Thanks to Robbie for allowing me to share myself on her blog and for the wonderful review!– Leon
Today, I am delighted to host artist, poet and author, Leon Stevens. Which of your own poems is your favourite? Wow. Starting off with the hardest question…I have written about many aspects of my existence, but I think some of the poems about ego and human nature are my attempt at understanding why people act […]
It’s been a while since I wrote about reviews. It’s also been a while since I received any. Coincidence? Probably.
I decided to run a promotion with Itsy Bitsy Book Bits (IBBB) for my poetry book after reading some Goodreads forums on marketing sites. They do rely heavily on social media presence, along with their pool of reader/reviewers. I’m not that active on social media, so I’m probably not taking total advantage of the package, but so far, while it hasn’t translated into any sales, I have received more reviews.
The underlying theme of many of the reviews mirrored one of the reasons for publishing my poems as the forward in my book stated:
I hope that my writing and drawing makes you smile, think, wonder, reflect, laugh, and cry (in a good way-we all need to cry sometimes. It’s not as good as laughing but it serves a purpose). If you can relate to something that I have said, and it makes sense to you, or at least you are entertained, then I have accomplished the second thing that I set out to do.
That was my intent and reason, and these are some of the comments:
“Being a beginner with poetry, this was a great book to start with…The personal points of view which are portrayed are easily relatable and resonates with me on a personal level.”
“It is certainly on book that will make you stop and think… also injecting humour making me laugh. If you are up for something a little different then Leon’s book is just the thing.”
“I have read books of poems before but Lines by Leon touches on topics that really make you think.”
“This is an easy to understand… I know you will find something in one of these poems or short stories you will connect with.”
“These speak to me at this time in my life… You will be amazed as I was at how these short works will grab your heart.”
“… there is something that will connect with everyone.”
As you can see, that goal of my decision to publish has been met, and it warms my heart to get such wonderful feedback. Now the next goal is to reach more readers.
Are you a poet? If you write poetry, then yes, you are. You don’t have to be publish or even share your creations. Keep them close to your heart if that’s what is needed in your life. Release them into the world like a flock of doves or a bunch of balloons when you are ready to share your visions with the world.
Poetry is painting with words, just as music is painting with sounds. Perception is subjective and one person’s viewpoint can radically differ from that of another. Poems add an extra layer, telling the reader that there are alternate ways of thinking about a place, situation, or a state of mind.
The world looks distinctly different depending on what time of day you are out. I’m a morning person now, but I’ve done my time as a night owl. I enjoy running or biking early and late. The morning quiet is not the same as evening quiet.
Sun on the horizon breaks
The birth of a day
As the world awakes
Middle of the day
Lifetime a world away
Unless clouds hide
A shroud of stars
Drawn over the earth
Sleep until the dawn calls
A new rebirth
So, keep writing, share when you want to, and look at the world like no one else can.
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