Wednesday Poem: The Life That I Have ~ Leo Marks

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The Life That I Have

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours.

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause.

For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Leo Marks

Review: Poems of Christina Rossetti ~ Christina Rossetti, Florence Harrison (Illustrator), Kathryn W. Plosica (Designed by), Gail Harvey (Introduction)

Poems of Christina rosettiISBN ~ 978-0517118511
Publisher ~ Gramercy
No. Of Pages ~ 120 pages
Links ~ Project Gutenberg,

In poems ranging from fantasy and verses for the young to ballads, love lyrics sonnets and religious poetry, Rossetti was regarded was by many of her contemporaries as Britain’s finest living poet.

3 Thumbs-UpChristina Rossetti was first published at the age of 17 and from there went on to publish hundreds of poems; the majority religious and this may dissuade those who don’t hold with religion from reading her work, all I can say is please don’t let it.

One of my favourite pieces of her writing is ‘Goblin Market’, the tale of two sisters Lizzie and Laura, and their almost fatal encounter with the goblin men.  On first read I found it to be quite confusing, but the more I read this poem the more I came to realise that it was a morality tale, and that the broken rhythm in which it was written was as compelling and tempting as sin itself.  It is full of a sexual innuendo that makes it hard to ignore, even more so when these innuendo lay next to implied religious imagery.  However, like most poems the interpretation and intent of the poetry is dependent on the reader, and another may read this poem and come away from it with a totally different picture and meaning in their mind.

Another of my favourite pieces of Ms. Rossetti is ‘Remember’.  It is beautifully written and covers the subject of death and grieving.  I first read this poem shortly after I had lost my Father, and it struck such a chord in me that I immediately started devouring all and any works by this poet.  Even though years have passed since I picked up any of her writings, reading this collection has reminded me why I enjoy poetry as much as literature.

Trying to review a collection of poems is difficult under any circumstances, but to give the poetry in this collection the reviews they truly deserve I would have to write about each one individually, and that would result in there been no need for anyone to pick it up and read them.  The Project Gutenberg edition (see link above) is considerably longer than the edition I have listed the ISBN for, and contains a larger selection of Ms. Rossetti’s poetry.  In my opinion, the ‘Gutenberg’ collection gives a better reading experience than the short collection I’ve based my review on here, and is worth the time to download.  It is also broken down into easy to reference sections including devotional pieces, so if the reader wishes to skip these particular works, they may.

I would recommend this short collection to any who may have heard of Christina Rossetti but have not yet read her work, but for a more extensive collection would highly recommend downloading the version from Project Gutenberg.   Yes, some of the poems are a little difficult to understand; yes, there is a religious theme in most of her work and yes they can be highly emotional to read, however, what they are not is a waste of time.

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Love ~ Pratyushdayal

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Love

Short steps with long words,

deep sighs as we witness fondling birds.

Rustling of the park trees,

Is accompanied with chuckles in breeze.

The whole world transforms into a resting phase,

where nothing but love is the sole base.

Our hands in hands

remain warm in all distant lands.

My chubby cheeks glow red

as the every word is said.

Love in its deepest shade

Lingers between us too strongly to fade,

The hesitation hovers all in the atmosphere,

as we talk in love, caressing somewhere.

The glistening waters of the pond

seem to sparkle our bond.

The whispers and stares

Are the only attire our Love wears.

Time gallops in the best pace

as I gaze in the beloved’s beautiful face.

The tight embraces appear endless,

as our Love runs wild and tame less.

Seeing the sunset,

my eyes get wet.

The presence of passion

changes tones in the latest fashion.

The delight of the love pangs

darts my heart as it carelessly hangs.

The world cannot fathom the depth of the love oceans,

But can only see the glimpses or precise portions.

The ambiance Love creates

defeats the green of Nature God creates.

Pardon the rhyme,

as it is maybe as sour as lime.

But feel the emotions behind

the enamored words which I have somehow able to bind,

Love has numerous petals,

and is stronger than various metals.

The fragrance of Love

flies faster than a dove.

May it be any age or preference,

Love fights all without any difference.

A phenomenal and sensational feeling, it is

which is thus a bliss.

Abandon differences and enmities,

and love beyond all known infinities,

as there is nothing more powerful than Love.

pratyushdayal

Review: Piano from a 4th Storey Window ~ Jenny Morton

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Publisher ~ Grafton Way Fiction
No. Of Pages ~ 389 pages
Links ~ Amazon, Jenny Morton Potts

Lawrence Fyre and Marin Strang aren’t like other people.

He is the eccentric owner of failing Sargasso Books in the Brighton Lanes. She is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness and isolated Spanish teacher. If they live together in his illegal, beautiful, rope laddered lock-up; can their love overcome their losses?

4 Thumbs-UpI have to be honest and say I found it really hard to get into this book, and the first chapter for me was confusing in that I wasn’t sure as who was saying what to whom.  Once past this chapter though that all changed.

This Author writes her characters in a way that makes them real, as in the kind of person you probably meet during your everyday lives.  The characters lives are laid open to the reader and then reconstructed to show how lives, and the events of those lives come together to join and eventually result in a relationship.  The emotions and consequences of actions are beautifully and skilfully placed on the page that the reader cannot help but be pulled totally into the journey and complexities of human relationships.  These characters are not the usual one-dimensional figures that can be found in a book on this topic, they are deep, well-developed and, as I said at the beginning of this paragraph wholly believable.

This Author has a talent for descriptive writing that I have not seen in a long while.  They way in which they describe the most mundane of objects are incredible and leaves the reader looking at these items in a different way.  Location descriptions do not suffer either; set in Brighton the Author is able to transport the reader to the town, have them at the train station and actually walking the streets as they read.  Very well done, and such a treat to read on a cold winter evening.  I found the title most intriguing as well, it had me visualising pianos falling from windows, or music floating out of windows on a quiet Sunday depending my mood when I picked this up to read.

I would highly recommend this book, especially to those readers who like a deeply descriptive novel, and look forward to reading other works by this Author in the future.

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Review: A Knock on a Door ~ Christos Kallis

A knock on the doorISBN ~ 978-1849635806
Publisher ~Austin Macauley
No. Of Pages ~ 37 pages
Links ~ Amazon

A Knock on a Door is the debut collection of poetry from Christos Kallis. It demonstrates great flexibility of style, experimental touches and eccentric twists. The poems range from the abstract to the lyrical, from explorations of religion to love and the human condition.

4 Thumbs-UpReading poetry is one of those things that not many will take the time to do, and in not doing so those readers are missing out, in this case, on a collection of poems that will touch everyone in some way.

Unlike many collections which tend to wax lyrical about the beauty of love, life and nature this collection does none of those things.  It is extremely well written and aimed at disarming the reader and making them confront the emotions the poems evoke when read.  The poems themselves were easy to read, and if I happened to get lost in a poem a quick read back through the Authors notes would help set me back on track, and get into my groove again.

Although this is poetry, the poems themselves read like fiction.  They flowed, contained characters, had twists and turns and made me think; I mean really think.  The reason for my 4 thumbs review is that there just were not enough of these poems and, as I closed the book on the last one I felt at a loss as to what I should do; so I picked up the book and started reading it again.

This is short review, as I feel that to do the collection any justice at all the best thing I can say is that if you only read one book of poetry this year, make sure this is the one.  I highly recommend this book to everyone and will be eagerly awaiting the next collection this poet releases.

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Four Erotica New Releases: October 1st to the 15th, 2014.

Something a little different in new releases this month; in the past I’ve stuck with the ‘safe’ releases such as children’s books, YA fiction and historical novels, but I do realise that for some readers their guilty pleasure is erotica.  For those readers here are four new releases heading your way in October.

primal desireTitle ~ Primal Desire
Author ~ Axl Goode
ISBN ~ 978-1419991073
Publisher ~ Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc (1st October, 2014)
File Size ~ 334 KB
Print Length ~ 198 pages
Text-to-Speech ~ Enabled

Description – Financial consultant Brenley has always dated intelligent and stimulating guys who could keep up with her both mentally and in the bedroom. She’s the best in her field and she owes that to her keen insight and understanding of people. That’s why when she meets playboy actor Zane Anthony she knows instantly that he’s not worth her time. There’s more to Zane than meets the eye. He’s wealthy, intelligent and completely enthralled with the aloof blonde who seems to cut him down with her every glance. Fueled by a need he doesn’t quite understand, he’s determined to get over her walls and under the sexy suits she wears that drive him crazy. Brenley doesn’t know if she can trust Zane or the electric chemistry that sizzles between them. But when she finds herself in hot water with powerful enemies, she realizes he could be her only ally.

starlightTitle ~ By the Magic of Starlight
Author ~ Serena Gilley
ISBN ~ 978-1455584536
Publisher ~ Grand Central Publishing (7th October, 2014)

Description – Fairies Raea and Kyne are regretting their night of passion. What were they thinking? They try to promise it will never happen again, but of course they are totally hot for each other, and it takes every ounce of will-power they both have to keep their lust under control. If the Fairy Council finds out what they’ve done, they could be stripped of their magic and expelled from the Forbidden Realm forever.

Desperate to escape the council, they retreat to a cabin deep in the mountains. For now they are hidden, and safe from all the intrigue. Secluded in a haven of their own, passion takes over, and they at last are able to fully give in to their desire. They have no secrets from one another and know that whatever is to come, they will face it together.

homeboysTitle ~ Homeboys
Author ~ Shane Allison
ISBN ~ 978-1627780674
Publisher ~ Cleis Press (14th October, 2014)

Description – Shane Allison is more daring than any other gay writer today, and he pushes the boundaries further than anyone else. In Homeboys we ride shotgun with the wild and fancy-free outlaws of the streets. What happens when two horny members from LA’s notorious Crips and Bloods are involved in a secret love affair? Or when a few members of the Greasers and the Socs meet for hot group sex in an abandoned freight train? Feel what it’s like to keep it on the DL with Del, Norteños-style, and read all about how to get hazed by Asian Boyz. This bold and so-bad-it’s-good book explores the erotic lives of thugs, drug runners, mischievous miscreants, dirty cops, prison gang bangers, and warriors of the wild.

As 2Pac says, it’s all about “Snatchin’ hearts and jackin’ marks.”

darkerTitle ~ Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance
Author ~ Mitzi Szereto
ISBN ~ 978-1940550008
Publisher ~ Tempted Romance (14th October, 2014)

Description – Love, passion and sex…it’s all here in Darker Edge of Desire.

Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. In Darker Edge of Desire, Mitzi Szereto takes the sexualized Gothic and ratchets it up a few notches into the danger zone, opening the door into the darker side of lust and love that only the courageous dare to venture through. Venturing even further into the world of mystery and romance than she did in the critically acclaimed Red Velvet and Absinthe, Szereto creates an atmosphere with a distinct Gothic flavor where we explore our more forbidden desires. In these tales, love and lust (and kink!) know no boundaries, and all nature of beings—from vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts, succubae—abound.

Tread carefully, danger and desire lie ahead!

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Make the Ordinary Come Alive ~ William Martin

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Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

William Martin

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