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A collection of poetry that offers a glimpse into the nature of life, love, loss, and healing.
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Poetry is a misunderstood medium. Some think poems have to rhyme. They don't. Some think poetry is pretentious. It can be. Some find it too lofty, too hard to follow, too complicated, too intellectual, too abstract, too...whatever.

The truth is that poetry comes in (many) different forms and even different mediums. But all poetry, in my opinion, tells a story, painting pictures with words. Like any art, it's all open to interpretation.

I've been writing poetry since childhood, rarely sharing them save for the occasional post online. Though some are simply observational poems or fictional stories, most are deeply personal pieces written to express my emotions during a specific moment in time. You might say that my poems are my  journal. 

While I was recovering from my recent surgery, I started looking at what I've written and envisioned a collection of poetry. Now it's ready to be shared.

illusions and misdemeanors is a carefully curated collection of twenty-nine poems, some written years ago, others more recent. Some are dark and stormy, others more frivolous. There are elegies, odes, and narratives. There are poems about nature, childhood, love, loss, violence, places, and people. All are birthed from experience or observation. 

The book is ready to go to press...well, it will be after the cover is finalized. The cover art holds special meaning to me. It's an intaglio print made by a dear friend, the artist-poet-perfumer-sommelier Susan Barbour. I fell in love with Stretching Myself, which is, according to Susan, "a talisman of luck and courage in attempting new things and stepping outside one's comfort zone." I can't think of a better avatar for putting my poetry out into the world for the very first time. 

The Cover
The Cover (in its raw form...need final art)

Why you should buy a copy (or two, or more) of illusions and misdemeanors:

  • You're a poetry lover
  • You just love the written word
  • You love books — the smell, the look, the feel of them
  • You love when people think you read poetry (this will look GREAT on your shelf)
  • You love me
  • You tolerate me
  • You want to get me off your back (because I will nag you if I know you)
  • You want bragging rights ("I brought a copy of her first book in its first run, long before she was really, really famous.")
  • Remember all the Girl Scout cookies/wrapping-paper/chocolate bars I bought for your kids' fundraisers?

How will the funds raised be used?

  • Cover art
  • Printing
  • Campaign fulfillment (printing and shipping costs)

—> This isn't a crowdfunding, per se; it's the pre-sale of my book. All it'll take is 75 pre-sales to get the book on  press, but if you see that I've met my goal, please don't let that stop you. The more books I pre-sell, the more I can print and send out to booksellers. <—

A sample to whet your appetite: 

Risks and challenges

The risks, as I see them, are minimal. At worst, there could be production delays, but given the freedom I have in setting deadlines and managing the process, I doubt any will occur. The real risk is the subjective nature of art: maybe you'll like my poems, maybe you won't.

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    Buy the Book + bonus Poem

    Not only will you get a signed copy of my poetry collection, I'll slip in an extra (unpublished) poem selected just for you.

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    Get four copies of "illusions and misdemeanors", along with a personal note from me, a previously unpublished poem, and a few sachets of my favorite tea—perfect for sipping whilst reading my poems.

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    Ryan Reynolds

    Hey, Ryan. Cover the cost of publishing this book and I'll​ dedicate the entire book to you. Not Hugh Jackman. You. I'll write a poem you can give to Blake—I'll even let you take credit for writing the poem. (No one tell Blake.) I'll send you 50 copies of the book...and I'll donate 500 copies to the not-for-profit organization of your choosing.

    Now...if Hugh Jackman sees this first, well...you know how it goes. (Hi, Hugh. I'm a big fan!)

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