Poetry – Sparkling Light

sparkling-lightSparkling Light
Poems of Wonder and Grace
By Karyl J. Leslie
Publisher: Xlibris US
Published: July 2016
ISBN: 978-1524506254
ASIN: B01IAMRON0
Pages: 442
Genre: Poetry

Sparkling Light: Poems of Wonder and Grace is the author’s second book of poetry designed to point to the love, promises, and faithfulness of God. As with her first book, the poems in this volume can be read as occasional devotional prompts or as desired. The reader is encouraged to use the open space on each page for his or her own reflections, expressions, or prayers. The poems are organized by months of the year for ease of reading, but most can be read at any time. The variable length and style of the poems is deliberate to enable a variety of reflection experiences and opportunities. Sparkling Light is written from a Christian perspective. The uplifting poems endeavor to give readers a renewed sense of awe at the beauty and wonder of God’s creative and transforming love and faithfulness.

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rays-of-hopeRays of Hope
Poems of Faith and Inspiration
By Karyl J. Leslie
Publisher: Xlibris US
ISBN: 978-1499080445
ASIN: B00OHV4H4S
Pages: 284
Genre: Poetry

Rays of Hope: Poems of Faith and Inspiration is a book of poetry designed for a varied reading experience. The poems in this volume point regularly to the love, promises, and faithfulness of God. The poems can be read as occasional devotional prompts or as desired. The reader is encouraged to use the open space on each page for his or her own reflections, expressions, or prayer. The variable length and style of the poems is deliberate to enable a variety of reflection experiences and opportunities.

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sparkling-light-author-karyl-j-leslieAbout the Author:
Karyl J. Leslie has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ since 1986. She served parishes in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Indiana and worked for several years in the mental health field. She is now retired and focuses some of her time and energy on promoting mental health awareness in the church.

Sparkling Light comes from her unique personal perspective based on the experiences of her life, her years of ministry, and her ongoing study of the Bible, the Christian faith, mental health issues, and the promises and faithfulness of God.

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Poetry/Literature – Inside A String

Inside a StringInside A String
By Tom MacLear
Publisher: Water Forest Press
ISBN: 978-1494886271
Pages: 105
Genre: Poetry, Literature

Inside a String is a collection of Poems, Essays, and Lyrics of one man’s take on the human element of America from the Beat movement of the 50’s to the Counter Culture of the 60’s thru the ‘X’ and ‘I’ generations, “Delivered in Spoken Word, Prose and Transcendental and Spiritual Abstract.”

When asked what his intended message is behind, Inside a String, MacLear reponds, “I want people to think. And I want people to care about words again. I want people to realize that reading words is the most accessible, reliable, affordable and most powerful medicine made available to everyone in this world.”

Tom MacLear, along with his singing partner, Heather Waters won Best Country Song 2014 by the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for last summer’s U.S. Country Radio Favorite: ‘SOMEDAY.’

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“Award winning songwriter, producer, entertainer and poet Tom MacLear has captured a span of life from the east to the west in his new book, Inside a String. Those familiar with Hemingway, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Dylan and Ginsberg will enjoy the “Beat” flavor of the poetry in this book as well as some of the more simple, straightforward attacks on our hearts and our senses. These poems speak to the reader and take us on that wonderful journey from the depths of city life in NYC to the beautiful coastlines of California and everywhere in between, wherever our minds choose to travel as we take a magical ride with poet, Tom MacLear.” Poet Jacob Erin-Cilberto Author of Intersection Blues

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Inside A String AuthorAbout the Author:
Award winning songwriter, producer, entertainer and poet Tom MacLear has captured a span of life from the east to the west in his new book, Inside a String. Those familiar with Hemingway, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Dylan and Ginsberg will enjoy the “Beat” flavor of the poetry in this book as well as some of the more simple, straightforward attacks on our hearts and our senses. These poems speak to the reader and take us on that wonderful journey from the depths of city life in NYC to the beautiful coastlines of California and everywhere in between, wherever our minds choose to travel as we take a magical ride with poet, Tom MacLear.

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Poetry – City Times and Other Poems

City Times and Other PoemsCity Times and Other Poems
By Vihang A. Naik
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1491897133
ASIN: B00J2PMXXG
Pages: 80
Genre: Poetry

Vihang A. Naik throws light on the life of a city in all its shades, glory and misery in his City Times and Other Poems. It is an anthology of his intuitive and philosophical poems. The Poems are divided in 6 segmentsi.e. ‘Love Song of a Journey Man’ is more or less an inner travelogue, The segments, for instance, ‘Mirrored Man’ is about the other chimeras in the city .The people in the city are capricious like the walk of a crab or the colours of a chameleon. While, ‘The Path of Wisdom’ is about the beginning of meditation and knowledge. ‘At the Shore’ records the poet’s sense of futility, memory, pain, exile and alienation at the shore of life. The title of this collection is also the heading for the last of its six sections, in which the city is unfolded as a market place, as a heaven for underdogs, and as a seed bed of change and is observed at evening, at mid-night, by moon light and through fog and haze.

The poem titled ‘Self Portrait’ starts with the diagrammatic sketch with 7 blank pages where the reader finds only 3 words at the tail-end of the page…Here “the poet envisions in an epiphanic moment, the true nature of one’s self when he wakes up, ‘to see my / Self ‘ ‘discovered beyond thought’ . Between ‘my self’ and ‘discovered beyond thought’ are five blank pages. The ineffable epiphany of ambiguous. It may either suggest the discovery of a transcendental Self beyond all thought and language or it may suggest the discovery of an Absence beyond the human thought and speech.

City Times and Other Poems AuthorAbout The Author:
Vihang A. Naik was born in Surat, Gujarat on September 2, 1969. He is India s contemporary poet writing in English. His poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies along with some significant e-publications. Four collections of his poetry have been published: Poetry Manifesto: New & Selected Poems (2010), Making A Poem (2004), City Times and Other Poems (1993). His Gujarati collection of poems include Jeevangeet (Gujarati Poems) in 2001, dedicated to the cause of victims of Gujarat Earthquake of January 26, 2001. He also translates poetry written in the Gujarati language into English, including his own Gujarati language poems.

He is educated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with English Literature, Indian Literature in English Translation and Philosophy. He had his primary schooling from Navrachna School in Baroda, Gujarat. He took teaching as a profession serving in colleges since 1996 in Gujarat. He lives and works in Gujarat. India.

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Poetry – Inside A String

Inside a StringInside A String
By Tom MacLear
Published: Water Forest Press
ISBN: 978-1494886271
Published: June 2014
Pages: 105
Genre: Poetry, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Essay

Inside a String is a collection of Poems, Essays, and Lyrics of one man’s take on the human element of America from the Beat movement of the 50’s to the Counter Culture of the 60’s thru the ‘X’ and ‘I’ generations_ Delivered in Spoken Word, Prose and Transcendental and Spiritual Abstract___

 

Inside A String Author“Award winning songwriter, producer, entertainer and poet Tom MacLear has captured a span of life from the east to the west in his new book, Inside a String. Those familiar with Hemingway, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Dylan and Ginsberg will enjoy the “Beat” flavor of the poetry in this book as well as some of the more simple, straightforward attacks on our hearts and our senses. These poems speak to the reader and take us on that wonderful journey from the depths of city life in NYC to the beautiful coastlines of California and everywhere in between, wherever our minds choose to travel as we take a magical ride with poet, Tom MacLear.” Poet Jacob Erin-Cilberto Author of Intersection Blues

 

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Poetry – Rising, Falling, All of Us

Rising Falling All of UsRising, Falling, All of Us
By Thelma T. Reyna
Publisher: Golden Foothills Press
Published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-0692218815
Pages: 112
Genre: Poetry, Multicultural Poetry

The Pope. Artists. Celebrities. Soldiers. Killers. Athletes. Lovers. Ghosts. Mothers. Immigrants. Heroes…

…and many more. The poems in this collection by national award-winning author, Thelma T. Reyna, present the gamut of humanity, the famous and infamous, the actual and mythical. This is a gallery of people we all know, or wished we knew, or people like those we’ve shared life with.

The poems are vivid, sharp, haunting, sad, uplifting, and stirring.

Freedom fighters. Fathers. Families. Villains. Aristocrats. The powerful and the struggling.

They’re all here, for us to see their other sides, to understand, to ponder and examine. And, no matter who these people are, we all rise and fall together, all of us. For such is the human condition.

About the Author:
Rising Falling All of Us AuthorThelma T. Reyna is a multiple national literary award winner. Her four books–one a short story collection, THE HEAVENS WEEP FOR US AND OTHER STORIES–and three poetry books have earned recognition. Her poems, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, and online. She received a Ph.D. from UCLA and is Poet Laureate of the Altadena Library District in California.

 

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