Rachel Finch Reviews Melody Lee’s Season of the Sorceress

I was thrilled when Melody Lee asked me to review her latest book, ‘Season of the Sorceress’. I have enjoyed Lee’s work for a number of years and have always related to her stunning poetry, particularly enjoying her previous ‘Moon Gypsy’.

Right from the first few pages of this beautiful book, I felt myself really drawn into Lee’s heart and soul. I especially loved one of the opening pieces ‘Growing Up’ and really felt myself travelling back in time to my own younger experiences when reading “They learned to hide their flaws. I learned to be proud of mine.”

I noted pretty quickly, that in ‘Season of the Sorceress’ Lee has shared longer pieces than I have come across in her previous work and I was both pleasantly surprised and captivated by these deeply personal pieces of text.

As always, Lee’s words deliver a punch and never fail to move me. She has a truly unique way of expressing absolute raw truth and making it so deliciously easy to swallow.

A further few favourite poems from this collection include ‘Go Deeper’, ‘Nocturnal’, ‘Omnipotent’ and ‘Pineal Gland’, each full of ancient wisdom and heartfelt knowledge.

Each section of this beautiful compilation is stunning in its own right, each encouraging me to dig deeper into my own being, to rummage around in her words and my heart and draw every beautiful strand of my essence to the surface.

Melody Lee talks to the woman in me, the spirit in me, the fire in me and not only touches my soul, but all the streams leading to it. She has an innate ability to remind of my strength, the beauty in developing it and the artistry in building it into my life.

I walk away after reading her work, always, with a deeper understanding of everything sacred both within me and within the natural world that surrounds me and reading her work is nothing short of magic, when she leaves me feeling as if I have spoken to the stars themselves.

Thank you for your beautiful poetry Melody Lee. To touch my Soul in such a way is a true gift.

Season of the Sorceress is available on Amazon, Book Depository, and Barnes and Noble online.

Rachel is a UK based writer that originally started using poetry as a way to accurately express herself after a number of traumatic experiences in her young life. She is the founder of the online community Bruised But Not Broken which was started with the purpose to raise awareness of abuse and trauma and to provide a place of comfort and support throughout the healing process. She firmly believes that it was with the support of this community that she was able to recover from sexual abuse. Rachel is mother to four young children and dedicates her time to her family and to guiding others on their own healing journey.

You can find Rachel on Facebook and WordPress at Bruised But Not Broken. She is also a Regular Contributor at Blood Into Ink.

Alfa Reviews Melody Lee’s Season of the Sorceress

If you are an avid poetry lover, you will purchase this book with the intention of embarking on a spiritual journey. A few hours of self-care delivered the only way you know how. And if you’re already a fan of Melody’s talent, then you’re settled in, licking your lips as you begin to turn the pages. Primed and ready, you know this author speaks your language. But if this is your first offering, be prepared to have your heart and soul lifted and transported by way of lyrical bites of poetic thoughts and powerful flowing prose. Melody has crafted something quite levitating with this third book of poetry Season of the Sorceress.

Melody has the ability to create imagery that uplifts and cajoles her readers into believing we are capable of anything, regardless of our personal circumstances. Empowering, her rhythm and beat will reach the places within you that have slumbered undisturbed because they were never inspired to throw back the covers with inner strength and say, “I can.”

With lines like: We were letters lost in translation / read under sheets with shaky hands / and trembling tongues, you know the poem Letterswill unearth the romantic in you but turn the page and you will find edginess and bohemian spunk. We get to see the core of Melody’s craft and the marrow in her bones within her poem Roots.

I come from the makers…those known to spark controversy. You know the ones, those edgy bohemians…the artists, painters, writers…dreamers…gypsies…misfits…rebels…the libertines. The creative ones labeled trouble makers. The thinkers and the doers. The outspoken.  All in my blood.

Many of her poems are filled with cathartic twists and magical wisdom and are told in such a way that you feel like you’re sitting down with a bestie eating confetti birthday cake and sipping white wine. She pulls you in and presses you to the curve of her neck and you hear her whisper: “Me too.” That is a talent that every writer hopes to portray, and Melody executes it flawlessly.

There are thousands of writers that we have the privilege of reading on social media today, but I can say with absolute conviction that few have acquired the skill that Melody conveys in being able to tell a story with such depth, within the condensed form of poetry. Her brazen pen paints brushstrokes, making you feel a lifetime within a few carefully created lines.

This book is a mesmerizing feast for the rumbling that echoes from the poetic soul and there is little doubt that Season of the Sorceress will sate your hunger. It is a must for your poetic library.

Alfa is a Kentucky native writer of Poetry, Quotes and Poetic Prose. She is best known for sharing her writing via her Facebook page and through her Instagram account. She is the author of Abandoned Breaths, I Find You in the Darkness, Amid Thirsty Vines, and Silent Squall.

Season of the Sorceress is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.

Important Announcement from Indie Blu(e) Publishing

When Kindra Austin and Christine Ray founded Indie Blu(e) Publishing in 2018, they committed to offering  a small, intimate publishing experience where the writer and the editors would work in close partnership to create a finished book that really made the writing shine. 

In our rush and enthusiasm to try and release two collections of poetry in the month of February, due diligence was less than the 110% we strive for. A version of Melody Lee’s Season of the Sorceress was incorrectly released that did not meet the author’s vision for her work and did not meet our usual high standards as a publishing imprint. 

If you purchased Melody Lee’s Season of the Sorceress between February 27, 2019 through March 6, 2019, please email indieblucollective@gmail.com a proof of purchase and we will replace your version for the book the author intended. We apologize for the inconvenience and to Melody Lee for this gross error. The correct version of Melody’s book should be available Thursday, March 7th.

Monika Carless Reviews Melody Lee’s Season of the Sorceress

Reading Season of the Sorceress brought me heart-deep into the kind of poetry and prose that wakes us up and creates space within the soul. Melody’s work reveals the beauty of words in a deep, earthy way. My witch’s heart was captured without apology. Each story, each poem took me further into mystical imagination. There is integrity and passion on each page, but more than that, there is raw freedom of expression, which makes for a truly memorable book. If words are magic, then Melody knows how to cast a spell. The rhythm of the seasons, the mystery of the elements, the truth of vulnerability and the strength of memories collide between the pages. Season of the Sorceress inspired me and left me thinking of possibility; and that is what great art is all about. Wildly recommended.

Melody Lee’s Season of the Sorceress is now available on Amazon.

Wild Woman, Witch, Intuitive Coach, Monika Carless lives for the moments where words meet spirit. She is the creator of the ‘Healing Mother Wound through Divine Feminine Wisdom’ Workshop launching early 2019 and author of The Dark Pool Trilogy. Learn more about Monika on her website, her author page on FB or on Instagram @MonikaCarless.Author.

Fear of Flying-Melody Lee

Fear of Flying

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I flew to Philly to meet his parents,

to be with him, to see the city and watch him smile.

I met him in the airport wearing my new dress

and black knee high boots. It was my winter break…

and it was seriously winter in Philly.

Snow every day.

Floridians aren’t accustomed to snow

and no Christmas tree left a weird chill in my bones

and an ache for home.

We ate bagels in the morning and had sex

in the afternoons, when his father was at work. Unlucky

for us, his step mom was always lurking somewhere

in their two-story house.

I missed how he played guitar for me back home, typically

something by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles or Paul Simon.

We took the subway to NYC, my first time for both.

I fell in love…with the lights, the fast pace,

the energy, NYC and Jewish delis.

He took me to Vassar, where he graduated with a degree

in Philosophy. I met his friends, got drunk, puked.

We skied in the Poconos, my first time on skis. I sucked.

Ice did not agree with my feet. My balance wasn’t right,

on the ice or with him. His father was stern. He didn’t like me.

His step mom heard us banging and my non-Jewish

moaning didn’t win her approval. Awkward. I didn’t like her,

but I adored his mom. She gave me “Fear of Flying,” by Erica Jong,

and that has stayed with me all these many years later.

 

© Melody Lee / September 2018

Christine Ray Reviews VINE: BOOK OF POETRY BY MELODY LEE

I have only recently been introduced to the poetry of Melody Lee and had only read a single piece before I dove into Vine: Book of Poetry, her recently released second book.  Vine is divided into five sections: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Ivy, and Wisteria.  Lee provides background information about the qualities and lore of each plant, which helped set the stage for each section as well as provide me with some nifty garden trivia.

What struck me from the very first poem This Is How I Know is how beautiful Lee’s imagery is:

‘It gracefully dances up my spine
Gently wrapping around my heart
And I flourish extravagantly’

One of my favorite pieces in the collection is Cunning Linguist, which appeals to the senses. It is multisensory and tactile, with language such as ‘I wear it like luxurious cashmere’ and ‘I gulp, I sip, swallow.’ My favorite line in the whole book also comes from this piece. She declares: ‘I am a book harlot.’ I smiled to myself and said, ‘Me too!’

Vine is filled with sumptuous love poems such as Coffee, which starts with sensuous lines ‘Pour yourself a cup of steaming coffee/honey, then come pour yourself into me’ but also has an edge that I quite liked the bite of.  Lines such as ‘but we worship each other/on skin and dirty knees’ from Let’s Be Honest or ‘Sometimes poetry is dark and brutal/has fangs and teeth’ from Dear Reader provide balance to the softer poems in the book.

Although much of Vine is concerned with the ebb and flow of lovers, Lee also has a passionate affair with poetry. Another personal favorite, Dear Reader, displays this eloquently:

‘Don’t say poetry doesn’t make sense
while you are eating the words
as if they are a last meal,
as your backbone curves, as goose bumps
rise on your legs, arms.
That is all the sense poetry needs to make.’

Where Lee’s longer love poems are lush and languid, her punctuations of micro poetry are sometimes pointed and bracing, such as the poem Warning:

‘They should have warned you
that little princesses grow up
to be red rocks and raging seas,
fire dragons and warrior queens.’

I also loved the sly social commentary to be found in Lee’s piece Church with such lines as ‘Truth is, I am allergic to hypocrites’ and

‘If Jesus and His apostles were here,
surely, they would be rolling their eyes,
maybe even tipping over tables,
if you would even allow them and their dirty feet
into your spotless, sterile sanctuaries.’

I finished Vine a firm Melody Lee fan with a keen longing to hear more of her voice, particularly her sharp social observations and pieces such as Insanity Invades Like a Tumor, which starts off sounding like another of her love poems, but quickly turns deliciously dark, bringing to mind the writing of Edgar Allen Poe.  Good thing her first book, Moon Gypsy, is already on its way.

Vine: Book of Poetry is available through Amazon and other major retailers