Smorgasbord Book Reviews – Understanding: An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events-compiled by Stevie Turner

I’m featured in the anthology Sally is reviewing. I’ve purchased this book, and when I have time, I’ll read and review it here. Meanwhile, enjoy Sally’s review and check out the book.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the last three weeks I have been featuring the contributors to this anthology of true and significant events. Writers share intimate and life changing events in their lives with courage and honesty whilst inspiring others.

Compiled by author Stevie Turner – the proceeds from this anthology will be going to Cancer Research and it is a very worthy cause.

Here is the link to the previous post where you can also find the link to the first posts in the series:Contributors part six

About the anthology

The following authors and bloggers answered questions posed by Stevie Turner regarding significant life experiences they had undergone. These events include sexual abuse, a near death experience, alcoholism, being diagnosed with cancer, depression, losing weight, getting married, being a mother to many children, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, and many more!

The contributors to the anthology.

Alienora Browning – Sally…

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Share Your Short Story – Winner for April

My story didn’t win Stevie’s contest, but it’s featured here anyway.

Stevie Turner

There were not too many entries this month, and so I’m just picking one winner which resonated with me because I am also from the Boomer generation.  I’m rather thankful I am too.

Kelly Artieri’s ‘When Values are no Longer Valuable’. 

https://www.kellyartieri.com/single-post/2019/03/04/When-Values-Are-No-Longer-Valuable

Congratulations Kelly!  Here’s your laurel:

SHORT STORY LAUREL APRIL 2019The next contest will be in JULY 2019.  Below are the other lovely stories which were submitted.  Thanks to all who took part.  My anthology of winners is coming along nicely, but I will need a few more in order to publish.

Abbie Johnson Taylor: Abandoned https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/abandoned-fiction

Debbie Harris: Far away from home as she knew it: https://debs-world.com/2018/09/22/far-away-from-home-as-she-knew-it/

Writer in a Hat: Compatible https://writerinahat.com/2019/02/14/compatible/

Phil Huston: Painted Ladies  https://philh52.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/rasputin/

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In the Garden (Poetry)

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On this, the last day of National Poetry Month, here’s a poem that appears in the spring/summer issue of Magnets and Ladders, which is produced by Behind Our Eyes, (BOE) an organization of writers with disabilities.

Another version of this was published in my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. You can click on the Play button below to hear me read it. I hope that as we move into May, you’ll still take time to read a poem or two now and then. Poetry is meant to be enjoyed year round, not just in April.

 

In The Garden

 

There are no trees, just an expanse of dirt
with steps leading down from the yard.
At the age of twelve, while Mother and Dad work,
I sit on the steps,
study seed packets of peas, corn, tomatoes.
With limited vision,
I read labels, gaze at pictures.
Five-year-old brother Andy is out riding his bike.

Sirens wail in the distance, come closer, are silenced.
“It sounds like fire engines,” says Dad.
After a while, the phone rings.
I hurry in the house to answer it.
A male voice asks for my mother.
I rush outside, call her to the phone.

“Hello,” she says.
“Oh my god! We’ll be right there.”
She slams down the receiver,
returns to the yard, me in tow.
“Ed, we need to pick up Andy at the police station.
He was playing with matches near that shack
at the bottom of the hill when it caught fire.”
I’m abandoned in the garden.

 

 

My Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Song Lyric Sunday: You Should Be Dancing

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.The theme from newepicauthor this week is “boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone.” “Boogie” is another word for “dance.” This song from Saturday Night Fever encourages listeners to get off their backs and start moving. When I listened to the movie sound track as a teen-ager, I was often lying on my back on my bed, and I felt compelled to do just that when this song came on, especially after I started taking a disco dancing class and learned some cool line dancing moves. Enjoy this song and have a super Sunday!

The Bee Gees–You Should be Dancing

Lyrics Courtesy of Google

 

My baby moves at midnight
Goes right on till the dawn
My woman takes me higher
My woman keeps me warm
What you doin’ on your back, aah
What you doin’ on your back, aah?
You should be dancing, yeah
Dancing, yeah
She’s juicy and she’s trouble
She gets it to me good
My woman gives me power
Goes right down to my blood
What you doin’ on your back, aah
What you doin’ on your back, aah?
You should be dancing, yeah
Dancing, yeah
What you doin’ on your back, aah
What you doin’ on your back, aah?
You should be dancing, yeah
Dancing, yeah
My baby moves at midnight
Goes right on till the dawn, yeah
My woman takes me higher
My woman keeps me warm
What you doin’ on your back, aah
What you doin’ on your back, aah?
You should be dancing, yeah
Dancing, yeah
What you doin’ on your back, aah
What you doin’ on your back, aah?
You should be dancing, yeah
Dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
You should be dancing, yeah
Songwriters: Barry Alan Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb
You Should Be Dancing lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

 

My Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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AUTHOR’S CORNER:Taking Pictures With Poetry by author Abbie Johnson Taylor

Thanks to Patty Fletcher for giving me an opportunity to share my insights about poetry on her blog. I have a couple of corrections. First of all, since CreateSpace no longer exists, My Ideal Partner is not available there anymore. Also, the correct URL for DLD Books in Denver, Colorado, the outfit that published My Ideal Partner, is http://www.dldbooks.com/index.php. Enjoy!

Campbells World

Hello campbellsworld visitors.

We close our Author’s Corner this evening with a special post from, author Abbie Johnson Taylor.

She did this lovely post in answer to a request I made of her concerning poetry and what it means to her.

We’re just almost through Poetry Month and I wanted to make certain this made it into the Author’s Corner before it ends.

Watch for just a few more poetry pieces coming soon in honor of Poetry Month.

In the meantime enjoy this fantastic post.

Be sure to keep reading once the piece ends to learn all about Abbie and her work.

TAKING PICTURES WITH POETRY

By Abbie Johnson Taylor

Writing a poem is like taking a photo. This is something I wanted to do when I was a kid, but my parents were concerned that I wouldn’t be successful because of my visual limitation. They were probably right, but…

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Thursday Book Feature: The Same Sea, The Same Gloaming

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The Same Sea: The Same Gloaming: Poems

By Eugene O’Connor

Copyright 2018.

 

The poems in this short collection center mostly on nature, covering such topics as oceans, darkness, and insects. The book opens with a quote from a recruitment ad for a 1913 expedition.

I like the vivid imagery in this collection. My favorite is “Making Snow Angels,” which brings back happy memories of doing the same thing when I was a child. Since poem topics cover all seasons, this book could be read at any time of the year.

 

My Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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In Praise of Joe by Marge Piercy

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, Marge Piercy tells us that although coffee is disgusting at times, she can’t function without it. She starts by talking about how she prefers it hot but will drink it iced, tepid, or rancid from a vending machine if necessary.

She compares its blackness to that of bark from an apple tree or swamp water, perceiving its richness as that of tannin, a substance of plant origin used for tanning and in medicine. The scent of coffee, rising like steam, kicks her brain into gear.

She talks about drinking it in coffee bars or out of thermoses or in cars or stadiums or on a beach, explaining how it goes off in her head like a siren in the morning and radiates throughout her body. It doesn’t matter whether it’s latte or cappuccino. Coffee keeps her moving.

She explains what her life would be like without it. She wouldn’t be able to get up in the morning. She would continually press the snooze button and creep through her days. Coffee stimulates her speech and makes her feel human every day. In her last line, she emphasizes the idea that the inky blackness of coffee fuels her writing.

 

Note: Because of copyright concerns, I cannot post this poem here. You can read it on Your Daily Poem.

 

Your Turn

 

I triple dog dare you to take some time to explicate your favorite poem the way I did above. Read the poem a time or two and write down what you see, hear, smell, taste and feel. Like a detective, gather facts. Then compile your ideas into a cohesive review. If you do this on your own blog, please leave a pingback here so I can read it. Good luck. Thanks to Lynda McKinney Lambert and dandeliondiadem for inspiring this.

 

My Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

My Other Links

Visit my website.

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