Nicholas Gagnier’s Review of Vine: Book of Poetry by Melody Lee — July 3, 2018

Nicholas Gagnier’s Review of Vine: Book of Poetry by Melody Lee

Some works- be it visual, musical or, in this case, written- are immediately apparent as a labour of love and appreciation for the craft they’re derivative of. There is a metaphysical manifestation in their creation, love of a craft for the craft itself. You can find examples of this phenomenon in any creative industry. The most immediate example off the top of my head is Stephen King, who probably could have retired decades ago and deprived us of some great works. He writes because he loves to. Donald Glover doesn’t have to be Childish Gambino in his spare time, especially with his level of success. He does it for passion.

You can see these energies in Lee’s Vine: Book of Poetry. There is excitement hiding in the way she turns syllables and matches sounds, almost effortlessly at times. There is little social justice warriorism here, and when her feminist side does come out, like in the four excellent lines that make up Warning, virtue signaling this is not, but a deftly applied example of feminine strength.

“They should have warned you

that little princesses grow up

to be red rocks and raging seas

fire dragons and warrior queens”

 Warning by Melody Lee

Instead, Lee tends to ride the line between the universal human experience (Education, November) and the investment in her art (Indelible, Death Lives in the Sepulcher of My Soul) with grace. References to her inspirations abound, Lee is a product of those who came before her, an amalgam of styles she has made her own.

The book is cleverly divided into semi-thematic chapters, each named for a type of vine (Clematis, Honeysuckle, Wisteria). At first, I was perplexed by the lack of an index, until I finished the book and found a helpful appendix to return to previous pieces.

“Wayward November winds

Caress my bare skin

Like dead flowers and silky petals of chrysanthemums”

November by Melody Lee

Overall, Vine: Book of Poetry is an enjoyable read. As a father to a six-year-old girl, I am often on the lookout for books I can pass down to her alongside my own, and I am happy to say Melody Lee’s little book squarely fits into that category. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Review by Nicholas Gagnier, FVR Publishing

Vine: Book of Poetry is available now at and through other major retailers.

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Melody Lee — June 20, 2018

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Melody Lee

Melody Lee is a contributing writer for A Better Today Media online magazine, has been featured on Creative Talents Unleashed, and a former book reviewer for Her Heart Poetry magazine. She enjoys power walking, hanging out with her foodies, and collecting new adventures. Melody published her debut poetry book, Moon Gypsy, A Collection of Poetry and Prose August 2017; and has just released her second book (June 20, 2018), Vine: Book of Poetry.


Vine: Book of Poetry

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Melody Lee is a word artist who weaves thoughts, fantasies, and realities into a myriad of themes, from inspirational writings to darker poems. Her poetry and prose range from love and loss, to life, growth, and empowerment, written with a bohemian flair, inspired by nature, freedom, and relationships. Hence, her new collection of poems, titled Vine, where fairytale and erotica also entwine throughout her work. Melody continues to evolve with her writing, “testing the literary waters” and exploring various genres, but mostly, you will find heartfelt messages, for both men and women, in her latest book, Vine. Melody Lee’s first book of poetry and prose, Moon Gypsy, has been a worldwide success, receiving rave reviews, and can be found on Amazon and other online booksellers.

Moon Gypsy

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Melody Lee’s long-anticipated debut book is a kaleidoscope of relatable emotions written through the use of poetry and lyrical prose. Her use of imagery flows effortlessly from one poem to another creating a portrait the reader can easily visualize. Each poem in this book represents a slice of her timeless soul. Melody’s poetry is a multi-faceted journey through the inner workings of her mind and keeps the reader engaged as it inspires and enlightens. From her darkest poem to her brightest poetic verse, Melody Lee’s poetry is a collection of heartfelt sentiments; some cutting, some healing, introspective, spiritual, and cathartic. She writes about freedom, love, demons, loss, fear, hope, faith and many other factors that embody the human condition. Moon Gypsy is available on Amazon.