Issue 19: Layers of Longevity
Title: Reality Poems
Author: Isabella George
Type of Poetry: Cultural
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Reality Poems (2016) is the revised edition of Isabella George’s first e-book, Reality Poems of the Modern Day (2014). The title has been shortened, but content increased. In this revision, the poems are presented as more intense in-depth… and reveal an enriched ever-evolving awareness and determination to address issues more explicitly, without trepidation or regard to criticism. Reality Poems is a body of work that is now a collection of 70 short stories and poems of controversial issues relevant to modern culture. Each poem is a short story that creates mood and movement in a rhythmic lyrical contempo cadence aptly called Versery Rhymes™, some poems are written in an urban vernacular. Many stories in the collection of political and social issues are not usually topics of discourse in traditional poetry. These stories in atomic words are a clear and concise commentary on controversial issues not usually considered to be poetic.
A range of poignant topics in the collection includes:
Credit card entrapment, drug trafficking, interracial lovers, 9/11 conspiracy and other theories, the horrors of factory farming, death row, psychotic episodes, cigarette smoking, Lucifer Prince of the Air, strippers, the blues, ghosts, frankenfood, baptism, the death of one’s mother, civil rights struggle of the ’60’s, sea level rise Miami and the Everglades, smoking weed, imagining the New World Order, aging cougars.
Less poignant topics include:
Teenage love crushes, forgetfulness, boys and their frogs, Barbie dolls, fashionistas, Hot Wheels, puppies, parakeets, heartbreak, Kool-Aid, the Brazilian Samba, gremlins, island living and many other topics of life.
Title: Becoming Me: A Metamorphosis
Author: Shelia Powell
Type of Poetry: LGBTQIA
Release Date: October 1, 2016
“Becoming Me – A Metamorphosis” is a journey though the darkness and light of the human condition. It opens up discussions on deep and serious subject matters. It also speaks of the joy and love that we all seek. “Becoming Me, A Metamorphosis” is an in-depth, raw, gritty and complex look into the human psyche. It is a beautiful journey of healing. This collection of poems sways your heart into the world of reality while keeping your emotions on edge. The purpose of this book is to deliver a profound and meaningful message to you, the reader.
Title: Twisted Poems of a Warped Mind
Author: Melanie Tomlin
Type of Poetry: Satirical
Release Date: October 7, 2016
In the author’s own words, “These are classics in my own mind.”
Readers beware! Some of you will be shocked by parts of this book.
Vegetarians may be disturbed by turkeys on the menu, or kiddies in a witch’s freezer. Others could well get excited by all the chopping, reaping and killing or be offended by the mushy poems professing love.
If you prefer a little titillation, be warned, there are no refunds or compensation for bruised buttocks from the house of sin.
Title: 3 Summers (Paperback)
Author: Lisa Robertson
Type of Poetry: Contemporary
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Organs, hormones, toxins, lesions: what is a body? In 3 Summers, Lisa Robertson takes up her earlier concerns with form and literary precedent, and turns toward the timeliness of embodiment. What is form’s time? Here the form of life called a poem speaks with the body’s mortality, its thickness, its play. The 10 poem-sequences in 3 Summers inflect a history of textual voices — Lucretius, Marx, Aby Warburg, Deleuze, the Sogdian Sutras — in a lyricism that insists on analysis and revolt, as well as the pleasures of description. The poet explores the mysterious oddness of the body, its languor and persistence, to test how it shapes the materiality of thinking, which includes rivers and forests. But in these poems’ landscapes, the time of nature is inherently political. Now only time is wild, and only time — embodied here in Lisa Robertson’s forceful cadences — can tell.
Title: Bitter Sweet Love (Paperback)
Author: Michael Faudet
Type of Poetry: Relationship
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Bitter Sweet Love is the much-anticipated second collection of internationally best-selling poet Michael Faudet, author of Dirty Pretty Things, a finalist in the 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards.
Michael Faudet’s whimsical and often erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships, and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes, and little short stories.
Title: Underneath My Bed:List Poems (Poetry Adventures)
Author: Brian P. Cleary
Type of Poetry: List Poems
Release Date: November 1, 2016 (paperback)
When is a list also a poem? When it’s a list poem! List poems can be funny or serious, rhymed or unrhymed. Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how these types of poems work—and shows some of the many ways they can be written.
Underneath My Bed is packed with goofy poems on subjects ranging from summer camp to dinosaurs to messy bedrooms. And when you’ve finished reading, you can try writing your very own list poem!