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An Anthology of Poems from The Red Salon

This, out in time for the holy days, I imagined as a fine gift book.
An Anthology of Poems from The Red Salon is the collective work of six poets who have been published via our private “Friends & Family” imprint, The Red Salon. We have (give or take a few) fifteen poems per contributor: a mix of previously published and new material, a potpourri of styles and subjects, an ultimately elegant collection with work by Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Jason O’Toole, Christina Finlayson Taylor, R. N. Taylor, Nicholas Tesluk, and Wolfgang Weiss. We eagerly await our author copies and hope that this collection will find its way to many bookshelves.

Copies can be obtained at Amazon, and please consider penning a review.

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Posted by on November 5, 2018 in News & Reviews, The Red Salon

 

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Spear of Stars




Jason O’Toole’s Spear of Stars (The Red Salon, 2018) is available online as well as on bookshelves “out there” in the New England region of “the real world.”

O’Toole maintains a blog, SpearofStars.wordpress.com, where he features poetry from this collection as well as poems for forthcoming collections, and he’s been interviewed a few times as well.

We are proud of the quality of words that we publish, and Spear of Stars is no exception!

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2018 in The Red Salon

 

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The Importance of Separating the Writer from the Writing

It’s very difficult to judge what we love, and our own writing is no exception. It’s why we who write need to pull away from our words for weeks, maybe months, minimally, to detach from them. We need to give ourselves time to forget what we wrote.

How often do we notice that our new favorite poems are consistently our most recent poems? But as we look back, a few “perennials” stand out from the rest. Those are the true keepers. We need to pull away long enough to recognize the perennials as those that spring back to life with every read. As for the rest, we need to be able to laugh at ourselves once in a while, and keep them (if we must take clingy hoarding to an ephemeral level) in documents with titles such as “Analects 1,” “Analects 2” and “Analects 3” – and do your best, then, to not look back unless you’re feeling nostalgic or all dried up.

In earlier 2018, I published a small collection of poems written within the previous autumn and winter. Originally it was to be a year’s worth of poems, but I thought, what if I were to die soon, before I would complete spring and summer? My husband and I have a practice of living for today, not looking ahead much, considering that this day might be all we have. So I decided to break the year into two books, to publish the first half now, if not sooner.

What happened, then, was that the second book became an assignment, and I grew disappointed in myself for not slowing down, for not giving it time to sit – not in my hands, re-reading and re-reading without giving the word-attachments time to detach.

I write these words today simply to remind people of the importance of slowing down: patience and trust. When we are enthusiastic, we get impatient, and when our words are brand new, we are enthusiastic about them. We only need to trust in the future, to trust that we will most likely still be here tomorrow and the next day, and to trust someone else with our babies, our documents of fading annuals and resilient perennials, just in case.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2018 in Musings & Other Things

 

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Jason O’Toole’s Spear of Stars: Recent Success

Jason O’Toole is has been realizing enthusiastic support of his new book, Spear of Stars, released early this month via our Red Salon imprint.

He will be reading at Silver Unicorn Books in Acton, MA.

Film maker Drew Stone is hosting an event in NYC at which O’Toole will read and perform musically.

Dwid Hellion of the band Integrity released some dramatic readings of four poems from O’Toole’s Spear of Stars. They can be accessed here: https://integrity.bandcamp.com/album/spoken-word

He also did an interview with Holy Synergia: http://holysynergia.com/jason-otoole-spear-of-stars/

Beyond this, he’s working on more poetry, fiction, and non-fiction art material.
We wish him the best on it!

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2018 in News & Reviews, The Red Salon

 

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Our Otherworld by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

New release from The Red Salon:

Our Otherworld by Juleigh Howard-Hobson (my new “best favorite ever” written by a lady, and what an honor it was to receive her manuscript). This is the kind of poetry that will be read by its readers again and again and again. There is much to learn, to enjoy, and to deeply appreciate as it reminds the reader to look down and around more—not just up to the sky—for what evokes a sense of wonder; to find it in a forest, at sea, in dead things transforming, and in the collective imagination of European folk. Our Otherworld proffers “Somethings” for the whole family and is available for purchase via Amazon.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2018 in The Red Salon

 

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July Releases: Middle Island Press and The Red Salon

This has been a busy past few months!

Under the Middle Island Press imprint, we’ve published our first novella: Petals and Nails by Loni Hoots, who also has four books of poetry and the first book of her Little Bird series of stories for children in print.

We’re close to releasing Robert Epstein’s Haiku Days of Remembrance: In Honor of My Father (link forthcoming) as well as Checkout Time is Soon: More Death-Awareness Haiku. He has published several books through Middle Island Press – both his own poetry as well as anthologies which he compiled and edited.

From The Red Salon, we just released Spear of Stars by Jason O’Toole (this is his first collection of poetry, though he’s a seasoned songwriter); and most recently, The Colors of My Soul by myself, Christina Finlayson Taylor.

I do so love keeping busy designing books and am always glad to add new authors and titles to our ever-growing list. Click on the links above to purchase and brows the interiors at Amazon.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2018 in News & Reviews, The Red Salon

 

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Near-Life Experience: Poems by Christina Finlayson Taylor

I’m glad to say that the latest book release through The Red Salon is my own! For years I didn’t write, and then, suddenly, the flow returned and has been turning on and off like a faucet: a few weeks of prolific writing and a few weeks of no writing at all. I’m glad to be writing again!

Near-Life Experience developed over the recent cold months. I planned on slowly working toward a collection about triple in bulk, but as I scanned what I had written of recent, I realized that there was a certain feel, and I decided to do a “gray” collection of my life this past autumn and winter and will plan to pen a “yellow” collection as the sun warms and colors the earth and my emotions.

Near-Life Experience, compared to Villanelles & Varia, is more mature as I’ve been experiencing critical inner development. It also contains more abstract concepts as we turn inward in the cold months. I hope that the few who appreciate my writing will enjoy NLE. It may not be full of color and laughter, but it’s me.

(Near-Life Experience is available at Amazon, but of course friends can contact me for a signed copy.)

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in The Red Salon

 

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