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Ahavati
Ahavati
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Finally! I have completed the Directory!  I have edited the first post of this thread to reflect it, and it will be updated accordingly.  If anyone wishes to be added, please provide ALL the information: name of publication and link to purchase. I will NOT go searching for your book.

I am sure there are a few errors ( and I hope I didn't leave anyone out ). If there are errors please simply message me with the correct format and I'll edit accordingly.  #dramafreeplease

Current DU Member List of Publications in alphabetical order ( will be updated accordingly ):

anna grin:
anaerobic inhale
http://www.lulu.com/shop/g-r-i-n/anaerobic-inhale/paperback/product-21597031.html 

Bobby Edwards ( Skeets/Ted E.F. Roberts ):
Making Love a Verb
https://www.amazon.com/making-love-verb-ted-roberts/dp/1681113201 

Brando ( Brandon Hursell ):
Hardware After Hours
https://www.amazon.com/Hardware-After-Hours-Brandon-Hursell/dp/1478380802/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=brandon+hursell+in+books&qid=1564359675&s=gateway&sr=8-2 

Treachery
https://www.amazon.com/Treachery-Brandon-S-Hursell/dp/1722381396/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=brandon+hursell+in+books&qid=1564359784&s=gateway&sr=8-5 

Trade Dishonesty
https://www.amazon.com/Trade-Dishonesty-Brandon-S-Hursell/dp/172223928X/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=brandon+hursell+in+books&qid=1564359784&s=gateway&sr=8-6

Drone ( William Thomas Andrews ):
Strange Thoughts
https://www.feedaread.com/books/Strange-thoughts.aspx

Grace ( Grace Lattingham )
Vampire Squid: Killed by a 3D Printed Periapt
https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Squid-Killed-Printed-Periapt-ebook/dp/B01MR5H0M7

HadesRising ( Frank Green ):
Darkness awaits
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s?k=whispers+of+a+devilish+muse 

ACRONYMS FROM HELL
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SVWYB6K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_qbL.CbEMP8RB3

Jade Pandora:
Shooting Star
( Barnes and Noble ) - https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/shooting-star-jade-pandora/1105798323
( Lulu ) - http://www.lulu.com/shop/jade-pandora/shooting-star/paperback/product-14301381.html

Offerings
http://www.lulu.com/shop/jade-pandora/offerings/paperback/product-15835494.html 

Stolen Light
http://www.lulu.com/shop/jade-pandora/stolen-light/paperback/product-15748627.html 

Josh ( Joshua Bond ):
Wandering Monks & Orphan Pilgrims (poetry for the inner journey, book 1):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wandering-Monks-Orphan-Pilgrims-Journey-ebook/dp/B01AVHGYA6/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491775394&sr=1-7&keywords=joshua+Bond 

Lozzamus ( Lawrence Estry ):
Secrets
https://www.feedaread.com/books/Secrets-9781908603678.aspx

Egghead
https://www.feedaread.com/books/EggHead-9781781769218.aspx

My Musical Journey
( Amazon ) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1788762312/ref=dbs_a_def_awm_hsch_vapi_tpbk_p1_i1
( Feed a Read ) https://www.feedaread.com/books/My-Musical-Journey-9781788762311.aspx

Luna Love
A Fragmented Soul: Despair of the Narcissistically Abused
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1093943424/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_zbO6CbGSBEA3M

RainC_Tara:
RAIN Of Poetry "UNLEASHED"
https://www.amazon.com/RAIN-Poetry-Tara-Carter-Brooks/dp/1453593594 

scarletegret ( Sasha Fenn ):
Fragments of Coloured Dreams
https://www.patreon.com/sasha_fenn

Electronic Music
https://neonhopscotch.bandcamp.com/

SatansSperm ( Terry Smith ):
Bathroom Graffiti
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1095483455/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i2

Angel Vomit
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1095461141/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i1

Sid & Mary ( Opal ): Journey into the Wasteland
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1092636749/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

Quill In Heart ( Tony Pena ):
Blood and Beats and Rock n Roll
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535340177/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_awdo_c_mUuOxbJ0G9GF1 

Jade-Pandora
Jade-Pandora
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Omgosh Sage - this is wonderful!  This writer can well apprecate all the dedicated  labor of love you’ve put in the project... an epic accomplishment. Now for the icing on this triple-layer red-velvet cake...

Ahavati... JohnnyBlaze...

You’re up next on the LIST!
👏🏻👏🏼👏🏽👏👏🏻👏🏼👏🏿👏👏🏾👏🏻


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Brando said:I finally had a chance this week to read Terry Smith's "Bathroom Graffiti" and "Anaerobic Inhale" by Anna Grin.
I enjoyed them both quite a bit. Would highly recommend!!
Thanks again!


Thanks for checking out "BG" glad you liked it    Terry Smith

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YES my dream became reality thanks to one beautiful person and their extreme talent and dedication

thank you ahaviti now my lazy ass can support du writers by picking a few books a month x

Ahavati
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you're very welcome, anna; however, I think a much more exciting development would be the announcement of a new book from you. . .

no pressure.

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Ahavati said:you're very welcome, anna; however, I think a much more exciting development would be the announcement of a new book from you. . .

no pressure.


it's only the title that's getting in the way

and the rest of it

Ahavati
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New author update has been added to the front page directory:

Kinkpoet ( Raibeart Bruis ):
Twisted Words 1: Poetic BDSM Adventures
https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Words-Poetic-BDSM-Adventures-ebook/dp/B078N539T6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=raibeart+bruis&qid=1565034989&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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WANDERING MONKS AND ORPHAN PILGRIMS
Poetry for the Inner Journey, Book I
Joshua FireDancer Bond
Inner Journey Books (2016, 2018) 

ISBN: 978-l-9l0534-21- 2 paperback
ISBN-10: 978-l-9l0534-22-9 e-book

   Never before has the preface of a book engaged such a deep excitement within me to read it.  I love historical fiction above all other literary genres, so this was an absolute delight to read prefacing my next literary choice: Poetry.  While many prefaces are “blah blah about me blah” this was a delightfully unexpected detour into a history that may be more nonfiction than we are aware.  I do know the Universe births ideas from truth – so who is to say this is not one: “Once upon a time the earth was filled with wandering monks and orphan pilgrims.” [. . .] “Some of them have made it all the way into the 21st century, and a selection of the early arrivals are contained in this book.”[. . .].  It whets the appetite for any true traveler and literary ( particularly poetry ) lover just enough to be excited enough to fully engage the entree.
You will not be disappointed in the course.

   WANDERING MONKS AND ORPHAN PILGRIMS is divided into Five Parts denoting a common earthly beginning evolving into a cosmic connection. The opening poem accentuates the spiritual aspect of the book in a simple, 11 line poem composed mostly of couplets, ending with a question: “how will they ever be awakened’? I found this both a very effective bridge between the preface and a perfect lead-in to Part I: Something in Common. The poem transported the reader from the historical aspect to inclusion which begs them the question.  I hoped by entering Part I I would begin to discover the answer; I was not mistaken nor disappointed.

   Here in Part I we will personally discover Something in Common through at least one of the 11 offered poems. Beyond the Human Face was a remarkable write:

   [. . . ]
   “and where is One but simple silence, higher note to sound
   the unity of all this is, the circle that’s profound
   for all exemplars of the The Way will lead from far behind
   and gather up the last and lost to homeward in the mind”
   [. . .]


   I found the above stanza from the aforementioned poem such a profound one filled with astute wisdom: the reference to silence leading to One(ness of self and others); sound denoting frequency and vibration; the circle which is a symbol of infinite cycle; exemplars of ‘The Way’ leading from behind, gathering up the least of these wayward in their thoughts.  It was a remarkable stanza containing the essence of seeking and hope.

   Dreamland Dawnings was also another of my favorites from Part I:  

   [. . .]
   “the world of dreams continued on
   as deeper truth was masked
   and Spirit said “I’ll always wait
   until the seeker asks.”


   This was very profound to me personally because I associate “Spirit” ( God or Source Energy, etc.) with Love.  And I believe Love never forces, but waits for us to return home. Not to say it won’t occasionally nudge with an open door or cross our paths with opportunity and/or a teacher; it does.  However, the choice still remains with us as to how we proceed building our future by one single choice at a time.  

   Garden Dream (a theology in 7 stanzas), nailed it with its final stanza:
   
   [. . .]
   “but everyone must call its bluff completely
   for universal laws are absolute
   we will all get there together on our journeys …
   it really doesn’t matter which the route.”
   


   How these particular stanzas I’m highlighting align with my own personal philosophy was such an exciting connection for me to discover. Despite our choices, Universal laws are absolute in their equality of balanced scales, and will mete a return which equals no more or less that which was given. In other words, you cannot sow discord and expect peace as a return.  Yet, despite what we sow over the course of this, or perhaps other lives, we will eventually arrive at the place from which our soul departed: home; be that route a religious one or atheistic view doesn’t matter. We learn from contrast what we want by experiencing that which we don’t want. Remembering, perhaps throughout this experience of existence from life to life, what we eschewed in a previous one. Thus, knowing innately what not to choose as building blocks for the future.

   Key of Life is a brilliant conclusion to Part I:

   “The Key of Life we threw away
   but God did catch it anyway
   and gave it to our brother -
   suggested next “you want it back …?
   then treat him like no other”.


   In college my thesis was the search for a common denominator between religions, which, in essence, meant I had to read every holy book in existence I could get my hands on ( at least 13 if I remember correctly ).  In some cases, I innately held beliefs I didn’t realize were contained in various doctrines. It was a real eye-opener for me in regards to my own intuition, and was undoubtedly a major catalysts which initiated alignment with the Universe.  I will always believe this choice of study led me to where I am today; it definitely altered my perception of religious boundaries, and opened the doors to a liberating spirituality. Considering Dr. Bond has a PhD. in Philosophy and Technology, I would imagine he has studied along some of the same lines and reached the same conclusions, or close to those which I myself have drawn.  After all, William Blake once said, “All religions are one,” and Huston Smith, the well-known philosopher of religions, said, “It is possible to climb life’s mountain from any side, but when the top is reached the trails converge.”

   What Key of Life, such a simple five-line almost limerick-like poem encapsulates is the underlying commonality of almost every religion ( there might be some I am unaware of ) on earth: The Golden Rule - “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” We truly are our brother’s keepers at heart, for I believe humanity at its core is good. Thus, Dr. Bond has perfectly summed up Part I, Something in Common by bringing it literally ( pun intended ) full circle in the common denominator of brotherhood.  

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Ahavati
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WANDERING MONKS AND ORPHAN PILGRIMS
Poetry for the Inner Journey, Book I
Joshua FireDancer Bond
Inner Journey Books (2016, 2018) 

ISBN: 978-l-9l0534-21- 2 paperback
ISBN-10: 978-l-9l0534-22-9 e-book

Part 2

 Part II: Moments and Movements, outlines the struggle and progression of spiritual evolution which is certain to resonate in some way with each person reading it. The poem Bird Question is an astute observational metaphor of perseverance despite obstacles:

   The bird flew direct
   head-banged into the window
   and lay stunned on the window-sill

   after a while got to its feet
   shook itself
   and flew off

   I wished it were that easy
   and wondered
   who was the more intelligent?

   Or
   should I say …
   the more mature?


       How many times have we fallen and found it virtually impossible to rise and shake ourselves off, then try a different direction?  There is a lovely current of acceptance flowing through this poem – the bird doesn’t attempt to hurt the window back by pecking it; the bird doesn’t exert force by thrusting himself into it in a tenacious attempt to overcome it; on the contrary – it shakes itself off and simply flies away, not thinking anymore about it.

   I found many of Dr. Bond’s poems contained the same underlying double entendre themes cleverly devised to be understood in two ways: one typically obvious; whereas, the other may require more thought. Another such poem is Word Plane:

   [. . .]
   I remind myself respectfully
   everyone read in their own filtered way
   and issues are stirred when words arrive
   to pique unresolved histories
   [. . .]


   What I found most remarkable about this verse was the word ‘filters’. Ironically, I had just expressed an issue regarding how others view through their own filters.  It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes by Don Miguel Ruiz, from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, “But it is not what I am saying that is hurting you; it is that you have wounds that I touch by what I have said. You are hurting yourself. There is no way I can take this personally.”  I found much of Dr. Bond’s wisdom in WANDERING MONKS AND ORPHAN PILGRIMS, Poetry for the Inner Journey, Book I, aligning with authors I consider my greatest spiritual influences.  

   Part III Humanity on the Edge Part V Cosmic Stories is a literary carpet ride through human choices, action, inaction and measurements of reward and reminders of who we are. From Growth Point ( Part III ):

   On the periphery of possibility
   stands a moment of inaction
   which is only a fraction away
   from expansion or contraction

   Which voice will make the choice?
   [. . .]

   Better an active surrender to a real agenda



To Universal Measure ( Part V ):

   Every grain of sand
   counted
   ‘till time runs out …
   that’s how many

   Every star
   ‘till shadows end …
   that’s how vast

   Every living thing
   counted
   ‘till home they come …
   that’s how loved.


      Dr. Bond attempts to impart his years of experience and wisdom into this book of poetry that he subsequently releases into its respective journey, not just bearing hope, but to “[. . .] accept the human condition of being alive, yet missing the mark.” (Word Plane )  One day, every choice, action, inaction, and doubt will all make sense in the Cosmic Story that is our personal life.  That is how much, Dr Bond reminds us, we are loved.

   I hope you choose to explore this spiritual experience in hopes that you discover a piece of yourself, perhaps one that you weren’t aware existed. One that remained dormant awaiting validation of kindred minds.  Or, perhaps one you have always been aware of – yet hadn’t activated the truth of its core within you.  Either way, and a million other possibilities I cannot fathom as your personal truth,  I highly recommend WANDERING MONKS AND ORPHAN PILGRIMS, Poetry for the Inner Journey, Book I by Joshua FireDancer Bond, knowing that something will resonate through the filter of your being.

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Now - for those of you book lovers who enjoy holding paper vs e-reading, you may be wondering just HOW you can obtain a copy of this book - easy, impress upon Josh that it is highly worthy of publication, and you'd love to fondle its skin.

That simple.

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The review of the review of Josh's book:

It's all laid out plain and simple as if the blueprint of a house complete with a real estate agent who knows her way around, effortlessly taking you on a tour of an actual welcoming home without a meandering layout or pointless rooms, but with plenty of mirrors throughout for self reflection. 🏠📝

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Dear Ahavati,

That's a lot of time and thought gone into reviewing my book and posting it here and I very much appreciate it. You have made me look at it again with a softer (less critical) mind.

I started writing poetry determinedly in 2007 and the poems in the book cover those years from the beginning. I chose to put the book together, and onto Amazon, as a way of bringing closure to 'the 10 early years'.

After reading your review again I feel I have a renewed connection with the book - so I shall be thinking details of where to go with it next.

What has also come up for me is how we assess the value of our own creative work. I'm a follower of Robert Frost's "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader".
If we take this thought a little further, it suggests Frost placed significant value on the emotional experience of the reader generated by a poem, and that that experience could only come via the writer's emotional experience. In this respect (I would suggest), the depths and integrity from which the writer writes plays as much a part in the poem's value as the 'technical skill' with which it is written. Or perhaps we could say 'the age of innocence' compensates (to some extent at least) for "the age of naďvity".

It is this last thought that I feel gives a second chance to any poet's "early work", not as a historical document, nor as an 'improvement exercise' but more importantly as a genuine opportunity to look at old work again and regain the experience of 'raw first love' and passion from which it was written.

It is your review that has gifted me this opportunity and I am extremely grateful.

Josh.






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Thank you, Josh.  It was an honor to read and review your book.  I'm happy it helped.

I really appreciate you encouraging writers who may feel their older works contain no merit.  Hopefully they will read this and decide to revisit with fresh eyes as you did.  

I love seeing where writers come from and how much they've evolved. It simply means they're writers!  📝❤

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Sharing a private question publicly for general information:

No, you do NOT have to be published in print to be listed in the directory; it can be only an e-book.


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