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The Divine Comedy, Volume Two, PURGE-THE-STORY by Luigi Enrico Pietra D’Oro

A powerful epic poem.

Dante’s Divine Comedy was written nearly 700 years ago. It is widely considered to be the foremost work in Italian literature and was based on his contemporary, cultural and religious beliefs. Now this epic poem has been rewritten for the modern world by Luigi Enrico Pietra D’Oro (Lewis Goldstein.) Lewis Goldstein is fulltime Art and Art History Professor at Barstow Community College in California.

Purge the Story (Purgatory) is the second volume and is written in the same rhyming format as Dante’s original. The first volume, Return to the Inferno was published in 2018.

Luigi’s journey begins with the retelling of his last experiences in hell and his emergence onto the foothills of the Mountain of Purgatory, where he is met at the Gates of Purgatory by Pope Francis.

As we travel with Luigi through Purgatory, his, and our eyes are opened to incredible harm the male of the human species has caused to our planet. With striking clarity, the terrible destruction which has been wreaked by a relatively few large corporations is exposed, and we discover how their greed has caused untold damage to our planet, its inhabitants, and their habitats, with wide scale-pollution and long term ecological devastation.

However, this journey through Purgatory’s purpose is to enlighten us to the realization that our planet can be saved if we are prepared to do what is necessary. The wrongdoings of men are laid before us and we are left in no doubt that the road to the salvation of the planet will not be easy. Man, to achieve redemption must take ownership for the horrendous deeds which have happened in the past, learn never to make them again, then purge the sins, and then make atonement for past transgressions. How can this be achieved? Luigi is shown how, and it is by the creation of a feminist partnership society, one which will heal and repair the damage caused by men, and in return realise a wonderful Earthly Garden.

In this powerful epic poem exposes the very worst in human nature, its greed and thoughtlessness, and yet offers seeds of hope in that by the creation of a new order, the earth can be reborn into the beautiful place it should be. Extremely thought-provoking! Highly Recommended

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086B2DF9G/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4

NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters, Book 1 by George Held

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A wonderful way for children to learn about the critters in their yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as I received this book I knew it was going to be something special. I sat with my little granddaughter who loves animals, and together we enjoyed this wonderful selection of poems written by George Held, and beautifully illustrated by the talented Joung Un Kim.

Yard Critters: Book 1 is an enchanting way for children to learn about the animals who live in their own back yard or neighborhood. The author has cleverly incorporated into each lovely poem, in a fun way, a wealth of information about some of the creatures the reader could come across.

Without even trying, and with a smile on her face my granddaughter learnt about squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoons, possums, robins, earthworms, bats, garter snakes, and groundhogs. She also discovered another animal in the book, one which wouldn’t fit in her yard, but, I’m not going to tell you what it is, you will have to read the story and find out for yourself…

As a parent and grandparent, what I really loved about this book is that it teaches children a very important lesson, one which tends to be forgotten these days, that this earth is for all creatures and every one of them has a place on it.

I would recommend this wonderful children’s book to parents, grandparents, and care givers, to read to their children, and for the children themselves to read when they are able to.

 

About the Author:

GEORGE HELD, poet and writer, is a seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has published seventeen poetry collections, including a trilogy of chapbooks on nature themes, and has served on the board of the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, New York, since 1991. His work appears in such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Notre Dame Review, Confrontation, and The Writer’s Almanac (Garrison Keillor). Educated at Brown (B.A.), University of Hawai’i (M.A.), and Rutgers (Ph.D), he was a Fulbright lecturer for three years and is a former professor at Queens College, City University of New York. He lives in New York and Sag Harbor

 

About the Illustrator:

JOUNG UN KIM, illustrator and designer, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated many picture books for children, including The Grasshopper Hopped [Golden Books/Random House] and Hen Hears Gossip [Greenwillow/Harper Collins]. She lives in Southern California.

 

About the Book:

Children’s picture book with collaged illustrations and short, accessible poems about the wild animals we often find in our suburban yards, city streets, and country house landscapes.Included are the Squirrel, Possum, Deer, Raccoon, Bear, No Elephant, Bat, Rabbit, Turtle, Garter Snake, Earthworm, Robin, Groundhog — with collaged illustrations and a special poetic form for the Raccoon: the Racku. Primary age group is 6-7 — but children as young as 3 can be read to and can appreciate the illustrations. This is the first book in the NEIGHBORS series. A companion, NEIGHBORS The Yard Critters TOO is also available. The underlying message of both books is that all creatures have a place in nature.

 

NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters, Book 1 is available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Neighbors-Yard-Critters-Book-1/dp/0916754251/ref=sr_1_sc_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1513083834&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=The+Yard+Critters+by+geore+held 

and

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/neighbors-george-held/1113012751?ean=9780916754259

 

Strawberries in November by Mike Hanmer Walker

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I am so pleased to discover that this talented author and poet has released another book. I love the way his poetry brings alive everyday life, and the people, and things he observes .

The signature poem for this book ‘Strawberries in November’ is lovely and indeed is a life lesson for us all. One of my favourites is ‘A Toast’ which really is a celebration to us all, whoever or whatever we are!

Throughout the book it is obvious that the poetry the author has written has been inspired by events in his life, and the people who help and are important to him. The poem ‘A Beautiful Evening’ is a thank you to his sister and a personal family tribute to his wonderful mum, to which this book was dedicated.

A lovely book of beautiful poetry, and I for one, can’t wait until the next one is published.

 

About the Author: I was born in North London, but I was raised in Hackney, or Shoreditch, as it was known back in the day. I had a comprehensive education, and I left school without any qualifications in 1968. My first job was as a trainee motor mechanic, but that only lasted a few weeks as the governor at the time seemed to take objection to me turning up late nearly every morning. After one or two garages later, it soon become apparent that motor mechanics was not for me. Well, okay work of any kind was a general interruption to my day at the time, but I persevered and I thought I would give screen printing a trial. I started with this small firm and was doing okay, and I was sent to the London College of printing for a term, but in my return, I was sacked and the firm went under a week or so later. Then I saw a “Boy Wanted for Bake House” poster in the local pie and mash shop (pie and mash is a traditional cockney dish), so I thought, well, that may see me over for a few weeks. I was there for eleven years. I finished in the shop selling rather than making it. The shop closed in 1980. I spent the rest of my working life as a salesman and an accounts rep for the local electricity supplier. I always kept involved in local community issues, chairing the local residents committee for a while. In 2010 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after the initial coming to terms with the disease, I felt there were many things I could not do anymore so I concentrated more on those that I could and discovered new challenges. I have always tried to be a half-glass-full type of guy, and this first book is my new first challenge.

About the Book: Like my first two books, “The Orange Crystal-like Doorknob” and “The Ol’ Dog and Duck,” this one has fun, food for thought, and emotional feelings that I hope readers can relate to. But this one, although not exclusively so, has a theme running through many of the poems, and that theme is about getting older or maybe denying the fact and the general consequences. Some are thought-provoking, but I still like to have fun with the poems, so many of them I hope you find funny and enjoyable.

 

Available in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Strawberries-November-Mike-Hanmer-Walker/dp/1503549178/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Strawberries-November-Mike-Hanmer-Walker-ebook/dp/B00UMK20HY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The Ol’ Dog and Duck by Mike Hanmer Walker

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This author and poets has a wonderful way of conveying through his poetry his observations on people and events that have happened in his life, to those around him, and of course at The Ol’ Dog and Duck.

He jumps in straight away with a great poem anyone with a sibling can relate to – ‘What My Sister Did.’ I loved ‘Health and safety Ideas,’ as anyone of our generation would, it just puts into perspective the strange molly coddling attitude these days. However I have to say, I think my favourite is the humorous ‘Not Too Honest,’ which had me laughing out loud!

Whatever your mood, I am confident you would find a poem to suit it in this lovely collection.

 

About the Author: i was born in north london, but i was raised in hackney, or shoreditch as it was known back in the day, i had a comprehensive education, and i left school without any qualifications in 1968 my first job was has a trainee motor mechanic, but that only lasted a few weeks as the governor at the time seemed to take objection to me turning up late nearly every morning, after one or two garages later, it soon become apparent that motor mechanics was not for me, well ok work of any kind was a general interruption to my day at the time, but i persevered and i thought i would give screen printing a trial. i started with this small firm and was doing ok and i was sent to the london college of printing for a term but n my return i was saccked and the firm went under a week or so later, then i saw a “BOY WANTED FOR BAKEHOUSE” poster in the local pie and mash shop (pie and mash is a traditional cockney dish) so i thought well that may see me over for a few weeks. . . . I was there for 11 years i finished in the shop selling rather than making it. the shop closed in 1980 i spent the rest of my working life as a salesman and an accounts rep for the local electricity supplier i always kept involved in local community issues, chairing the local residents committee for a while, in 2010 i was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after the initial coming to terms with the disease, i felt there were many things i could not do anymore so i concentrated more on those that i could and discovered new challenges. I have always tried to be a “half glass full” type of guy, and this first book is my new first challenge.

 

About the Book: This is the 2nd part of Michael Walker’s first poetry book “THE ORANGE CRYSTAL-LIKE DOORKNOB”. A Poetry book but it doesn’t have the one category for all poems, there are poems about experience, life , memories, feeling , and of course just a lot of fun.

Available from Amazon in paperback http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Duck-Mike-Hanmer-Walker/dp/1499028741/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1442580910&sr=1-2

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Duck-Mike-Hanmer-Walker-ebook/dp/B00O471F90/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1442580910&sr=1-2

The Orange Crystal-like Doornob by Mike Hanmer Walker

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Sometimes, seemingly terrible life altering things can happen, however, when this happened to Mike Hanmer Walker he used it as an opportunity to rekindle his love of poetry and became an author.

This is the first book of his poems I have read and I just love them! They are a great assortment of observations on life. Some are inspirational like ‘Happy New Year,’ some thought-provoking ‘What Would You say’ and some are humorous like ‘Uncle Eric.’

Whatever mood you are in there will be something to suit you in this wonderful potpourri. That the author is a people watcher, and a generally a great observer of life is obvious because these poems capture ‘life’ so brilliantly.

It would be difficult to pick a favourite, but if I had to, I think it would be between, ‘The Middle Road,’ which I really loved, and ‘I Did This…’ because, well because I am a mum.

I can’t wait to read more from this talented author and poet.

About the Book: “about this book
now how do i begin to describe this book, it a poetry book but it doesnt have the one category for all poems, there are poems about experience, life , memories, feeling , and of course just a lot of fun,
there are the ones i wrote for friends to celebrate or commerate events in their lives too , and in particular theres the one MUM FOR YOU was written when my mother went into a care home in october , and her health was failing her,
and when she did pass away on 28 nov 2013 i penned STILL MISSING YOU i hope a few people can relate to the sentiments of the words.
but as i mentioned there are fun poems to with fictional characters and situations, but even some of those may give rise to debate,
finally one of the fun ones is actually based on true events , the title DAVE THE RAVE, i hope you enjoy”

 

Available from Amazon.com:

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Crystal-Like-Doorknob-Hanmer-Walker/dp/1499028806/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1441099281&sr=8-3

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/ORANGE-CRYSTAL-LIKE-DOORKNOB-Hanmer-Walker-ebook/dp/B00L6QPXBS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1441099281&sr=8-3

and Amazon.co.uk

in Paperback http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orange-Crystal-Like-Doorknob-Hanmer-Walker/dp/1499028806/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1441098510&sr=8-1

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/ORANGE-CRYSTAL-LIKE-DOORKNOB-Hanmer-Walker-ebook/dp/B00L6QPXBS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1441098510&sr=8-1

 

 

Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards by E. Michael Lunsford

Sometimes_SHADOW_3Brilliantly entertaining Poetry.

 

This is undoubtedly the best poetry book I have ever read. Right from the first one, which incidentally is the title of the book, ‘Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards,’ this collection of thoroughly entertaining poems takes a look at life in a humorous way through the eyes of a child.

As a parent and grandparent I loved the way the author has captured their innocence. Covering all sorts of topics, they are all so entertaining, imaginative, original and so very funny. The icing on the cake is that they are delightfully illustrated with line and ink drawings which perfectly capture their essence.

Did I have a favourite, honestly, I loved too many to put a finger on one, however, if I had to choose, it would be out of these… I really loved ‘I’ve Glued My Brother’ and ‘Father’s Moustache’, however very close behind came ‘Omelet City’ and, for me, the poem whose title could have been an alternative title for this book “Life is Real Magic.’

Whether you are an avid fan of poetry, a parent who fancies a laugh, or someone looking to buy their first poetry book, I cannot recommend this one highly enough, and I for one am looking forward to reading more from this talented poet.

 

 

About the Author:  E. Michael Lunsford is a published author, poet and playwright. He is also a lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, non-fiction and children’s book writer, inventor, entrepreneur, UI designer and mobile app developer. Although he holds 27 patents and has written 14 books on computer technology, his current passion is plays, musicals and children’s books.

His book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, was published in 2014 and his Halloween play, Scary, Scary Night, was published as a comedy in 2014 and as a musical in 2015. The comedy was subsequently selected as a finalist by the Shawnee Original Playwright Series in January, 2015 and as a semi-finalist in the annual Playwrights First contest in New York in March, 2015. The musical was also selected as a semi-finalist in Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s 2015 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival in March, 2015.

He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the South Bay Writers Club, the NYC Playwrights Group and other creative arts organizations. With his wife and love of his life, Merlyn, he lives and works happily in San Carlos, California.

About the Book: Life is real magic, if you know what I mean
‘Cause I can make movies by thinking a scene;
And I can pretend I’m a blue submarine
(Or maybe I’ll even pretend that I’m green)
Or I can imagine a big tangerine,
Or thousands of monkeys up on the screen,
Or an elephant in a designer blue jean—

Grab your ticket to the wonderful world of the whimsically weird. In this charming collection of wacky kid’s poems, you’ll find out why we’re throwing the pumpkin away, how we’re selling father’s mustache, when little sister got elephant ears, where little brother got glued, and what’s important about knee joints. Meet Cantankerous Sam, the Garbage Man; Harrie Carrie the Bearded Lady; The Wizard who looked like a Lizard; and the Grumbly Grump of Nottingham Dump.

E. Michael Lunsford’s delightful collection of illustrated poems is surprising, inventive, kooky and—most of all—hilarious.

 

Available from Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Sometimes-Get-My-Shoes-Backwards-ebook/dp/B00OKZIJCM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424466361&sr=8-1&keywords=sometimes+I+get+my+shoes+on+backwards

 

Gethsemane: An Epic Poem about Us by R. Douglas Jacobs

51ptUTx50lL__UY250_Firstly, I have to say that it is the audiobook version I reviewed and it provides an experience like no other.

Unusually it is an epic poem, and as soon as I put it on I found myself absorbed in the author/narrator’s voice, it was relaxing and yet, I found myself listening intently to it. R. Douglas Jacobs, narration is set against a wonderful original piece of baroque music, which was written by the gifted composer Mark Moya.

Accompanying the narration, there are a cast of actors James MacEwen (The Gent), Dominique Vance (Celeste), Kahi Taufa’asau (Lucifer), Sigmund Kramer (The Lord), Michael David Little (Azazel), Micah Delhauer (Michael), Lucho Franco (Young Man of Brawn), Sedamar Fitzgerald (The Nude Maiden) and sound effect, which make this audiobook a unique piece of work.

This is the story of Lucifer’s fall from grace, and his journey from there, hell, mankind’s embracing of his ways, and also redemption. Woven into it is some very thought provoking writing, as I started to read this, I mentally decided it would be suitable for a religious group or suchlike, however, by the time I had finished I had definitely changed my mind. It is full of very powerful writing, and I have to warn potential listeners that the content is sexually explicit at times and would not be suitable the young or for those easily offended.

However, despite the previous statement it is to be admired for its sheer powerfulness, the author has, in this most unusual of works created a total living work of art. With beautiful music, talented actors and stunning sound effects, it is something to behold.

 

About the Author: R. Douglas Jacobs, the person, still remains an enigma, whereas, R. Douglas Jacobs, the poet, has developed a clear and distinctive voice as a storyteller four years after he first entered the literary forum as an author with the debut of his sonnet anthology, The Rhymes of Love and Reason. That book was met with little publicity and less fanfare due to the fact that he was virtually anonymous and had no reputation to uphold among critics and consumers, alike. This initial endeavor of his, however, would turn out to serve as a primer for his new, ambitious book, Gethsemane, a sweeping epic poem that transcends the boundaries of literature through its rare prowess and ingenuity. This undertaking presented major challenges over a two and a half year span that often consumed his psyche and pushed him to the brink of reasoning. On one occasion, the anxiety of confronting the climatic nuance of the second act caused him to frantically ride his road bike into the cold darkness of a coastal boardwalk on a late, Thanksgiving Eve in 2010. His relationships became impaired by neglect and he experienced considerable weight loss. Yet, he persevered and entrusted his faith to lead his imagination in ways it had never been led before. Gethsemane was not only a metaphorical escape, but was an asylum for him to exercise his demons, and the end result is as poignant as it is profound. If R. Douglas Jacobs, the poet, were to speak on behalf of R. Douglas Jacobs, the person, he would argue that the person in him will always be misunderstood for the simple, yet sincere, fact that his heart has never known how to discriminate.

Author’s Website: http://www.rdjpublishing.com

Gethsemane is available:

From Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Gethsemane-R-Douglas-Jacobs-ebook/dp/B0063U2PEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416219709&sr=8-1&keywords=gethsemane+an+epic+poem

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Gethsemane-An-Epic-Poem-About/dp/1463525168/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1416219709&sr=8-1

as an Audiobook http://www.amazon.com/Gethsemane-Epic-Poem-about-Us/dp/B00LOS43BO/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1416219709

and from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Drama-Poetry/Gethsemane-Audiobook/B00LMJ6XEU/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srImg?qid=1416220273&sr=1-2

BECOMING The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet by Nadia Janice Brown

An inspiring potpourri of observations.

Becoming: The Life & Musings Of A Girl Poet by Nadia Brown

 

In this lovely poetry book, the author offers the reader an opportunity to take a walk through life, sharing her potpourri of observations.

As I turned the pages, they appeared to be full of little messages reminders and perhaps visions of the future.

It would be hard to pick a favourite but I did love ‘Tomorrow’ with its message of new beginnings and ‘Genesis’.

A bonus for me, were the Articles at the back of the book, which I loved, especially ‘LIVE YOUR DREAM’, which I feel personally, is so important.

A thoroughly enjoyable book!

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/BECOMING-Life-Musings-Girl-ebook/dp/B005HFKG3E/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358757109&sr=1-1&keywords=becoming+by+nadia+janice+brown

and also in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Life-Musings-Girl-Poet/dp/1257989170/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358757308&sr=1-1&keywords=becoming+by+nadia+janice+brown

Unscrambled Eggs – A poetry book

Todays review is of a poetry book – Unscrambled Eggs by Nadia Brown

This is a lovely collection of poetry.

I reviewed the Kindle version.

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Unscrambled-Eggs-ebook/dp/B005JTY7I8/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

Available in paperback and Kindle format

Covering a wide variety of subjects, I found these poems reflective, thought provoking and refreshing.

My personal favourites were ‘Silent Walk’ and ‘Before I knew Better’ but there’s a poem within this collection for everyone to enjoy.