This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Unlined & Undertakers which was published on August 13, 2013. Hard to believe it has been five years since its release. It is the ninth book I published. Unlined & Undertakers is two parts personal growth, one part writer’s obsession, one part paranoia, and one part love letter to a dream. A dream that began weaving its way into my world back when I started working on The Heart of Autumn. Over a span of four years, a faint dream solidified and became a constant in my day so this book was titled to pay homage.
One hundred poems on matters of life, paranoia, longing, personal growth, dreams, and the seduction of ink
Unlined & Undertakers is available through Amazon. Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 19 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.
Question: Who is the ‘he’ and who is the ‘she’ in your poems?
Answer: This answer largely depends on the context of the poem and the reader’s perception. Some poems – especially those written early on – do have a specific person attached to them. The poems which came to make up Russian Hymns are about a fictional character named Zephyr. Unlined & Undertakers and Zephyr & Zinc pay homage to Zephyr as well. A few poems after Russian Hymns, Zephyr & Zinc, and Unlined & Undertakers also reference him. Typically, these later poems make note of hymns. Why he sings hymns remains a mystery to me. Zephyr, at his core, is not a nice person and only gives the illusion of being wholesome, loving, better than he is. In some ways, he has evolved to be the general meaning of ‘he’ in a lot of poems. There are times where I think Zephyr has always been ‘he’ but grew to be more of a solid entity then returned to a more incorporeal state of existence as words and emotional needs are fickle. Predominately, ‘he’ and ‘she’ are a reference to creativity or to some personification of a harbinger of dying/death. Again, which is which depends on context and perception. I am not always sure myself and I wrote the poems. I am certain there are times where ‘he’ and ‘she’ are a direct reference to death but I can never seem to pinpoint the exact poems in which this occurs.
It is Freebie Friday! The Kindle version of Unlined & Undertakers is free until the 14th. Download, read, enjoy, and review.
Onto to the status update…
Day 9 was less than exciting although I did put up three poems which was nice. I continued a bad habit of always being out of the house. Enjoying my break from taking care of others I suppose. I did spend a large portion of Day 9 at the vet clinic with my sister’s English Bulldog, Byron. He was getting an Echo Ultrasound to see how far his heart disease had progressed. Prognosis was decent but the vet wants to run some additional tests, and Byron ended up on some medication that should reduce his risk slightly of sudden death. Day 9’s poem is Better Halves, a piece for Xenium & Xyris.
Day 10 should have been heavily focused on writing and editing, especially the editing, but that isn’t what happened. Two poems and five pages of editing do not equal a heavy focus. I ran some errands, tended to some household chores, and finished up some paperwork that had a Day 11 deadline. Day 10’s poem is Honey, a piece for Nightmares & Nevermore.
Day 11 finds me at the local IHOP again. I had a coupon for a free short stack. Hello, Free pancakes! They brought me a regular stack instead. I didn’t know I had a limit on pancakes. It is four. Five proved to be far too much for me. I have written three poems and this blog post thus far. I came with the intention of lingering – comfortable seating, bottomless drinks, and free WiFi – but my allergies and the waiter seem to want to thwart that plan. Today will be spent all over the place with me working on editing and writing wherever I can find a place to sit a spell. Today’s poem is Roses, a piece for Nightmares & Nevermore.
Xenium & Xyris: 70/100
Zephyr & Zinc: 76/100
Elysian & Ether: 37/100
Nightmares & Nevermore: 51/100
Overall Word Count: 5700/20000
Unlined & Undertakers is two parts personal growth, one part writer’s obsession, one part paranoia, and one part love letter to a dream. A dream that began weaving its way into my world back when I started working on The Heart of Autumn. Over the past four years, the faint dream solidified and became a constant in my day so this book was titled to pay homage.
The $14.00 Paperback is available through Amazon and CreateSpace. The $3.99 eBook is available through Kindle, and is free to borrow for Amazon Prime Members
And Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end for another year. I finished out Camp with 20,078 on Day 27. Not sure how I managed to achieve that word count but it is done and I embrace it. For the rest of the month, I managed another 2,045 words. For as many words were written, a surprisingly few ended up as poetry and I never touch the novels.
Final Poem Count – 59
Xenium & Xyris – 22 poems for 22/100
Zephyr & Zinc – 20 poems for 20/100
Elysian & Ether – 7 poems for 8/100
Nightmares & Nevermore – 10 poems for 12/100
Upcoming for August:
- Release Day for Unlined & Undertakers
- Fish out all the poems from the Camp NaNo files and place them in their respective master files
- Train the
glutton for punishment wonderful person who volunteered to (eventually) take over my data entry oriented office in the Society for Creative Anachronism
- Become more familiar with the documents pertaining to the SCA office I offered to take over
- Continue work on the house
- Hope the garden produces more before cooler weather comes
- Finish setting up Shop Sable Quill Creations and list some crafting supplies on Etsy
The question is whether or not I can get it all done in a timely fashion. If July’s pace stays, probably not but I will give the list my best intention of effort.