Top 10 Poetry Reads

10. Impressions in the Sand by Edward York

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Blurb:

 Impressions In The Sand is a collection of Poems I have written over a span of time.
 They are about life, love and even some humor. Some were strongly felt inspirations and others were whimsical.
 

JAnn’s Rating:

Edward’s poetry is so surreal and heart-touching, his poems reflect life in so many different rays of light. Some bright and happy where you find yourself smiling and then some are so surreal that it takes your breath away, leaving you gasping for air. His words are light like feathers that fall gently on the screen with very little effort in imagery.
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9. On The Edge by Haley Timmons

Today the
Angels Descended

Mommy can you hear me?

What did I do so wrong?

Can you see the blood I bleed?

Or How I’m not that strong?

Does my voice sound distant?

Did you forget just where you are?

Mama I know I’m not an infant

But I still love you with all my heart

The bruises are starting to blacken

And the teachers are asking me why

I lied about how it happened

Said I was tripped up by some guy

But mama I don’t want to lie

Why do you hurt me so?

Why is it that you’re always high?

I just wish that I could know

Mama I think you’re killing me

There’s blood now on your hands

It’s getting really hard to breath

Was this your final plan?

Mama I am scared please stop

I swear that I’ll be good

I won’t cry not one teardrop

If you just treat me like you should

Everything’s quiet and I can’t see

Mama what have you done?

Why is it that you hated me?

When I was your only son

Mama my wings are so pearly white

And my body and soul has been mended

And I will be sleeping with God tonight

For today the angel’s descended

 Blurb:

On The Edge: Poetry By A Mentally Ill Poet is a book about the struggle of battling a mental illness. The book is sectioned into three parts. Mental Illness, Loss and World News.

The Last Breath

Your voice to me is Deafening
Your state of mind unsettling
although your smile is welcoming
your hands they are still trembling
Battle wounds stitched with glue
Body twisted, corkscrew loose
Ink filled lungs, black tattoo
Nothing that time can undo
Clean white sheets,sterile air
oxygen mask and missing hair
Hands are lifted, unspoken prayer
Flat line, An empty chair
Clocks stopped, time of death
chest rises, One final breath

 
JAnn’s Review:
My heart ached and tears brimmed my eyes on several of Hayley’s poems while I read this book. Hayley has such a descriptive rhyming voice when she writes, where you can actually here the cries of help throughout the pages. I am so thrilled and happy to have connected with Hayley on Twitter and helped her publish this book, especially since it was her first book and I
helped her achieve her dream. I will definitely be a fan of her poetry for a long time, just because she writes from the heart with such ease but at the same time, you can feel her pain greatly that she feels with each objective she writes. Her rhyme scheme is something I wish I could learn for she has that talent will mastered.

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8. Starlight by Mr. Glenn

 

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A Silhouette Remains

The flash bulb pops
and the light is thrown,
covering the distance of air,
bending past the molecules
that are suspended in time
as the light bleeds through them,
reaching to wrap around you
while the shutter begins its slide
and scrapes across the opening of the lens
and for the slights fraction of a second it seems
that it will reach you first
and capture you for its own,
but my heart is already there
and in a blur
the world you knew before
is already something new
because I love you
and all that is left for the camera to own
is the silhouette of love
that has already grown.

Blurb:

Starlight is the newest book of poems by Mr. Glenn.

Every night I step outside just as the moon begins to shine and wait patiently to see where the scatter of her children will fall across the sky. I wait patiently for you, the first star of the night. Some nights you appear dancing with the moon, some nights you hang all alone above the darkened silhouette of the mountains, but always you are covered in my thoughts and your sweet light always finds its way to me. You are my perfect starlight.

JAnn’s Review:
I was honored to read Mr. Glenn’s work. I found his work to be one that I will become a fan of for years to come. His smooth, romantic writing voice was a true pleasure to read. I really enjoyed his free verse with a slant rhyme with very visual effects to his poems. This book will be one that
I will definitely take the time to read over again and again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a sexy romantic poetry book to read.
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7. Echoes of Moonlight by Kimberly DuBoise

Quietly Watching
With eyes that see to the heart,
with a gaze that leads to understanding,
you look upon us in love.
You tenderly minister to our soul’s
Indefinable longing-
you rest your wings upon our sighs!
Before first light, when the warm rays of dawn
shine over me, you stir the thoughts of love
that beat within my heart.
and I know it is you
calling me awake,
calling me to love.
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Blurb:

This is a collection of poetry that deeply considers the connection we have to nature, the essence of love, the closeness of divinity.

JAnn’s Review:

Kimberly’s talent is sweet and so real. I have become a huge fan of her work since meeting
her. In fact I read this book twice since she gave it to me. I adore her wordplay and how free the words fall. Her rhyme scheme and rhythm bounces around which makes her poems flow with ease and fun to read. I highly recommend this book to any poetry lover who wants a smooth pace poetry book to read over the weekend. 

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6. My Myths by Kelle Grace Gaddis

 
 

 

The Shelves
Harry refused to listen.
Eventually, he had his ears removed.
He hung shelves where his ears used to be.
His wife wanted to put curios from Hawaii on the shelves,
a hula girl, a ukulele boy.
But, Harry never heard her request.
He placed a saltshaker on one side of his head and a peppermill on the
other.
By nightfall Harry had forgotten the shelves.
At dinner he demanded seasoning for his meat.
His wife pointed to the shelves.
Not understanding her gesture, he pounded the table with his fists,
until the salt crashed to the floor.
Harry grabbed his wife in a fury and shouted,
“Now look what you’ve done!”

 

JAnn’s Review:
Kelle’s written voice falls across the pages of her book, My Myths, with such ease and elegance. Her poetic tone brings to focus just how silly, straight heart a poet can be. She writes one poem with such elegant words of description then you turn the page and will soon encounter her ease and wittiness of character and imagery. I found myself gasping for air and reaching for the arm of my chair at moments when I thought my world would spin out of control with such beauty described on the page then I would find myself laughing and taking the book to my kids to read a poem. Kelle’s work was an amazing read and a book I will forever treasure.

 

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5. Poems by Timothious Smith

When thou Touch I

 

I stood back and looked at what I had done.

I had felt this way before.

In the near past I had lunged.

Opening a closed heart door.

The feelings I felt then

Loomed in my head once more.

I looked at the person I had been

And those feelings I had in store.

I thank you for awakening them in me

Those feelings I had ignored.

Those things I wanted to forget to see

Those streaming emotions I dared not ford.

I breath deep those feelings.

And wish that I could share them with you.

But they’re of heart dealings

And love come true.

They’re of magic and mystery’

Motion and joy.

They’re of future and history

And chaos destroy.

If I had felt them only a little while before.

I would have lived life better

and have not locked this door.

Thus being more a go getter.

I’ve written of heroes

I wished I could be

But all I really want

Is you with me.

If I never see you again

And the love my heart drips dry.

I will remember what has always been.

When thou touch I.

Blurb:

This is a few poems that I wrote in between 1989 and 1995 for women that I fell head over heels in love with. Hope that you enjoy them.

JAnn’s Review:
I have absolutely have become a fan of Timothious’ writing. His talent exceeded my expectations and my love for  poetry all together. His love poems were magnificent and enjoyable. It was my first book of modern poetry that I actually took my time in reading it and
thinking about each word, stanza and the entirety of the poem before flipping the page. His rhyme schemes and rhythm flowed as gently as a steady stream without any flaw. I was so impressed by his work and highly recommend anyone to read this book by Timothious.

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4. Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

Blurb:
Structured like an old-school mix-tape, Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately is Alicia Cook’s lyric
message to anyone who has dealt with addiction. “Side A” touches on all aspects of the human condition: life, death, love, trauma, and growth. “Side B” contains haunting black-out remixes of those poems.
JAnn’s Review:
Alicia’s poetry is sweet, sad and touching. It’s like riding a roller coaster! I absolutely fell in love with her style of writing. Her taste of words, the rhyme and rhythm, the flow is such an ease to the heart. I could really connect with her pain as she wrote these poems, in which that is what poetry should be all about. The connection between poet and reader.
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3. Sunset by Paul Anthony

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Tango Five Seven

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A siren screaming and a blue light flashing,

Through the ‘Lakes’ a motor bike dashing.

A gear, a lean and a handful of throttle,

Carving through traffic with skill and bottle.

A radio blaring in a wintry windy ear,

Telling what was waiting, knowing what to fear.

And there was the smash! Straight through the wall!

And Tango Five Seven had answered the call.

Broken bodies, broken limbs.

Unconscious twinkling, brain that dims.

Battered, bruised, bewildered man,

Searching for survivors, the river ran.

Wading in the water deep,

Holding close, her warmth to keep.

Bleeding blood, deep red upon me.

The Lord’s call proving way beyond me.

A kiss of life,

For someone’s wife.

Respiration…. Deep frustration.

And so to hold her as she slipped away,

That angel face, with eyes so grey.

And silky soft, her hair reclining,

But I could not stop her soul declining.

I pumped the heart, as you would friend.

Yet my hands were naught, she would not mend.

‘Come in Tango Five Seven!’

I heard, I sighed, I cried….I replied.

‘Tango Five Seven,

Angel in heaven!’

 
Book Blurb:

Sunset is a collection of poetry tracing the life of a relaxed carefree teenager in the Sixties to a man at the dawn of the Twenty First Century. The journey captures an age of experiences; peaceful and pleasant, violent and murderous. The voyage from one century to another smoothly results in a unique portrayal of the era in which we live.

From love and romance, war and peace, sorrow and surrender, to private fears and unknown tears, the Cumbrian policeman,detective, and novelist, Paul Anthony delivers a roller-coaster of poetic

The Cumberland News: From boy to man in seventy seven poems…
JAnn’s Review:

WOW!! Is all I can say! The heart-touching poems in this book depicts so much of the poet’s life as a police officer. Some of the poems brought tears to my eyes and some brought smiles, but it’s the emotion Paul has for poetry that really shows through his work. His talent overcomes most contemporary poets I read today! I give him great credit and kudos for sharing his story between the lines of each poem, where all good and bad things lie in life and poetry. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, just grab a good cup of coffee and enjoy!

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2. More Than Simple Words: Reality vs. Love by Derrick A. Marrow

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Blurb:

Poetry that deals with the reality of everyday life. The struggle of life. True love and true hurt and true loss and true happiness. The reality of the outcasts and incasts and how we all go through things.

JAnn’s Review:

I had a deep interest in wanting to read Derrick’s poetry and I am really happy to have done so. His poetry provides a provoking look into reality vs. love. Sometimes we have a tendency to mix the two up and it either drives us insane or it breaks our hearts and that is exactly how Derrick’s poetry portrays. His imagery is so vivid that as the reader one can honestly feel every emotion. His rhyme and rhythm play an important role in how each poem is completed and script into stone as if they were to be carved into the soul of the reader. Derrick’s poetry book is one that I would recommend anyone to read and study the way he twists and turns his words.

 

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1.Drinking from the Sane Water by Vincent G. Topp

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Blurb:

Drinking From The Sane Water is the first collection of poems from the poet Vincent Topp.All moods are accounted for, the hidden and the obvious.

JAnn’s Review

Vincent’s poetry is the type of poetry that will harness the soul and grip the heart and make you want to question everything in life. His emotions are strong throughout the book and the imagery he paints is one that flashes before your eyes. I truly enjoyed this book of poems! I would recommend to anyone who is a lover of words, life and enjoys exceptional talent of penning the poems.

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