The reed flute represents the human being— cut from the primordial spiritual realm, from communion with our Source in the river of pure peace, light, and gnosis. After a time before time in the... More > divine presence, witnessing and communing with the Ultimate Reality, we were brought out from the riverbed and placed in the here-below. We have come to this realm, according to the Sufis, to witness, remember and awaken to our original state. At the core of our beings we all yearn for this return. For we are the Reedbed Diaspora.
Baraka Blue is a poet, emcee, and educator born in Seattle, Washington. He is known for his unique blend of the American traditions of Hip-Hop and Spoken Word poetry with the Islamic tradition of mystical poetry exemplified by Rumi, Hafiz, and others. He has performed across North America and internationally, in countries such as the U.K., Turkey, the Gambia, Senegal, Egypt and Morocco.< Less
These Poems written within the limits of 6X4 inch pocket-sized pieces of paper (one poem per piece) in Istanbul, Turkey, visiting dervish friends, listening to long-night spiritual talks (sohbets) in... More > (for me) incomprehensible Turkish, in November of 2013. Translations of the ineffable, on cloud strands floating in air? Words out of nowhere? "Sometimes the dawn comes/up so silently you don't notice/that its tissues of gold have/slid over everything with the/just-as-it-is-ness of everything/placid in its light...< Less
This is the updated and expanded version of the highly acclaimed book of ecstatic poetry, eating God. It is a transcendent cycle of poems documenting the spiritual awakening of a simple man in the... More > modern world. It will delight and refresh you with its reality and compassion. This is a book you will read and read again. And share with others.
"If poets could be superstars, at least in this time and country, Roy Anthony Shabla would be the man to watch!" ~Spirit of the Valley.
This book removes God from the stranglehold of religions and offers the reader the possibility of spirituality on a personal basis. eating God is a book of surprising poems chronicling the spiritual development, humanity, and true compassion of a friend of the divine. Prepare to be delighted, moved, and changed. This poetry speaks to you.< Less
The lovechild of Dr Seuss and Philip Glass is a Zen master named, i write therefore i am. Or, i am not. This chapbook is a hall of mirrors which reflects more reality than fantastic or fractured... More > distortion. It is a writer’s handbook on why we write; two poems about the soul of poetry. It is music and psychoanalysis and a string of epiphanies knotted like a cat’s cradle. Hypnotic, dizzying… the book is a “must read” for any writer and any reader who considers literature an essential part of life.< Less
Lyrical and deeply resonant, this book of post-modernist poetry explores the dynamics of inter-personal relationships and communication. Built on classical forms, the work draws a direct line from... More > the modern avant garde back through colonial and medieval literature to ancient Rome and Greece. In many ways, it is a summation of the long tradition of literature in the Western world.
But don’t let that intimidate you. libretti lumi is a simple and personal account of the effects of love. You will find yourself and your relationships in this book ~the title implies the epiphany you will have when reading it.
Non-narrative in format, libretti lumi is the cycles of poetry for two operas. Actually, it is one cantata (a pre-cursor form to opera) and one opera. It is also thoroughly modern and accessible.
Toying with the game between science and spirituality, libretti lumi sheds light on the inner garden from which both science and spirituality spring. It is a book of emotions rationally explored.< Less
This chapbook of minimalist poetry shines a spotlight on the reality of modern interpersonal communication. A delicacy and subtlety unknown to Richard Brautigan permeates this work; a clean... More > starkness visited only by Mishima; a clarity possessed only by the great haiku poets ~ this is conversations.
The first review: In his latest literary effort, conversations, Roy Anthony Shabla becomes the proverbial "fly on the wall". From this vantage point, he observes and light-heartedly describes the awkward social interactions inherent in the potential and ongoing relationships of others as well as his own. His inimitable poetic banter is both entertaining and biting and can even be, at times, poignant. A highly readable chapbook, conversations is a welcome addition to Shabla's growing ouvre.< Less
Through the resonant images of keys, this small book of avant garde verse and prose poetry illuminates the family history and interpersonal relationships of the poet, achieving self-awareness for... More > the writer and reader, and releasing the obstacles to creativity. Or, to put the key in the lock, it is a delightful story of growing up and learning who you are.
Non-linear and non-narrative in format, this chapbook, like the cycle of life itself, is a puzzle whose picture gets clearer as the pages turn... and you will find yourself in different places every time you read it. You will find yourself different every time you read it.
And, as always, it is a love story; it is the story of the long, slow process of unlocking love for yourself and others.
You will never look at a key the same way again.< Less
Taste &Treats Remarks
Now that you’ve had the chance to “taste” the reading, now is the time to “treat” yourself to the goodies of what you’ve read. Enjoy... More > and have fun with the poetry because the “taste” is oh so sweet, and when you relive all of what you’ve done, oh what a mighty “treat”. If you tried it and you weren’t sure, just try it again; because each time you do it, you will find something new and you will always win.< Less
KETCHUP:Sopa De Gato is a mesmeric collection of poems and graphic designs that echo life in Los Angeles. Carlos Ornelas offers some of his finest poetic work to encapsulate the joy and pain evoked... More > at the turn of the 21st century.< Less
Stethoscope is poet Dave Morrison's ninth collection of poetry. Hailed as 'A hearty weed in the garden of American poetry' Dave Morrison's poems have been published in literary magazines and... More > anthologies, and featured on Writer’s Almanac.
"In Stethoscope, Dave Morrison the poet has fully arrived. Few people participate as fully in the musical awe beaten out in these poems as Dave Morrison maintains naturally all the time. "I’m transcribing as fast as I can," he says of words given to him in a dream, "but / they are disappearing in the / morning sun." Luckily for us, he has trained his ear to pick up the pulse no matter how faint, and amplify it with practiced skill. In this book, his transcriptive powers have hit full blossom."
Dana Wilde - author of The Other End of the Driveway and editor of Uni-Verse< Less
Deconstructing Ratchet provides a poetic conversation on the complexity that is Ratchet and the culture that surrounds it. Using the art of haiku,Deconstructing Ratchet evokes humor, paradox and... More > intellectual discourse all while twerkin to dope beats and drenched in a hot mess. This book looks to reshape the way you look at ratchet culture and all of its incarnations and definitions. Enjoy the ride and shake something while you're at it.< Less
Love Poems From a Perpetually Single Girl is a compilation of poems about all aspects of love. Relying on word pairings to evoke emotion, Reese Morrell provides a broad spectrum of perspectives on... More > love and relationships. A thoughtful insight to life and love, this collection spotlights the joys and despairs of relationships.< Less
I THINK THEREFORE I WRITE/ I WRITE THEREFORE 1 THINK.
You won’t find entertainment or diversion in this book
(at least not a whole lot);
not much comfort or peace either
(eight hours of sleep... More > is best for that).
What you’ll find here is WORK - as co-writer.
From the first words, “I will never go away,”
to, “WE WILL LAST” - enjoy these poems by Egan Gleason< Less
Fall in love with love again
But not just love of the heart
Fall in love with you, the person you were created to be. The beautiful you inside and out
Fall in love with the Second chance of life that... More > was given to you; fall in love with the Giver of life.
Fall in love with the history of your ancestors that paved the way for you and those to come.
Fall in Love with The spirit of true love, you know the one that had you at Hello
Fall in love with that
Forever Beautiful kind of Love.< Less
Written from Dec./2013–Feb./11/2014, most of the poems in this book reckon a structure capable of truthing the real and the dreamt, the false and factual: not dissolving these designations but... More > bringing them into play. Raising the voice of their synthesis. The Dark Webs are the commonality our disparate parts portend, where “Washington, Franklin, Paine & Warren, Gates, Hancock & Green;/ Meet on the coast glowing with blood from Albions Fiery Prince.” As for the other poems, I found them on the shore.< Less
Compassion and strength bleed from the wounds laid open on these pages. In her poetic memoir of healing, Cecele Allen Kraus leaves the shriveled truth behind like the dead skin of a snake that... More > slithers shining into the sunlight.< Less
A short collection of poetry by 16-year-old Lydia Havens-- half autobiography, half fiction. These are the poems for the misfits of the desert, for the anxious near suburbia, and for the storytellers... More > in Florence.< Less
This is Erich’s eight book, a wonderful variety of poetry about, life, inspirational, love, nature, dreams, uplifting, faith, wisdom, humor, fantasy, lyrics, written in different poetic styles.... More > Erich’s other seven books consist of poetry, biography and humor.< Less