Finishing Line Press announces the publication of “The Season of Terminal Cold,” A chapbook of poems by Libby Swope Wiersema.
The deeper aspects of loss, both impending and realized, are recorded with tenderness and honesty in “The Season of Terminal Cold,” a poetry chapbook by Libby Swope Wiersema. Her mother’s terminal illness is a major theme of the 26-poem collection, which features several elegiac works as well as poems that explore the duality of life. While based on the personal, at their core, each poem is deeply rooted in the universal experience of death and dying.
“Losing my mother was as profound an experience as the birth of my children,” said Wiersema. “It was a journey filled with anguish and grief, love and beauty. I think a lot of people will relate to this notion – that there is the thinnest of lines between life and death, joy and sorrow, agony and ecstasy.”
Award-winning poet and former North Carolina poet laureate, Cathy Smith Bowers, said this is a collection of poems that needed to be written.
“Everywhere in this collection, Wiersema’s bright mind and big heart create for us fresh, often stunning metaphors,” she said. “In More >
Finishing Line Press is proud to announce the publication of “Eden’s Edge,” a new collection of poems by Natalie Taylor.
Eden’s Edge, a new collection of poems by Natalie Taylor, explores the complexities in relationships—both with each other as humans and our relationship to the earth. The poems explore the themes of sensuality, shame, grief, and redemption lit with radiant natural imagery.
“We read Eden’s Edge out loud to each other with admiration and delight. Just when we thought we’d understood—the spirit must be firmly rooted in the sensual—it became apparent that “mixing two opposite elements / is not enough.” Heat and metaphor and a keen sense of sonic pleasure transform these contraries into an elegant, lyrical realm that progresses from the moment of finding something “powerful / sweet” to the ultimatum “One chance, be splendor” to the climactic and outrageous triumph of the Jazzy brigade in the last pages of this collection. Natalie Taylor’s vivid and generous imagination has produced a sequence of searing and wonderfully accomplished poems.” —Annie Deppe, author of Wren Cantata and —Theodore Deppe, author of Beautiful Wheel
“I’m spinning sun to gold,” says the speaker of Natalie Taylor’s poem “Indeterminate Tomato,” and luckily for More >
Take an objective look at autism from a teacher’s point of view in “Understanding Children & Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders” by Renee (Rivki) Silverberg.
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency is pleased to announce the release of its newest title, Understanding Children & Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by author Renee (Rivki) Silverberg.
Author Renee (Rivki) Silverberg is certified and licensed as a preschool to grade three educator, and a students with disabilities teacher. She is credentialed as a human services board-certified practitioner and certified autism specialist.
The book Understanding Children & Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders offers an objective, informative, and helpful view of ASD by this teacher who has worked directly with autistic students. It discusses the issues, developmental processes, possible therapies, and educational approaches currently on the scene. The need is great for such information, because it will allow families and professionals to provide a high-quality, pro-social life for children with ASD.
The author’s other certifications include a Montessori teacher’s diploma; certified behavior management specialist; early childhood lead teacher certificate; national association education of young children member; early childhood certification; and New Jersey Registry for childhood professionals Level VII More >
“The Devil Came to Town and the Angels Followed” by Bonney Hogue Patterson is the inspiring true story of children being saved from a killer tornado.
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency is pleased to announce the release of its newest title, The Devil Came to Town and the Angels Followed, by author Bonney Hogue Patterson.
On May 22, 2011, an EF 5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, devastating the city. Survivors of the giant storm tell of running for their lives, children being torn from their mothers’ arms, and of being swept into the funnel on that fateful day.
In the wreckage of one nearby hospital, doctors and nurses worked by flashlight to save lives, and first responders showed extraordinary courage during this disaster. Even so, 158 people died in Joplin that day. But this history-making storm has another story that has not been told, until now.
Young survivors of the monster tornado, none over the age of 12, began telling their parents and teachers about bright winged beings – or “butterfly people” – who shielded them at the height of the storm as the massive tornado passed over them.
The townspeople in More >
Ex-cruise ship waiter tells all in the memoir “The Sorrow of Being Me: Life as a Cruise Ship Waiter” by Pavel Yosifoff.
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency is pleased to announce the release of its newest title, The Sorrow of Being Me: Life as a Cruise Ship Waiter, by author Pavel Yosifoff.
Ah, the joys and relaxation of a cruise. Nothing better than to sightsee, enjoy sea breezes, and gobble down all that bountiful food. But what goes on behind the scenes of all that serenity?
Meet Pavel Yosifoff, a former cruise ship waiter who tells all. Ever wondered where all that food comes from and what goes on behind the doors in the kitchen? What is ship life is really like? What the crew does when the ship’s restaurant lights are finally turned off? The stories in Life as a Cruise Ship Waiter are all true.
Says the author, “My name is Pavel and I will be your waiter tonight. My recommendation for you is to read my menu featuring real stories from the cruise industry, garnished with accidents and stories of how the cruise staff spent their time More >
Author Julianne Palumbo releases a new poetry book about raising children and watching them leave the nest – “Announcing the Thaw.”
Announcing the Thaw celebrates the joys of raising children while mourning their growing up and moving on. The progression of poems reflects the poet’s struggle to replace that precious act of raising now-grown children with something equally worthy.
“Julianne Palumbo’s book is a delight and a blessing. Entrancing rhythm brings the poems alive like songs filled with motion and sound (“wind chimes jazzed”). Each poem is crafted and whittled with a playful love of language and not one word out of place, inviting us to witness intimate moments at home and to celebrate the joys of raising children: ‘my frozen toes flipping my slippers like jumping fish.’
Julianne writes as if her heart was a pen and words were made of love. Here we visit both the everyday and the celestial: ‘she is hiding upstairs,/where,/ if you stand tip toe,/you can see the ocean,/if you sit on the floor,/you can see the stars.’ These are poems of family and communion, where even everyday objects are imbued with life, love and grace, like the ‘big old table/the one More >
A soul that is afraid of dying has never learned to live… “The Gods Who Fell From The Sky” by Dick Mawson.
This is a true story about a boy who loses the use of both legs.
An adventurer who conquered speed.
His name is Dick Mawson.
A Chronology of Dick’s early life…
• A plane crash, lost in the African jungle, aged four and to the natives who found us we were “Gods who had fallen from the sky” • The loss of his right leg in a farm accident aged eleven. • A powerboat champion aged twelve. • An international champion representing his country aged thirteen. • A hundred mile per hour accident in a F1 hydroplane resulting in damage to his left leg and face, after winning the international gold cup regatta for his country at Victoria Falls, aged sixteen. • His mother and doctor convince him to change his chosen sport as any further damage to either leg could result in him being wheelchair bound for life…”Tiddlywinks” being the suggestion from his mother. • Undeterred this tenacious young sixteen-year-old takes up motor racing.
…and that’s just the start of his astounding life.
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“Bewilderness” by Marc McKee is a compelling new poetry collection and his second full-length collection.
It feels redundant to say that the beginning of the 21st century was terrible. In the fevered amber light of perpetual alert, there was much simulated barking, much abuse of the languages until our languages seemed nearly entirely contorted into a delivery system for fear and aggression, often beneath the veil of banal doublespeak. This in turn yielded the kinds of violence, torture, and retaliation that we are, sadly, no longer surprised by. In that same glow, one could detect deep and ugly fissures in the façades of institutions and ideologies we once wanted to believe aspired to righteousness, or at least rational attempts to provide order and nominal peace.
Bewilderness, Marc McKee’s second full-length collection, is saturated with the evidence of this state of affairs. In poem after poem, the culture of pervasive suspicion and cultivated paranoia is revealed as the site at which the power of the creative imagination and its essential, motivating impulse of empathy must push back with whatever tools it can muster. The poems in Bewilderness alternate between adopting ironic personae aimed at laying bare the toxic voices of More >
Author And Motivational Speaker Chris Lynch Sets Out To Inspire People To Overcome Trauma And Fear – “Within Your Reach: A Journey Through Diabetes.”
Maryland author and motivational speaker, Chris Lynch is pleased to announce the promotion of his book, Within Your Reach: A Journey Through Diabetes. Chris plans to inspire people experiencing trauma and pain to turn around their approach to life: from fear to engagement; from denial to acceptance; from self-aggrandizement to enabling hope, love, and peace to others, within their reach.
In 2008, Chris Lynch’s life was transformed in four dramatic days when he was hospitalized with diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperkalemia, and atrial fibrillation. Diagnosed with a blood sugar level of 1,469 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl), Chris faced near-death and a lifetime of insulin dependence. Realizing his survival was a miracle made possible by God, Chris began a new journey into health and renewed faith, successfully reducing his insulin dependence from 120 units per day to zero.
Always a positive spirit dedicated to helping others, Chris determined to share his story with other people, along with a simple, powerful message: “Believe, Receive, and Reciprocate.” A dynamic and engaging speaker, Chris’ humor, down-to-earth More >
Spiritual/Self-Help Book, “Beauty as a State of Being” by Dr. Solomon Katz Receives Several National Book Awards.
Solomon Katz is pleased to announce that his book, “Beauty as a State of Being: Mastering Mind and the Spiritual Path,” has won several prominent book awards this year. These include:
2014 Nautilus Book Awards: Silver Winner, Religion/Spirituality – Eastern 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Winner, Self Help 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards: Winner, Self Help – Spiritual
In Beauty as a State of Being, described as “both a self-help manual and a work of art,” Dr. Katz, a Harvard trained psychologist and former Buddhist monk, takes the reader on a journey of mind from suffering to spiritual realization.
Beauty as a State of Being is required reading for everyone who has a mind. The mind is a powerful tool capable of great creativity and invention. But, when used improperly, the mind can also become an instrument of suffering. Beauty as a State of Being shows the reader how to use the mind well, so that peace can reign in the individual life and, by extension, the life of the world.
When the mind finds its proper place More >