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"Powerful, honest, evocative and achingly beautiful" - John Malik, Huffington Post  Read the full review here: huff.to/KORrAy
"Jessica Kristie dazzles in this new collection of poems." - Kevin Winter, SF & Sacramento Book Review Read the full review:citybookreview.com/2012/01/dreaming-in-darkness/

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983676445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983676447
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,673,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dreaming in Darkness" isn't your average "rags to riches" story. There are too many of those out there. No, this is a stunningly raw look at a woman's journey from love and loss and a staggering pain to a slow, gently budding hope. From darkness to that first tentative tiptoe into the light. From anger and tears to soft, gentle touches and whispered words lifted up to the night sky.

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.
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Dreaming In Darkness is a powerful diary in poetry, and prose. The beautiful poetry reveals a breathtaking journey through a painful hell that moves gradually upwards over a bumpy road, ultimately, leading into a state of healing.

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
You speak
We listen

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.
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Dreaming in Darkness, by Jessica Kristie, is a poignant, and deeply moving journey about love and loss. Many will find solace in Jess Kristie's ability to take that which lives deep inside the heart and soul, and translate those feelings and emotions into gorgeous poetry and prose. Love unrequited...promises made and broken...despair and heartache---these are the things we, as humans, eventually feel when we open our hearts to others. Never have I seen raw emotion represented so eloquently, as love lays it's staggering, oft-times, painful tune. Both powerful and captivating, Jessica Kristie delivers a body of work you will not soon forget.
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Dreaming in Darkness by Jessica Kristie is not simply a collection of poetry. Dreaming in Darkness is a personal document for all to bear witness to. As you take hold of each of it's sections, you will undoubtedly see the journey Jessica Kristie has taken. You will travel with her, from a position I call normalcy, to a dark and fractured place, only to reemerge awakened and transformed. When reading poetry I find it difficult to understand how any person can draw finite conclusions, as poetry is meant to have infinite possibilities. Dreaming in Darkness exhibits this position well. You will, at times, find yourself empathizing with what she pens. You will find yourself reading something so personal to her, yet find yourself reflecting upon your own experiences. This was the case for me, as a realization became crystal clear. I was not a solitary figure in this universe, I had kin in this realm. It is entirely likely that a similar unfolding happens for you. This journey is ripe with metaphor and imagery. It contains a wealth of universally relevant themes, on display, whether subtly beneath the words, or being screamed aloud for all to hear. I would recommend Dreaming in Darkness, to anyone who is searching for something in their own lives; to anyone who enjoys well written, moving poetry. The first three sections freely flow, from poet to page. But to stop reading there would be a shame, as some beautifully constructed prose completes the journey, and summates the experiences remarkably.
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Raw and poignant. This book should be on every woman's bookself. Deeply felt, very moving and sometimes painful to read, yet Jessica carries you through the darkness and out into the light. A must read.
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