Recently I entered Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula into a self-published book contest. I didn’t win (what the heck?!) but I received this review from one of the judges that impressed me with how observant the reader was to the little details that went into making the book. Nothing makes an author more happy than a thoughtful (and vocal) reader. Don’t forget you can buy this book on Amazon and Smashwords!
The title, cover, and even the table of contents of TRANSMISSIONS TO THE MYSTIC NEBULA suggest a traditional, even stereotypical, form of science fiction, a world of spaceships, robots, aliens, and intergalactic conquest. Instead, the poet fastens his eyes on the heavens with his feet firmly on planet Earth as he connects our very human world with astronomy, physics, mythologies, and the paranormal. As the poet tells a love interest in “Ash in My Lungs,” “I brought you here to show you / this fragile wild of my soul, / the dark things that connect us.” The poet sets up the collection with a “researcher’s note” describing a cyber-poet, awash in the hyper-communications of a modern, wired world, who identifies a distant nebula with a backyard telescope and sends transmissions of poems in an effort to communicate and be heard. This gives the collection an authentic science fiction frame, reinforced by internal art that echoes the intriguing cover image and includes status updates as the transmission progresses. However, what makes these poems so strong is that, taken out of this context, they are impressive, accomplished creations that succeed on their stand-alone merits. The poet offers a beautifully written mix of forms and free verse, poems in which he explores love, sex, memories, seasons, and death. Although he hasn’t organized the poems into sections, the verses are ordered carefully so the flow keeps the whole connected. It’s interesting that the early poems are filled with celestial imagery that eventually gives way to more gravity-bound themes, ultimately leading to poems about death and the departed. In the end, though, the final graphic of the collection says delivery of the transmission is confirmed, and the poet adds a final, hopeful message, “I know you’re out there. I’m waiting.” Physically, everything about the book is attractive and professionally done. The poet is to be congratulated on a memorable first book of fresh and fine poetry, a true joy for the reader.
– Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
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Hello, dear readers. Continuing my grand experiment in audio poetry, I’ve recorded myself reading “Shadows” from Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula. Would love your feedback.
If you have a cool or interesting voice (or are just passionate about poetry), and would be willing to read one of my poems, I’d love to add it to my collection.
- Find a poem you like in Transmissions and record yourself reading it. I use a free app called iTalk for my iPhone.
- Post your recording in MP3 format somewhere where I can find it. Send me the link.
- I’ll download the file and post it here along with your name and your website (if its all right with you.)
- If you’re particularly daring, post your reading on Youtube. I’ll send my favorite readings a signed copy of the book, Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula!
Hubble Captures View of 'Mystic Mountain' (Photo credit: wstera2)
Some fans have been asking for a paper version of “Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula.” So be it. And it looks great! The cost is a bit higher because I’d prefer people save the trees (and I’m not making a dime more off the paper version), but I completely understand that feeling of having a book to hold in your hand. I may even order a couple of copies (sorry trees!)
You can buy it on Createspace now and will be on Amazon shortly.
Thanks again to all of you who have taken the time and resources to support me. I can’t wait to bring you more poetry and fiction.
Its been literally years in the making–I started writing poetry at 15 years old. After years of publishing individual poems in various publications, I decided to voyage into the strange new world of e-publishing.
“Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula” is a collection of poems by a lonely cyber-poet in the not-to-distant future who seeks to make himself heard by initiating several unauthorized communications to a mysterious cosmic phenomenon.
The talented Ali Ries did the beautiful artwork of nebulae that can be found throughout.
You can purchase it on Amazon. I plan to add iBook and even a hard-copy format in the coming weeks.
Thanks to everyone who has supported and inspired me these many years!
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