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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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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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Calling all Artists! Accepting Submissions for March and April!

Call for submissions…all mediums welcome 🙂

Artists4Peace

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Upcoming Topics/Deadlines:

March

How does one find peace in daily life?

Submission Deadline March 1st
Selected Entries will be posted March 15th


April

How does language influence peace?

Submission Deadline April 1st
Selected Entries will be posted April 15th


Feel free to send in any other Peace related art at any time for consideration to be posted throughout the month. Remember just blog as you normally would and then email a link to your post to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com for consideration!


Notes to ALL of our Fabulous participating Artists4Peace artists:

1-Please reblog, facebook, tweet, messenger pigeon 🙂 this post.  

We need to get the word out and get even more people sharing their art to promote love, understanding and peace throughout the world.

2-We ask that if you haven’t already please put the Artists 4 Peace logo on your blog.  It will not only show others you are part of the…

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Conversations With Death: A Love Story by Georgiann Carlson- My review

Hi All!  I happily shared the news of Gigi’s book debut last month and now thought i would share the brief review I just posted on Amazon. 🙂

5 out of 5 stars Funny, Engrossing, Evocative?? Without a Doubt!!

You will be caught off guard and then completely absorbed!

Conversations With Death: A Love Story explores some very heavy subject matter with such humor that I found myself smiling and literally laughing out loud. (Not to mention craving some pie.)

The entire novel is divided into brief conversations which makes this a fun and fast read… yet it stays with you. There is such a raw, unvarnished honesty within its pages; the sadness and anger ring true making it all the more relatable. I can say, without a doubt, you have never read a book about Death like this one. I highly recommend it; smart, funny, thought-provoking, philosophical and comforting.

I loved every quirky, beautiful, poignant moment of it. I’m waiting impatiently for Book 2!


 

Go buy this book!

Conversations with Death: A Love Story, now available on Amazon Kindle.

 CWD

Book Description

“Death stopped by far too often, as far as I was concerned. I needed a way to deal with my rage. I was furious. So, I decided to hunt down and, if possible, kill Death.When I wrote the very first Conversation, I was ready for a fight. I never expected to write a second Conversation, let alone an entire book full of them. But something happened when I met and started talking to Death. Something that made me understand what Life and Death were all about. The Conversations went in a direction I never could have imagined.We all have our own truth and this is mine. Conversations with Death is a give and take between a living human and Death itself.”

Links:

 Gigi’s Blog

Conversations with Death on Amazon

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A trip to Haslam’s!

Brian and I went to Haslam’s today 🙂  It is one of my favorite places in St. Petersburg.

 

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Haslam’s Book Store
2025 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

The place is huge.  It is so cool to wander around and see the diverstiy…they have old, used books as well as all the current best sellers.  They have some rare first editions and signed copies…some of these are kept in locked cases but many are one the shelves next to $2 books.  You never know what you are going to stumble across.

 

 

You really cannot see the size and scope of the place through these pictures.  But I will tell you they actually have little maps of the place so you can find your way around!

Jack Kerouac is rumored to still haunt the store, moving his books to more prominent display locations as he did in life.

 

Oh and by the way, Jack Kerouac is rumored to still haunt the store.  He supposedly still moves his books to more prominent display locations as he did in life.  It is funny becaus everytime I go in I always spot new and different things…AND I always see a couple Kerouac!

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Haslam’s was started in 1933 in the Depression by John and Mary Haslam, both avid readers, to provide other readers with used magazines and books at bargain prices.

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Haslam’s celebrated 80 years this past December. Amazing, really when so many other book stores are closing…both indepedent and big box stores.

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Today was fun AND I had to show remarkable restraint… oh I wish i was independently wealthy so i could take stacks of these home with me!!

 

~Melanie

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common ground

Don’t talk to me of differences

Don’t talk to me of hate

Tear down your defences

it is time to communicate

If we get to know each other

we can find some common ground

teach our children to love one another

the change would be profound

war is not the answer

history can show us that

hate destroys us like a cancer

Peace and Love is where it’s at

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~Melanie Blackwell

 

 

 

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Artists 4 Peace ~We can make a difference

A couple of days ago Gigi posted a question “how can we, as artists (whatever our form),  bloggers and international friends, USE our art, intelligence, CREATIVITY and  our collective power, right NOW, to foster and spread peace and love throughout the world?  How can we work TOGETHER to bring about change?”

We believe your passion is your Art.  So whether your medium is paint, poetry, yarn, music or pottery YOU can be part of the movement.

There has been some discussion…please join in your voice is welcome!

For starters.
1- all participating will display logo

2- we should create a monthly schedule of topics. I think it would be great  if we discussed and decide on particular subjects/causes and create a schedule of topics that we could all write and publish at the same time each month. For instance: August- Peace in general, September- Spreading Kindness, October- Child Abuse Awareness… ((just examples))

3 on the designated day each month each of us would post on the topic scheduled and display the agreed upon logo.
4- everyone participating will post to their own blog and then the moderators will reblog them on artists4peace as well.

While we have much to discuss and things to iron out… I am happy to announce a new blog

artists4peace.wordpress.com

where we can get to work on setting a foundation.

We will eventually have a monthly topic scheduled but for now if you have anything you would like to share on Artists4Peace please blog it and then email the link to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com so we can make sure to reblog it. That way nothing will be missed!

Thank you for reading and I do hope you will get involved!

~Melanie Blackwell

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