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Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula (Volume 1) Paperback – March 10, 2012
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Christopher Vera writes to document his world: the natural, the unnatural and the supernatural. He holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing through National University. He loves science fiction, fantasy, and strong coffee. He haunts Southern California, sometimes with a pen and paper, sometimes with a fishing pole. Learn more at chrisvera.com
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Thankfully I am. And I can say that receiving the book Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula today earlier this morning was the highlight of my day. Maybe even the best thing that happened for me for like two weeks.
I love this book! I love it so much that I wanna meet Christopher and offer myself as his mentee, or his concubine, or whatever will work. His book is full of wonderful metaphors and expressive lines that can be compared to a bottle of perfume. Small, and yet if you open even the tiniest bit, an otherwordly fragrance will exude out of the bottle that will make everyone feel light and warm. That is how I felt while reading this poetry book. They are exquisitely-written. There is so much wisdom and intelligence in his poetry. The theme is the universe, particularly, space. The universe filled with stars, suns, nebulae and all galactic features. Aside from that, it also speaks of mundane things. Well, it must be so since we are also part of the universe itself.
What I like about this book is that I feel smart while I read it. He uses academic terms and scientific concepts with ease and they are all laid out in a very accessible and readable way that even a simple reader will appreciate. Although I think, some may still have to use a dictionary. However, do not be stopped by that. You will not regret picking up this book. Make sure to spend some quiet time with it because it is so beautiful that it will calm you. I just had this book for a few hours only and I already read the whole book twice. And I am ready to read it one more time. The only other writer who made me feel this way with a poetry book is my beloved friend, the celebrated gay Singaporean poet [author:Cyril Wong|187415]. I also can feel some similarities with [author:Rumi|875661], the famous Persian mystic poet. Well, the title has the word mystic so it really has to be that. And Christopher definitely pulled it off.
Now, I have a new idol. I rarely read male poets, especially heterosexual ones because I do not think I can relate with their grand themes for I am a lover of personal, confessional, homoerotic poems. But this book made me smile. And green with envy. Now I wanna write a similar book like this because it really haunted me in a good way, as if a benevolent spirit is on my shoulder, watching me while I read.
What I admire too is that this is self-published. Now I am more engulfed with passion to self-publish my book too and share the world my poetry. This book really inspires me to do it, since this is the first self-published poetry book that I have read in my experience as a poet. i will definitely treasure this book which is lovingly dedicated to me by the poet himself with a curt but inspirational message.
I am not exaggerating. As you know, I am addicted to reading poetry because I myself is a poet and I learn more and more about poetry and how to write it by reading other poetry books and studying poets who are already famous and those poets who are self-published or virtually unknown. In my experience, the best poets I have read are those who has no books yet and are only writing poetry out of pleasure or whenever the spirit of poetry possess them. I enjoy independent poets. They make the best book of poems and their themes usually are out of this world. There are few established poets that I love and they are worth mentioning too but not in this review.
You know me guys, whenever I make a review as long as this, this is definitely good =P Trust me! Make sure you take some time to go get a copy soon!