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Idealism is an attractive flower Hardcover – December 31, 2014
By combining thought-provoking verse and lovely photos, Idealism is an Attractive Flower may represent the next step in poetry's ongoing reinvention: the visual poem. --Readers+Writers Journal
...this stunning book [is] a perfect-sized coffee table style that will catch everybody's attention as a display item, but is also just the right size to carry with you to enjoy during breaks in your day... Cramer has a talent that sets her apart... Highly recommended! --Book Reader's Heaven
Each poem is thoughtfully combined with a photograph to create a completely unique experience for the reader. --Susan Barton, eBook Review Gal
About the Author
Oneida Morningstar Cramer was born in Virginia, raised in Maryland, and educated at the University of Maryland, where she earned a doctorate in physiology. A longtime Dallas resident, Cramer has worked as a scientist, homemaker, teacher, journalist, and has held professional and volunteer positions in the field of non-profit arts business. She has been active as a poet and a photographer for many years. This volume is her first published collection of works.
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The wide array of photographs included in this book show that Oneida Morningstar certainly has an eye for capturing compelling imagery. There is a little bit of everything - nature, pets, people, food, cityscapes and everyday objects - included within the lovely pages of "Idealism is an attractive flower". Ms. Cramer's poetry is simple, poignant and lovely. Each poem is thoughtfully combined with a photograph to create a completely unique experience for the reader.
As I read "Idealism is an attractive flower", I wondered what came first, the photograph or the poem. I would have loved to know more about the author and thought that a book so full of personal feelings should have included a page about the author. However, this certainly doesn't take away from this book - it simply makes me want to find out more about Oneida Morningstar Cramer.
I can honestly see why this book was a 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards Gold Winner. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys photography and poetry. Beautiful!
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anybody who comes to my blog should know by now that I love the merge of words and photos... Then along comes this stunning book that provides it in a perfect-sized coffee-table style that will catch everybody's attention as a display item, but is also just the right size to carry with you to enjoy during breaks in your day... Or what better way to provide a hospitality gift to those you visit, sharing your happiness to those who've opened their home to you?
The book is an attractive orange on black cover with a unique method of sharing the title...Instead of the word Flower, there is an actual flower to visually express it! This flair of the unusual flows throughout the book as each full-page high quality .tif files (CMYK for print) provide a clarity well above your normal picture expectations. You might want to reach out and touch the flower before you turn to read the words...
Another made me stop, pause and wonder...was it a painting as opposed to a photograph? If so, how did this occur--what was done? The words didn't help: "Brushed across a marshland wood..." I became lost in these words, while all the time my eyes roamed over the photo, wondering if, instead of a phantom, there was really a bird that I had missed seeing...wandering over the picture where the edges were rough, swirled... I wanted to stop and talk to the photographer about this one...
Nature plays a dominant role in the book, but the pictures are not the norm. We see parts, bits of that flower--or other items we see daily--and I realized that I had never actually studied part of that visual loveliness that I merged into the whole...I have missed much...until I saw the skills of a professional...
Another caught my eye and I went to my refrigerator where I pulled out a bunch of white grapes. I saw the beauty of this fruit... Oneida Morningstar Cramer made it into poetic art when she plucked single grapes, placed them one per glass and called it "Genesis of a Date With Wine..." The creative merge between a single grape, a glass and words... Cramer has a talent that sets her apart, merely by adding words to her photos, seeing them with an eye that does not stop at the visual, but must add that poetic flair that sets her work above... Not that every picture exactly matches the verse displayed. Sometimes it is a merge of a poem colorfully coordinated with the simple flowers and butterfly caught so close that you can almost capture what that butterfly will carry away when he flies away...
Do check out Oneida Cramer's exciting and fascinating photopoems book. A medium of expression that will fulfill your expectations when words and pictures merge... Highly recommended!
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This is a beautiful and complete collection of 87 poems and photos.
It is a lovely and thoughtful Zen moment between pages, and some poems make you think, and consider life.
This is a book you will pick up and browse through over and over.
I cannot possibly pick a favorite poem or photo as they are all lovely.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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