The People They Brought
Poems in the Adoption
by Penny Callan
Penny Callan Partridge,
Reviewed by Barbara Free,
Partridge, a well-known author and speaker at adoption conferences, sent
us a review copy of her latest book. It consists of nineteen poems, fourteen
of which are accompanied by prose explanations of how they came to be written,
the people to whom they are connected, and the things that happened as a
result of her writing the poems.
This is an unusual format, and one that most
people in the adoption world will find enjoyable. They tell part of her own
story as an adoptee, in a different way from straightforward prose
The poems themselves are in a style that some
will find not like poems, that is, they do not rhyme nor have
a regular rhythm.
This is a slim little book of fewer than a
hundred pages, but it contains volumes of thoughts and feelings when one
sits down and reads the poems and stories, and compares them with ones
own thoughts and feelings. After reading it, one might be inspired to write
It might be interesting to read some of Ms.
Partridges poems aloud to an adoption group and then have some time
for the hearers to not only discuss them, but write their own at that time.
Other readers might want to savor the poems and stories, one at a time, by
As a writer, this reviewer felt moved to write.
As a birth mother, she wished adoptees would read Ms. Partridges poems
and have their own thoughts and feelings validated.
This book will be in the Operation Identity
Lending Library and can be purchased through the author. It would make a
lovely gift for an adult adoptee who is searching or who has searched, or
for any adoption triad member who enjoys reading.
To order your own copy from the author,
send $20, plus $3 S/H, to: Penny Callan Partridge, P.O. Box 3193, Amherst
Excerpted from the January 2010
edition of the Operation Identitiy Newsletter
© 2010 Operation Identity