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ManuScrita: Poems on Life, Love, & the Nature of Reality by Michael Teichberg

Embark on a transformative journey of introspection and wonder with "ManuScrita," a captivating award-winning poetry collection two decades in the making. Inspired by undergraduate studies in philosophy, comparative religion, Judaic studies, astronomy, and metaphysics, as well as encounters with eclectic music, movies, and conversations with strangers and friends, this collection offers a lifelong odyssey for reflection. Featuring poems composed during the Poet-in-Decadence Writer's Residence for O, Miami Poetry Month in 2016, alongside experimental formats, short free-form essays, and stream-of-consciousness exercises, "ManuScrita" offers an immersive experience that invites readers to delve into the depths of their own consciousness. Prepare to be transported, challenged, and moved by this debut publication, which celebrates life, love, and the nature of reality through a mystic's lens.

Alphapoetica: A Poetry Primer for the Everyday Poet by Kate McCarroll Moore

Artifacts, birds, ghosts, rocks, and rain. These are some of the everyday poetry sparks found inside this very different kind of poetry book. Part memoir, part guide, part manual, all heart - this is a collection that invites and inspires. From the first poetic awakenings as a child to the daily rhythms of a working poet, Kate McCarroll Moore's collection is a how-to chronicle for turning ordinary observations and experiences into poetry. Following an introduction that lays out the book's structure, poems are arranged both alphabetically and thematically. Each poem is introduced by the circumstance that inspired its creation, followed by an invitation to the reader to craft a poem of their own. This book will inspire readers of all ages to pick up a pen and begin.

Words Like Promises by Susanne Schmidt

Dark poetry from European suburbia, Words Like Promises explores the discrepancy between what we wish we had, what we perceive as should be, and the reality in which we sometimes find ourselves. It searches for answers for a better future in a world that perhaps no longer cares.

Affirmations For Entrepreneurs: Daily Mantras For Life, Love, and Liberty by Gafar Olawale Liameed

Affirmations for Entrepreneurs presents engaging principles for those who seek faith and enthusiasm in the pursuit of dreams and ambition. The journey of entrepreneurship is full of constant challenges and opportunities, but with daily mantras to boost your concentration and positivity, you'll have the tools you need to overcome obstacles and achieve success. Start each day with the positivity and focus you need to achieve your goals with Affirmations For Entrepreneurs.

Poetry for the Blind by Atmos

How often do we reflect on the life we are living or the kind of future we are heading towards as a species? The way that we think of the world shapes the world that we live in and how we interact with it. Poetry for the Blind is a collection of poems about issues in the world, philosophy, consciousness, raising awareness of gratitude, promoting positive change, and concerns for the future of humanity. Through poetry, this book offers readers a way to explore the human condition through the eyes of the author and reflect on issues affecting the collective consciousness residing in human lives on a mass scale. Through turmoil and devastating circumstances, Poetry for the Blind progresses towards a sense of possibility and hope for a positive futureā€”a future that we can still have. We have the power to change the world but we have to start with ourselves first.

Coffee, Alcohol, and Heartbreak: A Poetry Collection by Tyler Wittkofsky

Coffee, Alcohol, and Heartbreak is Tyler Wittkofsky's debut poetry collection. Spanning a four year period, Tyler wrote these poems in his darkest of times as an escape from reality. From happiness to darkness, these poems range the emotional spectrum connecting those with their inner self.

Of Swans and Stars by E.M. McConnell

Of Swans and Stars is a collection of poems based around four themes; being hopeful, being hopeless, love, then myth and magic. They are at times angsty or raw, they are sometimes angry and dark, or even whimsical. There are probably too many poems about dragons and of course plenty of poems about love.

A Particle of You: Love Poetry by Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis

In this new collection from well-established authors Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis, enjoy a series of love poems delicately crafted to stimulate emotional and endearing aspects of our deep connections with each other. Cendrine and David have selected poems for this volume that perfectly capture feelings and nuances relating to romantic notions. They explore how love can fundamentally shape and change you, how it can feed your innermost muses/desires and ultimately how it can define you as a person, if you fully embrace it with every fibre of your being. Love need not be scary or complicated. This collection shows us that even the simplest of intimate gestures can mean more to us when speaking from the heart and soul.

Allison by Marisa Silva-Dunbar

Allison is an important take on the actions of Allison Mack and her experience with Keith Raniereā€™s NXIVM. This collection spotlights the gaslighting and trauma responses in a way that gives insight into the phenomenon of the cult mindset and how it victimizes its participants. Itā€™s beautifully written, and Silva-Dunbar has made something unique with the addition of the remixed blog entries.

Querencia Summer 2022 by Querencia Press

Querencia Press's first anthology features 66 contributors of Poetry, Fiction, & Non-fiction work. Themes of the collection vary widely and the editor would like to include content warnings for self-harm, addiction, grief, domestic violence, religious trauma, sexual trauma, gender dysphoria and politics, as well as some blood and body horror. Edited by Emily Perkovich

Ope' by Yulu Ewis

"In 'Ope (More), Yulu Ewis opens the world of oral tradition-the same, timeless, pre-Columbian world of our Indigenous ancestors that is still present, but unseen by most-to all of her readers. Grounded in the language and world views of her Miwok and Pomo ancestors, Ewis definitely gives us 'more' as it grapples with cultural perseverance, along with the 'sovereignty' and 'civil rights' the US has 'given' to her people in the aftermath of its genocidal and assimilative tactics that attempted to destroy them." Dr. Kimberly G. Wieser, Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, author of Get Horses and Back to the Blanket

Lost in a Quatrain by Adiela Akoo

First Poetry Runner-Up in the SAIP Awards 2021, Lost in a Quatrain by Adiela Akoo is a very relatable, inspiring and thought-provoking read on a journey to becoming, a journey of hope and healing. Written over an 18-year period, Lost in a Quatrain is a select collection of deep, must-read, soul-stirring poetry with each poem telling a story that pieces together the puzzle of this crazy, not always romantic, experience we call life. Ask your local bookstore/library to order your copy by stating ISBN: 978 0 620 803663 3

Cerebral Fossil by Shaye Baker

A fossil is any trace or remains of any once-living thing. This collection reflects desperation. Its tone is set by the unshakeable bond between an international musician who died in a car crash and the aftermath experienced by his little brother. The author kept a journal and, using his love of writing and poetry, created this moving collection. Keep this fossil for centuries to come.

Sticks and Stones: Full Story Edition by Chelsea DeVries

In Sticks and Stones, DeVries paints a poetic picture of rising above toxicity, love found and love lost, and delves into what it means to find strength in the human spirit. Through poetry, the reader finds a voice of strength and the rebuilding of one's heart a home with all the sticks and stones thrown upon it. Newly expanded with more full color photos, 41 new poems, and a rewrite of Drowning in An Ocean of No Tomorrows, DeVries shows a full poetic picture of turning pain into poetry in order so you can rise above whatever is pulling you under.

Italian Bones in the Snow by Elaina Batista-Parsons

Indie Recs Indie

Italian women don't always speak with their hands and cook with cheese. They use their eyes, legs, and fresh parsley too. They race around the kitchen, work a bunch of tasks at once, and get up after being knocked down. Then thereā€™s the penchant for silent energies, colors, and music of all genres being played through large living room speakers in 1984. But growing up as an Italian-American girl is not always baked ziti and the loud yelling dramatized on the big screen. In Italian Bones in the Snow, Elaina Battista-Parsons shines light on a palpable spirituality, a quiet adoration of nature, and a habit of speaking upā€”particularly when itā€™s modeled and deemed a survival skill. She explores the people and places in her life that stuck to her soul like candle wax. She celebrates pop culture, cemeteries, her boots, and 1980s nostalgia. Switching between prose and verse, she offers up real life stories about her relationship with Catholicism, winter weather, mental health, and men throughout her life. Lyrical, poignant, and raw, these memoir shorts are all adorned in the unstoppable forces of nature called grandmothers, mother, and aunts. By the time you turn the last page, not only will you know Elaina better, but you'll also know yourself.

Love Is a Mental Illness by Franco Cardiello

A therapist analyzes his toxic relationships. True stories explore mental health, abuse, breakups, and death. Narrative poems tell a linear story that reads like a novella. Cathartic writing is an honest attempt to heal and grow. This intimate collection is full of blunt and passionate self-reflection. Confessional poetry infused with psychology will educate and resonate.

Iep Jāltok by Kathy JetƱil-Kijiner

As the seas rise, the fight intensifies to save the Pacific Oceanā€™s Marshall Islands from being devoured by the waters around them. At the same time, activists are raising their poetic voices against decades of colonialism, environmental destruction, and social injustice. Marshallese poet and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijinerā€™s writing highlights the traumas of colonialism, racism, forced migration, the legacy of American nuclear testing, and the impending threats of climate change. Bearing witness at the front lines of various activist movements inspires her work and has propelled her poetry onto international stages, where she has performed in front of audiences ranging from elementary school students to more than a hundred world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit. The poet connects us to Marshallese daily life and tradition, likening her poetry to a basket and its essential materials. Her cultural roots and her family provides the thick fiber, the structure of the basket. Her diasporic upbringing is the material which wraps around the fiber, an essential layer to the structure of her experiences. And her passion for justice and change, the passion which brings her to the front lines of activist movementsā€”is the stitching that binds these two experiences together. Iep Jāltok will make history as the first published book of poetry written by a Marshallese author, and it ushers in an important new voice for justice.

The Muse by Amy Ellis

In Georgian London, Elizabeth spends her precious free time painting watercolour flowers at the kitchen table. Art is not only an escape from the monotony of chores but a way to find a suitable husband who can give her security and a stable future. That was all she ever wanted until she met John, a talented painter with connections and patrons, who offered to take her on as a student and model for his new works. Being given the freedom to paint what she likes, Elizabeth is quickly seduced by Johnā€™s world: art, beautiful women, wealthy patrons, and the opportunity to earn her own money by becoming Londonā€™s premiere erotic portrait artist. But her newfound freedom comes at a cost and when her business is picked up in Londonā€™s scandal papers, thereā€™s no way to go back to the stable life she once craved. This novel-in-verse is a scandalous and seductive love story of a young woman thrust into the indulgent world of art, sex, and money.

Of That Which Makes Glass by Ayo Tijani

Of That Which Makes Glass is Ayo Tijani's debut collection of poetry. In this 38 poem collection you will find honesty, humour, anger, fragility and strength. Exploring themes of friendship, identity and healing the collection is nostalgic and evocative. Reflections on society are also prominent in this debut. Succinctly written and split into four sections this collection intricately describes the human condition.

Golden Threads: Collection of Poetry by Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

The fifth collection of poetry in which I have incorporated my thoughts, about life, the world, sorrow, love, and dreams.

Scarlet Shadows by Scylla Grand

Scarlet Shadows is a chapbook of meticulously polished poetry describing a journey: from ignorance and pain to insight and hope. The poems use a combination of rhyme, meter, alliteration, assonance, and other literary techniques.

There was Histrionic Laughter at the Clown's Cadaver by N. Alexsander Sidirov

Oscillating between lyrical poetry, dramatic, confessional, and abstract the only thing that seems consistent is the amount of surprise experienced every page. Calling this book a modern poetry collection feels somewhat of a misnomer considering the novel and avant-garde imagery, its ominous and often omnipresent eye, and ultimately the transcendental climax that is difficult to compare to other works in the genre. Each poem in this book has a specific place along an emotional odyssey that blisters with novelty and an almost lynchian flare for the surreal and absurd. Whether you ultimately enjoy his words you will decide, but one certainly can never forget them. This is the matter that dreams are made of...

The Gift Of Life II: Darkness Follows by Sean Stevens

Following up to the Gift Of Life - Peaks with Valleys. This collection resumes life's challenges as darkness always follows light. The balance of all life is at hand. Journey with the writer to a place we call home. At every corner we see the shadows of the past. What will it reveal to you?

The Pink Jackalope by Luna Dunn

Indie Recs Indie

ā€œToday I sang my own song, and the words that echoed back were not your own.ā€ Luna Dunnā€™s poetry debut is comprised of 51 poems perfect for those struggling to understand the grief of loss. Lulling the reader into a soft lullaby that is a roller coaster of emotion, the reader is pulled into a story that spans nearly a decade of complicated relationships bordered by the constant pressure surrounding mental illness and all that comes with it.

Say My Name by Lune

We were barely adults and only two years into our marriage when we took him as a lover. That sun-bleached surfer that I barely tolerated and you adored. How long did we spend together? A year? Not even. Our world together was only briefly permitted. Yet the nights and days the three of us shared seem a thousand times clearer upon reflection than any other memory from that time. Now I find myself asking, why? What may seem like a question easily answered, never is. There was nothing simple about our relationship with our lover, but he was not our demise, nor the highlight of our marriage. He was just a fragment of a greater broken mirror. So, why then, do I see him reflected in so many shards of us? Written in narrative poetry, Say My Name is a breathtaking true story of polyamorous love, marriage, and abuse.

Shards by Fariha Khayyam

WriteHive Book Club

This girl, is shattered and broken. Yet, she fights back to rise and reform. This is Her journeyā€¦ Her Shardsā€¦ SHARDS is a modern-poetry collection. It is about the journey of a girl as she struggles to come to terms with what she has endured. It is divided into four sections, where each section covers a major aspect of her journey. And how she gains the courage to stand up and give herself second chance at life and people. It explores various topics such as: solitude, abuse, racism, suicide, grief, and negativity

Brave by Jenise Michele

WriteHive Book Club

Jenise is one of the most talented poets WriteHive has ever had the pleasure to work with. She was the host of the Poetry Reading Open Mic Night during WriteHive 2020, where her readings -- right from this very book -- moved many of us to tears. Emotional, jaw-dropping, and immensely powerful, you absolutely want to check out this diverse collection of poetry from an absolutely amazing poet.

tide tables and tea with god by Cassondra Windwalker

What makes a person when the mind slips away? How do we retain our identity when our words, our thoughts, our desires go to war with us? Set against the unique backdrop of the Alaskan coast, its cultures and calendars, TIDE TABLES AND TEA WITH GOD explores how the issues of dementia and depression, mental illness and death, interact at the intersection of the carnal and the divine in each of us. This collection of poetry and black-and-white photography is a powerful representation of the sublime in the small, a navigation through the rocky landscape of human existence to the vantage points that will bring us face-to-face with ourselves, and ultimately, with one another.

The Almost-Children by Cassondra Windwalker

A haunting exploration of the manifestations of loss and the mysterious alterations of absence, The Almost-Children reminds us that just as every life has a unique impact on this world, so too does every departure.

Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography by Cendrine Marrouat, David Ellis, Hadiya Ali

The medium of limitless possibilities that is photography has been with us for almost 200 years. Despite its great advancements, its early days still influence and dazzle a majority of professional photographers and artists. Such is the case of Cendrine Marrouat, Hadiya Ali and David Ellis, three members of the PoArtMo Collective. The result? "Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography." This unique collection of artistic styles brings together different innovative concepts of both gripping writing and stunning visual imagery. In the first part of the book, photographer and painter Ali introduces us to two of her favorite photographers by reimagining and recreating images in the nature of her photographic idols ā€” Irving Penn and Karl Blossfeldt. In the second part, photographer, poet, and author Marrouat shares a selection of her reminigrams, a digital style that she personally created to honor and pay homage to the early days of photography. Author and poet Ellis rounds things off with a series of pareiku poems (the poetry form he co-created with Marrouat), offering fresh outlooks for his sincere, heartfelt adoration of photography of the past. A fascinating and compelling book, "Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography" will leave you with a deep sense of appreciation and a greater understanding of photography. PoArtMo Collective is a gathering of inspirational artists, writers and photographers that combine their talents to produce positive, mixed media projects that stimulate the minds of the people who delve into them.

Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku by Cendrine Marrouat, David Ellis

Welcome to a very special collection of positive poetry that embraces elements of nature, romantic ideals, and inspirational vibes. "Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku" showcases two unique, brand-new poetry forms created by Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis, the co-founders of Auroras & Blossoms, a platform celebrating positivity and inspiration in art. By taking elements of found poetry and Japanese poetry forms, Cendrine and David have developed a style of poetry known as the Kindku. The collection also features a selection of gorgeous images and poems from Cendrineā€™s own visual poetry form -- the Sixku. Enjoy a divine series of poems inspired by a variety of well-known poets including Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Emma Lazarus, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, William Butler Yeats, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Maya Angelou, Sara Teasdale, Pablo Neruda and many others. Learn how to write your very own Kindku and Sixku by reading this book and when you are done, consider submitting them to Auroras & Blossoms for publication.

Fragments of a shattered mind by Jae Vel

Fragments of Shattered Mindā€ is a collection of poems about the authorā€™s personal journey with depression, PTSD, and anxiety. On her darkest days she felt as if she were at the bottom of a long forgotten well unable to climb out. Writing became a therapeutic way to express her thoughts when she felt she had no voice to speak.

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