those confines comforting, like an infant being swaddled. ‘

    Beautifully written and if I ever attempt the format I will imagine I’m an infant being swaddled!

    Hope you have a lovely start to October!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Wonderful review and interview, Liz! I downloaded your book as a pre-order and I’ll read it tomorrow. I would like to have the post on Tuesday 10/5. Let me know if you have any additional information for me in addition to what I have from the media.

    Liked by 2 people

Thank you for stopping by. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.