November 1, 2022

Champaign No Pain

Dirk De Bock’s poetry collection, Champaign No Pain, muses about wide-ranging topics, from romantic relationships to delicious barbecue.

De Bock’s work generally rhymes and varies from the sweet and sensitive (In “Lovely Little Darling,” he muses, “Now we change, both of our lives for real/ twine our hearts together towards tomorrow…”) to the provocative (in […]

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October 20, 2022

A Different Shade of Green

Rajib Chocroborty’s poetry collection tackles a wide variety of subjects, including gender equality, oppression, and love.

The collection is comprised of free verse and traditional forms. It is replete with gorgeous, well-selected imagery, as in “Mardian In Mumbai”: “Seeds tantalize, refuse to grow/ even with the perfume Venus and Mars left behind/ fierce affections take […]

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September 16, 2022

Wonder Streams of the Soul

Craig Carpenter Downer’s large collection of poems, journal entries, and essays, is the work of a devoted lifelong naturalist and adventurer. Much of the book is dedicated to his observations, insights, and experiences as a scholar of the natural world.

Downer’s poems are both rhyming and free verse. The wide-ranging topics include: the majesty of […]

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August 19, 2022

Way Leads onto Way

Estelle M. Deshon’s poetry collection Way Leads Onto Way reads much like a journal of praise and affirmation, despair and travail met, endured and overcome.

Deshon considers matters both great (“Take your freedom; break my heart./ It is clear to me that we will part… / But how I hate this word—/ Divorce…”) and small […]

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July 25, 2022

My Love With Poesy

The lyric poems in Philip Isukapati’s collection My Love With Poesy offer the speaker’s heartfelt ruminations on life, love, and loss, as well as homages to the speaker’s family and friends.

Isukapati’s oversized book features poems centered on each page with a border of photographed flowers surrounding them. Readers can feel the speaker’s sincere emotion. […]

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July 19, 2022

Still, the Sky

Still, the Sky is an impeccably researched and elegantly designed collection combining poetry exploring and reimagining the dual Bildungsromane of Icarus and Asterion with intriguing installation artwork that enhances the text.

Author Tom Pearson’s volume is a dramatic, book-length poem with a prologue, seven sections, and an epilogue. Its first lines — “My departure instigated […]

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July 5, 2022

Poems from Heartlands: Special Illustrated Color Edition

In this poetry collection, Dr. C.A. Buckley, a Roman Catholic priest, examines our destiny as mortals. How do we fulfill God’s expectations? How do we find comfort amidst solitude? What does it mean to achieve piety in our daily lives? He also ponders topical items: Mother Teresa’s canonization, the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a […]

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May 30, 2022

Glimpsing Heaven

Martin A. Lopez’s Glimpsing Heaven is a lengthy, oversized book containing autobiographical material, poetry, spiritual musings, and persuasive pieces concerning the environment and global warming.

Lopez, an assistant district attorney practicing in Las Vegas, New Mexico, grew up as an adopted child in Gallup, New Mexico, and part of his narrative concerns his search for […]

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May 23, 2022

Flight Feathers

Gwendolyn Morgan’s poetry collection, Flight Feathers, juxtaposes man’s destructive actions against the wonders of nature, while intertwining stories of dying and its attendant grief.

Morgan was Washington State’s Clark County Poet Laureate from 2018-2020. She’s also an artist and has worked in interfaith spiritual care in medical settings, tending to the sacred art of dying.

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April 18, 2022

Morality Shorts: Short, Short Stories with a Poetic Twist

Morality Shorts: Short, Short Stories with a Poetic Twist is a compilation of 34 tales revealing a variety of life lessons and moral messages about topics ranging from spirituality and faith in God to family relationships and romantic struggles.

Miatta Lynn Lansana’s stories incorporate a subtle rhyming pattern within a traditional prose structure. For example, […]

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