There are many poems which reveal her insight into life and those
unseen aspects which only the poet's eye can reach. In her first poem from
which the title of the book is taken, the bird asks the Wind: "What
shall I sing?" The Wind answers: "Sing, if you will, of
beauty, for beauty has healing hands. But the greatest of themes is life,
as it is also the great mystery." The Wind then concludes: "I
too have a song...I sing that life is not lived alone, - that in its
pleasures and achievements, as in its failures and in its sorrows, shine
Her first collection, Cambridge Reflections, includes 30 poems,
many perceptive reflections on the city and university of Cambridge,
others which reveal her insight into life and those unseen aspects which
only the poet's eye can reach.
For example, in the opening poem, Inspiration: she describes it
thus: "Imagination rises in her springs and floods the mind with
dark or crystal thought. Here are the limpid eyes of inner sight, seeing
beyond what is, to what may be ... But as a servant she is best portrayed,
inspiring thinkers, poets, scientists. Her swirling waves of thought
inform the world; so man advances to his destiny."
Helen Kinnier Wilson's poetry instinctively reflects the muse of
imagination and "allows her swirling waves of thought to inform
the world." These are most delightful slim volumes to take on
one's travels and read slowly again and again.
In Pride Magazine, Donald White writes: '[Notable for] its
clarity of thought, and the author's ability to convey a feeling or
message in so few words.'