Rori O'Keeffe

Biography

rookee75@gmail.com

A thought for my fellow journeyers:

The new narrative of the right, I've noticed, is downright scary. Is the following an accurate characterization of the new right, or is it satire?
"Women have been oppressing men. People of colour have been oppressing white people. LGBTQ people are oppressing straight people. Political correctness is nothing more than a concerted effort to advance those people's agendas. If democracy leads to rule by the weak, stupid and perverted, then to hell with it. Dictatorship is the best and surest way of enshrining the status of the the male, the white, the straight."
I wish I could say it's just satire, but observing the multitudes of right-wing voices on social media, as well as paying close attention to the American GOP's ultimate fulfillment of Reagan's dream, it's obvious that Americans are flirting with catastrophe. Beware modern conservatism: It's nothing but authoritarianism, pure and simple.
How long will it be before Canadian conservatism becomes infected with this virus? Not too long, I don't think. The same well-moneyed forces are at work here as in the U.S. Expect a sharp shift further to the right if the Republican party takes control of both chambers in the next U.S. midterms.

What are whites, men and straight people afraid of? I think the common denominator of their fears is the challenge of having to compete for jobs and status in an inclusive society. Most are insecure because they are woefully unprepared psychologically to compete on a level playing field, having been sheltered by generations of unearned privilege. Soothe them, don't make them feel worse about themselves (think of Hillary's poorly-considered reference to the "basket full of deplorables." That comment may have cost her the election. It proved to many that liberals just hate the uneducated and mostly poor white people of the country.)

Whatever you do, don't try to make them feel inferior. That is central to their fears about themselves in an increasingly inclusive social environment. It's important, because if the U.S. goes down to dictatorship, then most or all the other democracies will as well, and civilization will expire in a global Orwellian nightmare. There are so many scathing things I could say about these democracies, but they are almost paradises compared to what a future of dictatorships would be like.
Please be kind, unwind.


Peace.

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!
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!

Books

Touché
Price: Free! Words: 400. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 27, 2021 . Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Narcissus has been my name, and critiquing others near and far, 'round the whole world, has been my devious game. Now I turn the rapier on myself, and give the reader two poems that prove what a cruddy hedonist I've been. If you're going to grow as an author and a person, you've got to start hating your worst flaws and regretting the trail left behind on your journey. Can I become good? I hope so.
A Hero Lost to the World at Large
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 590. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2019 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This poem is my personal tribute to a truly great human being, Mike. He was a good friend to myself and many others long ago in high school, known for his good humour and kind spirit. News of his passing numbed me at first, and it's taken a toll on me. Still, Mike was such an inspiring person that I can carry on and be happy, comforted by his unforgettable love and compassion for others.
You are my Kindred Lover
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2019 . Categories: 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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: $2.99 USD. 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,240. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: $1.99 USD. 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.
Uncertainty Rules
You set the price! Words: 40,710. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Love poems, intellectual verse, diatribes, and whimsical sentiments are all on display here. The world seems to be on a precipice, people examine their personal lives and find everything in flux, and humor is the last defence for sanity. It's not often we knowingly take comfort in sentiments, but is it asking too much to wish for some peace and goodwill? If only love ruled us all. Adult reading.
Poems for a Favoured Lover
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » LGBTQ+, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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 » LGBTQ+ » Coming out, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » 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 » LGBTQ+ » Biographies, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » 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 » Quizzes, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Topic / adult
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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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: $2.99 USD. 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
What long ago would have seemed a mistake is now a good thing in this poem about a familiar lover I finally met recently. My memories and hopefulness help us find a happy ending, as I seize the opportunity to heal each of us of a disappointing and painful earlier encounter. No adult-only content.
Boadicea
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 890. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » Female authors, 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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: 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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: 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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.
Loyalty
Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Female authors
(4.00 from 1 review)
.These two poems, The Rewards Of Loyalty and United, We Stand Shoulder To Shoulder are attempts to echo the sentiments I have felt in the hearts of so many I have known over the years. Loyalty is at the center of our love, and without it, we are left adrift. No adult-only content. ~500 words.
Resurrection Of The Impaler
Series: World on Fire Poetry. Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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.
Berserkers & Bare Naked Babes
Price: Free! Words: 760. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013 . Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
The political climate is changing! Berserkers, a tongue-in-cheek poem about the serious issue of loss of democracy, tells the story as succinctly as I can tell it. The other fiction poem is all about a little trick the ladies can play on their unfaithful husbands - again, a humorous take on a serious issue: Puerile sex obsessions in grown, supposedly mature adults. 18+ for mature themes.
Emerging Love
Series: Lovers and Friends. Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013 . Categories: 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: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, 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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Smashwords book reviews by Rori O'Keeffe

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • The Ugly Truth About Self-Publishing on April 22, 2018

    What I would add to this book of stark warnings for would-be authors: If you were going to become a serious writer someday, you would have altered your plans, ambitions, education, lifestyle, and your very spirit when you were quite young. Becoming an actual author is a humbling process of self-imposed sacrifice and suffering. It is not a career choice for anyone who expects it is easy or glamorous. People should write because they love to write. An honest look at what they have written would inform them if anybody at all would read it. Self-publishing is more like Facebook posting than actual authorship, and this lucid book spells that out in clear detail. If you are not a serious writer, then please don't quit the day job, and above all, don't waste your money on all the "help" you'll be offered.