- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Pallas Athena Distribution (July 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9197764140
- ISBN-13: 978-9197764148
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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The Invitation Paperback – July 22, 2009
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"We are invited to probe here, among these reflective gifts, the mysteries within and beyond the veil of the physical and, as our receptive orbs meet with Akesson's philosophically pensive forays, to transform our own viewpoints, no matter how realized, in order to ourselves reflect and move forward. I view each of these insightfully poetic pieces with the reverence of one who is open to absorbing the wealthy perspective of a soul divinely sparked to delve gently into the depths of her own experience to bring forth gem after inspiring gem. And I am not disappointed. Rare it is that we are invited to get to the the crux of all matters in an enjoyable ride. Unadorned by trend, "The Invitation" is exactly this. There is a celebration here of the tool of language well mastered. One enters, absorbs and is enriched." -- Melody Lemond, author of "Sea Moon Poemshapes". --Melody Lemond, author of "Sea Moon Poemshapes".
"The Invitation" is a bewitching, compelling break from the ordinary. The words seduce, dance, in Socratic manner, woo spirit's deepest drives to question beyond the borders of the linear self. The exploration is magnificent, masterfully led by a poetic seeker who waltzes through veils and layers that bewilder most. It does not matter what philosophical, cultural or religious background you have. You are free to disagree with what a moment is. The Invitation's ecology moves, touches, teases epic and epicurean nourishment. All are welcomed to this brilliant banquet of budding, blooming queries, linked as flowers at midnight, with Akesson's stellar, silvery shine." ---Lana Deym Campbell, well-known painter and poet. --Lana Deym Campbell, well-known painter and poet.
"I view each of these insightfully poetic pieces with the reverence of one who is open to absorbing the wealthy perspective of a soul divinely sparked... There is a celebration here of the tool of language well mastered. One enters, absorbs and is enriched." - --Melody Lemond, author of "Sea Moon: Poemshapes". --Melody Lemond, author of "Sea Moon: Poemshapes".
About the Author
Joyce Åkesson has an academic background. She is the author of Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion and several works about foreign linguistics.
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"The Invitation" invites us to a landscape within the author's mind, as she observes what is, and what might have been, in her profound and humoristic reflections about the ordinary and the extraordinary aspects of life.
In "Past and Current Potential Lives" Joyce Åkesson tries to imagine past lives, and then she wonders how her life would have been, had she made other choices in life. Why do we make the choices we make?
In "Traveler" there is a strong sense of loss. Loss of self, loss of autenticity, loss of joy?
"I lost my sense of time.
I lost sight of the railroad tracks
which led to my childhood's home."
Some of the poems are expressed as hypnotic, almost drum-like statements,
or as repetitive questions; as "Searching for a poem", "The Adventurer," "Eyes", "Intrusions",
"Complexities", "Longing", "Fire", "Drive", "Memories";
while others like "Conflict" paints a Bergmanesque scene where the couple wonder if they will ever be able to love each other again.
In "Questions About Love", "Some go and come", "The Secret Mirror", "Love's Essence" and "In Spinoza's World", Joyce Åkesson explores the eternal questions about the essence and the different aspects of love:
"to be reborn
through someone else
-with eyes closed-"
and how the world would look if we could not feel any deep passion.
"Love is the Master and the Path."
In "Reflections", "Soul and Body" and "Possibilities" Joyce Åkesson reflects masterfully about life and "the awareness of living".
"The Invitation" will leave you smiling, filled with awe and joy and wonder. It will invite you to look at life and love and everything in between a little differently and you will be very glad you accepted the invitation. Every time.
L. Holm author of "Fairytales for Femmes" and "Clonehead; Once in Everland."
It was beautiful and lyrical from the very first page - I liked the very clean, simply-formatted text as well - it went in line with the book's theme on universal truths (it being something uncomplicated, and unfussy).
The poems are written with great lucidity and introspection. I especially liked "INTRUSIONS" - a skillful piece with a powerful message [the last line - you can check it out for yourself ;) - that's the message I got through my own personal interpretation].
Poetry is sexy. In our present day of IM-ing and blogging and twittering, it's evident that succinctness and precision are important elements, in the conveying of ideas. Which you will find in abundance, in The Invitation.
--Jess C Scott, Author of EyeLeash: A Blog Novel
I like very much these verses in The Art Of Living:
"There is a talent in finding
the right information at the right time,
a happiness in pleasing someone else.
Love is the best teacher in this journey.
It is simple:
you take the initiative and throw the dice."
In this book, I have found a new author to enjoy and I look forward to reading her other works.
This is a must read for any poetry fan, especially those who are into deeper poetry (William Wordsworth comes to mind). And even if you don't much care for poetry, you won't be disappointed with this book.