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As we start yet another week, anticipation of the year to come is buoyed by the events about to take place tomorrow in our nations capital. It will be a day of historic value for any number of causes. The celebrated cause I desire to stand out, Is the promise of a historic day of change. A day that will become the hallmark of our country’s history because of changes undertaken by our government. An adjustment of our governments attitude and application of foreign policy. A remodeling of the massive structure of our government agencies that cost so much to maintain. A repeal of laws that have sought to remove many of our constitutional rights. Laws that were hurriedly passed under an obscuring fog of panic. A day that America regains the respect lost due to mishandled situations and events on several fronts. It’s entirely appropriate that today, the day before this memorable day of American history, that has yet to materialize, is Martin Luther King Day… for I have a dream.
I just had to say that… make my statement for the future.
Now back to the task at hand. I have some nice sites to share with you. Many of them are poetry sites, and very penetrative, intuitive, and sensitive. I have enjoyed reading their prose, and reflecting on the substance. Poetry is one of those art forms that can be enlightening, frustrating, and ever so meaningfully powerful. It seems to me that each reader receives their own unique vision of a poem. A poem can be vague and obtuse to one person while being clear and vibrant to another. That is one of the reasons I enjoy reading poetry, and analyzing it’s substance in my own mind. To the authors, I wish to apologies, for I seldom comment on a poem. I have this underlying fear of sounding like a complete unrepentant idiot. I have often wondered if the poets are disappointed when a person such as I, misunderstands their vision.
The first site I wish to share, is one I found through the Interview process at Softly Spoken. While reading and interview there, I followed a link to the most interesting site. Broken Mannequin, authored by a wonderful poet Charli, is insightful, sensitive, personal and powerful. Even Charli’s profile says volumes with few words.
“I want to tell you my secrets. So I write this naked poetry and hide behind the fig leaf of a word. My poems are confessions, penance too. I've got closets full of creatures dying to get out.”
This small portion of her profile struck my sensitive side, opened my heart and therefore my thoughts. Charli crafts, shapes, and molds, poems such as Inner Voice, about losing that guiding inner voice. She speaks (feels like singing) about the struggle and torture of being alone… with no guidance… even from yourself. In so doing, she enlightens and endears her readers. Perhaps you would like a love poem; or unreciprocated love… poem. Try Heart Surgeon, a prose that question the cold, compassionless heart, yet seeks a cure by any means available. Broken Mannequin is a site you’ll never regret visiting.
Next up is a site recently discovered. Before I am Famous, authored by Jenifer M. Scott. If you want to know anything about her, just visit her page and click on the About Me 101 Things. She writes poetry, short stories, and a few sponsored posts. Join her in Seeking Destiny, a poem about the questions of purpose, and the effort to make your own destiny. Or you can go on a whim and a fairytale… with Belated Love. How about some fun stories, read Mrs. Orzard’s Job, and forever question the radon comments by mysterious profiles on your blog. Or perhaps your would enjoy the Weekly Shorts, a series of short stories. You’ll find interesting fiction like, Dear Ana, a letter from an elderly man to his sister. He’s “confessing his sins”, which is prophetic for the sins are not his but those of the church. Take the time to explore Before I was Famous and enjoy the writing she has to offer.
A short time ago, I told you about Denver Cereal. It’s a daily serial with chapter parts posted each week. I guess the best way for me to describe it, is as a soap opera in written form. You can explore the lives and intricate events of two primary families. One working class, close knit, protective, and loving while the other is monied, distant and functioning dysfunctional. Find out how the two families become intertwined through love and circumstance.
The reason I’m mentioning them again is, Claudia Hall Christian, has gotten it published. The book is available in paper back version from the The Denver Cereal Store on createspace. If you enter coupon or discount code LTR2JGHK you can get it for close to 30 percent off. The discount pretty much covers shipping costs so it’s like getting free shipping. Or perhaps you would like it in PDF form. You can download it for free here. I have purchased the paperback version, mainly to help support Claudia, it’s only fair, she provides such enjoyment. So all of you blog authors with dreams of publishing… IT CAN HAPEN. (I hear you Lilly, even before you comment, LOL.) I’m about 1/3 the way through the paperback, and have been enjoying the cast of characters. The relationships and escapades are lively, mischievous, and lots of fun.