Category Archives: Poetry

Book Review: Kakos 401 Haiku Poems by Kakos Kakos

Haiku can be a difficult form to wrench meaning out of. When it is infused with right feeling though, it can hold all the beauty the human soul might desire. It is a way of speaking, the brief three line segments, that can grip the heart with clarity and wonder. Reading Chris George Demopoulos’, who …

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Between Eden and the Open Road

“Between Eden and the Open Road” by Philip Gaber is surely an entertaining read. I was certain by the cover it would turn to be some type of spiritual kind of book, but that taught me to not judge a book by its cover. I giggled at some of the stories. It’s harshly honest and …

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A Human Menagerie – Triumphs, Tragedies, and Cautionary Tales in Verse

There is great whimsy in, "A Human Menagerie," Rob Kleinsteuber's welcome book of verse. Here, between the covers, he has set down rhyme schemes that tickle from the tongue, that roll across the mind. Reading them you feel yourself bouncing as if you have just been set into a joyous tumble, as if each page …

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A Perfect Lawn?

“A Perfect Lawn?” is a collection of poems by Carl G. Ferrel.  In the biographical section of the book, Ferrel states, “I write about a variety of subjects; love, friendship, family, nature, social issues, etc.  I would like to see world peace, and an end to world hunger, and the formation of an international coalition …

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Iconic Poetry: Poem’s on Life’s Favorite Icons

Sara Lauritzen’s “Iconic Poetry: Poem’s on Life’s Favorite Icons” is a book of poetry encompassing a variety of different subjects.  A glance at the Contents section of the book delights the reader with such titles as “A Little Bird Told Me,” “Oodles and Oodles,” “Bling Bling,” Fairytale Wishes,” and “Old Gold on Brown Leather.”  After …

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Chinese Blackbird

I must admit I had to stop and think twice when asked if I would be willing to read and review “Chinese Blackbird” by Sherry Quan Lee. Truthfully poetry has never been able to hold my interest although I am always amazed by those who can recount verse by heart. Understanding that poetry isn’t really …

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Words of a Journey: My Thoughts on Life and Living

In the Introductory section of “Words of a Journey: My Thoughts on Life and Living,” young author Kaitlyn Kashman writes a letter to the reader telling us “Life won’t always be perfect or enjoyable.  Everyone in this world goes through struggles whether they are big or small.  This book is about my struggles and how …

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Book review: Lost on Route 66: Tales from the Mother Road by Katelyn Bohl and Eric Wilder

“If you are intrigued by the romance of Route 66 but aren’t ready just yet to head up the road in a red Corvette or a 1989 Ford Bronco, as Sir Paul drove, then read ‘Lost on Route 66’ and take a memorable mental ride in a 1955 two-door red and white Ford Crown Vic.  …

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Book Review: Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (Vol 1. No. 1) by Ernest Dempsey

“Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing” is a unique type of journal. If you are looking for a different journal that will help you on your road to hope and recovery then look no further. This journal comes out quarterly and covers a wide range of subjects. The editor, Ernest Dempsey, put …

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Book Review: Treedom by Takashi Kobayaski

The author of “Treedom,” Takashi Kobayashi, had a great idea about documenting his story as Japan’s foremost Tree House Builder.  I was looking forward to get his book, however I was very disappointed when I opened the book’s cover and started to read.  The book was laid out in the same fashion as one would …

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