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How to Learn English Quickly 4: Poetry
by Michael Mitchell 

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Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 372
ISBN-10: 1326058525
ISBN-13: 978-1326058524
Published: Feb 2015

Using the 'Rule Of Threes' there are three benefits from studying Poetry. First, a lot is said within a concise group of words. Second, we enjoy both the practical and emotional value of the combination of the words. Third, we have the therapeutic aspect. Millions of people around the world write or recite poems and prayers as a daily meditation. Our focus on poetry lets us CONCENTRATE on the message, meditate and only think of today. We have the daily reminder to remain calm and to give ourselves renewed direction. Our thoughts are often strong enough for us to want to write. Our words force themselves out and we feel relieved to express them in poetic form. We learn by copying the style of other poets and make use of the simple suggestions to use our own style. Go on! Give it a try.

For LOVE of Poetry
by Beth Richards

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ISBN-10: 1326205870
ISBN-13: 978-1326205874
Pages: 106

As our dreams are full of images that entrance us, so Beth Richards' poems are full of images, visual pictures and metaphors, that keep us spellbound and enchant us. Through the images perceived by the poet we are drawn into her world and see through her eyes; for example, through the central image of a mirror in which the ageing poet observes her own image in 'A Lifetime', the reader feels himself or herself in the place of the observer, sharing her feelings and sensations. The poems in this new collection are bound together by the theme of love, and are full of the wisdom of life; it is the wisdom of a poet once described as 'the wise owl', who has experienced a range of feelings and difficulties that increase with the ageing process - for with age comes wisdom! - Charles Muller, Diadem Books

Pictures in the Sand: Poems of Contemplation  - Glyn Goode

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 84
ISBN-10: 1861510489
ISBN-13: 978-1861510488
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.5
Published: August 2013

This is a book of poetry. The subjects are mixed, some personal, others observations and some from the heart. I think that there is something here for everyone.

No Beach left to Walk on  -  Glyn Goode

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Size : 5x8
Pages: 80
ISBN-10: 1909304506
ISBN-13: 978-1909304505
Published: Nov 2012


This is a book of poetry. The subjects are mixed, some personal, others observations and some from the heart. I think that there is something here for everyone.

by Beth Richards

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Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 172
ISBN-10: 1909304786
ISBN-13: 978-1909304789
Published: Nov 2012

Beth Richards has long enjoyed the reputation, in her writings, as a ‘wise owl’. She has the perspicacity of seeing ‘deep down things’, right into the heart of things and has the ability to speak for many of us who are growing older, approaching retirement, and combining the wisdom of our years with the frustrations of age, when we become disillusioned with money spent on material gain instead of alleviating poverty, and become fed up with tailgaters driving too close to us! She is not afraid to speak out and provide a voice for us golden oldies who often suffer the indignity of being invisible to the younger generation who live at a different pace. Most touching is Beth’s evocation, on behalf of many of us, of memories and longings from days gone by - the longings for lost intimacies, of treasured moments no longer there, of being held and comforted; yet through her prose and poems we can share the reevocation of such moments, even ‘Reliving that tingling sensation before the explosion’! Beth has the soul of a poet and she is not afraid to bare her soul, however sensitive, and it’s this sincere and honest quality that will make the reader feel like a close friend.

Bittersweet - Juanita Nena RudonBeeke

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Pages: 160
ISBN-10: 1909304158
ISBN-13: 978-1909304154
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.9
Published:  Aug 2012
Kindle edition

Juanita Nena RudonBeeke’s poems go straight to the heart and are reflections on a wide range of human relationships. She writes with love and sympathy, but never with blinkers on, for she does not conceal the injustices, the cruelties, and the betrayals, so often manifested in the modern world and as often demonstrated in her beloved country of Belize. I love the gentle wisdom, the acceptance of the ineluctable mutability of life, in ‘Those To Heaven Sing’. All of the poems have this sense of mature acceptance. The gentle probing about the mystery of life in ‘Time Without End’ leaves one with a sense of wonder. I do like these poems for they leave no dregs of anger or frustration at the bottom of the cup, as it were, when you have read them. If anything, they leave a sweetness, albeit sometimes a bitter sweetness, when you have closed the book. Also, you can read them again, coming back to them like a refreshing stream.' – Charles Muller, Diadem Books.

Treasure in Earthen Vessels
Ruth Graydon

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Format: Paperback
Size: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm
Pages: 124
ISBN-10: 190802643X
ISBN-13: 978-1908026439
Published: Diadem Books May 2012

Formal learning or not, if inspiration can be found elsewhere, especially in a book, then excerpts can be taken from many a well-kept diary, and poems written in the middle of the night, even when woken meant that a whole new idea might be conveyed and written; or the thought of an epic statement might have had the ability for changing someone's life for ever. I always believed that it was worth the trouble to put pen to paper. Read this, and you may find yourself all wrapped up in a statement meant only for you. Or it could be our Father God calling in the night with His angels ready to save you in the twinkling of an eye. God bless you all and I really love you, whoever you are. Nothing in this book was just meant for me, otherwise it is very likely I would have carried on sleeping-
"wouldn't you?"

Turn the Page
by Beth Richards

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Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 148
ISBN-10: 1908026502
ISBN-13: 978-1908026507 
Published: May 2012

About the author

My whole concept with Turn the Page is for it to be different this time-not a collection of poems but a collection of short stories. As I've already mentioned in my Preface, I love writing short stories and pray that you'll love reading them. Sometimes one has to venture out of one's comfort zone, into a new sphere. The Proverb 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained' is all too true! I pray that you'll enjoy delving into my new venture as you read these stories. In Proverbs 16:31 we are told, 'The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness!' I have acquired that status. My photo portrays this. Bring on the righteousness in the form of more writing! There has to be some advantages to ageing, after all.

The Lighthouse Bubble - Mark Steele

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Size : 22.4 x 14.8 x 0.8 cm
Pages: 88
ISBN-10: 1908026448
ISBN-13: 978-1908026446
Diadem Books (9 April 2012)

'Say hi to Ian, Terry, One-eyed Dave, Sid, Stan, plus me. Each guy so keen and merry on a grave expanse of sea.' Six lighthouse lads who know how to work hard and play hard - perhaps too much of the latter. Read about their great adventures, testing times, dark descents and the characters they meet around the lighthouse bubble as told in twelve stirring tales of rhyming verse. Most of all, don't forget - 'Take care when revels swing too well, don't drench and drown your soul. Beware the Devil's spring from hell to wrench you down his hole!

Pause for Thought: With Versastyle Poetry
by Beth Richards

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Pages: 164
ISBN-13: 978-1908026361
ISBN-10: 1908026367
Published: November-2011

The most significant contribution of this versatile and inspired author in this volume is her use of a new form of poetry that she has aptly dubbed 'Versastyle Poetry' - for which she deserves to find a permanent place in the history of literary criticism or literary style. This is the intermingling of, or alternating use of, free verse and rhyming stanzas... where the repeated rhyming stanza picks up the thematic strands in the free verse component as an echo, refrain or leitmotif, serving, in effect, as a thematic chorus. This works very effectively, for example, in her poems 'Delicate Rosebuds', and 'Magic Mirror', where each repetition of the rhyming stanza uncovers deeper levels of insight.

Step into my World
by Dave Navsa

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 268
ISBN: 978-1908026156
Published: April 2011

Come through the Gate with the Poet and step into his world! This Collection of Poems is a sequel to Climb Aboard My Bus: Pictures in Verse published in 2007. Step into My World will take you on a guided tour of his imaginative and contrasting mind expressed colourfully and powerfully. The Poems can be delightfully light-hearted, sparkling with humour, but there are those that resonate on a deeper level. They venture into the darker side of the human psyche, the world of inner turmoil and a world of conflict. Sometimes the Poems are almost eerily prophetic, as with "An Earthquake Happened", written long before the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Dave Navsa was inspired by his life experiences and the people and events surrounding them. As a talented wordsmith he was able to encapsulate these emotions and thoughts into this Collection, with a local flavour as depicted by the lead Poem, "Rochester High Street", and the snapshot of "Rochester Cathedral" on the facing page

Epic Times, Past and Present: Reflections in Prose and Poetry
by Beth Richards

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Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 246
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1908026095
Published: March-2011

My main aim in Epic Times, Past and Present is to magnify the difference between life in the 20th Century and today's faster pace of living. To do this I began with 'Comradeship at its Best', a true story of my childhood memories of war-torn Britain back in the 4th decade of the last century. The theme of the very last poem, 'The Day I Trembled with Fear' occurred recently in January 2011, reflecting upon a mini-earthquake in Ripon, also Leeds...just a few miles from where I live in Derbyshire. I remarked in this poem, 'we don't do Earthquakes in Britain', but it appears now....anything goes! The book literally goes from past to present times. Are we any better off with today's way of living? I don't think so! Do you? Read this book before you answer!

One Hundred Poems
John Waddell

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Size : 8.9 x 5.9
Pages: 158
ISBN: 1907294546
Published: May-2010

John Waddell comments on the events of daily life with a dry humour. He loves his garden and is passionate about his native Scotland, but deplores the blight of modern town planning and the litter in the streets. His comments on human nature - not excluding his own foibles - show a wryly comic insight.

Food For Thought:   
Savouring the Delights of Poetry & Prose
by Beth Richards

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Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 158
ISBN: 978-1907294440
Published: March-2010

FOOD FOR THOUGHT is a well known phrase, often used - and this time Beth Richards hopes her latest title will give some readers just that - Food for Thought! In our present generation of the 21st Century folk are living their lives as though on a treadmill. They may be going faster and faster - but, like a treadmill, they are going nowhere fast. Time and money seem to be of the essence in everything. Primary Care Trusts are only interested in their target figures!

Beth Richards has written many of the poems in Food for Thought relating to everyday life - life in this hectic 21st Century. She hopes that in this book many readers may be helped to live life to the full - to live in the present and not wish the precious gift of life away. The last poem `Final Curtain Call' comes to us all one day. We should make sure it's later rather than sooner!

The Waking Hour   
by Rosalind Taylor

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Size : 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.3 cm
Pages: 60
ISBN: 978-1907294396
Published: Feb-2010

Gleanings, observations, some triggered by life’s occurrences and the poet’s affection for Scotland and Northumbria comprise this small volume.
In the author’s words, “Poems started ‘coming through’ when I was just over forty. One never quite knows when this will happen—but Scotland was often responsible.”

Darkness to Light   
Further Enlightening Poetry & Prose
by Beth Richards

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Publisher: Diadem Books
Size : 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
Pages: 138
ISBN: 978-1907294075
Published: Sep-2009

A new collection of Beth Richards' inspiring poems and prose pieces.


My aim in this book of poems and prose is to reach out to a number of readers – therefore I’ve written about many different subjects, which will almost certainly touch the hearts of many.  Maybe some of the subjects will even help someone with a similar problem in his or her life to find a solution – a form of self-help!

A Scream From the Shadows
by Saul Ruthven         

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Pages: 124
ISBN: 978-0956239259
Published: July-2009

Book Description

Alone in the chasm of a fractured mind, sits a solitary figure. This man has seen beyond the horrors of madness to a place where shadows have a voice. That voice is heard only by those who are lost to reason. That voice is A Scream, from the Shadows.

Reflections in Poetry and Prose

by Beth Richards

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Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 140
Published: December-2008

Beth Richards writes: ‘I’ve always maintained that writing poetry (and other forms of creative writing) is a gift from God.’ Here, again, the creative muse continues to inspire Beth—hence this latest book of short stories and poetry entitled Light Reading.  (Discerning readers will, of course, appreciate the pun on the word Light, hopefully made clearer by Beth’s oil painting of the Baccaro Lighthouse, in Nova Scotia, on the front cover!)

Worlds Apart                    
Poems of Contrast

by Beth Richards & Charles Muller

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Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 134
ISBN: 0-595-50302-0
Published: Apr-2008

Two poets - two worlds: poems of deep and humorous reflections (set in England) contrasted with poems of stark reality (set in South Africa and elsewhere).

Her Name is Hope - Life Force
by Nick Armbrister     

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Publisher: LULU
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Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 258
ISBN: 978-1-4092-3279-7
Published: October-2008

This is Nick Armbrister’s third collection of poems and his fourth book. It has poems that didn’t make his first two collections due to a variety of reasons. He didn’t think some of his early poems were up to standard; these he edited and rewrote; some poetry was too personal in nature, like relationship ones. Also, poetry that repeated the same subject matter never made the first two books. In later years, after re-reading his poetry, Nick decided to bring all of his remaining unpublished work together in this new volume – poems written during the years 1996-2008. The work changes in depth, quality and subject matter and most of the poems have never been published before. Nick continues his passionate, multi-emotional and often left-of-centre work in these poems. Nick has always been drawn to the weird and wonderful. While his poems are often simple and brittle, they make a graphic and powerful impact that cuts like broken glass.

Climb Aboard My Bus:        
Pictures in Verse
by Dave Navsa

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Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 58
ISBN: 0-595-47057-2
Published: Sep-2007

limb Aboard My Bus is a guided tour through the poet’s imaginative mind. It is a potpourri of vivid pictures, moods and emotions. The poems are gems that sparkle with pleasing rhyme and vivid life!

Skeward Images            
by Nick Armbrister

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Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 116
ISBN: 0-595-45456-9
Published: Jun-2007

Read the author's latest blog entry! Click here.

The second volume of contemporary poetry on various subjects from poet/writer Nick Armbrister for an uncontemporary world: startling and imaginative themes and images.

Jesus, I Trust in You       
by Domo Qui 

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Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 154
ISBN: 0-595-43658-7
Published: Apr-2007

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Cover shows Jesus Christ as depicted by Saint Sister Faustina – a Catholic Nun whose vision of Christ was given to her by JESUS himself.

The book brings together devotional poems inspired by Thomas à Kempis and a cover picture of Christ as seen by Sister Faustina in 1931 with the following promise of Our Lord: “I promise that the soul that will venerate this picture will not perish. I further promise to that soul victory over its enemies."

Love Songs to Jehovah       
He Hears the Heart Cry
by Jessica MacLennan

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Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 48
ISBN: 0-595-45514-X
Published: Jun-2007

Love Songs to Jehovah is a collection of deeply personal and spiritual poems that show how God’s mercy and love brought about a revolution in the author’s life, from unrequited earthly love to the deep fulfilment and joy of divine love through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Fade into Focus, Focus into Fade
by Nick Armbrister         

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Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 140
ISBN: 0-595-41035-9
Published: Sep-2006


Contemporary poetry on various subjects from poet/writer Nick Armbrister for an uncontemporary world!

Nice Bits and Hissy-fits    
by Miki Byrne

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Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0-595-41276-9
Published: Sep-2006


A collection of life-pictures in words. Warm, funny, poignant and well-observed.

W O W: Words of Wisdom
by Beth Richards        

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Pages: 84
ISBN: 0-595-40724-2
Published: Jul-2006


In this intriguing collection of sincere and heartfelt poems, Beth Richards, the “Wise Owl”, brings us more gems of wisdom that become beacons for guidance through the everyday problems and joys of life. Writing of friendship, dreams, love and destiny, her overall message in is to be positive and to appreciate the wondrous gifts in our lives.

Reflective Collective: A Rumour of Humour                  
by Sue Stone

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Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 88
ISBN: 0-595-38919-8
Published: Mar-2006

Inspirational poems in two parts—deep, honest thoughts and feelings, and humorous insights from chocolates to supermarket trolleys that will strike a common chord!

Chill Out With Beth : 
Gems for Young and Old!
by Beth Richards           

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Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 50
ISBN: 0-595-37203-1
Published: Sep-2005

Chill Out With Beth combines an enchanting fairy story for children with poems that are gems of wisdom and insight relevant to both young and old in the journey of life. Writing of friendship, dreams, love and destiny, her overall message in is to be positive and to appreciate the wondrous gifts in our lives.

Reflections in Verse : 
by Beth Richards

UK price: £3.99     US price: $7.95
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-7223 3578-4
Published: June 2005



For this slim volume of poetry, Beth Richards has drawn inspiration from her own experiences to produce a thoughtful collection of verse. Although the topics vary, the over­riding message is be positive and don’t overlook, or take for granted, the many wondrous gifts in your life as you struggle over the obstacles that fate places in your path.

Lewis Carroll's The Hunting Of The Snark : An Agony in 8 Fits
by Allan P Williams        

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Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 88
ISBN: 0-595-36243-5
Published: Jul-2005 

Lewis Carroll's long nonsense poem, “The Hunting of the Snark”, about 10 bachelors on a journey of discovery, is here depicted as a sexual journey of discovery, darkly overshadowed by the danger of AIDS. The amazing pictures by Allan Williams— recording every strange experience and exotic encounter the poem contains—are full of ingenious surprises, plentifully supported by his annotations of the text. The Bellman is tingling his bell. Dare you come on board for the journey of a lifetime?

by Mary Jamuna

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Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0-595-36248-6
Published: Jul-2005 


Mary Jamuna's terse and concise poems make a much-needed statement of universal love and acceptance in a world in the grip of materialism and institutionalised beliefs, thinking and prejudices. The poet has been true to her Great Spirit muse.

Halesome Farin' :          
(Wholesome Fare)
by John Waddell 

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Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 166
ISBN: 0-595-33011-8
Published: Sep-2004

This is the third book of poems by John Waddell, following the publication of his first very successful collection, The Flying Snail and his second book, A Glimpse of Eden. This time all the poems are written in the beautiful, rich, and descriptive Scots language familiar to all brought up north of the border.

Glad to be Mad : Poems Verging on Sanity

by Kim Schroeder                             

UK price: £10.95    US price: $12.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 112
ISBN: 0-595-31870-3
Published: May-2004

This collection of simple and honest poems will scream out in self-validation as it tracks the author’s ups, downs and observations through a wide range of human experience and emotions.


The Blue Vale:            
Poems from Mallaig and Beyond    
by Michael Lamb

UK price: £13.99   US price: $15.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 162
ISBN: 0-595-28913-4
Published: Jul-2003

Inspired by the landscape, spirit and way of life of the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland, these poems question, delight and entertain. Absorb, enjoy, then read again.

Poems of Contrast : Including A Short Story Poem “Earth’s Course to Destruction”                            

by Peter John Finch

UK  price: £12.99    US  price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 142
ISBN: 0-595-31165-2
Published: Feb-2004

These poems by Peter Finch reflect a wide range of human experience—love, anger, comedy, war and remembrance, some of the most moving being his response to nature.

Every Emotion: Hebridean Poetry. Poems by George Carle.

(Writers Club Press, 2000.)   




Sample the magic of the Hebrides and share the emotions and insights of the doctor-poet George Carle in this, his first poetry collection.
US price: $11.95    U K price: £9.99

Unsophisticated Verses and Lyrics                  MP00050_.wmf (8374 bytes)
by Filton Hebbard   

US price: $19.95      UK price: $16.99
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 366
ISBN: 0-595-25627-9
Publication Date: Nov-2002         Other Formats: Hard Cover

The verses and lyrics in this collection, by an Australian author and poet, are refreshing, being sincere and direct expressions of feeling and meaning in an age where poems and songs so often fail to communicate by being pretentious and self-conscious.

Just before I say “I do”
Inspirational poems
by D E Rollins   

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Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 154
ISBN: 0-595-26264-3
Publication Date: Dec-2002

The colloquial immediacy of these poems in free verse convey the stark anguish of the poet’s soul and earthy yearnings as she encounters pre-marital tensions, made all the more poignant by her overriding love of God, her constant companion and provider.

The Half-Closed Eye. Poems by Maria Katrakis

                           Johannesburg: Justified Press, 1994.  52 pp.       £9.50

(STOP PRESS: this anthology is currently out of print. A new anthology is being compiled. Notification will be given here as soon as new stocks are received!)

Although concerned with time and memory, many of the poems in this anthology focus on people. Maria Katrakis sketches their joys and their sorrows in splinter-sharp, lyrical poems which universalise the human situation. She is not a detached observer but a centre of consciousness, fully a part of the suffering or happiness she depicts. If unrequited hope is the main theme linking her poems together, it is because the 'half-closed eye' does not evade the realities of modern life.

Maria Katrakis has written numerous educational articles and various study guides. She is the author of radio plays and has been a finalist in both the Amstel Playwright of the Year and Young Africa Award literary competitions. She is the first woman to win the Ernst van Heerden Creative Writing Award from the University if the Witwatersrand, for a poetry anthology. 

Maria Katrakis is a founder member of the Hellenic Ladies Association and of the Students Hellenic Association.

Here is a sample poem from this excellent anthology:

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before we met

our lives trailed

behind us like

the silvered threads

of climbing



now our shared

years are woven

into a tenuous

web of happiness



we wait to trap

our fate

                                                                                                                 Maria  Katrakis

Insights and Outsights.   Poems by Roy Holland.                                                                                       Cape Town: David Philip.  39 pp.    Other works by Roy Holland

  ISBN 0864861214   £5.95                     


This is a selection of the work of a mature poet, spanning poems written in his youth in England and later in Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Greece and South Africa. Many have appeared in journals in England, the USA and South Africa.

"The poems cover a wide range of topics and continents and are almost without exception filled with memorable images ...    Insights and Outsights is an impressive collection and one to which readers will often return, not only to enjoy the product of a writer at home with his gift but for the incisive dissection of subject matter."  EH, Cape Times.

Here is a sample from this anthology:

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                                Outside, musty as damp wool scarves,

                                 The dark coiled back on itself

                                 Like life mouldering in a plumstone.


                                But she was alive there,

                                Transparent on the window-pane,

                                Insatiate with her own green light.


                                At the angles of her head

                               The bald green eyes looked inward,

                                Outward, watching the juices


                               Of divination run through her long flanks,   

                                Her two razors of supplication

                                Hone themselves on prayer.


                                How her angled-backward legs,  

                                Thin as fuses, kept her steady on the glass

                                I do not know. It was clear


                               Her meagre wings held no notion of flying.

                               And her triangular head, though tilted, was still.   

                               But her body was swaying.


                               It must have taken skill  

                               To reach the fused wire of her mate's claw

                               Twitching out its voltage in her mouth.


                               She seemed to have no sense of loss,

                               Regret. No salivation; an appetite merely.

                               Something to satisfy. I moved my eyes.


                              The sad attenuations of the willows

                               Leaked palely under the electric lamps.  

                              The dark was chilled below their griefs.


                              Her breath is a green frost; famine her mandibles.  

                              And time is browsing, mantis-jawed, on the delicate

                              Distal of my foot.  I am digestible.

                                                                                                 Roy   Holland