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.

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.

The Myths of Girlhood Earns multiple 5-star reviews on Readers’ Favorites

Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

The Myths of Girlhood by Christine E. Ray is a poetry collection that revolves around the theme of womanhood and everything it entails. The Myths of Girlhood is a stark book in the sense that it portrays the woman not simply as the stereotypical gentle, delicate “fairer sex” but instead as a raw, powerful warrior that fights both external and internal battles. The book is well formatted and after the initial introduction of what the book is about, it dives into several poems that deal with a wide range of themes. These center around fighting battles not only against society as a whole in order to break free from the rules and restrictions of gender, but also internal fights for self-esteem, self-worth, and self-respect.

The Myths of Girlhood by Christine E. Ray is a powerful collection of poems and Christine’s voice is raw and almost primeval at times. I loved reading these poems and could actually feel the surge of energy that bounces off the pages. These are poems that any human being would identify with, but especially women who have gone through struggles and trying times, whether it is sexual assault, domestic violence, mental health issues such as depression, addiction, or even simply a lack of equal freedom and opportunities in what still is predominantly a male-dominated patriarchal world. This is the voice of millions that Christine expresses and echoes through these poems. I liked almost all of the poems but some that stood out for me were Where My Ghosts Come Out to Play, Unrepentant, Survivor’s Guilt, Backside of the Night, Young Wolf, Blue Moon, Magical Memory, and more. This is a poetry collection that I would highly recommend.

The Myths of Girlhood is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble Online, Book Depository, Indigo, and through other major online book retailers.

Nicole Lyons Reviews The Myths of Girlhood by Christine E. Ray

‘The Myths Of Girlhood’ is a staggering journey into the heart and the soul of every insecure girl who has ever felt unloved, unworthy, or invisible.

‘The Myths Of Girlhood’ reaches far deeper than any feminist manifesto we have begrudgingly left to our daughters; there is nothing bitter here, only heart wrenching, soul pulling truths, that have been written into sublime poetry and prose that not only shakes your core, but knocks any preconceived notions you had about women and girls and the battle they have fought long before their names were ever spoken out loud.

In ‘The Myths Of Girlhood’, Christine Ray has pulled her voice and her strength from her debut collection, ‘Composition of a Woman’ and she has pushed the status quo once again, writing hard truths into beautiful lines, she has asked you to make a choice: should you stay and placate society, leave your young girls to fend for themselves, throw them to the wolves or bring them, guilt and strength, wearing the pride of their mothers into this time.

‘The Myths Of Girlhood’ lays out the lies we have fed to our daughters, the pain we have all had to swallow, and the promises we have yet to fulfill. But with this work Christine Ray is paving the way for us all, showing us how to shed the shame and the vulnerability that we have worn for far too long.

The Myths of Girlhood is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble Online, Book Depository, Indigo, and through other major online book retailers.

Nicole Lyons is a force of nature disguised as a writer, a social activist, a voice for the downtrodden, and a powerful poet with a delicate touch. She is a best selling published author and poet. You can read more of her writing at The Lithium Chronicles.

Candice Louisa Daquin Reviews John Biscello’s Arclight

What an incredible and irreplaceable collection. John Biscello has already earned his stripes with the first poem in his book Arclight. Biscello has that very rare quality of being a natural born poet. His use of words is so sublime and striking, it has the power to cast into shade, most other poets. Such is his radiance, I find the consideration of light for the subject matter of this book to be very apropos. Biscello understands words and language, his mind is vast and deep and he is able to mine the very depths and bring to the surface language that takes your breath away. It has been a very long time since I have sat quietly entranced by a poet. Usually, we dip and feel certain poems acutely but for the entire experience to sweep us into silence, where nothing we say in response could ever articulate the feelings produced, well that is rare. Biscello’s exquisite mind and vast imagination ensure this book is a journey you will want to take more than once. I found myself entranced by his capture and the vivid landscapes of his mind. The turn of prose and poetry interspersed with a sense that this is his only true language took my breath away and left me reeling with envy and respect for someone so nimble at playing poetry’s pipe. The poets ability to combine knowledge with emotional observation is often clumsy and self-conscious, but when Biscello writes about Ophelia or any other icon of old, he does so with the deftness of the masters who invented such icons, handling the past and present simultaneously through his linguistic ability to place words exactly where they should be. Biscello writes sadness with such a searing beauty that it is impossible to dampen the euphoria you feel upon picking up Arclight. Every edge of his work appears intensely thought out and at the same time, effortlessly fluid. Biscello is a bard of language and emotion, and it would not be premature to pronounce him among the finest living male poets of his day.

Arclight is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major online book retailers.