#ValentinesDay…Scratch that: #Poetry Day

Happy (recently invented by me) Poetry Day!

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That’s right folks! Today we’re going to celebrate something that truly matters in today’s world. We’re going to, once again, bring the focus back to poetry! I’m not trying to step on Valentine’s Day’s toes…well maybe I am…I’m just trying to help out some fellow poets and possibly get more people to turn to poetry every now and then.

This “holiday” is normally filled with chocolate and cards that have semi-meaningful verse written within them. There’s nothing evil about this, but here’s a great idea if you still need to run to the store for a card…make one! Write what you feel about your love interest with your own words (even if it sounds bad, it’ll be from the heart)! That’s what I did last year.

A year ago today, I published a simple poem called I WouldYou’ll find it below with the other poems/collections to take a look at. I didn’t just share this poem with the world by publishing it (and putting it out for free…go grab it, great price *wink wink*). I also wrote it down, printed out the cover, and glued it all together into a one of the kind poetry book/card/thingy for my girlfriend. I’m a struggling (read as broke-ass) author but this was a great, one-of-a-kind gift and any of your can do it as well.

Ok, enough of me preaching about a way you can probably get lucky tonight, but try it. You might be surprised 😉

So here’s what the day’s really about on A Life Among the Pages: You’ll find many books of poetry listed below and places you can find them if you think they look good. If you end up liking one, letting the poetry/author know if always appreciated, especially with poetry. It’s always a hard sell, so feedback is precious 🙂

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D.E.E.L – Painted Mind

Painted Mind is a poetry collection that includes words that unmask the reality, enter heartbreak, and deface pain.

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Angel Shadow – Wicked Winds

Wicked Winds is a book about healing; the healing of individuals and humanity as a whole. It is about acceptance and release. The poetry in this book speaks from the heart and captures the author’s emotions from different points in time. Some are intense and deep, while others are emotional and vulnerable. These poems will make you think.

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Ben Ditmars – Night Poems

Night Poems takes on the seasons at every hour of the dark. There’s a subtle energy, bordering malaise and mystery that comes to life. Don’t miss the peculiar observations or the striking truths as the clock winds down.

Amazon | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo

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Helle Gade – Northern Whispers

Northern Whispers is a collection of Helle Gade’s three first poetry collection’s:

Silent Dreams, Nocturnal Embers and Savage Rose.

They revolve around all aspects of the authors life such as love, pain, joy, Nordic mythology and much more. The authors own photography accompanies many of the poems in Nocturnal Embers and Savage Rose, enhancing the feel of the poetry.

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Amber Jerome~Norrgard – Six Hundred and Twenty~Nine Miles to Sanity

Bestselling Independent Author Amber Jerome~Norrgard’s second three poetry collections of 2013 are included in this collection: The Cusp of Nightfall’s Caress, Under the Moonlight, and Daybreak.

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Maureen Flynn – My Heart’s Choir Sings

My Heart's Choir SingsA eulogy and a verse novella. Grief, guilt, redemption. How do you go on in a world without your other half?

Think Ted Hughes Birthday Letters meets Dorothy Porter’s verse novels and you’d have My Heart’s Choir Sings. This is the story of Stewart Hinchcliffe, a writer and an artist who loses his lover and fellow creative in tragic circumstances. As he cleans out their old apartment, each new object brings back bittersweet memories. Throughout the 25 poem sequence, grief, guilt and anger color his memories. Who is to blame for what happened? Where did everything go wrong? And how on earth does Stuart move on from his past?

Amazon | Smashwords | B&N

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Robert Zimmermann – I Would

I WouldI Would, is a short poem that touches on the difficulties of being in a long distance relationship. Yet, with the difficulties there are always hopes of a reunion on the horizon.

Amazon | Smashwords | Kobo

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Have any books of poetry that you’d like to suggest checking out? Please let me and everyone else know in the comments on this post 🙂

#PoetryWeek – poet Helle Gade

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Devil’s Dance

I dance through a thousand deaths
Little neurons extinguished
As I play amongst the stars
To the song of the nightingales

Come dance with me
Through the devil’s footsteps
On the black shores
Below the raging storm

I’ll seduce you
With the music of my soul
And carnal pleasures
Towards the final death

I am the night
My name is whispered with fear
In the dark shadows
“Woman”

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Devils Dance

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About the Author:

My name is Helle. I’m a writer and hobby photographer from Denmark. I spend most of my time reading, writing and taking loads of pictures, in between I worship chocolate.

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#PoetryWeek – poet Ben Ditmars

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Why I Love Poetry

Poetry is supremely beautiful.  It’s courageous and powerful and moving, speaking a forbidden language.  The metered breath and sighs of stanzas jet across the page like brushstrokes in a painting.  The songs, the odes, the ballads, and quatrains tell stories where a sentence fails.  There’s rhythm and there’s life.  I could dive into a metaphor and drown; the smile of a simile personified in my last breath.  Poetry: the sonnets, the haiku, the villanelles, and elegies, are more than words; they are songs and heartbeats; an echo of the past and windows to forgotten corners of the present.  I must confess, I am in love with poetry.

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If you’d like to check out Ben’s work, here’s a great collection to start with called…

Haiku in the Night

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Explore free-verse haiku like never before as Haiku in the Night takes you on an unforgettable emotional journey.

Ebook – Amazon

Print – Amazon | Createspace

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About the Author:

meBen is a bestselling author of gnomes, plays, poetry and more.  He was first published in his college publications the Cornfield Review and KAPOW.  Since then he has been featured in several online literary journals including: Flurries of Words, Samizdat Literary Journal, and Shine Journal. You can find his collections of poetry, plays, novel, and short stories for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Ben lives in Marion, Ohio and is currently working toward his Master’s Degree in education at the University of Findlay while substitute teaching. He hopes to instruct high school social studies full-time within the next year.

He loves historical documentaries and all things gnome.

 

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#PoetryWeek – poet Erica M. Christensen

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Grudge

I’ll always hear the words
you never left unsaid,
the ones where you said,
I’d be better off dead.
Then I’ll get weak and think
maybe you were right.
I’ll weep myself to sleep
and forget by morning rise.
It’s a never ending battle.
This grudge is eating me alive.


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Your Love

Saturate me with infatuation
Make me believe.
Twist your words,
Manipulate my mind.
Breathe me in,
And desecrate me.
Knock me down,
And lift me up.
Again and again,
I crave your love.

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Erica has a poem published called Always You. You may remember I reviewed it this year. Here’s a little more about that poem:

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Always You
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A poem about a rough relationship that ended, but even through all of the pain that was caused, the love over powers all of the bad memories.

Contains a curse word.

You can grab the poem from
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About the Author:

My name is Erica, I’m from Iowa. I have always had a passion for writing and making up stories ever since I was a little girl. I have an awesome boyfriend and we share two beautiful daughters. Charlie and Ryan. They are my whole universe. They have given me the motivation to follow my dreams with writing. I love to write poetry, but I also dabble in writing horror, romance, and children’s books. My work is inspired by different events in my life and it’s also inspired by movies and music. My life may only be 21 years short, but I have experienced pain, love, defeat, and triumph in the rawest forms. My hope is that you will connect with the words carefully spilled throughout the pages of my poetry and books. Whether you laugh, cry, or get goosebumps. I don’t write for money or fame, sure that’d be great. But, I write for the escape. I write for the love, the pain, and in hopes of making others not only read my words, but feel my words.

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#PoetryWeek – poet Ashley Shaw

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I do not consider myself a poet in any sense of the word. I am not like Shakespeare or Edgar Allan Poe, I am simple a girl, who scribbles in notebooks. I’ve never studied poetry in college, I’ve never taken a writing class, I’ve never had anything published, and I am far from a professional.

Yet I still like to write in these little notebooks.

To me these little scribblings are thoughts, feelings, rants, and fears of mine (and others). They are a mix of invented, creative sentences and what goes on inside the mind of someone whose mind is constantly buzzing. It’s creative thought, it’s experience, it’s hope for the future, it’s art. It’s what the writer wants it to be, and what the reader interprets it to be. It means something different for everyone.

So I write stuff.

I refer to it as Word Vomit; to me, it’s a way to feel a release. A way to purge the noise in my head, a way to reduce stress, leave behind negative experiences and feelings, to rant, to think, to be free, to love, to hate and to hurt.

For me its creative therapy.

I don’t often like to share these poems that I write. I have horrible insecurities about these little scribblings of mine. Because, like I said I am no professional, I am nowhere near the class and caliber of poets with books and collections. I know nothing about the different styles of poetry.

I write because I like to. Because it moves me. It heals me.

So I will leave you with one of my Word Vomit creations to read, absorb, and interpret on your own. I hope you enjoy it.

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Lost

I am never going to make it with these people all around.
The reflection in the mirror; a false smile upon on lips.
Can no one see the pain, hidden just below the surface?
Little ripples in the water; they’ve turned to algae green.
Smiling to make you happy, so you won’t see; I’ve died inside.
You must be so blind; you can’t see this smile is a lie.
A treasure chest of secrets, with an X that marks the spot.
Hiding all my hopes and joys, keeping them safe from sight.
I wish to be myself again, my world has been upside down.
Cannot stop the crying; help me find the me I try to hide.
There is comfort in these shadows; a place to quietly die.
I have fallen down the Rabbits hole, I’ve lost myself inside.

©2003- 2013

-Ashley

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About the Author:

Ashley is a 30 year old single mother from Hamilton, OntarioCanada. She has a dangerous, almost unhealthy and extremely amusing addiction to Oreos, Coffee and Monster Energy Drinks!

Ashley had proudly earned an Honors Medical Office Administration Diploma (2011), and is currently working on her Legal Office Administration Diploma (2014).  She is the creator and operator of My Two Cents blog, and an avid reader, music lover, movie watcher and scribbler of words.

When she is not at school, doing homework, or working on her blog she loves to spend time with her son (The Monster) doing all the things HE loves to do and spending as much time with him as she can, watching her favorite hockey team (The Leafs), taking in nature, and enjoying as much of life with her family and friends as possible.

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#PoetryWeek – poet Melissa Darby

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Stripped

I do this every time
I never learn
It’s the attention that I yearn
I need
I can’t help it
I want to be wanted
anything else..
Is short of nothing
I become their tease
They walk through me with such ease
But I lay there
Bare more then I was before
I may be worth more..
But this is all I have

All their words
You’re so gorgeous
It will be our secret
She doesn’t need to know
You’re fun
I feel as though I should run
Always the one they want
But never seem to keep
They touch me
Without a conscious
My eyes see everything
But my heart does nothing
I lower myself even more
I’ll be the one alone

I do this every time
I know its wrong
But I don’t know where to go
Being alone
I silently scream
This attention, all they want is this..
the bareness of my life
The pictures
The videos
The things that should be kept
My words, they do not hear
I’m their dirty girl

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Think this poem sounds great?  It’s only one of the poems from Melissa Darby’s free-verse collection, The Girl. You can grab a copy here:

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About the Author:

Melissa Darby grew up in the small town of Atwater, Ca. She began writing poetry at the age of 15. Finding inspiration from heartbreak, love, music, and life. The free verse poetry that she discovered, helped her get through some of the toughest times. In, 2006 she had an urge to write a story. About a group of friends in high school. Based on the town and friends she grew up with. It was called, A Teenage Life published in 2007. A Grown Up Life, the sequel followed shortly after in 2009. Unfortunately, the publisher she went through never gave her an editor and was published in the original form.

After years of writers block and never being able to get past chapter 4 in every story. She decided it was time to re-write A Teenage Life & A Grown Up Life. Giving what the story deserved, an editor, and a new name. She is currently in the process of rewriting and will be done soon.

Just recently she published 4 poetry books. Never Had A Chance, The Girl, Numb, and Waiting For Me. Poetry going back to 2006. They are a reflection of her and hopes that her words can help someone.

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#PoetryWeek – poet Heather Grace Stewart

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My Path to Print On Demand Poetry

By Heather Grace Stewart

I’m a poet. Okay, I trained as a journalist and have worked as an associate editor for four national magazines. I’ve heard all the jokes and stereotypes about poets, so I didn’t have the courage to call myself one until I was 33. I was a new mother who had seen enough late nights, early mornings and yellow baby poop that it didn’t matter anymore if everyone laughed at me when I told them how I was going to try to make a living.

I don’t make a living writing and publishing poetry books, but it makes me a life. It’s a large part of what brings me joy every day. As a work at home mother, I make some pretty good ‘college fund money’ (for my daughter) and ‘shoe money’ (for me) reading poetry and speaking about being a poet, selling printed and recorded poems to international text book companies, and writing a freelance column for my alma mater magazine, the Queen’s Alumni Review.

None of that would have happened if I hadn’t chosen to self-publish my first poetry collection as a Print on Demand (POD) book with Lulu.com in 2008. I chose Lulu and POD because it was inexpensive and environmentally friendly. I’d been sending out my manuscript to Canadian publishers for many years with no luck. I wanted to touch more people with my words, and do something worthwhile with any money my poetry could make.

Where the Butterflies Go has since sold in paperback in at least 10 countries that I know of, and because I decided to give half the proceeds to UNICEF, it has given four children educations and helped pay their teacher’s salary for a year. These are kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend school. My company, Graceful Publications, has also been able to donate pencils to an entire school four times since 2010. When I realized my poetry could make that kind of lasting change in the world, I kept going.

POD has opened doors to even greater opportunities. WTBG and Leap, my second collection of poems and colour photographs, were selected by Lulu (at no cost to me) to become some of the first Canadian poetry ebooks in the iBookstore. In the summer of 2011 and again in the fall, they ended up hitting #1 and #2 in Bestselling Canadian Poetry in iBooks. I shopped my third poetry manuscript around, and a small but impressive traditional publisher (who use POD to cut costs and be environmental) in California signed me on. Carry On Dancing was #1 in Bestselling Canadian poetry on Amazon.ca and the #1 or #2 Hot New Release in Canadian Literatuare on Amazon.com for most of April 2012, the month that I turned 40. Quite the birthday present!

Now I’ve published my fourth collection, Three Spaces.  I’m thrilled to say it’s my best-selling Kindle book to date. It’s also up there on the Kobo Poetry Bestsellers list, but not as good as my ‘first baby,’ Where the Butterflies Go, which had a high of #8 in Poetry Anthologies.

What means far more to me than sales or rankings is people I’ve met, and hopefully touched, along the way. For instance, I’ve had complete strangers write me and tell me they are saving all four books to pass down to their children.  Emails like that keep me from sleeping in. They motivate me to get up at 6:30 every morning and pour my heart out onto the page.

Would I change anything if I could go back in time? Do something differently? Sure. When, at a party, someone asked me what I did, I’d have introduced myself as a poet a whole lot sooner. Because I’m a poet.

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When I Finally Make Starlight

When I finally make starlight,
with wired words they will write
my legacy, and get it wrong.
Look for me out in the night.

My legacy is that first song
I sang for you at misty dawn.
You were only two days old;
now sing it to your little fawn.

And the stories that I’ve told,
they will warm you in the cold,
and calm the baby in his room,
and his baby when he’s old.

When I reach the yellow moon,
do not say I’ve gone too soon.
Sing, and I will shine in tune.
Sing. I will be in the room.

 from Carry On Dancing (Winter Goose Publishing, 2012)
by Heather Grace Stewart

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Heather Grace Stewart is a Canadian magazine writer, author and poet. Her first poem was published in her school newsletter when she was five, and she’s been hooked on writing ever since.

Born in Ottawa, she lives with her husband and daughter near Montreal.

In her free time, she loves to take photos, scrapbook, cartoon, inline skate, dance like nobody’s watching, and eat Swedish Berries — usually not at the same time.

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