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"With a certain poignancy and reverence for the interconnection of everything, Ab Antiquo, Ab Aeterno is a solid and choice pick for poetry collections."

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"Albeit somewhat on the dark side, this book made me feel the same way that listening to 'Blues' music does -- at peace and just better."

- Claudia Jackson, NovelHelp

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"My hand dips yet again into that treasure chest of woe, whim and wonder; that box bottomless with inviting eccentricities. Pandora did you see the breadth of this forbidden beauty? Did you inhale the phantasmal froth that I welcome like an autumn draft? Mortal men were wrong to chastise you on your discovery; you are not a burden as they say. I peer into that box with confidence and curiosity, as you did, and I see nightmares the same as dreams."

- excerpt from Dream Logue Two, pg. 51
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Orchestrion (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615382339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615382333
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,848,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brandon Gene Petit is an indie author of poetic prose and verse who refuses to be bound to any one subject, style or mood. The tone of his pieces can range anywhere from gothic and nostalgic, to dreamy and romantic. His collections could be described as borderline dichotomous, at times showing traces of pessimism and existentialism while other times expanding into breathable fantasies with touches of folklore and romance. He gets much of his inspiration from dreams, paintings, and everyday life, but also hints of a fascination with "past lives", or what he more acutely describes as "past incarnation experiences" and paramnesia (déjà vu). A lover of classical poetry and aesthetical romanticism, Petit strives to speak of the past mingling with the present, in a voice of mystery, illusion and melancholy reminiscent of romantic times. In his daily life he is also a lover of music, science, psychology and art, and he enjoys sketching and cartooning in his spare time. To date he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and English, and has considerable experience working with special needs children; a profession he finds very rewarding, next to art. He is currently working hard to "connect the dots", as his mentors have often put it, using his creative talents to benefit his profession in education, and vice versa. You can find him in upstate New York and New Jersey, spending time with his kin or corresponding with fellow poets, teachers and musicians.

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Having thoroughly enjoyed Brandon's last book of poetry "Intrinsic Desires" I purchased this book thinking it was more of the same. This body of work is much different from his last book which consisted of heartfelt structured verse poems that you might have read in stories with knights and castles. This book was more grown up in a way, it showed a maturing of his subject matter and a lot of this book is actually narrative verse (longer and more story like) and I really enjoyed it. While I liked "Intrinsic Desires" I think he really came into his own with this one. In addition, this book of poetry is much easier to read than most other poetry (T.S. Elliot and Timothy Donnelly come to mind). I think many people are turned off to reading poetry because it takes a lot more work than reading a fiction novel or a memoir but this one is easy to read and is worth giving a chance to. Here is an excerpt of one poem I enjoy called "Heir to Enigma"

Do I truly care, or am I afraid of guilt? Do I truly love, or am I afraid of being alone? These shameful thoughts and vices ,do they speak the truth of me...or are they mere appendages cultivated by the proceedings of malignance? Furtive spirits whisper to each other as I pass in daily paces, but I cannot hear what they are saying... only the crossroads of death will reveal the verdict they have chosen, and then I will know whether to bear stigma or to kneel under the alighting sword of redemption. Do the heavens brag of me, or do they pity my blindness? Am I a martyr for peace, or a martyr for devils? I have carried defiance in my chalice for many miles, though I drink with hesitation in discord for its bitter taste. What, in truth, does this say of my nature?
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Brandon Gene Petit's book, Ab Antiquo, Ab Aeterno, a Latin phrase meaning "From the Ancient, From the Eternal," is a collection of personal reflections and insight that's bound to give readers a moment of pause, as well as an ambition to trek through the unexpected world we call life. Call it the best of both worlds.

His words are deeply-rooted and resonating from the pages in which they're written. Whether by hand or with his own eyes, Petit captures symbolic moments of love, dedication, personal triumph, individual failure and simple existence. Knowing these are all lessons we ponder and learn as we move along in our journeys, Petit's book proclaims to readers, `Only when you view life as a whole can you learn to love the day.'

By his own admission, Petit likes to combine the worlds of the mortal heart and mortal mind in an effort to achieve an imagination otherwise unexplored. His collection of poetry and prose is a true testament to this endeavor and a truly worthy-read for those who yearn for solace and an understanding to last them for years to come.
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I am by no means an experienced reader in this genre. I'm not sure I can even define the difference between poetry and prose. I was, however, somehow drawn to read this book and quite intrigued by the title.

I wasn't sure what to expect exactly, but I found this author's work to be highly intelligent, insightful and his writing very sophisticated. It made one stop and think.

If an author's words can paint a picture in the reader's mind, he is successful. Mr. Petit has accomplished this with Ab Antiquo, Ab Aeterno. Albiet somewhat on the dark side, some may call it depressing, I found this book to be of great comfort as I recently experienced a personal loss. It's not easy for me to express into words as I am not a writer.

This book made me feel the same way that listening to "Blues" music does -- at peace and just better.

My favorite line from the book (Laburnine Lullaby), "Sleep remembers, and sleep forgets."
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BGP will paint your imagination with thick descriptive phrases that drip imagery from every syllable. Unlike many prose, BGP's writing are easy to digest without sacrificing flow or form, and each verse leaves you wanting more. His skill for packing emotional constructs into small verbal packages is a joy for the mind to take in and can lead you on a journey of the soul.
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