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Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational Paperback – December 4, 2009
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This little award-winning chapbook in the Celebration Series of poetry chapbooks is coauthored by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball. Magdalena runs the online book review site, The Compulsive Reader. Her short stories, editorials, poetry, reviews, and articles have appeared in a wide number of printed anthologies and journals, and have won local and international awards for poetry and fiction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from CCNY (New York), an MBA from Charles Sturt University (NSW), and has studied literature on a postgraduate level at Oxford University (UK) and marketing at Newcastle University (NSW). She lives in on a rural property in New South Wales with her husband and three children. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment and two poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup. Carolyn's first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, won three. She was an instructor for UCLA Extension's world-renown Writers' Program for nearly a decade and has several multi award-winning how-to books for writers to her name. Her chapbook of poetry Tracings published by Finishing Line Press, was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver Award of Excellence. She is the recipient of the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award. Her community's Character and Ethics Committee awarded her their Woman of the Year for her work promoting tolerance with her writing and its Arts and Culture Commission gave her their coveted Diamond award. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of fourteen "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen." Carolyn’s website is www.HowToDoItFrugally.com . She blogs writers resources at Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites pick www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com. Visit Magdalena's website at http://www.magdalenaball.com and The Compulsive Reader at http://www.compulsivereader.com/html Vicki Taylor's floral watercolors illustrate this chapbook.
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Highly recommended. You don't have to be a poetry lover to enjoy this collection.
~ Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of the award-winning novel Johnnie Come Lately
I confess I'm not as much of a poetry fan as an arm's length admirer, but I certainly picked up on the emotion in many of these poems.
Carolyn's poems touch a glancing blow toward the commercialism of the holiday. One in particular, Test of Faith, is an intriguing study on societal quirks. I mean, how ironic is it that of all the characters of the crèche scenes sold in stores, the infant Christ-child is the most purloined?
Magdalena's poetry uses darker punchier words to describe the harsher side of Christmas. In Infinity in Red, for instance, she asks whether bad dreams count against you if St. Nick sees you when you're sleeping and knows if you're naughty or nice.
These are poems to ponder, not necessarily read aloud with the family on Christmas Eve. They encourage a thoughtful attitude about the reality of American society.
The poems are free-form with a lyric visual grace.
Magdalena Ball is the owner of TheCompulsiveReader.com, and Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the guru of all things Frugal at HowToDoItFrugally.com.
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball
Looking for a holiday stocking stuffer? Want something to read aloud at holiday dinners, something the whole family can enjoy? Then treat yourself to is delightful collection by poetic collaborators Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball.This is a delightful little volume, 58 pages consisting of thirteen poems by each poet. I love reading poetry aloud, and this volume is full of delight. A couple of favorites:
Christmas Magic Wrought by Google's Keyword Elves
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson.
which begins with
At the stroke of dawn on November first
gremlins tired from their Halloween
and ends with
That's when Google's
keyword elves gave me the gift of all
Christmas gifts. It's called
system of revenge.
.You're sure to recognize yourself in this holiday tale of woe. The poor narrator is having a hard time at the holidays.. Ants attack her turkey, the oven thermometers are on the fritz and the Kitchen Aid has died just as its warranty runs out. And are more disasters to come. I laughed but, like the narrator, we, too, have contemplated just chucking the whole thing and going out to a restaurant.
And another, this one by Magdalena Ball - fond memories, Six Million Years Ago, from six million years ago, when we were kids.
Six million years ago
when we were just kids
upright in thin desert air
bi-pedaling in anticipation
of holiday seasons yet to come.
Time was different then.
the first law of thermodynamics
what cannot be created or destroyed
Do yourself a favor, and create some memories of your own by buying this book and then sharing it with the whole family over the holidays.
A perfect short collection of poetry just in time for Christmas.
With two Authors each original and different writing styles, this book has something for everyone. I highly recommend to poetry lovers of all ages.
by Magdalena Ball are; Year End, On The Dot & Carol to the Universe.yn by Carol Howard-Johnson are; Cruising Santa Clause, Greatest Gifts on High & Test of Faith.
You won't find pull-the-heartstrings sentimentality here, though. The collection combines the realism of Christmas--that is, the good and the bad--while at the same time evoking the true warm feelings of the season. Vivid images and poignant language make some of the poems memorable.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball make a great poetry-writing team. I've purchased two of their previous collections in the past and I've never been disappointed. Recommended!