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Sand in the Desert: Poems of Raketh Namar as translated by Ardaval Namar and Gavin Frey Paperback – July 23, 2012
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She most certainly was successful.
She had created the alien race for her book RELOCATED, so she had lived with these people in her head for a while. I have read pieces of RELOCATED, her sci-fi YA book recently published, in workshops that Margaret took with me (Workshops with MM), but I haven't read the entire book. -- I'm being honest here.
The poems in SAND IN THE DESERT are short, but deep in meaning, in the questions they raise, in the thoughts they express, and in the emotions they create within the reader. I don't think I missed anything by not having read RELOCATED, yet.
Evening Prayer is my favorite. It's a wonderful prayer to say at night before I go to sleep. It focuses my mind on the positive tomorrow, not the negative end of another day.
I strongly suggest you check out SAND IN THE DESERT if any of the following apply to you:
1. love poetry
2. like contemplating questions of our existence
3. want to read something positive and hopeful, not negative and depressing
I loved Relocated, and completely heart broken over being finished I Googled the poetry referenced in the book and found it. Much to my delighted shock.
Sand in the Desert is only 31 pages but it is 31 pages of the same kind of magical goodness I loved about Relocated.
Reading the poems I heard the same "voice" as I did in Relocated.
Written in the voice of Raketh Namar. An alien of Aleyne.
Translated into English Common Speech by Ardaval Namar and Gavin Frey. (Father of the main character in Relocated)
I love the writing style.
There is a spiritual aspect to the poetry but not an overly religious kind of way. It could definitely be appreciated by anyone religious or not.
I would love to see more.
If you enjoyed Relocated, then this is a great companion book of sorts.
I am going to be carrying Sand in the Desert around with me and re-reading it for quite awhile.
Can't stress my love for this book enough.
An extra tidbit: The author wrote Relocated during 2010's Nanowrimo and Sands in the Desert poetry during the Chapbook Challenge.
..I know, right. AMAZING!
These poems are rhyming ones, but luckily the poet has a good ear for rhythm and rhyme, so the flow doesn't feel forced or choppy, but instead flows smoothly from the first poem until the last. I also liked how each poem was easy to understand. I am not a fan of ambiguous poetry, so I was relieved to find these poems such an easy read. Overall, this is a great collection, one I would definitely recommend, especially if you are a fan of "Relocated".
1. Running Water
2. Mountain Top Meditation - the verse " In Dark's hour release our power" are very powerful words. I can relate to these words.
3. No One wants to Greet Their Fear- This poem is a must read for everyone. The Poet did an excellent job in presenting the use words. The verse " we cover pieces of our soul" is the world needs to see and hear.
The book over all is excellent, I would recommend this book to all who want to read truth in the form of poetry. The only reason I have given it four stars is because I was fully into this book and then the poems stopped. I wanted to see more. I am hoping that the Poet is bringing out another Poetry Book. Which I will be waiting for.