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Dreaming in Darkness Paperback – October 3, 2011
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About the Author
Jessica Kristie is an award winning author, a writer, and a lover of poetry. She is an advocate for art, an activist against human trafficking, and a soulful contributor to the strengthening of our creative communities.
Top customer reviews
I read it in one sitting. I honestly forgot I was reading poetry. Kristie writes with such honest, raw passion of relationships, love, sex, and longing, I kept turning pages to find out what would happen. This is not your mama's poetry. Kristie writes of the kind of love we all desire.
I've gone back to it many times. Her way with words is skillful, deep, truly a talent. Her book is among my favorite reads this year.
Rachel Thompson, Bestselling Amazon author, A Walk in the Snark and The Mancode: Exposed
The moments in this book, from the familiar, poignant ache of lost love in "Almost Lover" to the gentle transformation in "Red & Blue Alice", are guaranteed to touch your heart. Jess Kristie doesn't pull any punches as she takes us along her path, reminding us that sometimes in life we win, pull ourselves up and start over again...but sometimes we don't. Sometimes there are moments in life that change us so profoundly that we have no choice but to become what life has shaped us, destined us to be.
Life isn't the destination. It's the journey, and the days you spend dreaming in darkness before stepping out into your own new beginning.
Extraordinary work from an extraordinary author.
Jessica's poetry is a divinely classic work of art. Her flowing imagery is clear without a second of awkwardness. The poignant story is bold, a blatant display of pain, and suffering woven into the vision her words create.
The perfect order in which the poems are placed creates the sense of a diary, a fascinating collection of the poet's most intimate thoughts.
`Sarafina' You shine
The author guides the reader into the myriad of emotions experienced in the victim's abyss. `Induced Sleep' finds the battered soul in a medicated state, drowning in the pain, yet here she begins to process her choices as she meets her self in the crossroads.
Still, further into the pain `Force Forgotten' paints a bird's eye view of the crime and the victim comes face-to-face with the perpetrator.
`My legacy won't be this,
but yours will.
Stew in your own sin.'
This revelation frees her to search for a healing aid. The hallways greet her with doors of deception. `Bad Religion,' `This Mourning,' and 'Walking Wounded' portray encounters with some disingenuous souls that clutter the pathway.
In 'Temporary Royalty' she begins to experience the highs and lows from within a different place. Here, she sees tiny glimpses of light periodically penetrating the darkness. Later, The bud starts blossoming in 'Love Letters.' The fabulous poet surprises with prose. The change symbolizes a less rigid environment, freedom. A different place depicted from within a different style.
`Dreaming in Darkness' is brilliant. This is a powerful, effective piece of art portraying the journey from pain to healing, darkness to light.
I highly recommend.
Dreaming in Darkness
I like the way the book is uniquely divided into four sections, the first section titled, Glimpses of the Sun, begins with innocent love of life, nature and self, with first glimpses into loving another. Nature's Gift, Sarafina, and Earth Shattering Waves went straight to my heart! The section titled, Dreaming in Darkness, begins the extraordinary journey of relationship love and dark obsession. The fragile need is undeniable and immediate in the writing. In the section titled, Love Lust and the Magic of Desperation, the poems are sensuous and forbidding, ultimately spiraling into despair and the loss of losing oneself in another.
I'm picky about poetry and didn't feel this work was "too personal," or depressing at all. It's intense, inspiring and moving as Jessica Kristie takes you straight to the pain through darkness and into light again. This is the first book of poems I've read where I couldn't put it down, feeling like I was on a thrilling ride to my own self discovery. I couldn't let go until the last word and wanted to read it all again. I read the poems aloud to experience their full impact. I will collect all writings from this poet! Dreaming in Darkness would make a beautiful, limited edition hardcover and an audible book version would be wonderful.
These poems are like music from a favorite album where you love every song! I have so many favorite poems from Dreaming in Darkness, here's just a few: Nature's Gift, Sarafina, Earth Shattering Waves, When You Were Inside Me, Almost Lover, This Mourning.
The last section of the book feels like a dénouement, written in poetic prose.
I was thoroughly pleased with the work as a whole. I like the high quality presentation of the book, the way each poem and stanza is showcased like a fine painting, it looks gorgeous on the Kindle eReader!