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Mr. Swan's Poems
A Summer Into Fall Silhouette By Michael DeBenedictis
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Poetry is a living, breathing narrative of the thoughts, ponderings, and luggage one carries upon their mind, body, and soul. This volume is a summer to fall of 2018 collection of 28 observational,... More > thought-provoking pieces about a river, stars, a sandwich shop lady, cages and their contents, a yard sale, time and aging, a garden statue, smoke and mirrors, Kant’s walks, crowds, window blinds and maps, conversational math, forward propagation, a former self, Atlas-like carry-ons, epiphany, a pick-up truck’s perception, the dead’s nametags, 2018’s landscape, scratch offs, a pool player, what makes us human, the math of humanity, the ophidiophile, life as a sweeper, people on fire, and Chief Netawatwees’ new town statue, and paternal strength from a hospital bed. One will also be glad to know that the yard sale “today” is still in full swing, and redefining the limitations of how long “today” can be.< Less
Old Embers & New Light: A Compilation of Poetry By Michael DeBenedictis
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Good and bad experiences forge us into stronger, adapted people. The old you dies, a new one is born, timely reflection upon what’s past is done, and then moved on from. We march onward to the... More > next chapter - former demons analyzed, exercised, and rationalized for missed signs. New warning systems are put into place, old chapters left in the rearview, and displaced miles from the new self. You live the learned lesson, the long game, see the beauty and serenity in how far you’ve come, how much stronger you are, and know it wasn’t for naught. Only then do we know what others are experiencing and how to guide them through. One doesn’t grow without facing and overcoming personal demons, and doing so shows newly acquired, personal light found. This chronicle is of personal adversity championed over. Other interesting anecdotes hit the consciousness along the way.< Less
Tenacity Of The Ostrich Trying To Fly By Michael DeBenedictis
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Streams of events that take us to where we are in our lives are a collective, realized upon reflection in previous volumes of thought or journal entries. It’s with near reality and obstruction... More > defying tenacity we carry on, and change tracks as needed to maintain forward progress. In the process of reaching our own goals we adapt, rise, and fall with the tides, never losing sight of or becoming derailed from our personal mission en-route. This volume is part autobiographical in personal experiences and barely fictionalized likenesses of those who’ve crossed the author’s path, tells of regular daily routines, loftier philosophizing moments, oddball observations, and socially charged, human rights inspired reflections. It accounts for smaller side-missions that were taken on temporarily, to not lose focus of the primary, big picture goal, learning as we go along. This volume is a continuation of where the first seven’s not entirely planned, but gladly accepted, evolutionary path are taking the author.< Less
X Marks The Target & Y Is Where I Landed By Michael DeBenedictis
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If you haven’t had the luxury of experiencing a person in presence, conversation, and (mis)adventures simply read their work with an open mind and forgiving spirit. Truth and thought-provoking... More > dialogue are most forthcoming when one is made to write it down and reflect upon it, making it impossible to lie to oneself, or anyone else. This writer finds that autobiographical material is the most honest and unwatered down (or puffed up) when it is the stuff of (sup)planted source details for fiction and poetry work. There it can be found purposefully and subconsciously left at or just below the surface, for the sake of discovery. Other times it is a capture - for personal and scientific study and understanding - and release method. This book’s material is no different. It is full of interesting and humorous everyday observations, deep philosophical waxing, honest reflection of current life and times, and relieving exorcising of mental luggage for the sake of inspiring another and offering experiential knowledge.< Less
Almost A Journal: A Collection Of Poetry And Short Stories By Michael DeBenedictis
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Some people keep journals - with daily entries being tallied everyday - while others write poetry and fiction short stories, as well as getting the occasional tattoo. All of these contain clues into... More > their daily lives, emotional and physical journeys, and chronicles of their newest epiphanies, accomplishments, realizations, and milestones - small, medium, and large. Run on sentence much? This book, Michael DeBenedictis’ sixth self-published volume - a collection of poems and fiction short stories - does just that. It also contains pieces that reach out to others to tell of observations and stories that encompass experiences of the collective “everyone else” and “others”, as well as snippets of daily life in his own small town though his eyes. There also exists a personal journal - sitting atop one of his bookcases - that isn’t necessarily written in every day, but will still not see the light of day, however.< Less
Volume 5 By Michael DeBenedictis
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Volume 5 is a follow-up, in theme, to all of the four poetry and short story books that came before it. It is a collection of poetry - a blend of beat genre work and epic, longer scale Whitman-esque... More > work, with an undertone of epiphany, insight, and philosophy - and short stories that either carry on the theme or storyline of previous pieces. Deft wordplay, parallelism, and a flow that bounces from rhythmic to run-on are all at work here. This collection is an extension of deeper down the rabbit hole introspective, observational material, as well as material reachable at the surface level, with implications that the roots of the poems’ and stories’ themes, and true soul, have sprouted much deeper attachments. Volume 5 is another labor of love and personal journal, of sorts, as well as being meant to serve as a catalyst to inspire others to dive further, think deeper, and reach farther.< Less
When Animals And Folklore Run The Asylum By Michael DeBenedictis
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This compilation of short stories is a collection of narratives about the inner thoughts and inner workings of animals and folklore in our daily lives; what we see and what we don’t. It’s... More > the other side of the perspective that impacts us equally, presented without our own perceptions that would only blur their purity. This compilation of poems is a collection of poetic translation of the analysis of the world around us; the inner workings of things in the external world and within ourselves from where we pull our own inspiration. The intention of this book is to make animals, folklore, and the imaginative spirit the main character of study, and to leave aside - for once - the perspective that is far too common to us to ever be challenged anymore, from mere repetition; our own.< Less
Beyond And Between The Veil By Michael DeBenedictis
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This compilation of short stories is a collection of narratives that take the characters and reader on a journey beyond and between the veils of reality. They are meant to be - each and individually... More > - either philosophical, deep, touching, thrilling, and heartwarming, or any random combination of those descriptions, and more, all at once. The intention of this book is to expand upon the two previously published books of poetry, Mr. Swan’s Poems and After The Flight, to take the reader onto a journey into deeper rabbit holes and on longer and more drawn out rides that the short story format allows for. All of these short stories are original works. The date of the final draft of this compiled, completed work was Saturday, June 20, 2015.< Less
After The Flight By Michael DeBenedictis
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This collection of poems is the second of Michael DeBenedictis’ self-publications, a follow-up to Mr. Swan’s Poems. The goal for this sophomore release is to delve deeper, find new ways... More > of communicating, and to expand upon his style, subject matter, and command of the English language. To put it simply, to more colorfully take you a step further into his world and mind. To put it complexly, to present the author to his readers, again, but in a more personal way (short of being face to face) by getting to know his personality, nature, and writer’s eccentricities transposed into poetry, down to the words that carry over into the next lines and the pictures of views inside his apartment. All of these poems are original works. The date of the final draft of the compiled, completed work was Tuesday, March 3, 2015.< Less
Mr. Swan's Poems By Michael DeBenedictis
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Mr. Swan's Poems is a compilation that is a labor of love, creative unrest, and the result of Michael DeBenedictis' need to add to the collective, artistic energy of the universe in written word.... More > It’s also meant to be a tangible show of his appreciation for all the time, energy, blood, sweat, and tears spent on his behalf – by all of those in his life – to mold him into who and what he is today. All of these poems are original works. The date of the final draft of this compiled, completed work was Saturday, October 4, 2014. Michael DeBenedictis is a previously unpublished author. He is 32 years old, and lives in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. When he’s not working a day job to pay the bills he pursues a solo music project (Mr. Swan’s Song) and poetry projects. To date his published and distributed works are comprised of multiple albums of original music (from 2009 to current) and this poetry book.< Less