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A. Keith Carreiro Author Interview

Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann is a tribute to the generation of people who fought for the Allies against evil. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I wanted to write this eBook for several reasons. I wanted to dedicate this book to my parents, family, and their contemporaries who sacrificed so much by fighting and participating in the war effort of World War II. I was raised by this generation and believe that they were remarkable and exceptional people to have waged war victoriously against the evil and might of the Axis powers. I think it is critically and vitally important that their service to the nation and to the world be memorialized.

I wanted to chronicle the evil perpetrated by the Nazis and the subjugation of peoples Eichmann committed to further the aims of Aryan superiority and Hitler’s agenda of cleansing the world to establish the one thousand years Reich.

I also wanted to inform people about the Holocaust and the toll it has taken on humanity then and now. I wanted to use narrative poetry as a literary vehicle to tell the story of Eichmann’s capture by the Mossad as a pivot point in portraying what he savagely committed in the Final Solution.

What is one thing that people point out after reading your book that surprises you?

I am surprised by people saying that the poem is easy to read and understand. I am pleased to know that it has a decided impact on younger generations who have read the poem and end notes and who did not realize the extent of horror Eichmann wreaked through Europe.

Is there any moral or idea that you hope readers take away from the story?

The major moral understanding and/or idea I hope people take away from reading this work is to be aware of the dangers of meta-narratives that crush the human spirit and the human condition. It is important to be aware of our history so that it does not repeat itself, and to be empathetic to the suffering bigotry, intolerance, and hatred can cause to others.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am hoping to launch the fourth book, the Pilgrim – Part I, in my series, The Immortality Wars, between this Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am writing a planned, nine-book science fiction, fantasy, and spiritual thriller that is based on Christian themes. The first trilogy, the Penitent, was published in August 2019.

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This poem is a tribute to my parent’s generation. It pays homage to those who fought for the Allies and to those who contributed to the Allies’ war effort against the Axis powers. While it is about Adolf Eichmann, it also refers to the evil that existed in the world, especially the horror unleashed by Nazi Germany, and the hell that Hitler and his ilk waged against humanity. The poem reveals a critical raison d’être of the war. It touches upon the importance of and the sacrifices made by the Greatest Generation in defeating this dreadful scourge of genocide, and its ability to vanquish such insufferable barbarity.

The perspective of the poem is from a fictitious Mossad agent who takes part in capturing Eichmann on 11 May 1960 in San Fernando, a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It is ironic that the face of evil seems often clothed in plain sight. Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann is dedicated to all those who suffer from such wicked bigotry, hatred, and intolerance.

Raw, Sometimes Uncomfortable, But Realistic

Greg Wyss Author Interview

Sit Down and Have A Beer Again is an unfiltered publication of poems, short stories, and narratives portraying life in the 1960s and 1970s. Why was it important to republish these creative works into an anthology?

Rich Soos, editor of Cholla Needles Literary Magazine was the impetus for this collection. He was the publisher of my 1977 chapbook “Sit Down And Have A Beer” and he reached out to me in early 2021 and suggested that we republish my original chapbook along with all the other poems and stories of mine that were published back in the 1970’s. We both felt that the poems and stories had withstood the test of time and were relevant today. The small press scene of the 1970’s was an exciting and creative period in American literature. Unfortunately, so little of the work and so few of the literary magazines have been collected and preserved for the historical record. Hopefully, this collection will inspire other writers, poets and editors from that era to do the same.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Every poem and story in this collection is meant to shed an honest light on the emotions, vulnerabilities and struggles that everyday people battle. I was in my twenties when I wrote these pieces and they are raw, sometimes uncomfortable, but realistic expressions of a young man trying to find himself in the 1970’s.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

Though the poems and stories are reflective of the era, my hope is that the reader finds the themes, the honest feelings and personal struggles as relevant today as they were back then.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My current focus is on poetry and short stories. I am working on pieces that reflect the times we live in and are written from the perspective of a person who has lived a full life and still has something to say. Stay tuned!

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The poems and stories that make up Sit Down and Have A Beer, the first chapter here, were in a chapbook published in 1977 by Realities Library. The stories and poems had been published in small press magazines impacting a small cadre of creatives in the country in those days.

The Small Press world of those days was the precursor to the internet – insane editors and publishers who believed that the established publications had simply lost touch with the creative reality of our nation. And, just like the internet, the small presses were eventually bought out by the rich folks who figured out the best way to beat them was to buy them out.

The second chapter of the book contains the other poems that were published in these mags but never collected till now.

The third chapter represents a small sample from When Life Was Like A Cucumber, the great novel about the early 1970’s that tells the story of a young man’s journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening as he tries to find his place in
post-Sixties America. The complete novel is available here on Amazon.

Grief and Her Three Sisters 

Jerry Lovelady’s Grief and Her Three Sisters is an exquisite collection of poetry that touches upon themes of grief, regret, death and love. These poems convey the experiences of the author along with the lessons he has learned. Lovelady’s poems are nature-infused and colored with wisdom, pride, and acceptance. The central idea of these thought-provoking poems are to help those who have regrets come to terms with it and heal from it.

Lovelady’s writing is beautiful and heart-wrenching at times. The reader can clearly imagine the scenarios the author lays out for us, making the reader feel like they are transported to a different place and time. There are many poems that make the reader reflect on the past, whether good or bad, but the author always ends a poem with a sense of calm and acceptance.

This emotive and flowing poetry eases some of the heartaches in a world that seem quite short of love right now. Lovelady’s poetry takes an insightful and almost mystic approach to poetic expression. His poems tend to pry apart the wrappings of his internal emotional conflicts, displaying what he finds there in a spiritual context that directs the reader toward the redemption of the human spirit more than toward a stark, surreal escapism.

The author has transformed his personal journey into one so many readers would be able relate to. I recommend these poems to anyone who is struggling with grief, and to anyone who has overcome the hurdles it presents in life. Grief and Her Three Sisters is a beautiful and emotional collection of poetry. This book will help heal a grief-stricken heart and assures the reader that they are not alone.

Pages: 126 | ASIN: B0BLZRQZPL

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Send Down the Master in Person

Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann is a poem written by A. Keith Carreiro. The first pages contain the poem entitled “Send Down the Master.” This poem is a great read that describes the details of Nazi Germany, as well as the actions of Adolf Eichmann. It delves into the great sacrifice that was made by the Allies who were involved. It is told from the point of view of an agent who worked to capture Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi who played a large role in the Holocaust. The poem at the beginning of the book is one long annotated poem. It is accompanied by end notes that help reveal the terms and references made in the poem, as well as provide more information and background about the time, environment, and people portrayed in this reflection on Eichmann.

This is an engrossing read from start to finish. The poem is enjoyable and I appreciated the descriptions of Adolf Eichmann. Send Down the Master in Person is a thought-provoking work that explores the horrors of war, as well as the courageousness of the ‘good guys’.

I found this book to be captivating due to the descriptions of the actions of the characters. This poem reads just like a novel and is easy to understand. I point this out because some poetry can be abstract, and this book does a fantastic job of ensuring readers are fully engaged with what’s happening. It starts with a description of Adolf Eichmann, and how he looks just like a normal person as the agent looks for him. I found this compelling; such an evil man looking so pedestrian. It then shifts into the role he played in the horrors of Nazi Germany.

I enjoyed the unique way that this poem reads much like a story. This makes it simple for people who aren’t necessarily fans of poetry to read it. As a result, I think Send Down the Master in Person would be perfect for fans of war fiction, poetry or history.

Pages: 72 | ASIN: B0B5254RLV

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Love Goes Both Ways

Sabrina Simon Author Interview

Violet is a collection of poetry focused on the different kinds of love. What were some important ideas for you to share in this book?

The concept I drew up in 2017 was the book’s title had to be “Violet,” Since violet and purple are interchangeable, the book itself would represent creativity and maintain an aura of calmness and upliftment since love goes both ways. Within each title, I wanted a slash of red or blue striking through. The reasoning: red represents romance, love, passion, etc. So any poem that encapsulates those themes, red will go through it. Blue (my favorite color) represents calm, serenity, sincerity, sadness, melancholy, love as well, etc. Blue slash. Both combined, purple slash.

Overall blue represents me (calm stability), and red represents the love I have and hold (fierce energy). It’s fierce because I‘m “too passionate.” Hence, it creates violet/purple; the feelings and care I give and hope to get in return, and the magic that occurs, which lies within the poems, and speaks for itself, which is in the book, and what it’s about, but not limited to.

I had the concept early on, but I wouldn’t say I had specific ideas on what I wanted to share; all I knew was I wanted to create a book that was purely love poems. The only thing I focused on was ensuring the lyrics were relatable, authentic, compelling, and heartfelt. The way I carried out that task was by writing my emotions without reserve.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story about loving. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Looking back, the poems I have trouble reading at times are “PAIN.” and “PAIN II.” I wrote those in real-time, which is why it’s structured, and reads like a journal entry with the date and time stamp implemented. They take me back to when that heartbreak happened, and since I’m a sensitive being, it’s like entering a time machine, and the emotions felt give the illusion that I’m back in that moment, so I’ll skip those. I read them on rare occasions, but not as much.

“am I?” is possibly another because my insecurities are displayed. Overall, when writing about unrequited love, it’s always hard. It can be uncomfortable because, logically, if someone doesn’t reciprocate your feelings, you move on. Still, emotionally, when there’s an investment, it’s easier said than done so not knowing how it’ll be perceived and accepted will always be just as hard.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about love?

I love that question. This common misconception is what I had at 15, and I’m not sure when, but as I matured, it became a slow realization that my perception of love was wrong. My poem “808s & Heartache” highlights this perfectly. I called Love a disease, blamed it for unrequited connections, causing pain, saying it’s not beautiful, and sulking at the irony of me falling in love but love not choosing me, and I ended with, “I hate Love.” And we’ve heard love hurts, love is dangerous, love sucks, and love is the most violent act.

All those statements are misconceptions because love is pure, and like one of my favorite biblical scriptures, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, love is patient, love is kind. As humans, being complex, prideful, self-serving, and stubborn individuals make love more difficult than it should be. Love didn’t hurt me. Love didn’t cause the heartbreak I thought I would never get over; it was the person that didn’t know how to love me that hurt me and broke my heart. I confused the two.

In any friendship and relationship, love appears fresh and beautiful initially, but with our ability to taint things, taking advantage and taking for granted, not realizing what we have when we have it, love quickly rears its ugly head. It’s not to say there won’t be heartache in love, but it’s not love’s fault. So with that way of thinking, we close ourselves to potential new, healthier love experiences. I had to condition myself to learn and apply that recently, which shows itself in my later poems.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Currently, I’m not working on any books, and I’m not sure whether I will. This poetry book was a coming full circle experience for five years, so publishing was inevitable, but I never thought I would publish multiple. Things do change, so I can’t speak with certainty, but I know for sure with one completed screenplay I have, I’ll be working on more of those in the future, however authoring books I can’t say the same.

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A collection of fifty poems that encompass the author’s intimate thoughts: hopelessly romantic, emotionally honest, and heartbreakingly beautiful.

Written during her teens, these personal poems are a window into her soul, an entrance into her mind, and journey into her lovelorn loner heart with a core of tender love.

Violet is poems for the ones who are willing to wait, idealistic in love, and love silently. It represents the true essence of intimacy: sensitive, emotional, authentic, and true.

Not Aware of Their Own Beautiful Existence

Wayne David Hubbard Author Interview

Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe is a collection of poetry that takes readers on a journey through physical space and abstract worlds of emotion. What inspires you to write poetry?

Since childhood I was a person who experiences life deeply through the senses. Being this way can be overwhelming, and for years, my daily life was a standing question of how to successfully manage this condition.

Writing became a path of sense-making, or simply making sense. It was a long time before I realized that certain writings were poetry.

Today I tend to think of my writings as dispatches: short reports of elements seen externally or felt internally. Occasionally these reports are verbatim, but more often they take a tangential, indirect approach.

What most captures my attention are (so-called) ordinary people, cultures, cities, nature, and the near limitless catalog of human experiences. As much as I wish, my poems may never carry the full weight of how certain moments feel. They are just one snapshot of many possible angles.

What themes do you find your poetry often explores?

Astronomy is an endless source of fascination to me. Poets have, of course, been writing about the heavens since Gilgamesh (before the Bible), and in doing so, they have raised innumerable questions on the nature of time and power of love. I feel perfectly at home in this lineage.

Except in my lifetime, astronomy has undergone through several revolutions, thanks to huge leaps in technology. Tremendous new discoveries about stars, exoplanets, and galaxies occur on a routine basis. Our understanding of the universe is continually being upended by new information. This fills me with a sense of awe and expansiveness.

And yet, as inspiring as these other worlds are, the stars are not aware of their own beautiful existence. Human beings can be. It is a wonder to be alive. Reflecting on these concepts pull me beyond my daily dramas, which feel ever urgent, but in fact are very local in the grand scheme of everything.

Perhaps the center of gravity in most of my poems is a sense of astonishment.

My favorite poem from this collection is ‘MATRICES’. Do you have a poem that stands out to you from this book?

MATRICES is a wonder, and each line contains a story in itself. The dream of vanishing numerals was an actual experience in 2012. The image of the full moon came from a car ride at dusk through a mountain valley in late autumn many years ago. The poem’s framework came in 2019 while studying linear algebra for an engineering fellowship. The poem itself is an act of infusion, compression, and imagination. Most of my poems follow this process.

My favorite poem is THE REBELLION OF SISYPHUS. The famous myth and its deep philosophy has both inspired and haunted me ever since I first heard the story from a teacher in elementary school. As an adult, it was the essays of Albert Camus which taught me how to contend with its reality. Camus imagined Sisyphus happy in the course of his travails. I always wanted to imagine Sisyphus free. 

Do you plan to write and publish more works of poetry?

Yes. I write daily and abundantly. Publishing seems to take me a long time, yet Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe was a positive experience. I emerged with a clear sense of voice and direction.

I have already composed new verses for THE ARIA collection. Other poems are ready for daylight. I am not sure if I will continue the astronomy and science theme, but I do hope to have a new collection out in couple of years. It will definitely be less than a decade!

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In his debut poetry collection, Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe, Wayne David Hubbard illustrates journeys through physical space and abstract worlds of emotion.

Combining choreological precision with playfulness, readers enter the mind’s eye of a poet standing along the shoreline of powerful forces that shape all lives: time, place, and love.

Written over a ten-year period, the collection calls to mind the poetry of Lorine Niedecker, Rae Armantrout, Larry Eigner, and Carl Phillips. Importantly, these poems resist thick, impenetrable themes, instead celebrating ordinal wonders of life that are hidden in open view. This spare book offers strong, memorable imagery and questions that will delight thoughtful readers.

Poems for The World – Book Trailer

My book consist of Love poems, Comical Poems, Everyday Living, Respect for your mother and father, Better Relations with others, Making it through the Day, Job situations, Relationships, the truth and Christians Poems. This is my second book and my first book was titled Inspirational Poems for You and Me, written in 2005.

An Imaginary Affair

It isn’t unusual for a writer to be influenced and inspired by other writers. Diana Raab takes that inspiration one step further in An Imaginary Affair: Poems Whispered to Neruda. Penning a collection that serves as heartfelt and direct responses to specific works of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Over the course of roughly two dozen poems, Raab writes in a tone that is vulnerable, sensual, therapeutic, and pleading- somehow often all simultaneously.

The book as a whole is a quick read. Most of the pieces are comprised of only a handful of lines, but the imagery created by Raab’s words linger long after, in many cases prompting a careful re-read for a more complete picture. Poetry is a highly subjective art, but it is hard to ignore the power and the passion that live on these pages and exist with an almost palpable ferocity. It takes a strong grasp of language and nuance to create a collection on this level.

I enjoyed this collection immensely and wish there was more of it to read. I especially liked the fact that the author included the list of poems each of hers was paired with, so readers could investigate further and become familiar with Neruda’s work. For existing fans of Neruda’s, this collection is a wonderful compliment and a must read. For those not familiar with him it serves as a loving homage and an introduction. This is a fantastic collection with excellent writing that opens a gateway to new things.

Pages: 38 | ISBN: 1646629116

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