Book Review: Within the Heart of Silence by James William Peercy and Jacqueline E. Smith

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Within the Heart of Silence

by James William Peercy and Jacqueline E. Smith

4/5 stars

Within the Heart of Silence is great ekphrastic poetry, blending images with words that often read like music. I enjoyed the touch of agelessness presented by Smith’s photography and Peercy’s verse. The rhyming did not always work for me, but I appreciated its structure. Definitely a great book to read outside in the woods.

Fire~Blessed

fire-blessed from
gazing on the blue
sky and her eyes

altering the course
of destiny, her fondness
matches mine

with stones to
spare beneath
cigar tree beans.

© Ben Ditmars 2016

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Photograph Courtesy of Jacqueline Smith.

Read her blog here.

Verbal Ashes

dawn before pitch-black
hours of your heart
has cost us hydrogen
and helium, the stuff
of stars

settled into verbal ashes
tears of helplessness,
appeals to God and words
that bleed the most.

© Ben Ditmars 2016

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Animation by LunaPic.

 

Photograph Courtesy of Jacqueline Smith.

Read her blog here.

Book Review: Backstage by Jacqueline E. Smith

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Backstage

by Jacqueline E. Smith

4/5 stars

I’m easily distracted, but I could not put Backstage down. There were times when the narration could have been subtler and the antagonist more realistic, yet I loved the story. Much like in other books by Smith, the main characters have remarkable chemistry. Whether it is the adorable lead couple Sam and Mel or the hi-jinks of young boy band, Backstage left me wanting more. I can’t wait to see what drama (and new song lyrics) the next book has in store.