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Initial post: Jun 15, 2010 9:20:26 PM PDT
Jan Di says:
Psalms of the Pharaoh

Does anybody know of any books that are not that well known but are really good? I just read this poetry book, Psalms of the Pharaoh, by Christopher Alexander Berg and it was very good! What else is out there??

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2010 6:52:45 PM PDT
Movern Law says:

David Jones' two thorny master works...
David Ferry's Strangers

There are more of such books than the other kind I think, thanks, as ever, Mark

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 7:54:49 AM PDT
Bark Twain says:
As far as poetry goes, "iPoems for the Dolphins to Click Home About" is not well known at all, but was a shockingly enjoyable read.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 6:58:28 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 5, 2010 3:01:36 PM PDT
J. Dudley says:
BARD WIRED PLAIN (Not Fancy) by A. J. CARR Bard Wired Plain: (Not Fancy)
I think even Richard Brautigan would be pleased with the work that this self-professed devotee has accomplished.
A FUN read.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 11:04:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2010 9:47:08 AM PDT
Buy my new book all the sonnets have received 10 ratings on lulu."thrush" (Shakespearean Sonnets)
Click on my name to view "outset" and other poems on lulu.(click on my name on lulu for some of my poems)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2010 7:54:27 AM PDT
You might like my anthology of poetry and short stories, Chambers of the Heart. Hope you give it a look...
Best to you,

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 5:10:03 PM PDT
R. Collett says:
I recently found a book of poems that focused on relationships, freedom, and the inherent strength of women. I found it well written and touching. Some Time In This Life by Paula Hale. Check it out if you get a chance!

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 1:27:22 AM PDT
I just recently published my first poetry book called To Love Is to Live. It is a collections of poems I have written in the past year while I was going through a difficult time in my life. The poems are very personal and heart felt, so I wanted to share them with people, because I know everyone has felt heartbreak at least once in their life. And that is what my poems are focused on, love and heartbreak. My book is split into two halves. One half is about the pain and heartbreak side of love, while the other half is about the unbelievable high that one feels when they're in love. I think my book could be for any age group, from young teenagers with their crushes and puppy love, to grown adults with their deep compationate love. Here are 3 poems to give you an idea of my writing style so that you may choose to read it or not (which can be purchased right here on Amazon). I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thanks bunches!! xoxoxoox

-Mashael Makhadmi
To Love Is to Live


My day has lost its meaning,
Like a book with no words.
My night has grown longer and longer,
Never ending, like the days of summer.
My sleep comes but once in a while;
Like a moon eclipse, it is rare.
Food no longer has taste;
My senses have run off with my broken heart.
The rainbow is colorless;
Nothing but black and white refl ect off the paintings of life.
The ocean gives no waves;
The water sits lifeless the ocean fl oor.
The mountains have lost their majesty;
They exhibit the size anthills in life's dismay.
Leaves been taken from the trees;
stand naked in embarrassment.
The sky has no more clouds;
fl oats above the earth in its lonesome.
The sun has lost its warmth;
It has no heat, like an abandoned home.
The air gives rise to no wind;
Everything stands still like a painting in a museum.
The world has not been a fool alone,
For I, too, have lost something.
I've lost the love of my life,
The one who holds my heart in his hands.
I've lost my soul mate;
I've lost my heart.
The world is left in misery,
Because I have lost you.


Your smile controls the sunrise;
It's what lifts my spirits in a moment of weakness.
The moonshine is controlled by your eyes alone.
It calms my nerves when I feel as though I have lost control of my life.
Your tears control the rainfall,
Because when you cry, the whole world cries with you.
Your hurt cannot help but be felt by life itself.
Your laugh controls the colors of life,
For every melody that comes from your laugh
Creates a rainbow from your tears,
A blossoming rose from your smile,
And a sparkling from your eyes.
Darkness comes about in moments of sadness,
Like a dark cloud followed by thunder.
Its stirs up the seven seas, and thrashes the earth with pain.
Only happiness can bring about light,
To break through the thunderous storm that you alone control.
soul and body control life's cycle,
And nature's disasters as well as its bliss,
most important part of you is your heart,
it controls me in every which way you desire,
And, therefore, I am yours only forever.


I want to grow old with him,
To count his every wrinkle;
I would kiss every new scar,
And watch as his hair turns gray,
As the leaves change color in fall.
I want to help him as his patience begins to fi zzle,
To sip tea with him at sunrise,
Like two birds enjoying the morning.
I promise to learn to cook his favorite dish,
Even if I have to burn a couple before I get it right.
Like any fi ne wine, I take some time.
I long to be there at his weakest moments,
So he'll remember me at his peak.
Dreams of a family hover over me;
They whisper ideas as I lie asleep.
I wish to walk by his side,
As we journey this world together.
Give me the time to learn of his ways,
To learn how he thinks, cares, loves.
Let me explore the caves So that I can discover he special to me.
I yearn to uncover secrets of his heart,
Why he never ceases in my dreams;
Like a drifter, he and goes.
I want to reveal why my heart beats for him.
He's the blood that pumps through my veins.
I crave the answer of why my soul ran off with his.
Like wanted criminals, they hide.
I wish to grow old with him so that I may solve these questions,
Like the Sherlock Holmes of fatal attraction.
Yet, if my questions remain unsolved,
I will have died living my life with my beloved.

To Love Is to Live

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2010 12:54:21 PM PDT
just published a book of poetry called Chaos theory by Dennis Lee Barr. It is a very aesthetic book of emotion and will bring the reader into the book. It was written during hard times so there might be a razor blade edge to it, but it also brings the beauty out in struggle I think. I would love for people to read my book and it is sold here on Amazon. I would love to here what you think and would appreciate the feedback bad or good.


Dennis Barr

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 8:13:35 PM PST
Kate says:
I recommend this new poetry book by a young beautiful author, Erika Bucklin. She suffers from suicidal depression and writes about her life in her poetry while raising two kids in a shelter. The book and her life remind me of Sylvia Plath. Here is the link to her book. It's called "Through My Eyes" 'Poems of a Lost Woman'

Through My Eyes

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 5:57:57 AM PST
Of course, any of my books are wonderful. ;) But I would also highly recommend I Wandered From New Orleans: Poems from the South by Tracy Conway. Lovely poetry.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 11:17:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2010 11:18:02 AM PST
I also recommend this book as well. Erika does a great job in flowing her words and making you imagine the scenery that runs through her depressed mind.

Oops. I was referring to the following book by Erika Bucklin. Through My Eyes

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2010 10:52:49 AM PST
Time of Triumph: short stories and selected poems
Not known outside of New Meico, my poetry will touch your heart and sweeten your soul, if only you check it out. Finalist 2008 New Mexico Book Awards and positive review by Kirkus Review out of NYC. Please check it out at Thanks.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 3:39:59 PM PST
SilverRose says:
I highly recommend UNLIKE THE VIKINGS by Arthur Marinello.
"These poems speak for themselves. The writer has been mindful of the tale that George Bernard Shaw made certain that whatever he wrote be understandable to his valet. The poems written herein make no effort to be obtuse, elitist, mysterious or otherwise opaque. Poetry is blessed with so many advantages, it requires merely a simple rendition of the thoughts that occur. It places no other burdens on the poet. These poems recount the unique passage through life of one man."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 6:29:07 PM PST
Pet Poems

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 6:29:16 PM PST
Pet Poems

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 6:03:09 AM PST
Through DeVinci Eyes: Poetry of Evolution by Leonardo DeVinci Thomas
Paperback and Kindle

I have not been much of a poetry fan but after reading this Inspirational Poetry Book, it has won me over in so many ways. This book is wonderfullly written to touch the heart and soul of a person. It covers all aspects of life through unique poetry and the short story will definitely open your eyes to what really matters, and that is having love for one another, dispite color, race, status, class, dominion, or culture. I have been blessed by this book, and pray that the author of this blessing continue to spread God's love. I would recommend this book for everyone of age, teens 16 and up. The messages in this book are powerful indeed. God bless us all.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 9:03:32 PM PDT
Shelle says:
Death and Other Musings (The Voices In My Head)

Death and Other Musings (The Voices In My Head)

My name is Matthew Leo, Author of "Death and Other Musings". This is the first of 4 poem books from poetry that I wrote way back when I was in high school. Many of my school mates thought my poetry was ahead of its time back then, and I finally dug out my old papers, sorted them into 4 different genres (death, love, heartbreak, and experimental) and I am putting them out one at a time across all of the different sites to see who bites. In my poems, I strived to make people think and wonder over each poem. Some are simple to grasp, while others play out in your head just like a movie. I love creating imagery that invokes the senses. These poems are my babies and each one has a special place in my heart. And now I wish to share them all with you.

So take a chance on them. The e-book for kindle is only 99 cents. You really have nothing to lose and I promise you these poems will not disappoint.

I look forward to your critiques!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 7:53:29 AM PDT
Michael says:
If you're looking for a NEW and EXCITING POET check out Richard Assad's POEMS TO PONDER. The format alone has never been seen before, and the poems, mostly Quatrains have deep and profound insights.

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Posted on Jun 3, 2012 11:09:30 AM PDT
Hey, somebody read my new book, High Five. You can even review it, as long as you don't treat me too mean. Thanks, J. Kemper Campbell (poet and cancer survivor)

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 6:49:38 AM PDT
'The Path of Ambiguity' by Eric Laurence Glassman is a definite, "Diamond in the Rough". I would give it a read and for $5.95 it is a definite bargain! Enjoy! Best Wishes. Stephanie :) The Path of Ambiguity
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