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  • By Sarah Cathleen Gawricki
    Jan 12, 2012
    “There’s nothing you can’t be if you write it,” It was signed “Poetry” -Blory #21 “Poetry was her name” by Rakuli Velvet Blory is an assortment of poetry and prose from a variety of amateur blogs. Woven together with nothing but passion and promise, each story is a reflection of the artists’ personal style and parable. The collection has a chilly, yet authentic, vibe to it and eloquently guides us on a journey into each artist’s mind. The compilation sets the mood with a cynical tale about a child’s forlorn snow days; a jovial time ruined by the thought of decaying memories personified as objects near and dear to the child’s heart. A simple and understated look at youth’s own awareness that time stands still for no one, even on the most magical of days. The hidden theme of the book seems to be gloom, interwoven with tales of lovers waiting, painful, cyber fantasies, failed writers, and, even dead dogs. While there are some uplifting messages, most of the stories and poetry showcase... More > the pessimistic poignancy that so many promising artists possess. However, it is that despair that keeps the reader enthralled. The photographs, however, seem lackadaisical, as if someone pulled them off the internet and gave it not a second thought. Some don’t even seem to go with the story, i.e., the picture of the naked girl wrapped in a sheet on the bed or the picture of the two lovers. The picture of the naked girl is just typical trite Tumblr sensationalist meme theme. The picture of the two lovers is enchanting, but when I read the story, I picture the brisk day on the porch the writer alludes to; more visually stunning. Then, for seemingly no reason, the pictures just stop. I cannot tell if the artists came up with the pictures themselves and were solely responsible for submitting the work, or if Velvet Blory just got lazy and said “fuck it.” I feel as if to give it more of an intimate feel, the work should include more illustrations; poetry is colorful, whimsical, and inventive, and nothing captures that better than paint or pencil on paper. Velvet Blory is an ingenious collaboration with a good flow and real artists. Truthfully, there should be more in this publication. All of the writers are extremely talented and should be recognized for their work. Since each Blory is no more than a few paragraphs, many as short as a few lines, it is a quick read and a great “coffee table” book and a great conversation starter. The most glaring criticism I have is simply the artwork, and that is easily repaired. To end, here is my favorite Blory: Blory #11 a pincushion heart she made up songs about going to work as we got ready for work she named cats she didn’t have she took too long to tell stories she always asked me if what she ordered sounded good the stupid small thin I cannot wait to see what more Velvet Blory has to offer. Sarah Gawricki< Less
  • By david_puerner
    Jan 11, 2012
    The writers you have assembled here are of an amazing caliber, so much so that I think you may have balked when you choose my poem to be included among the rest (though I’m extraordinarily grateful to have made the cut)! From start to finish I found myself traveling amidst a vast sea of globe trotting pieces, and soul trotting thinkers. The vistas Book #1 contains are so human, and so beautiful, that you can hardly believe the whole thing could be bound in so few pages. Bottom Line: You will not be disappointed that you purchased this book.
  • By storymonster
    Dec 26, 2011
    Loved this! Perfect for fans of flash-fiction/short pieces. This is perfect for a coffee table book to pick up and glance through, lots of cool pieces. Thought it might be a bit hit or miss but liked nearly all the pieces and the whole Blory idea. Could be better edited and needs page numbers. Some further info about featured writers would be good too
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Product Details

ISBN
9781471022814
Edition
1
Publisher
VelvetBlory
Published
December 21, 2011
Language
English
Pages
37
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.23 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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