The Descent

This chapbook houses "a darker breed of poetry," from paranormal research topics to metaphysical literary iterations. There is a poem for everyone who is curious.

"As a genre poet myself, I have to tell you how much I enjoyed this."

"The poem [Breathe] is as scrumptious and sensual as it is dark and deep."

"This is a first for me. I have never read genre poetry before. I love it. Hugely imaginative and utterly unique..."

The Contents include:.......................
The Rocking Chair
Death Replies to Emily Dickinson ..................
Breathe ............................................
Upon Reading Edgar Allan Poe*......
The Owl*
Shuffle the Devil 
The Collection*
Deceptive Act
Shadow Man
Tie a Ribbon for Me
Spirit Box
Killing Fields
Down Below
Travel the Dead
The Familiar
Graveyard Shift

*Features award-winning poems: Upon Reading Edgar Allan Poe, The Owl, and The Collection (also **Nominated by peers).

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Original publishing date: September 13, 2016.  
Wide Release: October, 13, 2023. 

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The Descent Chapbook
Reader Review 
This collection of mysterious and slightly chilling poetry revolves around the topic of death in all it permutations: the process of dying, what it feels like to die or be dead, grievers and grieving, the afterlife, and spirits and the spirit world.

A most intriguing poem about reading Edgar Allan Poe and the influence of his works on the poet, kicks off this collection. As a fellow member of the Poe admiration club, I really enjoyed this poem and identified with the poet's thoughts and reactions to all his magnificent poems. This is a short quote from 'Upon Reading Edgar Allan Poe':

"A peculiar doorway opens inside of me.
Listen to the music playing, hear the voice, of beautiful Lenore.
Sing to me a violent ballad of love."

Another interesting introductory poem, is entitled 'Death Replies to Emily Dickinson', an extraordinary response to Emily Dickinson's poem 'Because I Could Not Stop for Death'. This inspirational poem is the perfect introduction to the poems that lie ahead in this collection. For me, this stanza sums up the collection:

"Instead, come. Join the procession into the unchartered
where rarely seen a setting sun and gloom is discarded."

I really enjoyed this unusual collection of dark poetry. It is certainly unique and inspired. A few of my favourite poems from this book, with short quotes, are as follows:

The Rocking Chair:
"Dusty chair rocks. He used to sit there: in the corner looking out the window."

Spirit Box (My favourite of all the poems):
"Four different voices sung through the waves.
Each expressing their own distinct individuality."

Alone with My Thoughts:
"Death can be harsh. Death can be amusing.
Your perspective is needed to see that death is a rite of passage
that all of us will be using."

If you enjoy Poe and like to experience different perspectives on poetry, this book will enthrall you.

Upon Reading Edgar All Poe
1st Place, The Literary Review Journal
"A well crafted piece of art." 
"Both the descriptions and use of language here are very elaborate. The poem shows intricate crafting, the style and subjects of course, are reminiscent of Poe- this is not only a fitting homage, but stands on its own, the word choices are exact and richly expressive."
"As if Poe came right off the page. This homage is literally perfect."  

The Collection
3rd Place Moontown Cafe Halloween Contest
2 Reader's Choice Nominations
"One of your best works. Beautiful 3 part movement. Flowed very nicely." 

"WOW what a great poem, it flows like a small stream of water over the pebbles. 5 star write"
"A whole novel about a serial killer in three stanzas- amazing." 
"The language and flow here is superb, the description detailed. This also has an air of mystery, almost Halloween-ish." 
The Owl
Literary Excellence Award, The Literary Review Journal

"One of my favorites. Love long poems."

"'Until once again, night revisits his kingdom and he is resurrected.' You know your subject. Are you reminiscing about an owl, or our immortal souls?" 

"This is so precise and intense but a little mysterious. I love the passion!" 
"Waking up dead in a morgue's freezer would feel that way." 
"Raw, intense, gritty and "dark." But with powerful imagery and emotion. This is short, but to the point, clear, stark but visceral and thought- provoking.
"this gave me chills. dark, but well written." 
"Awesome. This was great. I love it." 

"very well written. enjoyed the read." 
"I didn't know succumbing to one's death could be viewed with sensuality." 

"Both the language (the word choices) and the rich imagery here is exquisite! You have blended sound, description, meaning- all, in a way that shows precise crafting." 

"Read this with a glass of red wine, highly recommended and so is the poem." 

Tie a Ribbon for Me
Club Favorite, Grey Thoughts' The Writers Club
"This is beautiful." 

"You are incredibly talented! Thank you so much for sharing!"

Down Below
"I like poems that are extensive but not long-winded. This one belongs to them. I'm glad I read it to the end because it's excellent. The punchline completely surprised me, in a positive way, of course. I'd love to see your other works. I wish you creative inspiration, greetings!"
"This could be about anything from zombie fiction... A well written poem. Thank you for posting it."
"A lot of thought has gone into this very interesting poem, which made me think, which is what poetry should be all about, 5-star poem[.]"

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