Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fabric, by Jessica Bell

FabricToday I'm celebrating the release of Jessica Bell's new poetry collection, Fabric ... Wait! Please don't close the tab at the the mention of poetry! Trust me, just read a little note from the author herself before deciding to disappear ...

Jessica says:
My poetry will not baffle you with phrasing that scholars award for academic genius and that can only be understood by those who wrote it. My poetry is for the everyday reader. In fact, it is even for those who don’t like to read poetry at all. Because it is real, stark and simple.

The poems in Fabric are no different. They explore specific moments in different people’s lives that are significant to whom they have become, the choices they’ve made. It’s about how they perceive the world around them, and how each and every one of their thoughts and actions contributes to the fabric of society. Perhaps you will even learn something new about yourself.

So, even if you do not usually read poetry, I urge you to give this one a go. Not because I want sales (though, they are fun!), but because I want more people to understand that not all poetry is scary and complex. Not all poetry is going to take you back to high school English, and not all poetry is going make you feel “stupid”.

You can still say to people that you don’t read poetry … I really don’t mind. Because if you read Fabric, you’re not reading poetry, you’re reading about people. And that’s what reading is about, yes? Living the lives of others?
Are you still here? I hope so!

Please support the life of poetry today by spreading the news about Fabric. Hey, perhaps you might even like to purchase a copy for yourself? The e-book is only $1.99 and the paperback $5.50.

Here are the links:

Let's keep poetry alive! Because not all poetry is "dead" boring ...

About Jessica Bell:

If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. And not because she currently lives in Greece, either. The Australian-native author, poet and singer/song- writer/guitarist has her roots firmly planted in music, and admits inspiration often stems from lyrics she’s written.

She is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and co-hosts the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek Isle of Ithaca, with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.

For more information about Jessica Bell, please visit:

Website


For the finale, here's the awesome trailer, too:

19 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Thanks so much, Matt! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very happy for Jessica!

becca said...

me i'm totally going over to get my copy love poetry

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome Jessica! So excited for you.

SA Larsenッ said...

Jess is both an amazing writer and person. Her poetry is heartfelt, intriguing, and challenging. Hearts....

Louise Bates said...

I always love the idea of poetry, but find the reality to be a little out of my reach. This sounds like the perfect collection for me!

Elise Fallson said...

I admire people who can write poetry. It's something I never could do. Congratulations on your release! (:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I really like the cover image.

Daisy Carter said...

Congrats on the release! I love poetry, but I don't always understand it. This sounds great. And I LOVE the title and cover!

Glynis said...

Unique...the word to describe Jessica and her poetry.

Fantastic...the word to describe Jessica and her poetry.

:)

Nancy Thompson said...

Congrats on your release, Jessica! I love poetry, though I must admit, I don't always understand it. But to me, it's very much like music in its rhythm & meter. Alas, though I've written some myself, it's more the Dr. Seuss style.

Zan Marie said...

Jessica--from one poet to another--Good Luck!
Poetry isn't boring or dead. It's just another way to express the truth. ; )

Jess said...

Congrats on the new poetry collection, Jessica! The book, I can definitely afford...now if I could only get enough scraped together to attend that Homeric Writing Retreat :) Thanks for posting about this, Matt!

Old Kitty said...

Philistines!! Don't go away cos it's poetry! Awwwww!

And it's the lovely and talented Jessica Bell too! Yay!

Take care
x

LTM said...

LOVE this collection--and Yes! It IS highly accessible. Everyone should rush out and get it now~ :D <3

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I love poetry. I insist on buying poetry in paper. I feel it is an artform and not a story, and is better told on paper. Sometimes I read one poem in the morning before work and savor it all day. Then go on to the next in a book.

alexia said...

Sounds cool! I like the occasional book of poety.

Jen Daiker said...

I need to snag a copy of this book. I love Jessica's work and her first book of poetry was hands down one of the best most raw pieces I've read.

I expect this to be no different. The cover art is beautiful and she's wonderful! That's what I call a homerun!

maine character said...

Another collection? Already? This woman is prolific. Not to mention terrific.

P.S. Read this in an interview yesterday:

To me that’s what poetry does. It takes ordinary life, it takes things that we all see, and concentrates them in this beautiful gem. When the good ones do that, that’s what you get. When the Philip Larkins or the James Dickeys do that, you get something that is heightened, that says to us that reality is finer and more beautiful and more mysterious than we could ever possibly express ourselves. Which is why we need poetry.
- Stephen King