July 16, 2024

Treasures of the Heart

This collection of free-verse and rhyming poems explores the speaker’s affection for a particular “you.” With the exception of one poem (“A Distinguished Gentleman”), which pays tribute to “a man who has been leaving [his] mark as [he] go[es] through life,” the exclusive focus of this volume is the speaker’s desire for one particular woman.

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May 28, 2024

Meditations at Midnight

Meditations at Midnight is a small but impactful book of poetry and prose from an award-winning author of nonfiction, contemplating the ways in which the spiritual intersects with the mundane.

Gary Jansen’s chapbook-sized collection is divided into five parts whose titles are freighted with meaning, and which peer through thick layers of emotion with a […]

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May 28, 2024

Proud Gods and Commodores: Volume II

James McMillan’s offering is an imaginative compilation of poems, sagas, essays, and stories.

The poems range from three-line, capture-the-moment, messages (“Raspy cocoa collapses on my/ tongue”) to descriptions of experiences and meditations on cultural offerings. Among these, his tribute to the old television program Kojak provides a deft mixture of nostalgia, affection and street savvy. […]

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March 12, 2024

Whisper of Hope, Cry of Despair

In her autobiographical book, author Vicky Bedi lays out the raw and heartbreaking legacy of multi-generational abuse, a vein of unchecked violence passed down in her family in which she became ensnared.

“Growing up in an abusive family not only means ongoing personal fear and fear of the future, emotional tension resulting in stomachaches, and […]

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February 13, 2024

The Ambulatorium

In his poetry collection, The Ambulatorium, Zak Mucha examines the arbitrariness of meaning and more.

“Each of us determines the links between events/ and God moves on the water like coincidence,” he tells readers in one piece. We cannot know the thing itself because, as he indicates in another, “Once we really see something/ we […]

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February 13, 2024

We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget, an illustrated poem, highlights the ravages of war, especially its effects on the land and those caught in the crossfire.

In a poem focusing on the damage done by war presumably in the Ukraine, although the country is only specified once (“Ten thousand Ukrainian women/ Defend the front lines”), author Gennie […]

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December 18, 2023

infinite times more

infinite times more by nyrd is a rollicking collection of hip-hop-influenced poems of passion, anguish, and resilience. While mental health struggles stalk the narrator, she never gives up on authenticity, self-expression, and the pursuit of love.

nyrd’s use of surprising and vivid imagery along with her fresh rhymes keep the reader’s attention and sympathies from […]

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November 27, 2023

Moving Forward Through His Love and Grace

In this poetry collection, Joan E. Gettry shares her insights, thoughts, affirmations, aspirations, and reveries on many of life’s sorrows and joys—all bound together by her deep devotion to God.

Gettry senses the mystery of God’s hand at work, writing in “God’s Plans for All of Us”: “God sets in motion for all of us/ […]

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November 7, 2023

Ballooning in Stars

Matthew Edward Schatmeyer’s new book, Ballooning in Stars, is a collection of poems that are consistently gentle and introspective.

Schatmeyer’s voice is quiet, calm and steady, as in “Chrysalis,” where he employs the familiar notion of growth and change as imaged in the metamorphosis of a caterpillar: “Butterflies/ change themselves./ They crawl to nibble leaves./ […]

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