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Measured Moments

Measured moments

This poetry anthology was edited by Denise DeVries and includes some of her poetry and art.

Available directly from the author or on Amazon.

Dreams of a Manic

Dreams of a manic
By Mark Greene
As in Mark Greene’s first book, “Under the Fan”, this writer rips away the pretense from the first word of a poem and goes right to the heart of the message. Your voice…Like a drug…Like an addiction…When you say it that certain way…That familiar way…And I know…I’ve lost myself. And so goes this unusual and compelling collection of poetry and prose in which the author/poet/songwriter probes into the everyday struggles faced by everyman and the demons in his life.

Whether the author is musing about his stay in a mental hospital (It’s 9:15pm in the nuthouse, there’s one guy who can’t shoot pool, shooting pool and almost everyone else mumbling, jumbling in their beds. I’m bored, suicidal maybe, bi-polar they say. I wonder if I could run thru that glass door?) Or revealing about the voices in his head (Voices coming from every angle, in my sleep, around the block, in the kitchen sink, whistling thru the bushes or coming from the whole in my guitar), he gets to the meat of the issue, done to the bone, with honesty and humor.

Mark Greene is a self-made author who has been married nearly thirty years and lives in Virginia with his beautiful wife. This is his second book of poems, stories and songs (Under the Fan) came out in 2006. We can only hope that this is the second of many books to come.

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Under the Fan

Under the fan
By Mark Greene

There are writers who approach the wonders of life with enormous reverence and delicacy. And then there is Mark Greene. This writer rips away the pretense from the first word of a poem and goes right to the heart of the message. Baby screams destroying the brain…sleepless nights tossing and turning…alarm sounds off…the grump emerges…slow motion action…the timecard punched…brain begins to function…it’s just another day. And so goes this very unusual and highly compelling collection of poetry and prose in which the author/poet/songwriter persistently pokes and probes into the daily struggles faced by everyman dealing with job, family…life. In his very unique voice, Greene reveals the meaning—or meaninglessness—of the quotidian and oft-times predictable life.

Whether the author is musing about infidelity (I dove in with both feet…whisky and sex…so fun…I never thought about stopping) or putting off the inevitable (It’s not that I hate to do those things but I don’t like to be told to do those things…so I find some way around those things…those wonderful, rotten you-know-whats), he finds a way to probe the meat of the issue, work his way down to the bone…and, finally, into the marrow.

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Soul Cookies

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By Janice Hoffman
Soul Cookies presents a variety of subjects, primarily in free verse but a few in traditional form, as well—from the birth of a child to the death of another, from Eve to Hamlet, from a little girl in Mexico to the author’s mother and dogs and roses. With poems born out of joy, sorrow, and sometimes humor, Janice Hoffman hopes to evoke emotions and provide comfort regarding universal heart issues. She offers you cookies for your soul.

The melodious and emotionally riveting poems in Janice Hoffman’s Soul Cookies recount familial victories and challenges while also revealing the poet’s reverence for literary and historical figures, as well as her astute comprehension of art. Her meticulous imagery and attention to detail vivify an array of characters in poems that personalize the author’s view of humanity. Admirable is Hoffman’s decision to remain positive despite life’s obstacles and instead to “chase the gloom of darkness far away.”
                                                        Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
                                                           Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita

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Contrary Visions

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By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda​

Award-winning poet Peter Klappert describes the book this way:  "It is in a Blakean sense of Contraries that Carolyn Kreiter-Kurylo [former name] titles her first book Contrary Visions . . . The people in a number of these poems are deaf or blind or infirm, but the poet knows the world is no less various and intense when the eye is lightless or the ear mute, and she intuits how the senses may complement and supplement each other . . . Kreiter-Kurylo's poems proclaim the beauty and abundance of this world--of memory, history, art and music, of outcasts and exemplars and the fragile, natural economies they inhabit--and as they do so, quietly they celebrate themselves. They are their own best source of wonder."

Death Comes Riding

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By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

This collection offers a new perspective on spiritual growth. Set against a background of death, history and myth, the poems range from free verse to dramatic monologues and sonnets.

Available at Amazon.

Gathering Light

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By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

In Gathering Light Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, former Poet Laureate of Virginia, transports us to locales as diverse as Lake Nakuru, Kenya and Machu Picchu, Peru in lyrically intense poems that remind us that the art of seeing, like making a friend, takes time.  “By wandering through countries where the pace of life is slower,” she states, “it’s easier to appreciate the charm of a sun-drenched Inca city high in the Andes, as well as the majesty of a sleek cheetah’s run across an African savanna.”

An accomplished visual artist, Kreiter-Foronda has been influenced by Georgia O’Keeffe, who painted flowers that covered the expanse of a canvas to enable her viewers to notice every detail.  The poems in this collection resonate.  They share the author’s meticulous portrayal of subjects, ranging from Auguste Rodin at work in his studio to a search for the elusive condor in the Bolivian highlands.

A skilled wordsmith, this gifted writer turns poetry into song in the tradition of Yeats, Thomas, Wordsworth, and Keats.    She entices readers out of the world of Facebook and Twitter and allows them to experience the marvels of life they might otherwise miss.

Gathering Light is available on Nook, Kindle, and Kobo at $5.99.

River Country

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By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda​

Eastern Virginia's Tidewater region serves as a microcosm of pristine areas undergoing radical changes detrimental to the environment. The speaker of these poems recognizes the connection to nature and the need to contribute to its survival.

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Seasons of Sharing: A Kasen Renku Collaboration

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By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda 

Seasons of Sharing offers poetry born of collaboration, poetry that reaches the universal from distant points of planet earth.  Six global partners, communicating by e-mail, create poetry that is immediate, intimate, and modern, carried in an ancient poetic form through the world’s newest means of communication:  the internet. While exploring the richness of seasons, the book metaphorically visits incidents on the world stage, such as climate change, the Arab Spring, and urban violence.  Dr. Joseph Heithaus, professor at DePauw University and author of Poison Sonnets, calls the book “a collaboration of first merit.” Seasons of Sharing includes French, Spanish, German, and Japanese translations.

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and Joyce Brinkman with Catherine Aubelle, Flor Aguilera García, Gabriele Glang, and Kae Morii and

The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

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By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award

“From the first to the last page of The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda captures and evokes the spiritual richness and artistic quaking of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and their complicated, love-torn lives. With sumptuous imagery, yet acute precision and detail, the book delves into the artistic, marital and physical struggles of the artists, detailing how Kahlo, who even as she was undergoing painful surgeries and engaging her work, anguished about her husband Diego Rivera’s famous infidelities. . . . With its kinetic energy and bold envisioning, The Embrace is a well-researched, supremely crafted and perfectly executed narrative ‘embrace.’”

––Shonda Buchanan, author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? or

Life in Haiku - Photography and Verse

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By Sonja McGiboney

In this collection of Haiku, author Sonja McGiboney combines beautiful black and white photography with verse. She writes about love, friendship, children, school, and other milestones in a person’s life. Loosely formatted to follow the stages of life from birth to death, readers empathize with many of the verses. Some will make you sad and some will make you smile.
The photos in this collection are collected from moments in the author’s life as a mother and a professional photographer.

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Naturally Wild in the Nearly Civilized

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By Ronald Munro

Naturally Wild in the Nearly Civilized brings together nature photography and nature-minded poetry. Through picture and verse, we get a glimpse of the interplay of Nature’s grace with every hope and dream, every fear and doubt, every joy that life brings our way.

Accented with timeless insights from literary masters, Naturally Wild in the Nearly Civilized creates a photo-poetic essay recalling a time when Nature itself was considered life’s greatest poet.

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By Ronald Munro

Sojourns is an integrated collection of poems presented in a progression of five sections:
Prelude, Crusades, Travail, Pilgrimage, and Postlude. Each poem individually is a story or vignette, somewhat in the manner of a parable. The settings for these stories are taken from diverse eras in history and diverse peoples.

Crazeman in the Bottle

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By Sally Stiles

An enchanting collection. You will laugh and cry, stop in J.D. Salinger's home town, go to the movies, visit with a shaman, ride on Pegasus' back, travel to East and West Africa and learn how man was really created. Accessible but thought-provoking. Sally Stiles is the author of four books, including the acclaimed memoir, Plunge!. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Available on Amazon

The Haiku Guide to Cruising: The Pacific Northwest

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By Sally Stiles

A celebration of aha! moments aboard a small trawler on a 1700 nautical-mile cruise from Puget Sound through the San Juan and Canadian Gulf islands into Alaska. Dramatic, artistically-enhanced photographs accompany the inspiring haiku poetry.

Available on Barnes & Noble

Haiku Guide to the Inside Passage

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By Sally Stiles

Anyone who loves the wilderness will love The Haiku Guide to the Inside Passage. Its 40-color photographs and 98 resonating three-line poems document a voyage from Puget Sound to Skagway, Alaska, on a small, single-engine trawler. In a strikingly complementary fashion, the poems and the photographs capture vivid images of deep fjords, wildlife grazing on remote shores, glaciers accessible only by boat or plane, and first-nation fishing villages. As one reader has described it, this little book is "a travelogue, a love story, and a fine poetry collection all wrapped up in one beautiful collection."

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The Haiku Guide to Williamsburg

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By Sally Stiles

America's original backyard is as rich in natural surroundings as in history and scholarship. This book of carefully rendered poetry and artful photography celebrates aha! moments in the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, Virginia.

Available on Amazon