#PoetryMonth: A poem from @Helle_Gade

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Today I have a poem to share with you. It’s from Helle Gade, who has been featured on the blog numerous times. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to share her work, so I hope you enjoy this one. And when you’re done, maybe check out her other work on the blog or her published works (you can find a link to her website and Amazon below)

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 Wolfe Words

by Helle Gade


You’re a wolf
In sheep clothing
Spouting pretty words
Utter nonsense
Flowery prose
Lies in disguise

You think me
fooled
Laughing
behind my back
Telling tales
of my ignorance

But be warned
I know you tricks
There will be no pardon
I will purge you
From my body
And certainly my mind

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About the Author:

When I discovered poetry, I never dreamed it would have such an impact on my life and me. Today I couldn’t imagine living without it. Writing it has a healing effect on my soul and if I touch just one person with it, then I’m happy.

I have published three collections and a book with all three in there. I’m currently working with a bunch of brilliant authors and photographers on The Mind’s Eye series.

When I’m not writing, then you will most likely find me with a camera in my hand. Photography is a huge passion of mine and I have more than once combined it with my poetry.

I’m also lucky to have my book Nocturnal Embers win ☆Best Poetry Collection☆ in eFestival of Words.

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#PoetryMonth – Indie Poetry Recommendations

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It’s the first Sunday of Poetry Month. I thought it might be a fun idea to keep my Sunday Themed Book Recommendations posts going. What better way than with poetry? And to make it more interesting, I’ll be recommending some of my favorite (or probably favorite, once I read them) Indie poetry collections.

Even for me, being an Indie poet, it’s not easy to find many of us around. Yes, we’re around all over the internet, yet I find it hard to find a large amount of us out there who are as easy to find, connect with, and read up on as Indie novelists. Let’s try to change that! Put pride in your work, Indie poets. Get your name out there and build your platform…and say hi to me. I’ll help promote you if/when I can.

I’d love to see some fresh names on this list next time we do Poetry Month. Let’s get more people reading Indie poetry!

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

#NationalPoetryMonth Challange!

That’s right: I’m CHALLENGING YOU! As we all know, April is National Poetry Month (international if you want to say. It’s spread pretty far by now.) I like to celebrate it on A Life Among the Pages, and this year is no different. Bringing awareness to poetry and new poetry to readers is always a great goal, even if just one more person gets into poetry. It’ll still be a win. So let’s kick this month off by bringing back a graphic you may remember from last year…

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Remember that? Either way, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it this month.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I’m challenging everyone reading this to do: Read a book of poetry. Simple enough right?

I challenge each and every one of you to go out and find a book of poetry that you think you’ll enjoy. Then read it. It could be a single poet collection. It could be a multi-poetry anthology. And if that’s a little too much for you, maybe try easing yourself in with some single poems you find online. As long as there’s an attempt to try to read more poetry, that’s all that really matters.

I know many of my readers read poetry even if it’s occasional. But maybe some of you would like a few suggestions. I’m not sure if I’m good at suggestions, but I’ll try by listing some of my favorite collections that I’ve read and some poets, as well.

A few verse novel suggestions might help those not ready to dive right in.

And here is a list of Indie poets you might have seen on the blog in the past. They’re definitely worth checking out. I’ll link a collection into each name.

I don’t really know where to steer anyone looking for an anthology. I own so many and many have overlapping selections. You can’t really go wrong with one. Read a few poems from them and if it seems like it’ll click with you, that’d probably be a great choice.

ALSO, as a little self-promotion and a help for you (maybe), you may notice the prices on my ebooks have dropped. For the month of April, on Amazon (since 99.9999999999% of my five sales each year come from there)…

From Where I Stand is only $1.23

and

Winter’s Homecoming and other Poems is only $0.99

AND, because I want to be generous, if anyone would like to read one of these collections/chapbooks but can’t afford to buy one…let me know. If you’re serious about reading it (and hopefully leaving an honest review when you’re done), send me a message and I’ll hook you up. I can give out Smashwords coupons for you to grab it for free. You can get it in any format through them. I’m here to spread poetry and that’s what I’ll do my best to do!

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Have I tired your eyes out yet with all this reading? One most big of housekeeping to do and then you can run off.

STORY TIME FRIDAY and PROSE VERSE BABEL…let’s get them going this month! A lot of poetry has been featured on STF so far, but we’ll keep that going if we can this month. PVB hasn’t been alive in a LONG time. Let’s fix that.

So I’m asking for you all to help by contributing. Find out more on how to submit work to each here:

Story Time Friday

Prose Verse Babel

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Ok folks. That’s all for now. Help spread the poetic word and come back often to the blog for most poetry fun all month!

2013 #Review Recap – Silent Dreams, by @Helle_Gade

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I admittedly don’t read much poetry, even though I’m a poet. Well, to be fair, I tend to not read many books of poetry from start to finish. I skip around from book to book, taking in fragments of various poet’s work. Yea, I need to change this and read more full books…I have a list for 2014 that I want to finish up.

Where am I going with this? Well, in 2013 a few poetry books made it onto my TBR and a few were even finished. Silent Dreams is Helle Gade’s first published book, and one of those that I finished. I’m glad I did, too. Helle has published two other collections since (Nocturnal Ember and Savage Rose), which have received just as much praise . I can’t wait to get to those two soon.

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Silent Dreams

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Title: Silent DreamsSilent Dreams
Author: Helle Gade
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“A mixed collection of poetry that visits Nordic mythology, simple pleasures, darkness, love and pain.” (description from Goodreads)

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Even with me being a poet, I don’t pick up many poetry collections to review. But I’m starting to find some great collections that I can pick up and can’t seem to put them down. Silent Dreams is one of those.

I was surprised when I finished, because I read it “cover-to-cover” (ebooks don’t have covers, silly me). I rarely have the attention span to read more than a few poems at a time, even when it’s a collection from one of my favorites. Gade’s words sucked me in and didn’t let me go until the very end.

I enjoyed that there was a great mixture of themes throughout, along with a little treat at the end. The last two poems were in the poet’s native Danish. While I don’t have any idea what the words meant, I tried to recite the poems. I failed miserably, but it only added to my enjoyment of the collection. When a can create beautiful works in multiple languages, it’s a show of skills many writers don’t possess.

This collection will be one I go back to, to re-read and share with fellow poetry fans for a while to come.

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You can purchase Silent Dreams from:
Amazon

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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 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 – #Free poetry from @Helle_Gade

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Here’s a special bonus Poetry Week post! Later this week, you’ll get to read a poem from Hell Gade when she has her own feature post, but as an added bonus, you can pick up a copy of her collection Nocturnal Embers for FREE from October 9th through the 10th.

You can find more about the collection and the purchase links below.
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Nocturnal Embers is a collection of poetry and poetic images that comes from the heart and soul of the author. It tells about the life of a person who suffers from chronic pain. Of the thoughts that prey on her in the Night. Of the simple joys we must not forget. All with a touch of Nordic mythology.

Grab a copy FREE (October 9th-10th) from:

AMAZON

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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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Review: Silent Dreams, by Helle Gade

Title: Silent DreamsSilent Dreams
Author: Helle Gade
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“A mixed collection of poetry that visits Nordic mythology, simple pleasures, darkness, love and pain.” (description from Goodreads)

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Even with me being a poet, I don’t pick up many poetry collections to review. But I’m starting to find some great collections that I can pick up and can’t seem to put them down. Silent Dreams is one of those.

I was surprised when I finished, because I read it “cover-to-cover” (ebooks don’t have covers, silly me). I rarely have the attention span to read more than a few poems at a time, even when it’s a collection from one of my favorites. Gade’s words sucked me in and didn’t let me go until the very end.

I enjoyed that there was a great mixture of themes throughout, along with a little treat at the end. The last two poems were in the poet’s native Danish. While I don’t have any idea what the words meant, I tried to recite the poems. I failed miserably, but it only added to my enjoyment of the collection. When a can create beautiful works in multiple languages, it’s a show of skills many writers don’t possess.

This collection will be one I go back to, to re-read and share with fellow poetry fans for a while to come.

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You can purchase Silent Dreams from:
Amazon

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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.

Find out more: