Sonnet from Year of the Butterfly

.                       Such a half-lit room as I now share
.                       with no one I once shared with you, your color gold,
.                       eyes of sand, a glass tips over, a smell of hair,
.                       drips, drops of honey, wine, a tale half-told.
.                       Twenty years since in the reckless world I went
.                       traveling their trains and fields of sweet rose bay
.                       and silver-lined cities, nor do I lament
.                       the years not spent in your soft sway.
.                       For those twenty years are as a glass to hold
.                       that spot of time, you upon the marble red
.                       of Keats’ urn, forever young, forever bold
.                       upon the kiss, not broken by life’s procrustean bed.
.                         I too struggle in the urn-imagined light
.                         for a moment, then a flash, a color, icy black.

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Hippies
Audience: Adult Readers
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Late 1960s. A beautiful naive idealism. Blasted by the Establishment. Torn by its own contradictions. Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman, and a coterie of hippies run loose and free until they discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. This epic tale of hippiedom is intimate in the lives of its characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights, sounds, and ideals of the Age of Aquarius.

 

Spaghetti and Peas
Audience: Ages 2-8
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What would you do if you saw a snake in the lettuce? Rachael had to figure that out fast. And she found a magical adventure in her own back yard, within smelling distance of the spaghetti sauce her dad was cooking on the stove. Enjoy this zany, richly illustrated, hardbound picture book as a read-aloud or early reader.

 

 

Mr. Robert’s Bones
Audience: Ages 14-99
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In a neighborhood full of quirky characters, three kids’ search for hidden silver in an abandoned house pits them against forgotten ghosts and the house’s dark memories of racism and betrayal. The quest for the silver is especially nerve-racking for Annie, the kid who actually sees the ghosts. Her friends want to believe her but can’t, and she herself is torn between running away from it all and following the ghosts into the house’s dark history.

 

Year of the Butterfly  
Audience: Poetry, General
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One year, four seasons, an archetypal journey, a poetic landscape rich in the flora and fauna of intimate human connection, joyous and sad. The poems in this 42-page chapbook are mostly short and pithy, formally sculpted, but each is packed with concept and image, and together they build up an unforgettable sense of how much life can be lived in a year and how quickly that year can slip away.

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Belle Amie: a vision

.                       Tugboats chug down Bayou Lafourche
.                       and one can almost see through the sun-fused fog
.                       Jean Lafitte with his pirate brigands
.                       romping in robust destruction and mirth
.                       hog wild in the august sun and steam.

.                       Or perhaps they were more thoughtful,
.                       pondering violence as a metaphysical knot,
.                       pondering each how his own love is lost,
.                       himself cold and lost

.                                               twice

.                       in the counterfeit

.                       sun

.                       of self-

.                       expression –

.                       like

.                                               us

Year of the Butterfly – free copies

One year, four seasons, a passage of life.

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mountain lantern light
breaking through bamboo and ice
a thousand angels

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore is featuring Hippies this week. Click the pic to give her a virtual visit:

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Now dig in and rediscover your inner hippie. We all have one, young or old.

a small transgression

.                       I remember
.                       once
.                        the moon
.                           was sinking

.                       and you pushed
.                       it
.                        up with
.                           your hands

.                       “witch” i said
.                       and you kissed me