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Wingmakers is a book of poetry combining poems and prose written by me and illustrations by David H.L. Burton. The theme is to seamlessly blend my love for birds and myths while giving a different perspective of the myths themselves through the eyes of the muse, Urania, as well as the birds. Each of the poems takes on a persona of one of the bird constellations, including Draco and Pegasus. Instead of giving a foot note type of explanation to the myths, I have added prose pieces, in the persona of Urania, while remaining in conversation with the poems. Along with giving a different perspective on mythology, the birds are also very human, alluding to the difficulties of the human condition. One of the unique aspects of Wingmakers is that it incorporates not only Greek mythology, but mythology from different cultures, worldwide. It is my intent to show that all myths are connected.

In the world of poetry Wingmakers is important because it explores new ways to incorporate the world mythologies that have forged and shaped the realities we live in today. However, Wingmakers is important to the everyday world as well. If you fund Wingmakers, not only will you be helping dreams come true, you will be bringing culture, and a new way of understanding history and mythology to yearning hearts and minds.

My book is being picked up by a small, but very prestigious press: Pinyon Publishing. In order to bring you my work, I need to purchase 75-100 copies, each at around $18. With remaining funds, I plan to travel locally to schools to bring the art of poetry to the youth. I plan to be featured in reading series, locally or otherwise. I plan to set up book signings. I plan to go to writing conferences and workshops. I plan to pay my wondeful illustrator. And last, but certainly not least, I plan to continue to build upon my writing and start new projects. 

The Raven by David H.L. Burton
The Raven by David H.L. Burton

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May take longer than expected for books to come in because of the volume of mailing that may have to happen. This should be no problem though because there is enough alotted time for fulfillment of this task.

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    My undying love, warmth, and gratitude, and a shout out on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/oldmarketpoet)

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    A signed author card mailed to you with a description of "Wingmakers" and all previous level rewards.

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    A personalized poem just for you, typed on a real typewriter plus all previous level rewards.

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    ONE signed and numbered hard copy of "Wingmakers", plus all previous level rewards.

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    A full-color, signed bird Art Card of your choosing with a personalized written thank you note AND all previous level rewards (including a copy of the book!). Examples of art cards here: http://www.pinyon-publishing.com/artcards.html

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    Two signed bird Art Cards (http://www.pinyon-publishing.com/artcards.html) of your choosing with respective bird poems written inside, AND printed acknowledgement of your support in the "Acknowledgements" page of "Wingmakers", AND all previous level rewards.

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    TWO signed and numbered copies of "Wingmakers" AND an 8.5 x 11 inch full color print of a bird art card of your choosing (unframed), AND all previous level rewards (you'll get two books total).

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    A half day poetry workshop or 1 hour poetry reading within 80 miles of the Omaha, NE metro area OR via Skype for those farther away, AND all previous level rewards.

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    Ten poems of your choice from "Wingmakers", annotated by the author in one of your books AND a recommended reading list, AND all previous level rewards.

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    A special, one of a kind, framed and signed illustration by the artist of "Wingmakers", David H.L. Burton, to go with your personalized poem or poem dedicated to the person of your choosing, AND all previous level rewards.

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