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  • By raquelsbear
    Jul 4, 2010
    A Glimpse to Open Poetry Book Review By Raquel Bear Danielle Sainte-Marie’s phenomenaly epic poetry book, A Glimpse to Open, opens with the astounding essay, Inside a Glimpse. In this piece we get to see what the book is all about: that rare, mystical experience of a union with something ancient, eternal and transcendent. She describes how the completing of the book inspired a strange experience of her own: she realized that one of the poems she had written seemed to “accidentally” contain the exact mathematical formula for transcendent numbers. And, she realized her work also contained the same variables commonly used for the formula! She says her “head swooned and she had to lie down,” upon discovering this. This type of merging with something spiritual is very common among artists of all types. From musicians to poets, from painters to sculptors and from martial artists to actors, this is something I have heard about many times in my life. Danielle’s book, however, is designed to... More > specifically take the lay-person into their own experience; “If,” as she says, “one is so inclined to be open and aware.” Her book does exactly that. By the time I was halfway done with this work (that spans 33 years of poetry in her life), I was beginning to see my own life in a new, more mystical and rich way. Her ability to lay her soul down on a page is truly the strongest I have ever seen. She is absolutely fearless and has no problems at all about sharing every detail of her life…from deep insecurity (Thine Lady’s Dream) to being rejected by a lover (To Carmen), from alcoholism (Pinot Dreams) to pain from realizing one is becoming like their mother (Mother, and Separate Illusion), Danielle truly lets it all out here for the world to see. She discusses masturbatory habits (Saturday Night, Alone at Last!), her rejection of personal gods for deeper spirituality (Crush, I Am, and Kiwi Moon). She expounds on her own fight with being intersexed and having labiaplasty to bring her body into alignment with her mind (Tiptoes, and Princess), and discusses her struggles and conflicts with suicidal thoughts (Love that Drain). Where else can you find turns of phrases like, “Your insecure vagina…a million addicts at your unshowered, picked-at-feet?” “I’m your lesbian, homophobic fright, your taunt, the heroin gaunt,” or, “Eat your filthy apricot sounds, suck your bleached then fake-tanned rice; wallow in fields of amber with smoke as your guide, find your nutritional content is zero with pride.” This is confessional poetry that would have made Sylvia Plath proud. This is the work of the best new poetess of our generation…someone who is brutally honest yet comes across as unbelievably kind and sweet. The book comes to its ending with two haunting pieces, The Sunset and the Shadow, and To Jordyn; the former is probably one of the most unusually metered poems I have ever read, and quite simply, also the greatest poem I have witnessed. The latter, To Jordyn is a short poem about a possible new love in her life, and yet the ruminations she divulges about the piece afterwards let you know that—once again, she had lost out (temporarily) on love. She closes with an essay called, Reading Poetry and Returning to Zero, which is so existential and Buddhist in its indications of totality, I had to do extra research online to find out what she was referring to sometimes. However, I began to gain a new appreciation for poetry as a very complicated, intricate art form after her piece. Danielle is an artist I will watch with great enthusiasm, as she definitely has an ardent fan in me now. I highly recommend the deluxe version of this book and the paperback version as well; keep one in your home and one in your car!< Less
  • By daniellesaintemarie
    Jun 2, 2010
    "Danielle Sainte-Marie courageously kneels before us, offering up her soul with passionate intensity and creative genius." ~Dr. Chloe Jennings-White, PhD "Listen...deeply listen beyond mind. Curl up in your favorite overstuffed chair with Danielle; surrender to feeling! This is poetry that opens itself beyond the limits of embodied experience, inviting our egos to simply melt. Our wounds of laughter and tears transform into poetic orgasmic bliss; shattering illusions of separateness; moving beyond self-discovery to oneness." ~Dr. Mark Kim Malan, PhD, Clinical Sexologist & Transformational Therapist at Relationship Health.Org "Many clinical hours have gone unscheduled due to music and poetry. Danielle's lyrical prose will fatten the wallets of potential clients worldwide! Astoundingly reminiscent, lovingly resolvent." ~Daphne Hutchins, LCSW, Co-Author, Hidden "Easily one of the most important poetic works of our time; Danielle is truly a master of... More > the connotation." ~Dr. Thomas Dineley, MD< Less
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Deluxe Second Edition
Lilac Shadows Publishing, Inc
February 11, 2011
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Full color
2.01 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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