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Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute by J Matthew Waters — My review

Hi All:)

I haven’t been doing much reading or writing of late…which I’m sure you can tell if you’ve popped by my blog… but I did manage to read a collection of poetry: Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute by J Matthew Waters.  

 

 

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I just put the following brief review on Amazon and thought I would share it here as well.

J Matthew Waters is a contemporary poet yet one can see that he must be occasionally haunted by the muses of poets past.  Whispers of  W.S. Burroughs and tinges of Kerouac mingle with his own voice to produce his third book, Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute.  

Some personal favorites include already goneremedy, and these lines in particular

from say you’ll haunt me

“…your face is patterned
vertical lines channeling emotions
streaming from your eyes”

and from when september ends

“she slipped by like a new moon
looking for a place to hide…”

The fact that each poem is inspired by and/or named after a song provides a ready-made and diverse play list.  With titles like after the thrill is gone, I am the egg-man and saturday in the park it was hard for this reader not to hear the song in question even without them playing.  Just as varied are the topics Waters writes about; from sadness to hope, exploration to nostalgia and even war and peace.

I do hope you will check this collection out and I will leave you as Waters left me with this closing poem in its entirety.

your poem 

i burned your image
in my mind
like charcoal lead
on cottony white paper
i painted your eyes
on canvas
like i had known them
my entire life
i drew your heart
closer to mine
beating rhythmically
as if we were one

 

AVAILABLE NOW:

➤ Both kindle and paperback versions are available on  AMAZON

OH and I should mention that you may know John from his blog jdubqca , if not head on over (after you finish here of course) 🙂

 ~Melanie Thomason

 

 

 

 

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Moonpies & Naugahyde: A Childhood Survived

I’m happy to announce my second collection of poetry, Moonpies & Naugahyde: A Childhood Survived,  is now available!!

Fabulous watercolor paintings by Georgiann Carlson accompany my poems throughout, creating a book I am extremely proud of!

Since October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, I can think of no better time to release it.

M&N Announcement

 

 

3 options available now on Amazon:

Note the 3 “versions” are not all linking up on Amazon correctly so I am providing the individual links below each option 🙂

1-Full Color Edition: Watercolor Illustrations presented in Full Color

This is the way this collection is meant to be experienced!

Get it here!

2-Black & White Edition: Watercolor Illustrations presented in Greyscale

(Producing the book in full color made it a little pricey so offering this B&W option)

here

3-Ebook for your Kindle, iPad, etc.

here

 

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Things We Don’t Discuss ~ my review

Hi All!

I recently shared with you that Maciej at No Kind of Magic had released a collection of poetry.  I have had his book in my possession for some time now and have had time to read, re-read and immerse myself in his words. 

I posted a brief review on Amazon and wish to share it here as well. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, provocative and penetrating poetry

55 poems that act as a dark, fun-house mirror reflecting back versions of your own pain as well as universal truths.

If you are looking for pretty, flowery poems of nature and romance–trust me, this will not be your cup of tea. BUT, there is truth here and there is beauty in that. Some may find the poems within a bit jarring and indeed this collection requires a steady eye. I found myself reading and rereading lines to gain an even deeper understanding, at times nodding in agreement and other times weeping.

This poet has skillfully flayed his own hide, leaving his insides exposed and vulnerable. I’m left wanting to cradle his trampled, yet still beating, heart gently in my hands.

 

 If you haven’t yet you can purchase his book at the links below:

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or if you prefer Amazon just click the image below:

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Things We Don’t Discuss ~ a friend’s debut

Hi All!

Do you follow know and/or Maciej at No Kind of Magic?  He is an extremely talented poet and a great friend. I’m so pleased to share his announcement with you 🙂

 

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The word is out!!!

March 3, 2015

Today I have a very special announcement to make. I am really excited to say that my first collection of poetry has just been published and and within a couple of days will also be available on amazon!

‘Things we don’t discuss’ includes 22 previously unpublished poems as well as selected pieces known to some of my guests here.

I am not very good at advertising, but if you are interested in buying this humble collection, just click the image in this post. I will also post a link to amazon as soon as possible.

Thank you all for your visits and inspiration I get from you and your works: poems, photos, drawings, thought provoking articles. You encouraged me to do this step.

 

No kind of… Maciej.

 

Also now Available on Amazon!!!…just click the image below:

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So, go forth and support this wonderful writer!  

Buy it.  

Read it.

Share it. 

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My first book, Spectrum: Watercolored Words has gotten reviews :)

As some of you know, I recently published a small collection of poetry.  Well it has now gotten a couple reviews on Amazon and I have to say that is very gratifying and exciting 🙂  

Just wanted to take a moment to thank those who got my book and an extra special thanks to the generous souls who wrote reviews!  Feedback is always appreciated.

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You can read the reviews here.


 

If you haven’t yet gotten a copy….

Print version available directly from createspace

CreateSpace - An Amazon Company

https://www.createspace.com/5187100

or

on Amazon both in print and Kindle versions

Spectrum: Watercolored Words Paperback

 The above are the US store links…other links available for other areas…let me know if you have problems locating.

 

 

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Spectrum: Watercolored Words- book debut!

So I’ve finally done it… I published a small collection of poetry.  😀 YAY!!

 I have to admit I’m a bit anxious as well as extremely excited!

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If you are so inclined you may purchase a copy as follows:

Print version available directly from createspace

CreateSpace - An Amazon Companyhttps://www.createspace.com/5187100

or on Amazon

Spectrum: Watercolored Words Paperback

 

It is also available as an e-book

 Spectrum Kindle Edition

The above are the US Kindle store links…other links available for other areas…let me know if you have problems locating.

Thank you in advance to any who choose to check it out.  Your feedback would be much appreciated 🙂

 

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An Alterable Void by Yves K. Morrow– My review

Hi All:)

You may know Yves from her blog Mindlovemisery if you do not yet, believe me she is someone you will want to know.  I was happy to share an announcement awhile back about the publication of An Alterable Void.   I recently put the following brief review on Amazon and Goodreads.  I thought I would share it here as well.

“Once you have been introduced to this poet you will find that while you may see hints of the great poets gone before she has a voice all her own; delectable, dark and evocative.

Her first book, An Alterable Void is a deeply moving exploration of the roots of human behavior. This collection of Poetry is divided into three sections: Love, Mind and Misery to reflect the themes of her blog. Rest assured she depicts love, sensuality, self-doubt and discovery as masterfully as she paints a chilling Portrait of Evil.

Yves’s style is relentlessly intense and honest. Her writing has teeth that cut into you and hang on. You will be altered.”

~Melanie Blackwell

All the details are below if you haven’t yet picked it up.

AVAILABLE NOW:

➤ The print copy is available on  LULU or AMAZON

➤ The ebook version is available on LULU

 

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Death and Life by B.G. Bowers– My review

Hi All:)

I was happy to share Bianca’s  announcement a couple months ago about  the publication of her first poetry book, Death and Life.   Well, I have had a copy of her beautiful book in my hands for awhile now and recently put the following brief review on Amazon and Goodreads.  I thought I should share it here with you as well.

“I hunger for poetry that stirs my soul. To me good poetry is all about expression, emotion and imagery. This is good poetry.

I’ve not only read Death and Life, I lived with it, savored it. This feast of emotion and imagery deserves more than a quick sampling.B.G. Bowers shares her journey with such honesty that one cannot help but be in the moment with her. I suffered her loss, heartbreak and anguish and was rewarded with liberation, self-reflection and love.”
~Melanie Blackwell

All the details are below if you haven’t yet picked it up.

AVAILABLE NOW:

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➤ The print copy is available on CREATESPACE or AMAZON

➤ The Kindle version is available on AMAZON

“Death is the great disruptor; it thrusts us opposite life’s mirror, invites our truthful exploration, and reveals the naked truth; from which rebirth is possible and we are free to reinvent ourselves anew.”

In Death and Life, B.G. Bowers examines an eclectic life journey, masterfully illustrating various psychological, emotional, and spiritual experiences through poetry and essays. Death is not isolated to physical loss, but encompasses figurative deaths arising from innocence lost, depression, unfulfilled dreams, lost love, exile, spiritual death and rejection of childhood paradigms. Fortunately, these mini-deaths present opportunity for growth, evolution and renewal. That is to say, from death comes life.

 

 

 

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