Originally posted on Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub: Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be available to purchase on July second. In case it isn’t painfully obvious based on my other blog posts, I love fantasy of every kind. I was so excited to…
Poezi nga Rami Kamberi ATY KU LULËZON, DHE GURI… N’malësi Shtati, dua të më soset, si jeta edhe nuri N’lumni T’pi dashni, Syzënë, aty ku lulëzon dhe guri T’i shoh, majat e maleve, ku e lash fëmijërinë Nëpër kroje e mriza, lugje e shkëmbinj e ahishte Ta takoj, motin e kohës, ku e trazova […]
I am still experimenting with reaching a worldwide audience. You will see some articles in languages other than English occasionally. I will post them at various times to target different time zones. Although my strategy has been gathering more viewers from around the world, it has yet to affect sales. I am getting viewers from such places as India, Malaysia, Russia, Portugal, and many others. Sometimes I get viewers from 10-12 or more countries in one day.
Poezi nga OSIP MANDELSHTAM (1881-1938) *Poetët i parashohin gjërat KASANDRËS Çastesh t’lulëzuara s’kam dashtë të kem Buzët e tua, Kasandër, tuat sy, Por, në dhjetor të kremtimit solemn Kujtimi do na djegë të dy! Të gjitha i humbëm, duke dashuruar Në dhjetor të vitit shtatëmbëdhjetë: Dikush u grabit me vullnetin e popullit, Tjetri grabiti veten […]
Poems by Juljana Mehmeti Wanderers … I wanted that sweet sinking in your ocean that slow immersion somewhere down to a wave approaching towards the harbor swinging in our boat the ruffled wind; two oars driving and a sail lost in the horizon. I also loved the silence which spoke with your breathing while […]
Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit Originally Published: 7 July 2015 by Washington Square Press Page count: 342 My Format: Audiobook via Hoopla Digital Cover: Okay Pacing: Good Ending: Loved Would I recommend it: Yes Commission Link: https://amzn.to/2Lpfiha My rating: ★★★★☆ Synopsis from Goodreads At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea […]
Poezi nga Seli Murati Mbetemi dy stinë Në bregun e detit dergjen orët e jetës sime në çaste vetmie veç yjet i përqafova si një shtatore ngujuar strukur në ëndrat e harruara shoh sytë e tu që flakin çdo gjë si një hir i parakoshëm”adoleshenteje” ditën je mendimi im,natën-ëndërra ime më e bukur se […]
Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover is a collection of my poetry written from the mid-80’s to mid-90s, a turbulent, fluid time in my life in many ways, but especially romantically. I have taken many of the poems written during those years and compiled them into a dark narrative capturing the emotional turmoil of a narrator who descends from romantic love for a woman into a lonely world of alcohol and night clubs, where his only love is the night that envelopes him psychologically, emotionally, and physically. It is about 110 print pages in length and lavishly illustrated with photos I found in the public domain (no, those are not photos of me or of my former paramours).
You can read samples of it and my other works at my Amazon author’s page: Amazon.com/author/philslattery.
I have tried to make this a wonderful experience for the reader, exploring the bliss of love to the depths of despair and then to resignation to one’s fate in an existential crisis.
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While there, you might want to check out my other work on relationships: The Scent and Other Stories. In this collection of short stories, I explore the dark, sometimes violent, sometimes twisted, sometimes touching side of love, the side kept not only from public view, but sometimes from our mates. Set in the modern era, these stories range from regretting losing a lover to forbidden interracial love in the hills of 1970’s Kentucky to a mother’s deathbed confession in present-day New Mexico to debating pursuing a hateful man’s wife to the callous manipulation of a lover in Texas.
Two reviews have warm praise for Nocturne…:
J. Muckley calls it “Beautiful, Sad, Authentic and Vulnerable Look at Love and Loss” and gives it five stars, saying:
Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover by Phil Slattery is a deep and raw “picture” of experiencing love and lovers of varying type, capturing the moments of ecstasy and pain in a most beautiful way.
Slattery speaks with one voice as his words and pictures depict the full range of human love and loss that both tempts the soul to engage and urges the heart to resist. His opening quote by Augustine of Hippo captures this work perfectly: “I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love…I sought what I might love, in love with loving.” –Augustine of Hippo
The poems are mostly untitled and written in free verse form. The reader meanders through the past relationships as they ebb and flow through varying stages. The introduction poem tells of the types of poem you will soon encounter:
nights of love
full of life and laughter
as empty as an empty
The poem closes:
Bring me to that ultimate pleasure
in your all-consuming eyes.
Let us become one
and share the horrors of this
All in all, Nocturne, is a beautiful but sad read that speaks to the reality of love and holds nothing back. It engages the mind and the heart longing for lasting, meaningful love that always seems just outside of its reach.
P.S. Winn calls it “Great Poems with Pictures”, gives it four stars, and says:
I like this author’s poems which have a great feel to them. The book is about love but a lot more is included inside the pages. I like the photos the author included to enhance the poetry. A few of the poems held descriptive words about nature and I enjoyed the way the picture author paints in the readers mind is also displayed in the photographs that correspond with the words.
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Well, good news for me in that I had read three of the longlist, and two of those have made it through to the shortlist. Interestingly, the one that didn’t, Trent Dalton’s Boy swallows universe, has been making such a splash that I rather expected it to be shortlisted. But, as we all know, you […]
Fifty-eight years ago today, a flawed man, one who forever changed American Literature, died at his own hand. Genius is an over-used word, but that doesn’t mean it is misapplied. It is applied across many different fields. Often times, it is up for debate if one is or is not a genius. Over used or […]
Hermann Hesse, scrittore, poeta, filosofo e pittore tedesco naturalizzato svizzero, premio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1946, è nato il 2 luglio 1877 e morto nel 1962 ░░ “Weich ist stärker als hart, Wasser ist stärker als Fels, Liebe ist stärker als Gewalt.” – […]
A new month means new horror here at TMR, and although July is one of the genre’s weaker months, we still have a couple of fantastic looking films headed our way, including one of horror’s most anticipated films of the year—Ari Aster’s (Hereditary) Midsommar! Not only do we have that to look forward to, but […]
Poems by Maurus YOUNG Dr Maurus Young or his Chinese name Yun Da Yang, was born in China in 1933. He graduated from National Taiwan University and a PHD from National Paris University. He started writing poem at the age of 15 in Taiwan and his poems were published in newspapers . As a poet, […]