Announcement: George the parakeet died

George the parakeet died.

George was a blue parakeet.  George was also a girl bird, despite the name George.

George was a good bird.  George used to tweet, play with toys, fly around, land on people, play with people, and also lay eggs.  George was a good bird.

Here is a poem:

the house
seems very quiet now

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Announcement: Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Freya Pickard has written a new novel: Vintrig’s Kingdom.

As readers of this blog will know, Freya wrote the foreword to M. Sakran’s collection of poems with explanations: Understanding: poems with explanations.  Readers should also know, that Freya runs Pure Haiku, where M. Sakran has had six poems published.

Vintrig’s Kingdom will officially be launched soon.  Readers can purchase it here, Vintrig’s Kingdom (UK) and here, Vintrig’s Kingdom (US).

Here’s what Vintrig’s Kingdom is about (this part is written by Freya and Copyright Freya Pickard 2016):

When Isu Magan, heir to Vintrig’s Throne, finds the journal of a vanished Scriber, her perceptions of history and the truth are challenged. A growing distrust of her loyal and powerful Counsellor initiates rebellious and frightening thoughts within her heart. Adding to this disruption of her ordered life, Isu finds herself attracted to the itinerant musician, Sama Conn. As the endless winter thaws, and a brief summer returns to the Castle, Isu longs to learn to dance, but fears her feelings towards Sama. Knowing she cannot love a mortal, the princess struggles with an increasing infatuation that could lose her the throne, and possibly her life.

Everyone in this tale is challenged and empowered by the arrival of Sama Conn and his travelling musicians. But Jya, the Counsellor, appears set against them and the change they bring to Vintrig’s Castle. The balance of power is threatened, and each person has to decide which party they will ally themselves with. Against this backdrop of scheming and fear, rises the question, again and again; what is the importance of Throne Peak?

Told from five viewpoints; Isu Magan, her maid, her steward, an elderly traveller and the anonymous Scriber, Vintrig’s Kingdom is a tale of romance, intrigue and dark history.

This tale is set within the mountainous, winter-bound walls of Vintrig’s Kingdom. Instead of the usual “quest”, the journey each person treads is a journey of the soul, into the innermost recesses of their fear to question the validity of the history they think they know …

 

In the book, each chapter is started with a haiku.  Here are two examples:

pink-edged clouds at dawn

give way to molten sunrise

glittering on frost

 

© Freya Pickard 2016

 

snowmelt refrozen

transparent scales of ice; the

lacework of winter

 

© Freya Pickard 2016

 

There are also other poems in the book that are songs.

As a note, the items in this post that are Copyright Freya Pickard 2016, were used with permission.

Blog readers can check out Freya’s new novel here: Vintrig’s Kingdom (UK), and here Vintrig’s Kingdom (US).

P.S. There will be no new blog posts on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things from November 24, 2016 – November 27, 2016 because of Thanksgiving and the weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Announcement: Understanding: poems with explanations self-publication

M. Sakran is happy to announce that Understanding: poems with explanations has been self-published and is now available for purchase as an eBook! Buy your copy today!

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Understanding: poems with explanations

By M. Sakran

Copyright 2016 M. Sakran

 

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran, is a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  The main purpose of this book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.

The poems in the book cover a variety of topics such as poverty, homelessness, pain, neglect, crime and illness.

The explanations look at the overall meanings of the poems, the meanings of individual parts of the poems, and form in the poems.

Understanding: poems with explanations is currently available for purchase here: Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is currently available for $0.99.  The available price of $0.99 is not expected to change for the foreseeable future.

The foreword to Understanding: poems with explanations was written by Freya Pickard.  Freya was gracious enough to take the time to write the foreword and is much appreciated.

Freya has two blogs: Pure Haiku and Dragonscale Clippings.  If you are looking to read and submit traditional haiku, then check out Pure Haiku.  If you would like to read and find information about a variety of Freya’s writings and other things, then check out Dragonscale Clippings.

Freya also has three books available: The Rusalka Rítual & Other Stories, The Essence of Thyme, and Dragonscale Leggings.

Buy Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran today!

(As a small note, unfortunately there have been some formatting issues with M. Sakran’s second book.  Hopefully these issues should not greatly affect the reading experience a reader has, depending on the device used to read the book.  M. Sakran is making efforts to have these issues resolved.  If any purchasers of the book experience any formatting issues, please let M. Sakran know by using the form on the contact page of this blog.  Thank you.)

Announcement: Understanding: poems with explanations

M. Sakran is happy to announce that M. Sakran has written a second book! This book is called Understanding: poems with explanations and became available for pre-order this past Friday! Pre-order your copy today!

Understanding: poems with explanations Cover

Understanding: poems with explanations

By M. Sakran

Copyright 2016 M. Sakran

 

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran, is a soon to be self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  The main purpose of this book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.  It is scheduled to be published on September 27, 2016, but can be pre-ordered now.

The poems in the book cover a variety of topics such as poverty, homelessness, pain, neglect, crime and illness.

The explanations look at the overall meanings of the poems, the meanings of individual parts of the poems, and form in the poems.

Understanding: poems with explanations is currently available for pre-order as an eBook here: Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is currently available for $0.99.  The eBook should be available to order on September 27th, and the available price of $0.99 is not expected to change for the foreseeable future.

The foreword to Understanding: poems with explanations was written by Freya Pickard.  Freya was gracious enough to take the time to write the foreword and is much appreciated.

Freya has two blogs: Pure Haiku and Dragonscale Clippings.  If you are looking to read and submit traditional haiku, then check out Pure Haiku.  If you would like to read and find information about a variety of Freya’s writings and other things, then check out Dragonscale Clippings.

Freya also has three books available: The Rusalka Rítual & Other Stories, The Essence of Thyme, and Dragonscale Leggings.

Pre-order Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran today!