My thoughts on Small Stones from the River by Kat Lehmann ( @songsofkat )

  • Publisher Createspace.com
  • Release Date 29th June 2017
  • Average Rating 4.2 / 5 🌟

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Lehmann describes the writing in her book as meditations and micropoems. They seem made for fridge magnets, bookmarks, and greeting cards. In a world that seems increasingly cruel, inhumane, and barbaric Small Stones from the River is encouraging, thought provoking, and inspiring.

The limitations
I place
On the dreams
Of others
Are the same limitations
I place
On myself

One that I personally believe in

Your legacy
is your love

that’s the best thing you do

If ever you needed some word medicine I believe Lehmann’s words, if you truly try to believe in them, will help heal you.

This one:

if you feel
your heart
is eager to rain
bring it a gift
of sunshine instead
and marvel
at the glorious colours
it makes

made me think of the beauty of the rainbow patterns on rained on concrete when the sun comes out.

make a certain peace
with stagnation

ask it to tea
and stare patiently at one another

when it is time to get up
both of you
will know


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Four Questions with @GalyaVarna

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1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

I was born in Varna, the summer capital of Bulgaria, on the Black Sea Coast, but currently live in Greece, on the coast of the Aegean Sea.

I hold a MA in English literature and linguistics and language acquisition is another passion of mine. For years I have been writing poetry, short stories and plays but only recently have started thinking about sharing my poems and “Dreams You Thought Were Lost” is my first published poetry book, released in February 2018 on Amazon.

When talking about influences I think that reading poetry in different languages has influenced my writing. I read poetry in 3 languages – Bulgarian, English and Russian. I admire the art of translation. Actually some of the poems in “Dreams You Thought Were Lost” were originally written in Bulgarian and I translated them into English.

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

Well, I am trying to promote my work on Twitter, FB and LinkedIn as well as through my blog. I am also open to participating in different co-writing projects or contributing to anthologies. To be honest, I am better at promoting other people’s work than my own.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

One creative project I currently work on is WeArtFriends (www.we-art-friends.com) and the bimonthly online magazine Doorway to Art (https://we-art-friends.com/magazine/). We have just finished work on the 3nd issue where poets and artists are featured.

WeArtFriends has also launched a poetry competition (closes on 21st May 2018) aiming to put together an anthology. More information about the competition can be found at https://we-art-friends.com/initiative/

4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry is like breathing – comes naturally to me and I don’t need prompts to write, don’t need to plan or force myself in any way. It helps me see beauty in sometimes not very nice situations. Poetry helps me find beauty in nature, in human thought, in relationships, in sadness and loss.
It’s also a great source of connecting with everything in our world. For many many years in my poems I have been using nature-related imagery when I wanted to express an emotion or look at a situation from a different or unexpected angle. In the last years I have been reading more about Bulgarian history, our origins and the beliefs our ancestors shared before accepting Christianity in 9th century AD and was surprised to discover that most of the imagery I use in my poems is part of that pre-Christian pagan tradition. So I guess, poetry is also a way to connect to my roots.

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Debut poetry collection “Dreams You Thought Were Lost” of author Galya Varna weaves unexpected stories belonging to the realms of aether and the present day.

The poems, organized into 8 sections, tell tales of love and endless wonders, voice fears and hopes, take the reader on happy and sad journeys, paint visions of special times and stormy days, share beauty, sadness and moments of joy, hoping for better tides.

If you ever had dreams you thought were lost, this voyage is for you!


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Four Questions with Laura Ashley Laraque (@LanillaRose )

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Laura Ashley Laraque

Q: Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Hi, my name is Laura Ashley and I am a Indie author. I’ve been writing since the 5th grade and haven’t stopped since! I really do enjoy expressing my thoughts and emotions through words. My writing is primarily poetry and at first I always would gear my words to rhyming but expanding my horizon with writing as I read more and got involved in the community. What influences my writing is pain; it moves my words to be more raw and honest. However, more recently I have been focusing on the healing aspect of my life in my words.

Q: What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

Since I am all new to the promoting aspect of my work, I mainly use social media platforms to get my work out there. Of course I also use word of mouth and speak to different ones about my passion for writing as well. I also do custom poems on the side if I know someone has a special occasion coming up or just needs some comforting words to hear. As far as time management, at first it was eating a lot of my time and I become very consumed with needing to post and promote constantly. I came to a point where I had to prioritize and see what was most important in my life, which was my health and well being; without that I’m nothing!

Q: What projects are you working on at present?

I do have some projects in mind that again I am trying to prioritize in my life. I am working on a Youtube channel that caters to spoken word and creating a open space for people who suffer from chronic illness, such as myself, and just topics that the writing community may want to discuss. I am also working on recreating a revised edition of my debut collection “Table for One’. I’m excited about that as well but I am working diligently to make sure its just right.

Q: What does poetry mean to you?

My poetry embodies who I am and what my heart feels. At first I was shy and didn’t really want to share my pain, lack of confidence and so forth. Yet, I realized it’s so important to be open and honest with who you are and not to so much hide behind your words. I still find a way to express how I feel without bashing or being too much of an open book; although I feel sometimes I can be otherwise lol. Poetry has created a healing path that I will never regret stepping foot on. It has left me vulnerable and naked to the eye but has brought out this beam of sunshine that I allowed to be crowded out by the troubles I faced. This passion I have, will never fade off and will always be a part of who I am.

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This collection of poetry talks about a woman who has experienced what many have, heart break. In the midst of her pain, she takes on a journey to learn to love herself. Also, expressing emotions and looking back on memories that although left scars, have led her to sit at her table alone. Finding yourself is crucial and she explains how she accomplishes this day by day.

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