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Former Westfield resident publishes her third book of poetry

December 19, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

ARIZONA - Poet and writer Bonnie (Breuilly) Pike has experienced the extreme highs and lows of life and has shared those same facets with others as they walk their own journeys.

Now she taps those experiences in her third full-length book of poetry, "Dancing With The Spirit of Shadowplay" illustrated by T.L. Fernow. The book, divided into seven distinct sections, follows life through love, family, friendship, loss, illness and grief. Utilizing the magic and mystery of the desert mountains, canyons, rivers and sky Pike has come to love and call home, she weaves a spell of longing, hope, laughter and love. It is available through, all major book stores and via Kindle and Nook.

Writing poetry comes as naturally to Pike as taking the first breath of fresh morning air comes to others. She was originally born in Westfield, N.Y., to Janice Bemis Gernatt of Mayville and George Tresler of Brocton and is the sister of Timothy Tresler and Joshua Tresler of Brocton. While a teenager in Albion, N.Y., the adopted daughter of Edward and Mary Breuilly, Pike had her first poems published as a chapbook "A Teenager's Thoughts on Life" after a teacher submitted her manuscript to a competition.

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Poet/writer Bonnie (Breuilly) Pike, above, has published her third book of poetry, “Dancing With The Spirit of Shadowplay.”

While living in Pensacola, Fla., where her late husband Douglas James Pike, a career Navy man, was stationed, she became an active member of the West Florida Literary Federation. While there, Bonnie Pike participated in the Back Door Poets, The Readers Showcase which she produced and directed for one year, The Pen Wise Poets and held a position on the Board of Directors. She has been featured in "The Emerald Coast Review," "The Poets Voice," "The Panhandler," "Home Life," "Amelia" and "The Back Door Poet's Chapbook."

In October of 2002, Pike published her first full book of poetry titled "Survive The Shadowstalker; A Poetic Journey Through Abuse." The poems gracing the pages of this book detail not only the personal survival of abuse, but of the tragedy of abuse suffered from the blind hand of illness, rape, war and loneliness.

In February of 2011, Pike released her second full book of poetry titled "Shadows of Love." In the pages of this book, she touches on every aspect of love, from the familial to the platonic, from the erotic to the subdued.

Pike possess the unique gift of being able to put down on paper a feeling or thought everyone might have had at one time or another. She will not only touch hearts, but she will have the reader pull it out and touch it as well, to feel its warmth, to feel its aches. She will touch the deepest part of the soul.



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