A Milestone: Three year anniversary of First Try publication

First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

 

This past Saturday, July 8, 2017, was the three year anniversary of the publication of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try.

The first six poems from the collection are available to read on this blog, and can be seen here: first six poems (scroll down on the linked page to read them).  First Try is available at various places online, including:

from the publisher: First Try by M. Sakran

and on Amazon: First Try by M. Sakran.

If you have enjoyed M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, please consider purchasing a copy of First Try (available in print and eBook formats) as a way to help support M. Sakran.

Many thanks to all readers.

A Milestone: 800th blog post

This is the 800th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  The first post was on April 24, 2014.

800 posts is a lot.  It feels like a lot.

There has been a lot on this blog.  There have been poems, poems with explanations, poetry topic ideas, experimental poetry forms, artwork to inspire poetry, photographs to inspire poetry and bilingual poems among other things.  There’s often a sense with each post to have something a little different from what has been there before.  Hopefully there was a sense of having something at least a little new with each post.

There is hope that everyone who has read something on this blog has enjoyed it.  Hopefully you were entertained or thought or were inspired or learned something.  Hopefully something was gained from it.

Thinking back on the posts, it’s hard to say what it all adds up to.  800 posts is a lot to think back on.  There is a sense, that there is something in the totality of it all, as if it were a novel or something, but whatever that something is, it’s hard to describe.

Thank you to anyone who has in any way interacted with this blog.

If you’d like to show your support for the blog, please consider purchasing a copy of the eBook, Understanding: poems with explanations.

As a side note, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction on MSakran.com.  The short story in the set examines an interesting philosophical idea: What would it be like to communicate with an entity, if you couldn’t be certain if that entity was a person or a computer?  The idea could be used to inspire poetry.

Again, thank you to everyone who’s interacted with this blog.

Milestone: Three Year Anniversary

Today is the three year anniversary of the very first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Wow.

Three years.

It’s been a lot.  There have been so many posts about so many different things.  It has been an experience doing it all.  There is way too much that could be said about writing over seven hundred and fifty posts.

Here’s a haiku just to say a little:

pebbles in the pond,
seven hundred and more,
so many ripples

Hopefully, some readers, somewhere, have enjoyed what has been on this blog.  Hopefully it has been entertaining, educational, insightful, inspirational and other things.  Hopefully someone has gotten something from it.

If you’ve liked this blog at all, you would make M. Sakran’s day if you would do one or more (hopefully more) of the following:

  • Like this post. It’s really easy, takes a second or so, and is hopefully something everyone will do.
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  • Follow this blog. This too is easy, takes only slightly more than a second or so, and means that you might see M. Sakran’s blog posts in your reader (a fun and amazing thing for sure).
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  • Read more posts on this blog. There is a page with links to every single post.  It is the Posts List page. Go there.  Find a post.  Read it.  Repeat.
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  • Tell your friends (as well as acquaintances and people you only barely know) about M. Sakran’s blog. Maybe put a mention of it on your blog or social media page.  Doing so will bring a little bit of joy to M. Sakran.
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  • Use the Contact Page to contact M. Sakran. You don’t have to put any other information other than your comment.  Tell M. Sakran anything.  Say what you think of the blog.  Say what you’d like to see.  Tell M. Sakran about your blog.  Write a recipe for rhubarb pie. Anything.
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  • Go to www.MSakran.com. It is M. Sakran’s website.  There is a whole lot there (like poems, artwork, even a whole science fiction novel).
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  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s self-published eBook of poems with explanations: Understanding: poems with explanations. Doing so will actually cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.
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  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try. Doing so will also cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.

 
Thank you to all readers.

Gift Ideas: Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming soon!

Maybe you’re looking to buy gifts for family and friends.  Maybe, some of those people, like poetry.  If so, here are some book and eBook gift ideas:

 

If you think the person might like a general poetry collection, then consider:

First Try by M. Sakran

First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

First Try is a collection of one hundred poems.  It covers a variety of topics.

First Try is available as a paperback book: First Try by M. Sakran,

and as an eBook: First Try by M. Sakran.

(As a note, there is a way to give an eBook as a gift.)

 

If you think the person is interested in learning about poetry, then consider:

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Understanding: poems with explanations 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.

Understanding: poems with explanations is available as an eBook: Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran.

 

If you think the person, might be interested in poems about illness, then consider:

Insides by Freya Pickard

Insides by Freya Pickard

Insides Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.

Front Cover Picture Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.  Used with permission.

Insides is a collection of poetry focusing on colorectal cancer, written by a colorectal cancer survivor.

Insides is available as an eBook: Insides by Freya Pickard.

 

Lastly, if you think the person likes poetry, but would prefer it in conjunction with fiction, then consider:

Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Vintrig's Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Vintrig’s Kingdom Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.

Book Cover Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.  Used with permission.

Vintrig’s Kingdom is a fantasy romance novel that has a haiku at the start of each chapter and other poems as songs in the book.

Vintrig’s Kingdom is available as an eBook: Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard.

 

These are some book and eBook gift ideas for your family and friends who like poetry.  Buy your gifts today!  Merry Christmas!

A Milestone: Two year anniversary of First Try publication

First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

Today is the two year anniversary of the publication of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry First Try.  The first six poems from the collection are available to read on this blog, and can be seen here: first six poems (scroll down on the linked page to read them).  First Try is available at various places online, including:

from the publisher: First Try by M. Sakran

and on Amazon: First Try by M. Sakran.

If you have enjoyed M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, please consider purchasing a copy of First Try (available in print and eBook formats) as a way to help support M. Sakran.

Many thanks to all readers.

Published Article: An Article with Artworks and Photographs

Today M. Sakran had an article published in the April 2016 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine.

Colored Pencil Magazine

The issue can be found here: April 2016 Issue.

When this article was pending publication, there was a blog post about it on March 3, 2016.  Please read that blog post.

M. Sakran is very happy to have had this article published with Colored Pencil Magazine. In addition to a number of other reasons, M. Sakran is happy because this article contains artwork and photography that have either appeared here, on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, or on MSakran.com.

The article contains four photographs and two artworks.

The photographs are:

Phlox Subulata from the blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: Phlox Subulata from April 3, 2015,

Lemon Blossoms from Set Two on MSakran.com,

Green frog on a citrus leaf from the blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: Green frog on a citrus leaf from July 23, 2015, and

Gardenia flower from the blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: Gardenia flower from May 14, 2015.

The artworks are:

Lemons Blossoms from Set Two on MSakran.com, and

Green frog on a citrus leaf from the blog post Artwork to inspire poetry: Green frog on a citrus leaf from July 27, 2015.

M. Sakran is very happy to have had this article published and to have had the artworks and photographs mentioned above included in it. As the artworks and photographs that were here on the blog, were intended to inspire poetry, M. Sakran hopes all readers will check them out for inspiration. As the artwork and photograph from MSakran.com were part of a set with a poem, M. Sakran hopes all readers will check them out (they can also inspire poetry for readers).  If any readers are interested in other published items by M. Sakran, there is a partial list of items at msakran.com/publications.  Lastly, M. Sakran hopes all readers read the article.

 

Note:  As this post superseded the Artworks to inspire poetry: Dog Related series, that series will continue on Monday April 4th.  There are two posts remaining in the series.