Alive is what is coming!

I have to confess, I really like my new little book proof, very much. Alive Is What You Feel: A Love Poetry Trilogy Omnibus is the title for my latest book collection which is comprised of the three collections that were the 'A Love Poetry Trilogy' books, namely: Walk Away Silver Heart, A Kiss For … Continue reading Alive is what is coming!

a few places near home – let the corrections begin!

a few places - cover - 03/05/2023 Woo hoo!! My proof copy arrived today. I'm thrilled to have it in hand, but . . . immediately there are corrections and revisions to make. Kills a little bit of the joy and applies a patina of reality and hard work to come in its place. There … Continue reading a few places near home – let the corrections begin!

Project update – two books progressing

Busy Times! Phew! So busy. I was over the moon yesterday to be notified that an e-proof of my photography book/collection (titled: a few places near home) was ready to be looked at. It looked great, to my eyes, but it's already now having its third iteration. Little errors, little issues, little tweaks . . … Continue reading Project update – two books progressing

Smorgasbord Posts from my Archives – Previous Reviews from 2022- #Poetry #Fantasy – The Garden Black and other speculations (Free Verse Poetry) by Frank Prem

A big thank you to Sally Cronin for reposting her wonderful review of The Garden Black over at the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine.

Pop over and check out the review and Sally’s other activities on the Blog there.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

During this series I will be sharing my reviews for books I posted during 2022 

Good books deserve to be showcased on a regular basis and I hope that it might entice you to either move the books up your groaning TBR’s or add the books to its burden!

This is my review from March 2022 for the poetry collection by Frank Prem – The Garden Black and other speculations (Free Verse Poetry)

About the book

The Garden Black poetry collection is a venture into fantasy and speculative fiction based on the dual themes of rain forest and fantasy.

. The rainforest becomes a desert, and then the sea.

. A man in a satellite orbits the earth while playing his violin and pondering. A girl gazes up at the passing light and dances.

. Od Ovo – a youth who is from here, raises the dust of frustrated boredom…

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Sunday Book Review – From Volyn to Kherson: Interpretations of the War in Ukraine by Frank Prem #freeverse #poetry

Thank you, D. G. Kaye (Debby) for your wonderful review of the From Volyn to Kherson poetry collection.

It is beyond my comprehension that the conflict continues on such very spurious grounds. ANd worsens, if that is possible.

Thanks so much, Debby – I’m reblogging this to my place, hoping readers will flock across to yours.

My Sunday Book Review is for Frank Prem’s moving new release, freeverse poetry with his interpretation of the war in Ukraine – From Volyn to Kherson. This is a most moving collection of tellings from the vision of Prem based on some of the many articles written about the heinous war in Ukraine.


From Volyn To Kherson, tells the stories of hardship and suffering and bewilderment experienced by the people of Ukraine in the early weeks of the 2022 Russian invasion and war.

The collection draws on news reports and social media postings during the most un-curated war the world has ever witnessed, interpreting and translating the raw emotion of this wartime experience.

There is no part of Ukraine that has been left untouched by this war, and no part of the poet left untouched by these stories of the Ukraine.

This book will be part of a series.

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Robbie’s Inspiration – Book reviews: Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow by Jeff Flesch and The Garden Black by Frank Prem #Poetry #bookreviews #Poetrycommunity

Thank you Robbie Cheadle for a wonderful review of my speculative fiction collection of poems ‘The Garden Black’ and Jeff Flesch’s ‘Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow’.

Wonderful reviews, both. Pop over and check them out if you have a moment, and take a look at Robbie’s work while you’re there.

Robbie's inspiration

Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow by Jeff Flesch

What Amazon says

In this hotly-anticipated debut poetry collection from Jeff Flesch, the author invites us to take a voyage with him through trauma and pain into acceptance and bliss in the embrace of nature itself. Jeff’s poems are infused with the textures and colours of the natural world, and his journey through this sensory paradise provides the backdrop to his inner journey towards healing and personal growth.

Jeff was votedAuthor of The Month at Spillwordsfor Jan-Feb 2022, is a featured contributor at MasticadoresUSA and MasticadoresIndia. His poetry is widely published both online and in print, and has received international recognition.

My review

I was introduced to Jeff Flesch’s poetry through Masticadores on-line magazine and his style and themes appealed to me. I was delighted to discover he had a recently published book of poetry which I immediately purchased.

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no one (nothing)

no one (nothing) 12/03/2023 - from The Unsuspected Slum. Image: Carlton, c. 1935 a childwill live one childwill die how are weto choose I don’t knowwhoshe might be (no one) don’t knowwhathe may become (nothing) ~ First fruit from the Unsuspected Slum collection of images. I was cleaning up this old image this morning (I've … Continue reading no one (nothing)

#BookReview: Ida: Searching for the Jazz Baby

So good to visit Liz’s review of Ida: Searchng for The Jazz Baby. A wonderful review with depth and texture to catch hold of.

How about the ‘Red Hot Mama’ performance by Ray Miller and the Orchestra? That’s a good get, Liz.

Pop over to Liz’s place and check out the review and her wonderful work.

Thanks again, Liz.

Elizabeth Gauffreau

My Review

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Ida: Searching for the Jazz Baby by Australian poet Frank Prem is based on an intriguing premise: whether or not it’s possible to uncover the past life of someone who has lost her identity to madness or senility.

In this instance of lost identity, one of three women named Ida institutionalized in the Melbourne-Mayday Hills Asylum is rumored by a group of young  amateur nurse-detectives to be none other than Ida Pender, paramour of notorious Melbourne gangster Lesley Squizzy Taylor, who was killed in a gunfight  in 1927.

Ah, but which Ida is THE Ida, whom poet Prem later calls “my Ida”? Is she the one with  “spindle legs”  and  “hands / shaped / into claws // just about / to strangle you? (“ida spider (I knew her when)”) Is she the poor soul who squawks like a parrot until the nurses…

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Ida: Searching for The Jazz Baby – Liz’s review

Thank you Liz Gauffreau for a wonderful and deep review of Ida. Thinking about this review, I couldn't help but be aware that this kind of examination of the work allows me - as author - to better understand my own motivations in choosing and writing about the subject. I'm very grateful for that. Find … Continue reading Ida: Searching for The Jazz Baby – Liz’s review