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From the Yellow House and On

From the Yellow House and On by Sojourner Davidson

From The Yellow House And On is a memoir through poetry. The poems of this collection create a camera-like image of the writer's childhood and adolescence in Ohio. Topics of abuse, love, disability, race, gender, and sexuality are meditated upon from the adult child's perspective. The poet connects these topics by interweaving themes of love, longing, and acceptance. Ultimately, From The Yellow House And On is about moving forward after trauma, accepting what's broken, and appreciating the tender moments. A poetry collection for readers of Rio Cortez and Fatimah Asghar.

you are also a rock (and a frog)

you are also a rock (and a frog) by Astarion B. Wilde

you are also a rock (and a frog) is all about finding the Light from having lived inside the Dark for far too long. Understanding we are all connected as we share the same breath and the stars in the sky. Healing from the deepest wounds allows you to open your eyes and see the world in its true beauty. Readers will follow Wilde's journey of grief and growth to love and compassion for themselves and the world they share.

Descent to the Roses of a Family: A Poet's Journey Into Antiracism and Personal Social Healing

Descent to the Roses of a Family: A Poet's Journey Into Antiracism and Personal Social Healing by Judy Grahn

For those courageous enough to explore how family dynamics create and imprint the structures of white supremacy in each of us, Judy Grahn, an iconic voice of the GLBTQ and Women's movements, has used her masterful poem, "Descent to the Roses of a Family," to expose and closely examine her own family's roses (and thorns) of toxic racism and white supremacy. Grahn uses rich back-stories and mythology to guide us in the process of understanding and healing the split psyche that white supremacy causes and requires. "Descent to the Roses of a Family" is especially valuable for getting past endless intellectualizing about one of our most serious and tenacious social problems. Grahn demands more of us; she insists that we understand emotionally and poetically, as well as intellectually, the heart of white supremacy in the family and its consequences when taken unexamined into the larger world. She leads us out of the fog of denial. Recommended for teachers of antiracism, using literature, sociology, and mythology; also for group discussions and individuals wanting to heal themselves and future generations by finding a better way.

Vigil: Notes from a Hospice Life

Vigil: Notes from a Hospice Life by A.J. Land

In Notes from a Hospice Life, A.J. Land reflects upon her work as a hospice social worker, caring for people who are ill and dying. This is the type of daily work that fosters endless introspection and floods of emotions. Poetry is the form that allows these very human realities to find voice and shape. At once personal and poignant, Vigil recognizes the universal nature of death and loss; A.J. Land hopes to provide words of comfort for others at the time they just might need to hear them.

Death by Sugar

Death by Sugar by E.M. McConnell

Death By Sugar is a collection of horror poetry. They seek to look at what truly frightens or horrifies us, be that supernatural, psychological or gothic horror. What looks back at us when we look in the mirror? What would happen if your loved ones came back? What does the murderer think as they craft their masterpiece? What if the most unassuming, non dangerous items in our lives are secretly sentient, angry, and hateful? Death By Sugar shows us all the ways we can die. But at least we won't starve.

The Crow's Quill - Dark Epistolaries

The Crow's Quill - Dark Epistolaries by Edited By Damon Barret Roe

1. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Tyler Battaglia 2. MICE IN THE WALLS Kay Hanifen 3. THE HUSK Jared Schmitz 4. THE ARCHIVES ASSISTANT S.C. Williams Poetry by Susan L. Lin & Carla Sarett


MOUTHFEEL FICTION 1 by Edited by Taliesin Neith

Welcome to the inaugrual issue of MOUTHFEEL FICTION, a feast for the horrible and horrendous. Within these pages you will find short stories and poetry from 30 different authors, all ready to disgust and delight, arousal and afear you - they are ready to break your heart and turn your stomach. Issue 1 features work by: JULIAN RENAUD // BITTER KARELLA // AMI J. SANGHVI // BRIAR RIPLEY PAGE // WEST AMBROSE // S.T. // OLIVE BURNS // LOR GISLASON // CALEB BETHEA // REGAN GRAY // SAMIR SIRK MORATÓ // SAM LOGAN // TANG SUMI // SAPPHIRE LAZULI // LAVERN SPENCER MCCARTHY // DJP // CASSANDRA DAUCUS // TYLER BATTAGLIA // AJ CASTLE // NM WHITLEY // JOSEPH BOUTHIETTE JR. // RAIN CORBYN // MOUSE LARISHEVA // KURT NEWTON // J.R. SANTOS // STANLEY B. WEBB // BDYER // ANN LEBLANC // SHAUN HATHAWAY // VIOLA BOLEMAN MY LOVE AND THANKS TO THEM. AND TO YOU, DEAR READER.

The Summer Gothic

The Summer Gothic by Edited by K.M. Miller

K.M. Miller (Editor), Tyler Battaglia, B.A. O'Connell, Laura Marie Bailey, Venus Parkes, Quinton Li, Enda Mulholland, Abby Moeller, Lucia Larsen, FreydĂ­s Moon, Cas Trudeau, Lotte van der Krol, Alba Sarria, Billy Don Loper, Angela Sun, Dean Shepherd, Corey Bryan, Cinnamone Winchester, SebastiĂĄn Ungco (Illustrator), Chrys Marr The Summer Gothic is a collection of works that make up Panorame Press' first anthological edition, highlighting the spooky, lonely, and sweltering parts of the summertime. We asked indie, young, and debuting authors in the modern writing community to give us their grim looks into the season of summer, through hot days, lonely lighthouses, racing Mississippi nights, and soft whispering in humid forests. Panorame Press strives to give our authors and artists a place to share their works and build their portfolios free of submission costs, strict guidelines about what's considered marketable media, and other modern publishing barriers.

Birthing Orion

Birthing Orion by Dax Murray

Kraken Collective

Too fondly have I loved these stars; all these galaxies we once called ours. A beautiful love story in verse. The relationship between two goddesses is tempestuous at best. Seya is the embodiment of a galactic creation and Tia of cosmic destruction. They create and they destroy and then they do it all over again. Seya and Tia use their divine magic to make pulsars and nebula, to set planets spinning around stars and bind a galaxy together with a central black hole. But when one of Seya's favorite stars goes missing, she blames Tia. What was once a symbiotic cycle of life and death becomes a game of broken hearts and promises betrayed. These tensions and insecurities are explored in sonnets and villanelles; the arc of their love tracked in meter and verse. These poems touch on queer love, betrayal, trust, acceptance, and forgiveness cast against a backdrop of stardust and celestial detritus.

A Harmony of Water and Weald

A Harmony of Water and Weald by Dove Cooper

Kraken Collective

She warned of the pain. She did. But no warning can prepare you. Nothing can. Maris has always been intrigued by humans, whether new among them or having lived with them for a year, her curiosity remains. A Harmony of Water and Weald is a collection exploring some of Maris’s darker moments as she learns what it means to be human and a glimpse at what her life and family is like after the Sea Witch’s deadline has passed. Though her desire to learn about humanity is insatiable, her new life isn’t all sweetness and love. She’s abandoned her sisters to live among a people she doesn’t understand, walking on feet like she was never meant to. Sometimes her life is homesickness, sometimes frustration, often confusion. Always, though, it is wonder and fierce delight at life. A Harmony of Water and Weald is a companion to Sea Foam and Silence and contains pieces set both during and after events in that verse novel.

Sea Foam and Silence

Sea Foam and Silence by Dove Cooper

Kraken Collective

She warned of the pain. She did. But no warning can prepare you. Nothing can. Long, long ago, a little mermaid became intrigued by the way tall-crabs don’t act at all like the prey she’s more comfortable chasing. Her quest to understand will take her places she had never dreamed possible—onto land and beyond the endless cold. But quests always come with a price and hers is no exception. If she cannot find love within a year, she’ll become sea foam. With only a month left and no closer to understanding ‘love’ at all, what is Maris to do? Tall-crabs—humans—are confusing and contradictory and love comes in so many forms, how can she ever know which one is right to win her life amidst friends and family on land? Fantastical worldbuilding meets verse novels in this queerplatonic retelling of The Little Mermaid, the first story in a series of queer fairytale retellings.

Only You

Only You by Mia Sanchez

“But I want to write poetry Describing her beautiful soul So the world can fall for her As easily I had done for years.” Only You is a poetry collection about unrequited love, expressing my love for someone for whom no words will be enough to explain. It has poems about the magical moments of falling in love with her and the unavoidable suffering. Poems I wrote to make the world understand her beauty and everything that made her perfect in my eyes. I hope these poems show that love can be pleasantly exquisite - even when it sometimes inflicts immense pain. Some poems showcase a perfect love story, while others show the pain often hidden beneath the happiness. They are all about love. Not the perfect kind of love, but the one that is real.

Enkidu Is Dead and Not Dead / Enkidu estĂĄ muerto y no lo estĂĄ: An Origin Myth of Grief / Un mito de origen de la pesadumbre

Enkidu Is Dead and Not Dead / Enkidu estĂĄ muerto y no lo estĂĄ: An Origin Myth of Grief / Un mito de origen de la pesadumbre by Tucker Lieberman

In this bilingual collection of poems, inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh, the king grieves the disappearance of his wild friend Enkidu. Each poem appears in English and Spanish, translated by the author. When you are not talking to me, I conjure you. When I lose my way between campfires, you are with me. When my body wastes away, you are in me. When I want to be somewhere else, you stalk me. A finalist in the 2020 Grayson Books Poetry Contest. En esta colecciĂłn bilingĂŒe de poemas, inspirada en la Epopeya de Gilgamesh, el rey llora la partida de Enkidu, su amigo bravĂ­o. Cada poema aparece en inglĂ©s y español, traducido por el autor. Cuando no hablas conmigo, te conjuro. Cuando pierdo el camino entre las hogueras, estĂĄs conmigo. Cuando mi cuerpo se desgasta, estĂĄs dentro de mĂ­. Cuando quiero estar en otro lado, me acechas. Finalista del concurso de poesĂ­a de Grayson Books en 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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 future—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

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

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

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 Raniere’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. It’s beautifully written, and Silva-Dunbar has made something unique with the addition of the remixed blog entries.

Querencia Summer 2022

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

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

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

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

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 there’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 up—particularly when it’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

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

Iep Jāltok by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

As the seas rise, the fight intensifies to save the Pacific Ocean’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-Kijiner’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 movements—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

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 John’s world: art, beautiful women, wealthy patrons, and the opportunity to earn her own money by becoming London’s premiere erotic portrait artist. But her newfound freedom comes at a cost and when her business is picked up in London’s scandal papers, there’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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pink Jackalope by Luna Dunn

Indie Recs Indie

“Today I sang my own song, and the words that echoed back were not your own.” Luna Dunn’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

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 journey
 Her Shards
 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

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

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

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 — 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

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 Cendrine’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

Fragments of a shattered mind by Jae Vel

Fragments of Shattered Mind” is a collection of poems about the author’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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