Book Review. Summoning. Jeanne Shannon. 

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Jeanne Shannon grew up on Southwest Virginia, what some call “the heart of the Appalachian South,” and that region still provides inspiration for her creative work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education (majors in music and French) at Radford University (Radford College, it was then, 1956), and a master’s degree in English/Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico in 1983. Her poetry, memoir pieces and short fiction have appeared in numerous small-press and university publications. She has published four full-length collections of her work and several chapbooks. When she retired from a career as a technical writer in 2000, she started a home-based business–a book-publishing enterprise called The Wildflower Press–in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her favorite authors include Southern fiction writer Lee Smith, poets Charles Wright, C.D. Wright, and Ronald Johnson, and novelists Virginia Woolf and Eudora Welty. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies are among her favorite novels. She also likes to read books on quantum physics and spirituality, and to explore how those two fields are related.

A gorgeous collection of poetry written by Jeanne Shannon. Summoning really shows us how beautiful our world is through lovely imagery and metaphors. The writing is so light it is almost as if it doesn’t touch us at all.

The poems are written lyrically, with words liberally scattered over the pages. Each poem captures the small movements of flowers, light, & the months of summer & winter. 

Summoning, in some aspects, takes us back to the past. There are tender moments too, such as in poem First Day of Spring and follow up poem If I had a Daughter. I loved the Van Gogh inspired poems too.

I feel blessed to have been gifted a copy of Summoning. It is perfect summer reading. Five out of five stars. 

Oh summer 

Sweet

Summer that

Ebbs away

Another



Autumn

In the night world

Of owls and foxes


The cool stars come out


And the moon

Is a white rose


Floating 

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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT. LINDA M. CRATE, author of THE MAGIC SERIES.

When did I start writing? 

When I was a child, naturally. I have always loved and been drawn to stories and words. I love the way they sound on the tongue, how they can create images in the mind, and how they unravel different things depending on intonation and voice not to mention the order they’re written in.

Authors have always fascinated me with their magic and I remember writing very early on in my life. With the encouragement of my teachers I continued to write, but the moment I turned thirteen writing became an inescapable magic that I had to call my own for it had claimed me as writing often does claim their lyrical plot masters.

What genres do I write and what influences my writing?

 
I write about many things. Some fantasy and some real, and the best I believe have characteristics and combinations of both. I write about personal experiences, relatives, my life as a child and now, bullies, social issues, stories I’ve heard on the news that cause me ire or horror, relationships, friendships, life, death, horror stories and poetry, and a great many of different things including essays and novels.
As for influences it can be anything and is everything really: the news, music, the weather, my personal experiences, social issues, gender studies/issues, my emotions, other writers, my disagreement with another artists opinion, etc. 

What are the themes in my writing? 

I have many themes and it depends on the nature of the beast. Poems and short stories are more concise and so my plot has to be both simple and complex in a short amount of time.
I write about universal truths, morality, social justice, love and the absence of such, relationships, how nothing in life is ever as it seems and can change in the blink of an eye, how one must be careful what they wish for, etc.

Where do I write?

 Anywhere and everywhere. I sometimes come up with great ideas when I am not at home so I generally take notes on my ipod or my computer when they’re with me, and if not I try to have a notebook so I can write down ideas because generally a turn of phrase I really like will get stuck in my head and I just with it and the rest unravels from there. 

What is next for my writing? 

I am constantly hoping to improve, of course. Striving to stay relatable whilst perfecting my craft and reinventing myself in new and unexpected ways.
I am honestly always working on something so expect more poems, short stories, articles, essays, reviews, and the like. I am hoping to get more chapbooks out in the poetry market, more fantasy novels out there, and I would even love to write a screenplay.
I don’t hold a glass orb that can tell me the future, but all I’m hoping for is to be successful at the thing I love most and that’s writing. If I can help and heal people with my words no matter where they’re published then I’m doing something right. 

My interests? 

In addition to writing I’m very interested in mythology, the fantasy genre, vampires, dreams and their relevance in an individuals life, anime, the ocean, mermaids, sirens, witches, harpies, unicorns, pegasi, werewolves, poetry, books, flowers, nature, etc. 

My hobbies? 

In addition to writing there’s swimming, nature walks, singing, dancing, watching crime shows and anime, reading comic books and manga, reading, etc.

My passions? 

In addition to writing I really have a passion for acting (which I haven’t done in far too long), singing, helping others, music, photography, etc. 

My country of residence? 

The United States of America

Favorite writers/artists

I know that I won’t be able to list all of them, and I apologize in advance because there are so many talented people in the world.
These, however, are some of my most favorites: Adrienne Rich, Edgar Allan Poe, J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, Anne Rice, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Christopher Paolini, James Walters (my dearly departed beloved uncle was a beautiful artist), Joel Tesch, Laura Slade, Jen Beaudet, Amy Brown, Gabriel Picolo, Sorah Suhng, Kelly McKernan, Ash Evans, Dustin Bailard, Renee Lavoie, Sunbow Pendragon, Jacqui Hawk, Sarah Travis, N.C. Winters, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Carla Morrow, Janna Prosvirina, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jodi Piccoult, Emily Dickinson, L.F.A. Turppa, Megan Benjamin Adams, etc. 

Previous Publications: These are too numerous to name as I have many short stories and poems in anthologies and magazines both online and in print.

I have three chapbooks online free of charge: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications).

I also have four novels published through Ravenswood Publishing through their imprint Chimera: Blood & Magic, Dragons & Magic, Centaurs & Magic, and Corvids & Magic.

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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT. Writer NICK TRANDAHL, author of PULLING WORDS. 

My name is Nicholas Trandahl, and I’m a writer living in Wyoming. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. These days I pretty much stick to writing poetry, pulling inspiration from nature, my past, my travels and adventures, and of course my wife/muse. My poetry is reflective and quiet, somewhat observational; I like to set a scene and bring a reader along with me with a poem. I write poetry everywhere-out camping, on a trail, on a beach, in a car, in my bed. But when I get ready to type up the follow-up drafts, it’s at my antique writing desk at home. For the foreseeable future, I’ll continue to write poetry and publish it through my amazing publisher, Winter Goose Publishing. I’ve also published novels and short stories in the past, so we’ll see if I’ll publish more in my future.

I’m an outdoorsman that is always seeking to escape into the wild via camping, hiking out into the wilderness, or fly fishing. I also love to travel and use my travels as a major source of inspiration for my writing. I love to see new places and experience new things. My passions are my wife Brittany (she really ignited my passion for writing), my daughters Lily and Holly, and my unborn daughter due in September. Her name is Story.

I also, of course, love to read and draw my largest influences from Ernest Hemingway, Jim Harrison, Raymond Carver, Mary Oliver, and Gary Snyder.

My fiction and poetry has appeared in several anthologies. Through Swyers Publishing, I’ve published fantasy fiction (The Azure Wizard, 2012), poetry (Lost Yellow, 2013), literary fiction (Clark’s Turning Leaf, 2014; An Uncomfortable Life, 2014), and short stories (Cocktails & Other Stories, 2015).

With my new publisher, Winter Goose Publishing, I’ve published a poetry collection this year, Pulling Words. I’m confident that the poems in Pulling Words are my best writing to date. I’m so happy with the response so far to this collection of poems. My next poetry collection for Winter Goose Publishing is currently in its fourth draft and is tentatively titled Think of Me.

BED AND BREAKFAST



A house spider

skirts the wall of the room.


It belongs here.


It is an islander.


Later, walking alone

down towards the harbor,

I pass tourists.

I look down at my oxfords

as I walk.

I gaze at houses

with feigned nonchalance.


In my sweater,

my hair tousled by wind

that streaks up the hill

from the azure sea,

I pretend that I too

am an islander—

like the spider at the inn.


I don’t take photos.

I buy a bag of groceries,

and walk back

to the room.



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Spotlight Stop. Pen Scratching Poets. Marilyn B. Wassmann. 

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Genre Poetry

Publisher Author House

Published November 1 2016

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About the Author

Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann was born in a leap year. 
She earned four degrees: two in Art History, one in Library Science, and one in Studio Art. 
In 2011, she retired from her work as an art cataloger at the Library of Congress. 
Marilyn and her husband, Paul, authored the children’s book, What the Wind Blew In. They live in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Book Review. The Little Black Book of Verse. Deleonora Abel. 

Genre Poetry

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Visceral, and mildly erotic, collection of poetry that is experimental, particularly in poem Offering, and has some dialogue. Alongside the poetry is longer pieces of writing, and photographs. Certainly a book for the senses, with tender feelings, and fruits. The opening poem Mango 

Parting the exquisite flesh

as juices moisten her fingers

If you hadn’t read the title of that poem first, you might have done a double take. 

Diaspora is a great poem about a moment in time. 

Book Review. Poems from a Family Man. John Marshall. 

Genre : Poetry 

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Scottish writer John Marshall has an engaging writing voice. The poems in this collection rhyme. 

I like that the book has an introduction, and we learn about John Marshall’s likes, pets, family, and writing history. I also like the poetry. John Marshall writes about nature, his life, depression, living with a disability, loss, marriage, his children, and cooking. As a whole the poetry feels positive, and uplifting. Poems Life in Time, More ups, Less Downs, and Putting Things Right write particularly about finding the silver lining in certain circumstances.

John Marshall certainly has an inquiring mind, and asks a lot of questions in his poetry.

The poems Fifteen years Long, Life Being Born, Baby Peter, and Children are poems of a personal nature. Children uses humor, and asks

What about kids?

Are they a ball?

Or do they drive us right up the wall?

And with poem Cooking for Pleasure, with the lines My wife says I make the best madeira cake John Marshall seems the kind of man you would like to chat with over a cuppa, and a slice of that cake. 

Poems from a Family man is an assured debut from John Marshall. 

April First. National Poetry Month. 

To celebrate, my first steamy collection of poetry and prose, Porn Shots, is free to download to your Kindle device for five days!  

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Blurb

An erotic collection of both poetry, and prose. 

Also included is a bonus short story, titled Chicken Nuggets and Nylon Knickers.

Read in Porn Shots experiences of dieting, a fur rug, travelling alone, an appointment with the doctor, and the hilarious attempts a couple make to spice up their relationship.


And as always my chapbooks on love, nature, food, and writing can be found at Payhip.com 


You can find out more on National Poetry Month at www.poets.org 


This also means I’m filling this blog with poetry this month. I’ve a stack of poets to share with you. Of course, if you don’t like poetry (maybe you will by May?)  I’ll still have some great fiction to share that I’ve read.