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Palmer Smith
Palmer Smith Author Interview

The Butterfly Bruises is a collection of thought-provoking poetry on nature, technology, culture and childhood. What was the inspiration for the ideas behind the poem in this book?

I wrote this book because I felt the need to tell these stories. The inspiration behind the ideas really comes from memory and imagination and the intertwining of these two facets of the mind. I wanted to write poems that readers could relate to that would also make them ask questions about their own lives.

My favorite poem from the collection is ‘Can Time Ever Fall?. Do you have a favorite poem from this book?

My favorite poem is definitely “The Dollhouse on Fifth Avenue.” I think it encapsulates the absurdities of apartment living and city living.

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

The main themes that were important to explore were: love, communication, nature, and technology.

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

I am working on a fiction novel about a character who sleepwalks and a complicated family. The book is set in NYC/the south.

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The Butterfly Bruises is a collection of poems and stories regarding animals, the ocean, miscommunication, childhood, Northeastern versus Southern American culture, family, nature versus technology, and the imagination of the introvert. In these lyrical texts, a couple sleepwalks together, a therapist is imagined as a snake, a manatee befriends a widow, a ghost haunts an old Charleston home, and New York City becomes its own character. Stepping into these pages brings about new worlds-some full of magic, others full of mystery.

The Butterfly Bruises

I have been reading poetry for much of my life and Palmer Smith’s The Butterfly Bruises exceeded my expectations. The Butterfly Bruises is filled with poetry and short stories- all of which are emotive and captivating. The book is divided into sections, with each story or poem having a different length or theme. This made for an easy read. I think any reader would be able to find a short story or poem that they would love in this melodic collection.

These imaginative poems and short stories revolves around relatable, sometimes heart wrenching, topics. This is a great book to start with if you are not familiar with reading poetry or short stories, The Butterfly Bruises flows with ease and is easily comprehensible. While you read the book you will often reflect on the choices you have made in your life or consider how events could have turned out differently. Palmer’s writing allows you to paint a picture in your mind of how the poem or story is occurring. This, in my experience, is a rare talent for an author to achieve.

One thing to note is some of the stories and poems are dark, but these poems were my favorite because they were written tastefully. Palmer did a great job with allowing the reader to reflect and not judge for what their opinion may or may not be. Palmer kept my attention throughout the entire book.

The Butterfly Bruises is definitely a book I would read again for its striking imagery, creative stories, and its thoughtful themes.

Pages: 176 | ASIN: B093Z25LMW

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We Are At Crossroads

Jani Viswanath
Jani Viswanath Author Interview

Echoes of Light is a collection of thought-provoking poetry and stories that explore powerful but common emotions. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Echoes of light is a book of short stories and Poems. Each one inspired from people I meet during my extensive travels to remote places.

We are at Crossroads as a race… we need to re evaluate ourselves.

My desire was to refresh our minds and bring back the nostalgia of simplicity , the sensitivity, the joy of human bonding that we had before life became so hectic, digitized and impersonal. The simple acts of kindness without expectations that we have forgotten and the immense joy it brings.

The last few years have been globally difficult and challenging in many ways and more so for the impoverished and broken sections of society. Now , more than ever is the dire need to reach out and do what little we can to help and provide some relief to those who have very little or nothing at all and despite of our phenomenal advancement, we are fraught with stress, restlessness, mindless competitiveness and the financial, mental and emotional damage that takes away the joy from everyday living.

this is the time for us to set aside our differences and unite as the privileged superior race we are and rediscover the simple joys of living and giving and to heal more than we hurt.

What is your favorite poem from this collection?

Requiem is my fav Poem & the short story close to my heart is “ The last Fortnight”

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in your poetry?

The futility of War, the magic of Love, nostalgia of the old times, the senselessness & folly of our fanatic competitiveness and self -obsession, the forgotten basic secrets of real happiness, the incomparable joy of simple gestures of kindness, the undervalued importance of living in the moment, and the vanishing sensitivity and empathy that are the fundamental threads that bind us as a race.

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

My next book is a coffee table photo book of my art & quotes– I paint with knives and blades on Oils.

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A rare and inspiring gift of short stories and poetry which
will warm the spirit and uplift the reader as they appreciate
a world woven with messages of love, compassion and hope.
Echoes of light accentuates the basic, simple requirements for
the happiness we so desperately crave, and the essential quality
that we are all gifted with, to attain it.
These Stories and poems are immersed with the myriad emotions
of the magnificent human psyche – kindness, hope, redemption;
the magic of compassion, and the unparalleled joy of giving
spontaneously.
The Poems touch on the futility of our hyper active lifestyles
and the need for slowing down to truly enjoy this beautiful
journey called life.
The stories are set in various parts of the world – reaffirming
the fact that wherever we are, whichever part of the world
we belong to and whatever religion we choose to follow –
the fundamental thread that binds us and unites us is love,
humanity and joy.
Discover a world of true inspiration, of generosity and love so
rarely experienced in our fast-paced world.
Each story and poem reflect so much which has been forgotten
and the humanity we long to rediscover and would love to
teach our children….

Galleon Moon: Puzzle Book

Galleon Moon: Puzzle Book by [Frank Schroeder]

Galleon Moon: Puzzle Book is a collection of imaginative poetry that follow a journey through sea and land throughout different points in history, from the 14th century in the sea to the tale of a dog reunited with its bone underground. Hidden in almost every poem is a message. If one pays close attention to the first letter of each line that is capitalized and follows it down to the next capitalized letter it will eventually spell out a word. This adds a fantastic layer of interactivity within the book that is unlike any other poetry book that I have read. It is a puzzle book as well as a poetry book and the level of engagement it offers is intellectually invigorating.

The poems range in topic, covering animals in the sea and their lifespan and lifestyle to personal reflections on happiness. Although there are hidden phrases and words throughout the poems I would have liked to have seen a variety of puzzles used to change things up. The poems are untitled, and left to the reader to name them, which makes this collection of poetry more personal to the reader and engages the imagination. The writing and prose themselves were really beautiful and entertaining to read. One of my favorite poems has to be the one that is from the perspective of a dog who is speaking to its owner about being unable to run in the sun anymore but being appreciative of all fond memories.

Galleon Moon: Puzzle Book is a fun and engaging collection of poetry that is filled with hidden treasure and thought-provoking poems.

Pages: 193 | ASIN:

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Victoria by Deceit of the Pants

Victoria by Deceit of the Pants by [RickthePoetWarrior RickthePoetWarrior]

Victoria by Deceit of the Pants showcases yet more of Rickthepoetwarrior’s biting wit and sarcasm while once again enlightening the reader on important issues of the western world. This book focuses on the inherent issues of modern society in Victoria, Canada. The author frequently comments on a characteristic of modern so-called progressive society, that there is an illusion of being progressive and moving forward, when in reality, there is no care behind it and the populace turns being “woke” into a fashionable thing without putting any action behind their words and at the same time, sweeping issues under the rug.

Rickthepoetwarrior does this adeptly and with style, albeit his own very unique and humorous style. One of the poems that stuck out to me the most was “They’re Fixing The Empress Hotel” which discusses the ugly past of this land in Victoria which is now being renovated, symbolically attempting to forget the horrific past of abusing First Nations people. The author also uses “book bombs” to help tie in poems from his other works to highlight societal problems that are connected. As always, the author offers his unique commentary and whimsical humor that is worth reading and considering as we try to navigate modern society.

Pages: 97 | ASIN: B08WPCTM8J

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U.S. ‘A’ Today ‘b’ Tomorrow

U.S. 'A' Today 'b' Tomorrow by [RickthePoetWarrior RickthePoetWarrior]

U.S. ‘A’ Today ‘b’ Tomorrow is an in-depth discussion of United States society during the era of Trump and his administration. The poem anthology covers topics ranging from the US elections to foreign policy to racism to class to gun violence.

As an American reading the work, it was infuriating mostly because being reminded of such events makes the brain hurt, but Rickthepoetwarrior handles the difficult situation with his usually clever, yet puerile humor. While I was extremely frustrated by the topics discussed in the book, I suspect by design, there were many poems that had me guffawing such as “What I Wish for Donald Trump’s Hell”.

Because the book is written by a Canadian author it does offer an international perspective on the events of the past four years which is quite interesting to read. The snappy poems that often include plays on words or interesting charts and diagrams hold the reader’s attention and make for a dynamic and quick read. Readers will be crying from both anger and laughter while reading this anthology, but it is oddly inspiring in a way. It motivates the reader to attempt to improve their world and the world of others. For that, I highly recommend and commend Rickthepoetwarrior.

Pages: 127 | ASIN: B08WYVMSWJ

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Some Terrorible Company To Keep

Some Terrorible Company To Keep by [RickthePoetWarrior RickthePoetWarrior]

Some Terrorible Company to Keep is a collection of poetic commentary on the nature of living in a corporate capitalist world and the complications of a prioritization of profit over people.

Rickthepoetwarrior’s creative methods of offering social criticism are wide-ranging and truly unique. The author has created a dictionary of words that facilitate puns, plays on words, and double meanings that emphasize his arguments and viewpoints. He discusses everything in this work from the corrupt industries of diamonds to the false way corporations pretend to care about their customers through customization when in reality, it is a ploy.

This in-depth collection of poems is both funny and oddly heartbreaking as the reader realizes the never-ending control of corporations and the prioritization of large corporations by the government over the people. The people are treated as cogs in a machine with few choices and the author finds infinitely creative and at times funny ways to illustrate this. There is a lot of complexity contained in this work including the often-racist nature of large corporations and lack of opportunities afforded to people of color. It is well-worth a read, particularly because the somewhat depressing content is balanced by the humor in the poetry.

Pages: 213 | ASIN: B08WY88N4Y

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Kind A SLOw In the Kootenays

Kind A SLOw In the Kootenays by [RickthePoetWarrior RickthePoetWarrior]

Kind A SLOw In the Kootenays is a fun poetic anthology that focuses on a small town and its charms and issues.

While this work clearly maintains Rickthepoetwarrior’s sharp wit and sarcasm, it is a softer and more friendly piece. The scenery of the town is depicted beautifully throughout the book as the reader gets to know more about the town and its residents and struggles.

The poems contained within carefully craft the image of a small town that is a little too conformist and has the illusion of a typical progressive Canadian town, but fails to live up to its own expectations.

Kaslow Kind A SLOW in the Kootenays is half criticism and half ironic traveler’s guide with its simultaneous recognition of the beauties of a Canadian small town such as the views, the ferry, and its friendly inhabitants and fun events. However, in the same breadth, as Rickthepoetwarrior is wont to do, he criticizes the hypocrisy and lack of real progress the town experiences through its treatment of First Nations people, racism, and the environment. As is the case with all of the author’s works it will both elicit laughs and sighs of frustration at the seeming lack of sense on the world. I highly recommend it.

Pages: 84 | ASIN: B08WPT72RY

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