Poetry Book Wednesday – Flare & Fetter

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Flare & Fetter. It is the second book in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as my seventh published book. Flare & Fetter was published on February 12, 2013. Several of its poems can be read through https://words-scribbled.com/books/flare-fetter/.

Flare & Fetter Cover

There is a fine line between genius and madness. In this chronicle of one poetess’ battle with the traumas that have plagued her existence, she discovers how fine a line it is. Along the way, she learns a lot about herself, those in her life, and what it means to be alive.

Flare & Fetter is available through Amazon. Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 20 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.

Tuesday Tabellion – Reflections at the end of 2017

As I complete Glyph & Grey and 2017 comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the past few years.

The first poetry book I ever published was The Heart of Autumn on September 13, 2011. The first poetry book of 100 poems I published was Smoke & Spirit on October 9, 2012. I started writing Smoke & Spirit in August 2011 along with Flare & Fetter. Since their publishing, I have published 13 other 100 poem books of new work, 4 other smaller books of poems I wrote prior to 2011, 5 collected works, and 16 chapbooks.

From August 2011 through today (and the completion of Glyph & Grey), I have written 1515 poems toward stand alone poetry books which roughly averages out to 288 poems a year. I have also written another 300 or so poems in attempts at novels in verse and other poetic styles. One of these days, those poems might come out to play but for now, they sit and wait for me to decide what their fates will be.

While all the poems are personal to me in one way or another, Flare & Fetter remains one of the most personal books as it was written while I was “forced” to confront significant issues with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This condition and other issues do play out in other books and their poems but not in the same way.

The most challenging book to write was Hallow & Hearth. I wanted to give myself a writing challenge, and it delivered fully. I never expected letter H would give me such problems because it only applied to the titles. For a long time though, it and some personal crap stifled my creativity and I did not write. When I did write, H was very easy to deal with in short bursts of awesomeness.

The quickest book to write was Passion & Prudence. I wrote its 100 poems in 30 days as a creative endurance challenge. I continue to be amazed that I did so well. The poems turned out fantastically. My brain did feel like ooze for awhile after I was done but it was worth it.

My absolutely favorite book continues to be Russian Hymns, a collected work of poems from several books. These poems were inked to and/or involve a fictional character I had often dreamed about nicknamed The Undertaker aka Zephyr. I still dream of him from time to time but nowhere to the extent I use to. I have no idea why he is such a vivid creation in my dreams. Supposedly, the faces we see in our dreams are faces we have seen before. The Undertaker’s entire physical form is very precise in my dreams but I have absolutely no recollection of ever seeing such a face or encountering such a person.

 

Poetry Wednesday – Hypnotic Lost

Hypnotic Lost

caught myself in a dream
getting lost within it
hypnotic and breathless
along the lines of otherworldly sight
pulled down to a level below
marble chasms and dragon’s breath
caught myself in a dream
waking is obsolete
pull down the other world
created in a prism of greys and blacks
caught myself in a dream
this is what I want
this is what I have torn
prism in palm
prism in pupil
hypnotic drag
flouncing petticoats
caught of false breezes
drop down into this dream
caught and carried prey
witness to tulle fails
see if I know the difference
struggle to wake
struggle to gain ground
to walk on in this net
held together by a dream

February’s Free Kindle Book – Last Days

Flare & Fetter CoverTomorrow is the last day of this month’s free Kindle book promotion. This month’s book is Flare & Fetter. Get this $3.99 Kindle book free from February 14th through the 18th.

February’s Free Kindle Book – Flare & Fetter

Flare & Fetter CoverToday is the start of this month’s free Kindle book promotion. This month’s book is Flare & Fetter. Get this $3.99 Kindle book free from February 14th through the 18th.

Poetry Wednesday – Tree

Tree

I see
For so long I have
Seen the tree
Through forests
Blacken, dying
Bitter green, struggling
But I cannot seem
To break free from
This maze
Charred branches pulling me in
Wanting to hold, devour
My subconscious
Trapping me in shadow
Until the Reaper comes
Comes to save me
But how can I surrender
To Death when I have yet
The chance to live
Live by my terms
Free of another’s doubts
How to track the tree
Adorned in the silver fleece
Beckons, tempts, taunts

January’s Kindle Download

I would like to thank everyone who partook of this month’s promotion – a free Kindle download of Smoke & Spirit. I appreciate it, and I do hope that you will be kind enough to live a review on Amazon or GoodReads.

Next month’s free Kindle download will be Flare & Fetter.