Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce

Ste J reviews this book from Puffin Books, and I’m impressed. It sounds like a wonderful tale. Hey, did you know Ste j has 27 reviews in the “Children’s Literature” category on his blog? Book to the Future is a must follow!

Book to the Future

toms_midnight_gardenThirteen! proclaimed the clock, and then stopped striking.  Tom’s mind gave a jerk: had it really struck thirteen?

For Tom – angry and alone – the stroke of thirteen brings an escape to another time.

A magical, secret time and place, where friendships await and nothing is as it seems…

Look at this particularly fantastic cover it just screams out ‘read me’, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to do just that.  It wasn’t until I’d read the ending that I realised I had actually watched the wonderful BBC version in the 80’s, back when kids TV was made to be sinister and engrossing.  I may have to do a post on that….

I have long been a firm believer that silence challenges the reader’s imagination and as ever I chose that medium in which to immerse myself in this wonderful book, a masterpiece the cover…

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The Mythologies Of Love

How dreamy, I thought, Dean wrote a book of love poems!

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“Love”, it’s so beautiful…

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..Well, yes! However, perhaps not exactly as I had envisioned.

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Nonetheless, passion is very evident in these poems. It’s especially noted when I feel distance from the sexuality of love, but want to feel close to it.

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Dean doesn’t squander the “love ” word. Yet, I feel puppy dog love eyes.

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Dean is the dark horse running with lighter, brighter angels. His view, as always, remains true to his perceptions.

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Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen, Jennifer Johnson

Sometimes I understood I was reading  in a special language. “Evol Fo Seigolohtym Eht”

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I have a fave poem in this book. “Poem For Ann Marie” & I must mention my second fave “The Market Place”. I won’t tell you why because I really think you should just read them for yourselves.

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Artist: Charlie Johnston – C5 Artworks

  I’ll be ordering another Dean J. Baker book, in paperback, tomorrow. My collection is almost current!

You can read my reviews of ” The Eschatological Dog”

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or  “Silence Louder Than A Train”by clicking on the pics of the covers.

Dean is a prolific writer, and all of his many books are available on Amazon in EBook and/or Paperback. He even has his own Amazon page.

Dean J. Baker’s Amazon Page

OR

Buy his works on Create Space where all writers receive a larger royalty.

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Visit Dean on his website Dean J. Baker – Poetry, and Prose Poems

Dean has several other interesting Blogs that you will find linked at the bottom of  his site.

The Eschatological Dog

Delightful? A few poems are. Poignant they all remain, & dog me.

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With his one-of-a-kind poetry style, Dean trains his unique eye on the end of the world, or of humankind, death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming & Judgment.

Artist: Crisp
Artist: Crisp

There is no escape like reading! What about reading about what one may never escape from? Dean’s words took me into that darkening day. He used the color of meaning to paint the way.

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Yet, I never felt like running from it. I wanted to remain, to hear what the poet, writer, musician had to say about the decay, and mores.

Artist: Richard Manoakeesick
Artist: Richard Manoakeesick
Dean’s words string true, even if they bite you. Might as well face the music he presents, it feels healthy.

 

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Dog is God backwards, but I have a feeling Dean knew this when tempting us with his title.

Artist: Unknown to me at this moment - from Toronto's Queen W. Graffiti Alley
Artist: Unknown to me at this moment – from Toronto’s Queen W. Graffiti Alley

  I’ll be ordering another Dean J. Baker book, in paperback, tomorrow. There are still 2 or 3 I don’t own.

You can read my review of “Silence Louder Than A Train” by clicking on the pic of the cover

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Dean, what a long revealing journey from “Baker’s Bad Boys” to “The Eschatological Dog”! From dog turd to dog word you have enchanted me.

Dean is a prolific writer, and all of his many books are available on Amazon in EBook and/or Paperback. He even has his own Amazon page.

Dean J. Baker’s Amazon Page

OR

Buy his works on Create Space where you can find my most recent purchase, “In Riparian Fields”

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Visit Dean on his website Dean J. Baker – Poetry, and Prose Poems

Dean has several other interesting Blogs that you will find linked at the bottom of  his site.

Versions Of The Self

Christy Birmingham’s  new book of poems is one of the best you will ever read.

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Through what I see as 8 versions of her self, Christy reveals 8 versions of my self.

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Artist: Unknown

Yes, her metaphors are cunning, and her near rhymes, feet & other poetic abilities are alluring,

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  However, it is her ability to stay focused on the self that make these poems very special & simply personally meaningful.

Artist: Tiff Seymour
Artist: Tiff Seymour

Read “Versions Of The Self” & be wiser, as you will discover in Future Selves.

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BTW, the concept of “Versions” itself, is poetry! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Pics (not the book cover) taken by Resa – 2014

Don’t miss out on”Versions Of The Self” available in hard copy on Create Space

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OR: in KINDLE from Amazon

Pathways to Illumination

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is available at the Redmund Productions Book Store.

Also, check out  Christy’s blogs Poetic Parfait & When Women Inspire

Silence Louder Than A Train

Dean J. Baker, writer extraordinaire, penned the poetry  Silence Louder Than A Train

Dean’s 20/10 visions break bold, clever, sarcastic, cynical, brutally honest, bare faced, bare-soul, telling off, alone, deeply passionate & extremely vivid visually.

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The poetry left me pensive, painted into a corner, or suddenly wrapped with a loving arm (crying out loud) , or dropped into a comedy (laughing out loud).

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As I read, Dean’s words kept coming at me, relentlessly, with increasing  speed. I couldn’t put the book down; I read poems to anyone who would listen.

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Dean’s style is rebellious. Capitals, punctuation, starts, ends and rhymes are where he wants them to be. His consummate skill works it all beautifully. So just read on without expecting a period at the end

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When I reached the end, I began reading the book from back to front.

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Then I was at the beginning again.

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  I very recently bought my first Dean J. Baker book for Kindle, Poetry & How It Gets That Way. I own 4 more of Dean’s titles, all in paperback.

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In my humble opinion, Dean J. Baker is a writer most worth reading.

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Dean is a prolific writer, and all of his many books are available on Amazon in EBook and/or Paperback. He even has his own Amazon page.

Dean J. Baker’s Amazon Page

51ErddOT4xL._UY250_41fK8y6FbRL._UY250_51eWJJqbj2L._UX250_414nURUNVzL._UY250_A few more books by Dean J. Baker

Visit Dean on his website Dean J. Baker – Poetry, and Prose Poems

Dean has several other interesting Blogs that you will find linked at the bottom of  his site.

Pathways to Illumination

Christy Birmingham of Poetic Parfait fame wrote this book of poems.

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Yet, it’s more than a collection of poetry. It is clearly a journey, a journey that begins in pain.

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  As she took me along her travails using metaphor to an exquisite height, I became enlightened. The rhythms of her near and not rhymes rocked me in their arms.

Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen
Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen

Her pondering did not pander. Rather, I looked out upon her reality with a gentle concern .

Artist: Mandy Leuwellen
Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen

In the end, I was rewarded with the sense of being freely born, and although not into a perfect ending, into a sense of dignity, positive energy and wisdom.

Artist: Tiffany
Artist: Tiffany Seymour

The final poem in Christy’s book is titled “What If”. Therefore, I ask, “what if you read it?” Well, if you do, you will be inspired, too!

Artist(s): unknown (Twelve Tribes Apprenticeship Program)
Artist(s): unknown (Twelve Tribes Apprenticeship Program)

Pics taken by Resa – 2014

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Pathways to Illumination is available at the Redmund Productions Book Store.

Also, don’t miss out on Christy’s other most important blog When Women Inspire