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What My Niece Said in My Head by Robert Epstein

Epstein - what My Niece Said - Cover JPEGCalifornia poet and psychologist Robert Epstein came to me some months back with the idea of presenting a poetry collection to his niece for her tenth birthday. What is particularly heart-warming about what is now his recent Middle Island Press title What My Niece Said in My Head is that it’s a collection of fifty haiku & senryu poems in which each one was penned either with his niece as the subject or with some words of wisdom laced with humor, especially for her, to assist her in learning how to get through life with a thinker’s laugh rather than a feeler’s frown. (“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” as Mary Poppins sang.)

Life is tough sometimes, but What My Niece Said in My Head can help readers of all ages through such times, or it can simply bring a smile when one is needed. Visit Epstein’s MIP book page for a few samples from What My Niece Said in My Head, and the wonderful “afterword” that rests on the chapbook’s inside back cover.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Literary News & Articles

 

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Windows of the World by Stephen Godfrey

If this publisher/editor may choose favorites among titles, then I must say that of Stephen Godfrey’s SIX Middle Island Press chapbooks, Windows of the World is my personal favorite.

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The poems in Windows of the World are a gathering of perennial favorites and newer poems, all complimentary as they vary from the spiritual to the social to the sentimental as Godfrey remembers his mother (to whom this collection is dedicated), yet the common thread throughout is Godfrey’s developed “serious” voice which has earned him the nickname “The Serious Poet.”

Read more about this title at the Middle Island Press website.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Literary News & Articles

 

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Gloria J. Wimberley: Featured Poet

Congrats to my friend and Middle Island Press editor, Gloria J. Wimberley, on her being selected as the current featured poet at the Making Us Think Together Arts Community website.

Gloria is undoubtedly one of today’s most competent free-verse poets, ever blowing me away with her vast vocabulary and the fine and feminine flow of her words.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Literary News & Articles

 

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