Rori O'Keeffe

Biography

rookee75@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in my work. Please be helpful and leave a review for me to ponder as I make plans for my next publication, whether the critique be scathing, lukewarm, or improbably glowing. Writing comes from the heart, and my readers' feedback goes straight to my heart and helps shape my future creations.

I'm a grocery store cashier by day, and a poet-animal by night. I also write short fiction, fairy tales, the occasional essay, and a little light erotica. I laugh at myself and cry for the world, and I make a great Egg Florentine for my frequent overnight guests. What's life without love? It's like a shell without the egg inside.

See me on Twitter, @rookee75, or drop me an email. I'll be sure to reply.

Peace & good times to all.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to develop my writing skills in a low-key, but public way. The feedback I get from readers is much more valuable than a pile of rejection letters from conventional publishers could ever be. As well, I have the opportunity now to decide just how serious I want to be about writing as a career.
And how serious might you be about writing, now that you have several years experience as an indie author?
I'll never be ready to quit the day job and risk everything for it, but I've found enough moments of satisfaction so far to make writing (especially poetry) my number one hobby.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rori O'Keeffe online

Twitter: @rookee75

Series

Lovers and Friends
Growing up in Ottawa, Canada, and doing some stints in other parts of the country before settling down near Perth, Ontario, I have had the great pleasure of meeting some wonderful and compelling people. Lovers and Friends is testimony to the great power that others have over us in life, and the people that have made the deepest and most lasting impressions on me over the years are presented here. Whether sad and tragic or happy and inspiring, the memories I've recorded are sure to set the reader's mind on to the characters that have enriched and informed them in her own life. Poetry and reality-based stories are included, in short volumes that are often fast-paced and always original. Read and enjoy!

Emerging Love

Price: Free!

When We Were Friends

Price: Free!

The Black Swan

Price: Free!
World on Fire Poetry
When future people decipher our computers, they will find pre-apocalyptic writings in abundance. Will those future societies avoid the fate that the current civilization is magnetically attracted to? Only if they heed the warnings given in literature such as World on Fire Poetry. Now is the time for poets to be forceful and explicit!

A Growing Darkness

Price: Free!

Boadicea

Price: Free!

Books

You are my Kindred Lover
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
The poem turns from feeling to thought to sweet remorse. A story of an aged warrior passing the torch onto another with failing hands, this poem is testimony to the spark of passion that lies within each of us, if only the winds of change turn that spark into an illuminating flame. Are you ready to live more passionately? No adult-only content. Approximately 700 words.
The Tragedy of Knowing
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 550. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
What better way to greet spring in the Northern Hemisphere than with claxons blaring? These six poems take a look at the issues that have made America's grotesque would-be Putin inevitable, and leave it to the reader to fill in the blanks for possible answers. No adult-only content.
Ways of the Fallen
Price: Free! Words: 10,540. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors
Heavy reading for reflection, Ways of the Fallen presents merciless and accurate depictions of villains, and realistic renderings of the protagonists. Six short stories, originally published from 2013 - 2018, take the reader to situations rarely visited in mainstream literature. Turning some clichés on their heads, we see that sometimes we look for hope and can't find any. Adult reading.
Light & Heavy, Strong & Supple: Humour & Erotica
Price: Free! Words: 29,240. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Laughter and sex are the greatest pleasures in life, and this collection of thirteen previously published works will provide you with ample motivation to cap your day off with a good romp. Themes are hetero, female bi and lesbian. Gentle satire predominates, and there are two erotic romances, along with a lot of laughs that aren't sexual in nature. (There is some dubcon: Women forcing men.) Adult.
In Love With Liberty: Opinions
Price: Free! Words: 7,830. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Democracy, Essay » Political
These five brief opinion pieces outline my position that we have not escaped our authoritarian past, and therefore are in peril of relinquishing our quasi-democratic political systems to whoever can succeed in establishing dictatorship. Here in Canada, as well as the U.S., we need to get out and vote for centrists, and in the long run, we need to establish viable participatory democracies.
Land of Uncertainty: Poetry and Prose 2013 - 2018
Price: Free! Words: 40,730. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Love poems, intellectual verse, diatribes, and whimsical sentiments are all on display here for your amusement. I've found my heart where I left it long ago, pulled it out and made it sing. I love feedback, and if you give me a review, you will be among the 1% of readers that influence my future work. Adult reading.
Nine Tails of the Sphinx
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Told in four flash-fiction parts, this story traces out the life of a woman whose life is scarred and ultimately defined by a single event. Raped in high school and needing an abortion, she sets out in the world and enters the labyrinth that will become her existence. She can accept no man as all men remind her of the rapist, so she takes up with women. Finally, she seeks an ultimate escape. 18+.
Sandra's Last Goodbye
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sandra visits her ailing mother one last time, and carries away a memory she will always cherish. Driven from her home by cruel older siblings, Sandra and her mother's bond is as strong as ever, if not stronger. Sandra receives a message from her mother on the night she died - was it a dream, or did her mother truly visit her? ~1,000 words.
Poems for a Favoured Lover
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Will she ever be ready to leave the closet? I've waited for years, and still she won't end my misery. Are these poems the answer? Adult-only.
Poems For Janus
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 910. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Poems with dual meanings are some of the more satisfying examples of literature to read. Taking things that are unrelated, or nearly opposite in meaning, and then writing simultaneously about both, can bring out more facets of those two things. Perhaps because all is connected and language can be vague, any two things can be spoken of in the same words. There are seven short poems here. 18+.
The Powers of Prophecy
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Coming out, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
What would you do if you made a brave coming out to your family, and the worst things happened to you as a result? Annie is fourteen when she tells her homophobic family that she is gay, and all seems benign until her devout sister Christine takes on a malevolent hatred for her. Christine warns her that God will subject her to punishments, and what occurs traumatizes Annie. ~3,000 words.
Hot Tar and Woody: Happy Memories of Youth
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Biographies, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
This short memoir centers on my memories of budding sexuality. I can never forget my first lover, at the end of high school, who treated me like gold. Although I was in the closet about also liking girls, and had a lesbian best friend, my first time could not have been with a better guy at a better time. I'll always be grateful to Woody for showing me the way in matters of love. 18+. ~2350 words.
Cinnamon and Nuts
Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
Who doesn't enjoy a quick personality quiz that illustrates the kind of person you are? Whether alone or in a group, find out if you're mild cinnamon, warm cinnamon or hot cinnamon to other people; or just nuts! Ten scenarios are given, each with an accompanying question requiring a yes or no answer. Are you rational and useful? See what the fun is all about and take the quiz! 18+ for vulgarity.
The Fool's Golden Tongue
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Turning on the theme of the fool, these short poems are tragic, hilarious, or just undeniably real. Dealing with life's ironies in vivid images and lively characterizations, the fool sees the world from hopeful beginnings through to the ennui that comes with knowing just a little too much. This volume is an amusing and startling proof that we get more than what we want when we look in the mirror.
The Unforgettable Fairy Tales
Price: Free! Words: 15,050. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
From the wild-yet-civilized imagination of Rori O'Keeffe come ten fairy tales that illuminate for the young reader the world as it is, as it could be for any individual, and as it needs to be for the benefit of all people. Courage and common-sense caution can combine to enable a person to explore the world safely, not only seeing what's there, but recognizing that some things are beyond our sight.
The Black Swan
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 670. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A poem about a lover I finally met recently. My memories and hopefulness help us find a happy ending. No adult-only content.
Boadicea
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 890. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Boadicea conjures up an image of a queen leading a valiant fight for the integrity and freedom of her people. She may not have succeeded against the mighty Roman army, but her spirit inspires to this day. Our present time sees an army of Destroyers setting centuries of progress ablaze, all for the sake of preserving the privilege of a few. No adult-only content.
Winter Song
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 970. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Nothing lasts forever, and more people are waking up to that truth, in light of the recent election result in the U.S. Will the flame of freedom be snuffed out in America? Only if bigotry is allowed to trump love. A hateful government with menacing powers at its disposal can do no more than frighten, if it is opposed by those many Americans who still believe in the power of love. Five poems.
When We Were Friends
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 1,470. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Read this poem with a glass of wine and a fresh log in the fireplace. In a world sadly battered by institutional disloyalty, friendships, both old and new, are vital to the sustenance of life within us. Ponder the poignant memories of a long-lost friend, and ask yourself if the heroes really have vanished from our midst. Even better, think about your current friends in a new light. ~1000 wds.
Silent Wind
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 660. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(4.00 from 1 review)
Does the supposedly unpredictable rise of the far right in the U.S. mean anything for humanity at large? Of course it does. Unless radical changes to our current values and way of living come soon, the Trump card of the rich and connected will be just the beginning of our woes. One poem, ~260 words. No adult-only content.
Taming The Feral Woman
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
I'm perplexed as to what to do about our troubled world. In sixteen poems I try to convey what's wrong with civilization as we know it, and point to hope (unfortunately) rather than concrete solutions that could fix the problems. Civilization has been a catastrophe for women's standing in human society, as well as a failure for human happiness; coincidence? I think not. Adult for strong themes.
A Growing Darkness
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 610. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Mercy on the innocent - and no mercy for those who have murdered and aim to murder. Many won't have a calm night's sleep now until every last terrorist is dead. We in the west have been misjudged - fools equate tolerance with weakness, and now, I am certain, we are going to deliver the knock-out blows to the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda, and all who wish to terrorize the civilized. Two poems.
Resurrection Of The Impaler
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
These three weird poems offer a different spin on the Dracula legend, this time with the Impaler as an aristocrat of sorts, who descends on the world in an age of darkness, and creates - then feeds on, the suffering of those under his dominion. No adult-only content. ~500 words.
Autumn in the Mind
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Autumn reminds me of sleep - not of death. We awake with new awareness, full of hope and bursting with life when springtime arrives. There's no need to mourn the world when autumn arrives - hope is eternal. Can we find the wherewithal to survive in a crowded world with finite resources? I say yes, but the changes need to come from within, not just in governance. Liberty is essential. 1500 words.
The Bard From The Sea
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 860. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The poem ends with the bard urging us to demand participatory democracy from our increasingly authoritarian governments, and begins with the end of the only true golden age our world has seen - the time before civilization's scourges began to afflict humanity with seemingly endless suffering. Civilization has been a catastrophe, all propaganda and wishful thinking aside, and it needs a re-think.
The Enemy Thrives Within
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 760. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Would that we could say to the men who lead our world - "You're fired!" Ah, but our founders, bless their privileged souls, thought it might be wise to let money talk, instead of wisdom. The hollowness of materialism, and the pursuit of power for the sake of abusing it, have eaten at the potentially fruitful tree of democracy. If we are the last generation, we ought to plant seeds.... A poem.
One Helluva Lotta Nerve!
Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The new Mystical is buff - and vibrant, and confident, and happy. She has her eyes set on the man of her dreams, goofy ol' Dave with the incredible wit. Her scheme to get Dave to the altar is working perfectly - except for one little hitch.... Adult reading only.
The Sloughing Off Of Edgar Allen Tadpole's Tail
Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
A flash fiction fairy tale about an eternal theme in the lives of the young. Edgar Allen Tadpole reaches maturity just as the woman of his dreams arrives at his threshold. He can't believe her charms - nor, in the end, can she believe his.
Emerging Love
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A cautionary tale about love lost at sea, told from the vantage points of the memory at sea, and an old scotch pine in my yard. Love may fill a heart with its fires at one moment, and at the next strike it cold and unapproachable. Emerging Love is testimony to the incredible power that love has over our lives. 540 words. 18+
The Persistence Of Tunnel Vision
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 650. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
The denizens of civilization are distracted by the multitude of tasks in their daily lives. When it becomes apparent that powerful people have conspired against the people's well-being, they collapse into a narrow focus on their own private worlds. The people may seem somewhat happy, but they live in silent despair. There is no escape in tunnel vision. Inspired in part by "The Scream." 250 words.

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Rori O'Keeffe's favorite authors on Smashwords

Amy Moretsele
Latest book: Fuckery 2.0. Published October 9, 2016. (5.00 from 1 review)
CJ Puccia
Latest book: Farmer's Grove. Published December 29, 2013. (5.00 from 4 reviews)
Helen Morrigan
Latest book: What We Left Unsaid / Poems and Paintings. Published September 27, 2015. (5.00 from 1 review)
Jared Sande
Latest book: The Deformation. Published June 10, 2015. (4.00 from 1 review)
Joanne Elisha Yeo
Latest book: A New Home for Baby Swallow. Published January 13, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)
Khadijah Holgate
Latest book: Hot Summer Breeze on a Cold Winter Night. Published October 22, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)
Lindsay Johannsen
Latest book: Mr Ron And His Remarkable Flying Machine. Published February 2, 2017. (4.00 from 1 review)
Malcolm Torres
Latest book: The Pirate, Part III: Big Daddy. Published March 25, 2018. (5.00 from 12 reviews)
Morgan Smith
Latest book: The Mourning Rose. Published September 14, 2018.
Yasmine Black
Latest book: How My Cyborg Dog Saved the World. Published October 14, 2017.
Yena Marukeda
Latest book: Нотика. Published October 15, 2018.

Smashwords book reviews by Rori O'Keeffe

  • Dreams of Love and Loneliness on July 03, 2013

    I can't believe how much it's like the journey to lasting love - hope springs eternal in these shining poems, against the backdrop of tragedy and despair. I was moved. A million thanks!
  • Insomnia (A Poem) on July 04, 2013

    I see a question in this - what is sanity? Taken in plain meanings or metaphors, this poem is memorable. Hugely entertaining!
  • To See Yourself Through a Mirror on July 04, 2013

    Satisfying, true, and great!
  • Too Little Too Late on July 04, 2013

    Very well written and evocative, and the characters are drawn as sympathetic with considerable skill. However, I found it to be ultimately quite predictable.
  • Burdened on July 26, 2013

    It is a story that hurtles to a crushing finale - as memorable a short piece as I am likely to read.
  • Half Baked on July 31, 2013

    A witty title and a revealing look at a young woman who seems even more interested in helping others than herself. A very human portrait of suffering and compassion - it has helped me see more than I could before.
  • Coinage on Aug. 02, 2013

    A clever and to-the-point story that, along with the description's promises, also delivers an angle on the frustrations of living with "big" government.
  • Stuck in a Hotel Room Closet on a Friday Night on Aug. 02, 2013

    A very suspenseful and intriguing story with enough humor to keep it entertaining. I liked the portraits of the characters.
  • Hell and the Devil on Aug. 05, 2013

    Some interesting ways of depicting the evils of the world, with many powerful lines in it.
  • Just Friends on Aug. 07, 2013

    Seems like it's all in here - beauty, seduction, curiosity, advancement, friendship, discovery, love, and romance. A beautiful story that's written just the right way.
  • The Man on Aug. 07, 2013

    "The Man" is a powerful story of what goes on daily around so much of the world, yet is virtually ignored by the mainstream media. I would most strongly recommend this short piece.
  • Evil Sun on Aug. 08, 2013

    An incredibly suspenseful, reality-based horror story, that left me wondering how such catastrophes are able to unfold. Death spreads its tentacles if it is unchecked; this is a story for everyone, everywhere, to read and ponder.
  • Poe's Last Day on Aug. 27, 2013

    An atmosphere of unrelenting tragedy and cruel fate for the abandoned make this a very, very good read.
  • Blue Moon on Aug. 27, 2013

    A story that rings true of the author's experience - a common experience that becomes shocking in this telling.
  • Timeout on Oct. 15, 2013

    This story is well written, timely and to the point. The wealthy character seems to have the observed arrogant attitude of so many - kudos to the man who found his watch!
  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 04, 2013

    Even though I don't use Word - I use another document software - I found the guide amazingly helpful in figuring out what it is I have to do to properly format. It's a lengthy read with lots of info I don't need YET, and if you're patient enough to write a book, you'll have no trouble handling the Style Guide's labyrinth of directions and suggestions. This book seems to have everything covered.
  • Government Corrupted on Nov. 13, 2013

    It's not often I see a poem that directly addresses what most ails our times, and although it's clearly American, it could be written of almost any democracy in the western world. Our leaders cannot see, therefore cannot lead. Excellent!
  • Shoah: Remembering the Forgotten on Nov. 21, 2013

    Well researched and vividly rendered, the words in here can teach us to think before we act - and always remember a time when the world seemed to have no conscience, and God did not seem to care. The humanity of the victims is in stark contrast to the inhumanity of the perpetrators - it's brilliant. I hope to see more from this author.
  • Love Notes on Jan. 18, 2014

    Lovely poems with universal themes. I really enjoyed it.
  • Crossing the Rubicon: A Tale of Julius Caesar on March 31, 2014

    Written compellingly as though she herself were actually a witness to the events, one of history's biggest turning points is rendered in a manner that makes the story both surprising and human. I'd love to see a sequel.
  • Through the Windows on Sep. 09, 2014

    I loved the fusion of classic and contemporary imagery. Very enjoyable.
  • Life in a Book on Sep. 09, 2014

    Poignant without being too sweet or too bitter. I liked it.
  • The Conversation on Sep. 09, 2014

    Touching and very nicely done.
  • My Lying Bathroom Mirror (F) on Sep. 09, 2014

    ...and I have bafroom scales that can't add. Loved it.
  • ISIS: The New Power on Oct. 23, 2014

    Totalitarianism is never justified by faith, scientific accomplishments, or superficially pristine behavior. As an apologia for ISIS and related movements in the Muslim world, this book failed for me.
  • Hot Summer Breeze on a Cold Winter Night on Oct. 23, 2014

    There's a lot of power in these poems, and their overall darkness and truth leave me wanting more. Superb.
  • Evolution Favors People Who Don't Believe in Evolution on Nov. 20, 2014

    A quick overview of recent population trends. Do trends continue indefinitely, however?
  • Chaste on Nov. 20, 2014

    Weird, wry and pointed. I liked it very much.
  • The Definition of Insanity on Nov. 23, 2014

    This poem is a poignant and beautiful expression of life at the edge of darkness. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a glimpse of actual insanity. Thank you, Marissa.
  • The Visitor on Dec. 04, 2014

    Wendy Beach writes with all the authenticity of one who has been there herself. Compact and powerful, this short story is as moving as a story can be.
  • All 28 Freckles on Dec. 04, 2014

    These poems are lucid and evocative memories of who we once were...and still can be.
  • Air Of Midnight on Dec. 10, 2014

    Very enjoyable...a dark poem with a bright ending, and surprisingly atmospheric given the sparseness of the language.
  • Friendships hurt on Dec. 19, 2014

    An excellent story with great character development and a touchingly young, naive narrator. I can't recommend this beautiful story too much - it's mind-blowing in how it evokes the troubled lives of so very many people. Friendships Hurt is a wonderful, sublimely healing short story.
  • Political Correctness - The New Fascism on Jan. 09, 2015

    They are the pious hypocrites of secularism, a sort of counter-bigotry thought police who do much to undermine issues of tolerance and acceptance. They have disgraced the civil rights legacy with their fanatical opposition to free speech. While I don't think that the politically correct are the greatest menace to democracy, their opposition to basic freedoms may prove to be another nail in the coffin of liberty. This brief essay could have gone much farther in exploring their character and the similarity of temperament they share with historical totalitarians. That is my main criticism - it is too short to be a compelling exploration of the left-wing authoritarian's mindset in contemporary democracy.
  • Ten Things Worse Than Rape on Feb. 06, 2015

    Is rape a political act, as some insist? The notion is grandiose compared to the mundane criminality of sexual perverts. I like this poem because it looks at rape for what it is to the individual, rather than as some sort of unified aggression by the male gender against the female. As a liberal sort of person who battles the PC's on the far left and conservatives on the right, I very much appreciate hearing this voice of reason on a delicate subject.
  • Gossamer Wings and Other Things on Aug. 22, 2015

    Originality at its best. Beautiful images and evocative imagery make this a memorable and unique book.
  • My Oldest Memory on Jan. 21, 2016

    Well-written and troubling at a time when the casual use of intoxicants seems to be expanding. Some politicians may want to read this before they facetiously promote and legalize the use of pot. (Note: This reviewer is Canadian.)
  • Fuckery on June 11, 2016

    Fuckery is amusing, nonsensical, and bare-naked honesty. Amy is a victim without the vice of self-pity, and this volume of poems is like junk food with lots of sauce. In the end, I wanted more from this young poet, and I'll keep a copy in my library. I hope to see more honest and twisted work from Amy in the future.
  • What Is Wrong With This World ? on June 12, 2016

    Kennie knows all too well that stupidity is the guiding light of our times - and he knows that things are likely going to get worse. Stupid leaders have turned us all into replaceable pieces in a hate -machine, and Kennie has the sense to see it all. His poetry lays bare the soul of our modern world.
  • Scientific Poems: Vol1 Collection on June 12, 2016

    The poems with political/scientific overtones work well enough, but I found the language dehumanising in the more personal ones. My favourite is Those Who Love Chemicals - it seems to be the right fusion of scientific language and human reality.
  • Eternal Ice on June 12, 2016

    By turns honest and wonderful, these poems leave questions unanswered in just the right ways. The sentiments are authentic and human, and the pace is enjoyable.
  • Insight on June 12, 2016

    A little predictable, but very well written.
  • A Crooked Shadow: From Five Old Wives' Tales on June 19, 2016

    Witty, amusing and down to earth. I liked it very much.
  • The Eight-Headed Dragon on June 19, 2016

    A great ending to a story that is timeless in its meaning. I enjoyed it very much, and I look forward to seeing more work from this author.
  • Irezlie on July 14, 2016

    A story, in poems, that casts a woman as the cursed destroyer of men. Without giving the two offered endings away, the curse feeds on the unspoken doubts in Irezlie's mind, until the curse is resolved. A wonderful tale with clear but unexplained meanings. (I preferred Ending Two.)
  • Easy Meat on July 19, 2016

    The pace in this story is quick and enjoyable. What happens before and after this day-in-the-life tale is wisely left to the reader's imagination.
  • What We Left Unsaid / Poems and Paintings on July 19, 2016

    I am thrilled to have this volume in my possession, and it's one of the select few books I keep in my library. I look forward to reading and contemplating the vibrant images over and again. I found the poems to be well-structured and thoughtfully ordered. The paintings augment and amplify the poems' messages beautifully. I can't say I have a favourite poem or painting here - they're all incredible.
  • A Pollie's Progress on Oct. 07, 2016

    Australia has political incorrectness in all its forms! Never quite serious, these poems will have you searching your Aussie slang dictionary and relaxing with plenty of laughs. Show A Pollie's Progress to your Australian friends, then run!
  • The Slap: A Metaphor on March 27, 2018

    The war on self-abuse is a failure. A good metaphor.