Saturday, November 5, 2011

A few words about books I have written

Presently there are four of my books available in print. Two are poetry collections, one is a novel and the last is a nonfiction book about international parental kidnapping. A brief description of each follows below

In Mango Honey is the story of a relationship told in a series of poems, although . . . that story is not yet complete. “Mango honey” is, well . .  . many things. One has to read the poems to interpret where conventional “reality” begins and ends. And this author is not certain there is such a thing as conventional reality. So what is mango honey? It is more than most people would guess, and, well  … read the book. In addition to the title series of poems there are others, and an allegory titled “The Maiden and the Magician” intended as a parable of life. As a hint to its meaning/s I suggest readers to “think Spinoza” in reflection, and . . . the only way to comprehend its meaning is to reflect. That’s the point. Here’s an example of why I like Spinoza:  I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions but to understand them

The Battlefield of Joy: The world of relationships is “good, bad and ugly” at times. To reflect this in poems without being smarmy sweet and meaningless, or exhaustively bitter and despairing is a challenge. Yet it can be done. In this collection of poems one will see and sense a refreshingly airy point of view. That is not to suggest, um … an airhead approach, or, um … a snooty condescension. Rather, a look at life’s relationships from an introspective connectedness to the real world. Experience happens to people who are connected to others; there is no getting around that. Alarm clocks go off, people are abruptly shaken out of pleasant dreams; some know, instinctively, that there is more to life than what we have or sense every day . . . though we’re not sure where our connection is. Somewhere between the first and the final words, the reader of these poems will feel that place close at hand, somewhere near, if not within. 

Over a period of years I’ve written several novels, one seeming to evolve out of another. Finally I got around to completing one amidst several, titling it The Alchemical Mountain. To some readers it will be a poetic transformation evolving through a short period of time, the space of a few days, while doing as most of us do, reflecting upon experiences of past years, how one arrives wherever one happens to be at a frozen moment in time. That’s what relating to other people will inevitably do: cause one to freeze in a moment of time, a day, an hour, a prolonged period of silence. The protagonist in this story passes through that moment. Intentionally, the style of the narrator changes slightly as the story evolves, to mirror how people shift consciousness from day to day. This keeps the reader involved as the protagonist steadily paces toward a critical decision that must be made.
This story takes place mostly in Portland, Oregon, and provides an opportunity for the reader to take in a sense of the city and its beautiful surroundings. To obtain The Alchemical Mountain go here:

For those of you who enjoy delving into contemporary issues through nonfiction, there is one more book on my list, Kidnapping For Fun and Profit. Of course, this is not a how-to book, nor is it a self-help hyperventilation. It is based on personal experience: my own. And as one can imagine, having a child taken across international borders without a word of warning, and without any further communication since that fateful day, is not a pleasant experience. Yet, this is not about wailing in pain, although that is always a factor for real parents who are forcefully separated from his or her child. Sadly, exceedingly so, many thousands of children are used by one parent to inflict unspeakable pain upon another every year. It is a growing problem throughout the developed and “developing” world, and it keeps getting worse.
The question is, why? With all the laws in place to prevent this from happening, and so-called “remedies” in place, it gets worse. In my book I explain exactly why this is so. Years of research and a sufficient amount of wisdom borrowed from reputable sources will guide the reader to the same conclusions this writer came to. It is seeing “the big picture” for the first time. It is realizing that pieces of that particular puzzle are unfolding all around us, daily. The truth will linger in your consciousness.
As a “bonus” Kidnapping contains sufficient wisdom to guide one through the maze of contemporary life, whether or not one has a child missing from one’s life. The wisdom is there to put this matter and its related context into perspective: wisdom tells us one thing, and the opposite is manifest by design. It is best to read for oneself: