How to stay in love, forever

Rated 5.00/5 based on 10 reviews
For over 30 years Martin wrote his wife Judy 3 poems annually. Over time, he came to view the 90+ poems as an accomplishment in these cynical and self-centered times. After retiring from teaching he submitted a handful of poems and all were snapped up. Come turn the pages of a true life love story. Then borrow lines, ideas, or entire poems to share with your special partner.

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About Martin Kimeldorf

Teacher
Writer
Photographer
Poet
Blues harmonica player
Walker
Cook
Husband
Dog Owner
Volunteer
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Review by: lucy lucy on Aug. 12, 2010 : (no rating)
It was a genuine pleasure to read this book. I loved having a window into Martin and Judy’s exceptional relationship through these creative, expressive poems and photography. Martin has done a lovely job with both over the years. I appreciate that both poet and subject gladly share with all of us insights into their sustained love and affection. Because of Martin’s words about Judy, I now have new favorite poems in my head and ways of expressing things that I will be quoting, I know for sure.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sherry W on July 21, 2010 :
When Martin asked if I would assist in copy editing this book, I jumped at the chance. Martin’s poems struck a chord in me I didn’t expect. As I read, I’d nod in agreement to his phrasing and on occasion, tears burst from my eyes as I read his poems aloud to my husband. I had to pull myself back to remember: edit first, feel later! Martin’s poems put into words what true love is: something that can last forever.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LaVonne Taylor on July 15, 2010 :
Falling in love is easy – much of the time it happens without conscious effort. We simply awake one morning to discover somewhere along the timeline between being blissfully unaware of the existence of the object of our attention to obsessive full-time fascination, that we have developed an attachment commonly know as Being in Love.

But to stay in love – that is another matter entirely. Staying in love over the span of a lifetime with the same romantic intensity that characterized an early relationship is a challenge. It does not happen by chance.

In this regard, poets have an advantage over their less artistic peers who practice law, medicine, business, politics and so forth. I’m not saying that one precludes the other. There are lawyers, businessmen, and doctors, for example, who also have the hearts of poets, whether they take the time to express their artistic sides is up to them. The demands of our lives – careers, raising children, caring for elderly parents, keeping a roof over our heads, putting food on the table – often dissolves the passion that accompanied our nascent bond. The poetic sensibility that allows us to examine everyday experience through a lens of objectivity gives us the tools needed to keep passion alive it we hold that desire.

Kimeldorf has mastered the art of staying in love. Over thirty years time, he created three poems a year, reaffirming his passion for and devotion to his wife Judy. In the introduction to Being in Love, Forever he says, “The renewed interest in love poems comes at an important time, a period when our society doubts it’s future. It comes as too many in our culture foolishly embrace anger, apocalypse, greed, and selfishness. I’d like to think that love contains a germ to inoculate this moment. Perhaps I believe in this possibility because Judy and I remain optimistic, and blissfully out of sync with the medieval culture that surrounds us.”
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gisela Giardino on July 11, 2010 :
Martin reveals through his crystal clear poetry and prose that everyday, real-life love is the magic we make by committing not just to one another but also to the rituals of love, companionship and tenderness. This book reminds us in a beautifully touching way, how it's feasible and worth pursuing to stay in love forever.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Artsy Sf on July 08, 2010 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr. Kimeldorf's personalized style of poems. What really entranced me was the outpouring of emotional poetry year after year to the "love of his life". I got the feeling that he would marry her "over and over, again and again".

Marjie Fitterer, a.k.a. ArtsySF
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary Ann Sullivan on July 08, 2010 :
Martin Kimeldorf's poetry defies the established conventions of contemporary poetry and dares to be cosmic, original, romantic and self-expressive. His work is frequently accompanied by photographic art, and appeals to the reader's emotions and social memory.

Mary Ann Sullivan, Editor
The Tower Journal
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Deborah Levine on July 08, 2010 :
I was touched by Martin’s collection of poetry written to his wife over the years. I'm sure others will be also.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Curt Rosler on July 07, 2010 :
Martin is a tireless writer, romantic poet and gifted photographer. More important;as they say, "A good man is hard to find" and Judy found one.
Col Rosler
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jan on July 06, 2010 :
This delightful, often profound anthology is far more than a book of love poetry. It is a story of two people successfully joining hands and hearts across three decades of life… Many times I found myself smiling through tears, or laughing outright…as I approach my own 30th year of marriage, I will read this endearing volume again and again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: The Kimes on July 03, 2010 : (no rating)
In world soaked in hypocrisy, cynicism, and me-first-isms it was a pleasure to read this book about loving another person. The poetry is accessible and believable. Anyone who still believes in romance will enjoy this collection of poetry and photoart. The author encourages you to borrow his poems or lines and send them to your partner. Can’t ask for more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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