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The Seeker Is the Sought: Poems 1970 - 2010 Paperback – December 14, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432702262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432702267
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,962,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...a great writer.... A great read for lovers, lovers of poetry and those with an interest in philosophy." - Kirkus Indie Book Review
"Montney's...insights into the psyche of love are a success...." - Indie Literature Now
"[T]he universality...overall will widely appeal to readers...." - The US Review of Books

"...a collection that should be sought itself." - Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review
"...takes the reader on a journey in which the speaker evolves...." - Natasha Lee, (San Francisco) Sunset Beacon
"...sure to find an audience in the literary circuit because there is so much symbolism." - Gary Roen, Midwest Book Review

"'The Arrival,'...with a clever nod to Jane Austen....alone is a very worthwhile selection."-San Francisco Book Review
"...I became deeply involved...that love is not just a statement...."- Lisa M., Readers Favorite Book Reviews
"Even after 82 pages,...leaves you wanting more."- Cheri C., Amazon Five Star Customer Review

"question...interesting...? Marvin Richard Montney How does the reader-initiate start out her or his journey, and end it? Are the changes or transformations substantive, or on a merely hedonistic, experiential level only? What is the substance or content of the book's 'mysticism'?"-Author Interview by Albert Robbins III, Free Book Reviews

   "poetry that is of the first class. ...an audacious undertaking but one at which Mr. Montney artfully succeeds."--20th Annual [2012] Writer's Digest Book Awards, Judge 24, January 16, 2013
   "...his ideas & actual lived life into lyrics that are inventive & inspiring."--20th Annual [2012] Writer's Digest Book Awards, Judge 62, November 16, 2012

From the Author

     No exaggeration, it did take me forty years to write this book.
     It was a joy writing it for me to focus my collection on love, a theme also of my novels, plays and memoir.
     I invite my reader sojourner-prodigal-initiate in with a selection from this book:  "Misty morning encounter":  Before she unstrapped hers/she barked, "Have you a dog?"/and I, approaching, snapped/"No, Ma'am, I'm walking me."

More About the Author

See Marvin Richard Montney's latest press release at http://www.prlog.org/12101999-new-book-titled-the-seeker-is-the-sought-by-poet-marvin-richard-montney.html. See his latest (of three) online author interviews at www.pacificbookreview.com/Exclusive-Author-Interviews.php. For his view of how his The Seeker Is The Sought book poems exemplify "Love As [Lovers'] Transformative Empowerment," read his latest Aug/30/2012 article at www.articlesnatch/Article/Love-As-Transformative-Empowerment-By-Marvin-Richard-Montney/4131357. To read first 10 poetry pages of Montney's The Seeker Is The Sought, click "Sample Chapter" at www.TheReadingRoom.com/the-seeker-is-the-sought/bp/4046817. Marvin Richard Montney is an American poet and philosopher, called a "visionary" and "a great writer" by Kirkus Reviews. He is author of The Seeker Is The Sought: Poems of Lovers' Joys, Lovers' Empowerments: Poems 1970-2010, currently available as a paperback and as an eBook in 66 online stores globally, and in more than 29 countries.

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I enjoyed reading this book of poems. Love is best expressed in poetry and song. Mr. Montney does a great job of it like only one who has experienced love can do. When you are in love, life is a poem. I relived many of my own experiences through his poems. I recommend it highly.
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By Cheri C on April 3, 2011
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I enjoyed reading Marvin Richard Montney's craftsmanlike poems filled with extreme and rich vignettes that highlight an expanse of forty years. His collection of poems divides into three parts, The Seeker, The Sought and The Found, capturing his intimate and personal life experiences from the "Horizon wind fingers" of Oregon, through experiences in Hollywood Hills to Chicago, and Palatine, Illinois; from tennis courts and green-throated cliffs in Oahu and to the Sunset District in San Francisco.

Montney responds to a landscape or sky-scape of his stomping-ground home state Oregon in "Oregoniah:"

Horizon wind fingers shape
giantesque white marble forms
which rose hues caress and greet
along a sculptured sky

"Though I failed love and you" records the turns and tolls in a relationship through experiences in Hollywood Hills to Chicago, and Palatine, Illinois:

All Hollywood Hills' and
Chicago's, Palatine's
love's learned - too late - for then;
but - just in time - for now:

From there, Montney shares his thoughts on everything from family members and friends to life's unexpected occurrences, such as dealing with a parent's death and saying good-bye for the very last time. Montney's reflection on life takes a look backward as we all do in private moments. He captures glimpses of a life lived with joy and sadness in the lines from "The Arrival," from his childhood while waiting for his father on Sunday afternoons, and in lines from "For his father, dying of cancer and Alzheimer's under morphine sedation for pain."

The Arrival

Oh, I was - all waiting.
And you - all arrival.
Each Sunday. I crouched down.
Beside the shrub. For shade.
To glimpse the first shadow.
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