A lyrically bardic first collection from accomplished poet, Sarah Lipton-Sidibeh.
Spanning the ages across Britain’s colonial landscape, Sidibeh explores not only the body, but the body politic. With unflinching intimacy, Sidibeh illustrates the vagaries of ageing and loving in a body caught by endless possibilities and boundaries. Through the same critical eyes, she undresses Britain’s colonial past and criminal present, laying bare society’s ills and inequities.
A comprehensive collection of humanity’s collective struggles and radiant joys, The First Collection is an ambitious accomplishment.
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With a name like Dispatches from the Swinging Door Saloon you expect a certain level or drunken late night epiphanies and high jinx associated with your local dive bar. What readers are treated to instead is a whole new level of thought provoking prose that turns any preconceived notions, or personal experiences, on their head. Randall McNair captures a world so many fail to explore, detailing what the reader can only imagine to be his life on the barstool at the corner of a dark room filled with regulars. The sort of place you just don’t pop in to try, but have a long established history with.
Each poem provides glimpses into the human psyche. One might think, from an outside glance, these are just ramblings. They are not. They are so much more. From the banker lamenting his lot in life to approaching wildfires threatening to burn the Swinging Door down, the thought that is put into every line makes this piece of literature provocative and absorbing.
McNair just might be a genius, having used his time nestled into the bar wisely. He evokes images of crazy, deep thought, and sheer brilliance sprinkled throughout for good measure. I found a world within his words that could easily be translated to a fully fleshed out manuscript. He has clearly studied the art, as admitted in the beginning of the book as he sat on his favorite stool reading countless other books on poetry.
Oh sure, there is lighthearted whimsy here, and more than a few poems that left me wondering. But overall this was an enjoyable collection of poetry from a man who has seen much, experienced more, and was kind enough to jot it all down for the rest of us to read.
Pages: 130 | ASIN: B0895697Q3
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Lost in the Circle, Found on the Line: A Collaborative Journal Experience is divided into 10 parts, titled Decades, which focus on various topics that touch on everyday life. Maria Wheeler neatly arranged the chapters and gave light and insightful discussions on each. The poems are beautifully written and refreshing. Maria Wheeler makes the reader question self, and reflect on their personal life. She asks questions like, who are we? And helps the reader answer the questions by discussing life and the purpose every individual has on earth. There are several decades in the book that I enjoyed reading.
The first decade; To Be Honest, was among those that stood out for me. In this decade, the author writes why it is important for people to be genuine and intentional in their actions. A little hope also does not kill. Other decades that I enjoyed reading include decades 3, 4, 7 and 9. After reading these decades I realized that hard work pays and being grateful for whatever one has is important.
Wheeler’s words stick with you after every decade as she uses distinct and memorable words. The book contains a lesson, funny lines, and unique words in each poem making it a pleasurable read. The author’s work is different from many as the book is short but has a profound message. This book is one of those short reads that you can complete in one seating and repeat the whole book without losing interest. The author knows how to capture the reader’s interest not just with moving words, but also using casual topics packaged in a premium manner.
The poems in Lost in the Circle are so simple yet so satisfying to read. Another exciting thing about the poems in the book was getting the context after reading each of them. Both the outer meaning and deeper meaning of the poem were necessary. Both avid and casual readers will enjoy this book and that is the beauty of author Maria C Wheeler’s modest writing. The author has a way with words that one never feels like stopping once they start reading her work. This is an exceptional book for people that enjoy light reads, intriguing poetry, and positive vibes.
Pages: 84 | ISBN: 1952521475
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Lost in the circle, Found on the Line, by Maria C. Wheeler, is a self-help journal with a collection of different poems, inspirational quotes, and other forms of art.
The journal has some striking art forms and illustrations adorning the book. This inspirational book forces you to see the world through a shift in perspective. It asks some of the most critical questions of life: Who are you? Do you know where you are going? Are you lost in the circle of the world? Author Maria C. Wheeler presents the journal with a thoughtful and reflective voice. In these pages is the inspiration to take the reader out of the procrastination zone and push them into a journey that will lead to a more purposeful life. It encourages readers to be mindful of life so that they may learn to honor themselves and those around them.
We all are ultimately on a journey to find peace within our lives by connecting with others. One thing that I took away from this uplifting book is that to find yourself, you need to start living and celebrating life. A central way to do this is to live a life of purpose. You need to go round the whole circle and find what you connect with. It is about different decades of a person’s life and the essence of each phase and how hopes and dreams evolve during each part.
Lost in the Circle, Found on the Line is a thought-provoking read that will benefit you the most if you are ready and willing to follow the prompts in the book. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I certainly think this book will be profound to those that are ready and will to make a change.
Pages: 84 | ISBN: 1952521475
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Invincible Ink by Don Gutteridge is a beautiful and immersive collection of poems. The poetry feels both carefree in their evocations of memories and careful in their construction. The verse flows in intervals, easily giving up its content without losing any of its beauty. The beauty shows up in alliterations about a sunny day, in descriptions of youth and decay, and in all the carefully packaged memories. There’s a lot of personal sentiments and recollections- it feels like being allowed a peek inside a fully-inhabited life. A life full of love, humor, sadness, charm, decay, details, and fantasy- much like my own life and probably many others. All the best parts are photographed and presented for display. One of my favorites was Beyond Blood and Bone – a poem waging an subdued war on the objectification of lovers, instead proclaiming a beauty that “breeds in the genes, and lets us live beyond the boundaries of blood and bone.” Another treat for me was all the poems written about abiding in the blissful summers of his Grandfather’s home. They had the vivid and enchanting filter that surrounds childhood memories and reminded me of some of the more wondrous times of my childhood. There isn’t any significant or concrete theme binding all the poems, but the presence of a singular, thoughtful source behind them is clear. It was a wonderful way to simply sit for a while and let the poems simmer. I had a lovely time reading the poems and then re-reading my favorites. It was a simple and elegant collection and brought about a sense of peace in me- as much is possible in a year like this one.
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Mythos Early Ireland recounts the inspiration of mystical Celtic traditions. What kind of research did you undertake to complete this book thought-provoking book?
I have always been interested in history and mythology from a young age but became more interested in the subject when I was working on a research project in my 20s for the Office of Public Works in Ireland. Archaeologists and assistants were employed to research the sites, monuments, and history of the area. I worked as an assistant, working with the team on site with archaeological field work. It also involved spending a lot of time in the local libraries collecting information from old manuscripts and books. From this learning experience, I became interested in mythological stories and started doing research for my draft manuscript.
The manuscript was first written in the early 1990’s and after a lot of editing it was accepted for publication by the Manuscript and Publishing Agency Ltd, UK and published in 2005. During the lockdown this year, I felt I needed to update and self-published my book with Kindle Desktop Publishing (Amazon). I am delighted with the control I have with the book publishing process on KDP and I have discovered a lot about book publishing.
Stories have been told throughout the years on this subject of mythology and early Ireland with publications as early as 11th to 12th century and I found some wonderful books that inspired me (18th and early 19th century), many out of print and were borrowed from the libraries at the time though some are my own personal copies. Books have always been a part of our life growing up as children; my dad often bought boxes of books for us at the local auctions, many which included works by Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde.
Do you plan to publish more books on this subject?
I have not planned any more books about Irish mythology, but this might change. There seems to be a lot of books out there already. I am really inspired by the classics, the old authors alive or dead and I have a full list of inspired works listed in Mythos Early Ireland.
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One is One or Green Grow the Rushes Oh, by Ruth Finnegan and illustrated by Oliver Cain, is a lovely written version of the age-old song. Each of the beautifully designed pages contains a verse in the style of a cumulative story. As I read the song lyrics, I was immediately reminded of the days when I read The House That Jack Built to my own children. The beauty and simplicity of the song in a story-like format are touching and quite effective as a text.
Finnegan, responsible for the concept of this wonderful book, includes a helpful explanation of the song’s history for any readers not familiar with the meaning of the lyrics. From its earliest origins to the various versions and interpretations of the text, Finnegan covers all aspects of the song thoroughly in a quick read.
I am giving One is One or Green Grow the Rushes Oh, by Ruth Finnegan and illustrated by Oliver Cain, 5 out of 5 stars. Never having heard the song and intrigued by the book’s title, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this thoughtfully crafted rendering of the song and its many versions. I highly recommend Finnegan and Cain’s work to anyone interested in poetry or music history.
Pages: 35 | ASIN: B07GV29ZJY
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The Joy of I.T. is a sublime collection of sublime poetry that inspires thought and reflection on consciousness and spirituality. This anthology contains forty different poems, along with mantras and affirmations that all serve to enlighten readers and arouse your senses. Interspersed throughout the book are various pieces of strikingly beautiful art. Each one is fit to be framed and hung up as they each evoke so many different emotions.
This is a fantastic collection of literature that can be enjoyed all in one sitting if you wanted to, but I think the true joy of this book comes in the ease with which you can pick it up and read one or two poems for a quick boost of spiritual enlightenment before going about your day.
Lali A. Love uses graceful and simple verse to convey uplifting messages on spiritual truth, purpose, love, and so much more in her poetry. What I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was so much more than a collection of poems. Readers are also treated to essays that explore diverse divine topics and metaphysical subjects. We’re also provided with some truly exceptional art from different artists. These, along with quotes, all serve to provide a cornucopia of literary food for the soul.
I recommend The Joy of I.T.: Infinite Transcendence to readers looking for a collection of inspiring poetry or someone looking to give the gift of light to a loved one this holiday season.
Pages: 174 | ISBN: 1647042127
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