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Sharing Love

14 March, 2017

When the first poem contains lines such as

Poems free imagination
an inclination to see
within and without
the play of life.

You know you’re in for a thoroughly good read!

I was really struck by the tenderness with which the poems in this collection were written. Reading it, I felt relaxed and soothed; pretty amazing for me at the end of a hectic week!
If you are looking for mindful poetry, this is the collection to read. I love the sense of humour running through some of the poetry as well as the seriousness of thought in others. The ebb and flow of verse is as natural as a flowing stream.
The main theme of the collection is “interconnectedness”. “out there among the stars/our interconnectedness unfolds”. It runs throughout each section, sometimes referred to directly, at other times it is hinted at, allowing the reader to make their own connections.
Other themes that wind their way through this journey of verse are mindfulness, love, passion and heartbreak. The theme of care is prevalent also; not just for each other, but for the planet as a whole.

Another thing that struck me whilst reading this collection, was the gracefulness and unconditional love the writer has for the people in his poems. The whole idea of loving someone so much, that you would let them go, if they wanted to leave, came across incredibly strongly in several verses.
Favourites? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling when I re-read them! But ones that have remained favourite on several re-reads, include Ripples with its awesome line “silence between words”. Be With Me encapsulates the feeling of the collection, particularly the third stanza, “a kaleidoscope of pattern/rhythm and enlightenment”. And Spellbinder, of course! Why? It’s about one of my favourite characters of legend, Merlin, “invoking the universes unfathomable mystery”…
Take time out of your busy schedule and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Sharing Love. is available to buy now and you can read Sam’s EPod Interview at 20170306.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for Sam Eastwood

13 March, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to poet Sam Eastwood. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
What I love doing about these interviews with a difference, is reading about the 5 items each person would take with them. Each interviewee so far has taken items so personal to them that no one else has duplicated anything – yet! I’m handing over to Sam now, so he can tell you what he would take.
My writing pad, with which I can continue my poems and stories.
A framed picture of the woman I love.
A picture of my Siamese chocolate point, who is waiting for me on my return.
The small statue of Buddha, which has a chime to remind me to be ‘present’.
And the old worn copy of ‘The heart of the Buddha’s teaching’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sam Eastwood has recently had a poetry collection published and has several other projects nearing fruition.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of Sharing Love.
How did Sam start writing poetry? It all began when he started writing a SciFi book “The Paradox of the White Tiger” which included love poems. These poems soon overtook the writing of the book when he fell in love with himself, and became his own muse! “The Paradox of the White Tiger” is currently being edited and will hopefully be published this year. Sam also has a short story “The Tide” which he plans to release very shortly.
You can connect to Sam at: –
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And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Understanding: poems with explanations

7 February, 2017

When M. Sakran told me about his collection of poetry and asked me to write an introduction, I was intrigued!
The title in itself, tells you a lot about the collection – Understanding: poems with explanations. Why explanations? So, I read on. I’m not going to repeat my introduction here – you can read that in his book! Instead I’m going to tell you a little about my reactions to his poetry.
Understanding struck a chord with me because a lot of the poems explore death, cancer and suicide, as well as other situations that most people might not feel comfortable with. This is not to say that the collection is depressing. It is a very clever collection that makes you think and opens your eyes to other possibilities in interpretation. I loved how although I liked my interpretation of his words, sometimes, M. Sakran had half a dozen different thoughts going through his head while he wrote the poem. In a way, Understanding is a study of the creative process as well presenting some intriguing and thought-provoking poetry.
He uses both blank and rhythmical verse, sometimes with rhyme that does not detract from the meaning of the poem whatsoever. His poems are generally short and have a powerful impact with their words. His imagery is intriguing and his use of prose poetry in Distortion and Waiting are particularly effective.
Here and On The Floor were the 2 poems I identified most with having been through cancer myself. But Finality and Ridden also touched me, having seen an elderly relative die last year. And in Darkness & Dawn, the reader has nothing but sympathy for the suicide victim.
M. Sakran is an empathetic poet whose creative process is as fascinating as the poems he produces.
His books can be purchased at
First Try
Understanding
You can read M. Sakran’s EPod Interview at 20170206
You can follow M. Sakran at
MSakran.com
M. Sakran’s Blog
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for Sharmishtha Basu

5 December, 2016

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to writer and editor, Sharmishtha Basu!
I tap the code into the keypad to access my escape pod with a beating heart. I can hear the soft voice of AI Oceana on every speaker, urging us to hurry to pack our five indispensable items and enter our epods immediately. The attack has not came out of the blue; we have been evading it for some time. The intensity was a surprise though! We never thought we would have to desert the mother ship. I glance at the five things in my hands and then allow the rays to scan my retina.
The most important item I carry is my personal computer containing every little piece of my life that has meant something to me, from earth and thereafter. I cannot imagine my life without it.
Then there’s the charger and the small speaker attached to it. I was never a big fan of headphones. I have always preferred speakers. And of course, the large photo from my altar; that is as important as life to me, I can’t spend a night without it, forget about being lost in space!
My last item is my personal book-reader, containing hundreds of books…
The door opens soundlessly and I enter my personal pod. As I settle on the chair the security belt gently embraces me, like a hug of a dear friend. I close my eyes and pray my friends and colleagues have made it to their epods safely…

You can follow Sharmishtha at
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Sharmishtha Basu is a self-published author, bookworm and blogaholic, enjoying a blissful life and trying to share her experience through her books and blogs. She is the proud creator of two Ezines Agnishatdal (The lotus of fire), which you are welcome to join and Agnijaat (Fire born), which you are most welcome to read.
Come back tomorrow for my review of her poetry collection, When The Clouds Dance….
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Review: Versions of The Self

8 November, 2016

I bought this collection because I’ve been following Christy’s blogs for a while and I enjoy her writing. I chose Versions of the Self because it is her most recent publication and I loved the splashes of colour on the front cover!
What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious. The poems are collected into themes which explore the different aspects of Christy. This is not a collection to breeze through. This collection is one to re-read again and again. On each re-read I am finding new things, discovering different viewpoints.
My three favourite poems are:
Never Now: A positive look back at a failure in life; You are caged into / A piece of the last chapter / And my words fill / The present page.
See My Sense of Self: An intriguing exploration of how the poet sees herself versus the person who thinks they know her: You see it is a version of me, virtual / That you have come to know… / I am more than a / smiling photo.
The Scampering Poem: A light-hearted yet serious viewpoint on how we let life run away with us, how we’re maybe even too busy to finish reading the poem! I know exactly what the poet means by; Life is humming away in your mind, with thoughts of / What to make for dinner…
Challenging but not disturbing. Inspiring, even in the sorrowful verses. Christy Birmingham is a writer to follow!
Click here to buy your copy of Versions of the Self
Follow Christy Birmingham at Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Escape Pod Emulation for Christy Birmingham

7 November, 2016

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to author, Christy Birmingham!
So here I am, in this e-pod, and I’m feeling a bit claustrophobic. I better slow down my breathing to conserve the oxygen. Luckily, if I feel lightheaded, it won’t really matter too much as I’m not steering this contraption.
I settle into the console chair, knowing I’ll be here a while, and open up the cloth bag that rests on my lap. Inside, I find my five things here. Only five. It was quite the ordeal to decide what to take with me. I take out each item, one by one.
1. A Book. I find security in the familiarity of the book Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, which I have read several times and contains a handwritten note from my mom on the first page.
2. A Pillow. If I’m going to get some decent sleep, then I definitely want to bring my pillow with me; it will provide some comfort in this strange environment.
3. A Stuffed Dog. My friend bought the stuffie for me at the hospital gift shop when I was there recovering, in the midst of a tough time; stroking his ears still helps me to relax, just like it did back then. It was following my release from the hospital that I began to write Pathways to Illumination, which chronicles a woman’s struggles with depression and anxiety after an abusive relationship ends.

4. A Stationary Set (Includes Pen and Paper). Ok, I cheated a little bit here as I didn’t include the sheets and pen as separate items but, well, I was creative, so bonus points for that, right? I would take notes on what I see and think about during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
5. A Photograph. This photo is of my parents and I on the patio of a restaurant, smiling as we enjoyed a nice meal together; the photo would help keep my spirit strong, and I would not feel quite so isolated either.
Oh and if you are wondering why I wouldn’t pack my beautiful dancing shoes that I wear for salsa classes, it’s because there is not enough room for this type of dance in the pod and I would not have a partner. But I could still chair dance, right? I do car dancing all the time, so it’s not that much of a stretch.
Christy Birmingham is an avid freelance writer and blogger who lives in British Columbia, Canada. She is the proud owner of the blogs Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire. She has written two poetry books and plans to release her first book of fiction next year.
You can connect with Christy at
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Come back tomorrow for my review of her poetry collection, Versions of the Self….
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2016

potential to turbulence

1 August, 2016
Freya

I’ve not had as many poems or stories published this year because I’ve been concentrating on self-publishing. However, here is a list of what I have had published since January, including my own publications…
February 2016
Jellyfish Whispers published my poem potential – a blank verse about a seed…
May 2016
The WiFiles published my short story Heirloom – Tari’s quiet, stable, Temple life is shattered when her best friend dies…
June 2016
I published my first ever e-book in June – The Essence of Thyme – An enchanted forest that accepts blood in order for the traveller to find a path through… A silent castle inhabited by petrified statues, horror carved into their frozen faces… A mysterious green light that conjures up relaxing thoughts of summer… Watch my video where I introduce The Essence of Thyme and read the opening lines… TEOT Or read the first chapter for free at Ms Haiku
Spillwords published two haiku on their site at This Hollowed Landscape and This Long Killer Jaw These haiku deal with how I felt when I lost my brother to cancer and how I tried to describe the grey hound I’m currently looking after.
I had two poems published by Gold Dust in Issue 29. For the first time an editor was adventurous enough to print one of my very own Freyan Verses, Turbulence (page 47). And another poem, Yellow Dust appeared on page 37. Click on the link for a free read of the entire magazine!
July 2016
Spillwords also published three more haiku on their site at Shifting From Green Grass, Delicate Long Limbs and Spire Grass Ripples These haiku deal again with the grey hound who has become one of my muses and a planet I have only just started to explore…
If you love FREEREADS, I now keep a list of all the stories and poetry you can read for free at FREE STUFF!
© Freya Pickard 2016
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

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