#NEWRELEASE Sleeping with Earth

My new poetry collection Sleeping with Earth is available for pre-order! I’ve been working on it for sometime. The release date is September 29th.

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Here’s a sample:

Procreation

in the beginning,

before heavy elements

or stars

magnetism rested in

the dark sensation

of a solar breath.

 

Sleeping with Earth

Cold sweat, saliva

While the door slammed beneath us

My lips never left.

“Resist and she dies”

He told me as a hangman

Mocks the innocent.

And I surrendered

Like she was nothing less than

My entire world.

 

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Kat at Aeternum Designs did an amazing job on the cover. It really goes with the message of my collection: the power and emotion behind nature.

Nature calls from the depths of itself, heating embers of a flame lost to global warming and withering romance. Hear voices find their truth as weeds tangle with free-verse and haiku poetry.

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Available on Amazon:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Earth-Ben-Ditmars-ebook/dp/B01M0EI7MQ/

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sleeping-Earth-Ben-Ditmars-ebook/dp/B01M0EI7MQ/

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Book Review: Waking the Wild by Nadia Hasan

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Waking the Wild: a poetry collection

by Nadia Hasan

5/5 stars

Nadia Hasan has been a favorite poet of mine for some time. I thoroughly enjoyed her first collection, From the Cafe and Beyond. She has also been featured on my blog series where authors share their favorite writing spaces. Waking the Wild, her most recent collection, is as astonishing as it is heartfelt. The cover, the formatting and design flow flawlessly into words of unparalleled emotion. Error takes us through the turmoil of pain in an emergency room; When the Body Betrays, a battle between the body and finding love; and Decipher, has some of my favorite words yet: “I am cracked/ I am broken/ and all my words come out wrong but/ there are no words”. I highly recommend this story of life and survival. Her words will leave you reeling and alive.

Book Review: Broken Places by Rachel Thompson

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Broken Places

by Rachel Thompson

5/5 stars

Some poets are born, but most are made. I believe Rachel Thompson possesses an inner-strength transcending both ideals. Perhaps her poetry would not be possible without her story, but that is immaterial. She was born and makes a difference. I am not a survivor of sexual abuse, but I feel the intensity of her writing and the strength that it provides. There is courage in the ability to speak that I know others will find because of Broken Places. I better understand the enormity our actions and indifference can cause to victims of abuse. And I find solace in the truth and beauty of her words that touched my soul. If you like great writing or poetry, please give this book your time. It will be well worth it. Two of my favorite passages were:

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can a ghost of air and dust
hold me now?

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It’s beautiful, this hill we climb
To the quiet, most private silence of our souls

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