This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Smoke & Spirit. It is my sixth full-length poetry book and the first in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as the first book containing 100 (or more) poems. Several of its poems can be read at words-scribbled.com/books/smoke-spirit/.
Streaked across winter skies
Whirl and howl
Harbingers to the end
World as we know it
Gone to a new place
A new sense of being
Silver, black, and blue
Smoke & Spirit 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.
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.
robbed by summer deities
feel anger simmer up
to the breaking point
never thought to be reached
cannot take anymore
jokes at the expense of living
to be robbed again and again
when labors become done vain
what is the point of continuing on
hard to be steadfast on the path
traveled with bloody shins
dripping out the stumble pattern
left it to be robbed by summer deities
lurking among the trees with bow and arrows
waiting for the unsuspecting to come along
in hopes of success, of peace
to finally come their way
that labors can bring more than pain
they come near to bring
more than what one could
ever bargain for
release into the canopy of trees
hope for unseen even by precocious deities
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.
Today is the last day for the monthly promotion of a free Kindle download.
This month’s free Kindle download is Smoke & Spirit. It will be available as the free Kindle download from January 10, 2014 through January 14, 2014.