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by Adiela AkooWelcome to the inaugural edition of The Quilled Ink Review. A pure labour of Love, we could think of no better way to begin than on that note - Ode to Love. Within these pages, you will find an eclectic mix of accomplished writers from across the world, some of whom we have the honour and privilege to publish for the very first time. And yet, the language of Love, in all its shades, remains the same. It begs of you to pause for a moment, reflect, and bathe in its beauty. It begs of you to see... more
by J.L. KaulJ.L. Kaul invites readers to embark on an extraordinary journey through the cosmos in "Circle Me Son: Consider Your Smallness." This captivating collection of fifty ekphrastic poems expertly combines awe-inspiring NASA images with a sweeping array of poetic forms. Steeped in the grandiosity and antiquity of our universe, the collection contemplates the profound history of the human condition through the telescopic lens of J.L. Kaul's life, loves, pains and faith. From Shakespearean-style sonn... more
by Tony simoleThis book on the practical test of confidence is an active torch light that beamed on and x-rays on all sensitive " regarded less" dilemmas. Concurrently, issues run with the efforts of everyone in all endeavors. In each topic covered in the poems in Salt & Bee, there's an assertive key to win for the reader who's a willing receptor.
by Dyson RussellThe passage from birth to death is a journey that binds us all... In this debut anthology entitled Marching with a Broken Shadow, readers are invited to embark on that journey; delving profoundly into their innermost thoughts and prevailing feelings - from the deepest and darkest layers of hurt and confusion, to the most hypnotic forms of happiness and dream. Take the quest with the central character, and look forward to exploring, with reminiscence and wonder, the voyage we call life, the endin... more
by Sean PetrieA memoir of poems and art, Coming Out Party chronicles poet and author Rebecca Bendheim’s queer coming of age journey—from first crushes and toxic homo-erotic friendships, to coming out and secret flings, to finding queer community and falling in love for the first time. Coming Out Party is a fierce, funny, and deeply personal celebration of the strength it takes to break down the protective walls we’ve built—and embrace our truest selves.
by Sean PetrieAn ode to the overlooked. A tribute to mediocre donuts. A lament on lost dreams. In Cracked & Broken, award-winning poet Sean Petrie celebrates the things we crack and break through, to make it to middle age. Cracked & Broken is a tender mix of storms and sunrises, friendships and heartaches, laughter and loss and love—and a reminder that there is always another daybreak in the beautiful, mistake-filled journey of life.
by Rickey LeeGood Days, Bad Days is a versatile collection. There is free verse. There is traditional poetry. Readers will find haiku, tanka, cinquain, limerick, ballade, and sonnet forms. Sincere effort and invention characterize this poetic work’s high quality. Strong imagery! A very impressive body of poetry! Poet Rickey Lee has some very excellent work in a number of poems.
by Runjun Lahkar
by Ana DeeUntouched, is a testament to the beauty of love and its ability to inspire art and create a language of its own. Untouched is linear, meant to be read from beginning to end as each poem paves way for the next one to tell a story. This captivating poetry collection showcases the boundless capacity of love to both uplift and devastate us.
by Vincent M. RiccardiThe mélange of poetry shared here develops internal connections respecting the elements of its title and the lifelong sensibilities of the author. The title of the collection revolves around how we as modern persons realize Reality as a function of Truth as revealed through the innuendo of Words and the existentialism of Love: Reality – Truth - Words - Love. These elements are manifest in the most mundane and commonplace facts and phenomena through to the most arcane and erudite ideas and emotio... more
by Meghan DilleyShe received her BA in English from Franklin and Marshall College in 2001 and after teaching for two years decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. She graduated with her DPT in physical therapy from Rutgers School of Health Professions, formerly known as The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2009 and has been working in the field ever since. In her spare time, she likes to play sports, hike, be near water, listen to music, spend time with her two cats Vicki and Pres... more
by Peter WaldorPeter Waldor's At The Next Table offers a wide-ranging yet intimate engagement with history while it revels in the consciousness-expanding possibilities of travel. In this moment when we need exactly that—a new hunger for experiences beyond one's own national identity—this collection of poems is an excellent tour guide. —Elizabeth Scanlon, Publisher, The American Poetry Review
by Peter WaldorIn Turnstiles, Peter Waldor reminds us to connect our humanity with the natural world, ‘to enjoy/the sensuous/pleasure of/subway turnstiles’ as much as the ‘blossoms between the bones.’ The aphoristic ‘Visions’ of the second section are shining tributes to fleeting moments. Through Waldor’s insightful observations, we are made privy to a miniature world of epic proportions and consequences. —Lisa St John, Author of Swallowing Stones (Kelsay Books 2023)
by Peter WaldorPeter Waldor's poems in Understandings and Misunderstandings invite us to linger within the brightness of the everyday, to celebrate the beauty of human relationships, and to consider the basis of our understanding of one another. Deft and dextrous lines that deliver prim-metered narratives hallmark these poems, as they interrogate the human condition, aiming toward a better way of being in the world... —Carey Salerno, Executive Director, Alice James Books
by Frank Z. LloberaThis book presents a newly translated and annotated rendition of Miquel Costa i Llobera's renowned ode "The Pine of Formentor," originally released in Catalan in 1885. It provides an overview of the historical context surrounding the work and the poet, along with annotations and illustrations of Mallorca island, his place of origin. Despite Costa i Llobera's acclaim for his lyrical contributions in Catalonia or the Balearic Islands, his literary impact has remained somewhat unknown outside of hi... more
by Maithy VuIn this realm, words are currency... Step into a wonderland where illusions are shattered and beloved stories are turned on their heads. With truth laid bare, Maithy Vu conjures the muses of fairytales to grapple with gender equity, mental health, cultural identity, love, and purpose. Poems for Princesses with Peas Under Their Mattresses is a kaleidoscope of emotions spanning from childhood to womanhood. The spellbinding collection invites readers to reimagine the power dynamics of famili... more