Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jessica Bell and Fabric!

Halo, fine friends!  

Today 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. Although I haven't had the chance to review myself (I am a confessed Poetraphobic) I've read several reviews and they all reinforce this poetry is approachable and moving.  So move over Dr. Seuss!  You need to make room for Jessica as my new favorite poet!

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/songwriter/guitarist has her roots firmly planted in music, and admits inspiration often stems from lyrics she’s written.

If you are still unconvinced, you should watch her trailer:

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:



Jessica Bell said...

Thanks for posting this, Hart! :)

Em-Musing said...

Well, you don't have to tell me how creative you are. I've read your works. And heard your music. You are one multi, multi talented lady.

Theresa Milstein said...

What freaks me out about the trailer is that the comments are more poetic than I can manage to be!

Jessica, comments are still coming in on your guest post. People have much to say about poetry!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've already downloaded it!

Journaling Woman said...

I love poetry. No phobia here. Congrats to Jessica.


Hart Johnson said...

You're very welcome, Jessica!

Em-she IS, isn't he? Multi-talented!

Theresa-yeah, I can do the rhyming and cadence part, but I end up silly and sing song, no matter how dark the topic.

Alex-good man!

Teresa-Ha! Wonderful!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Your trailer was evocative and unique. A great job. I believe you have another winner on your hands, Jessica. Only the highest sales, Roland

Old Kitty said...

All the best to fabulous Jessica!! A most NAKED artist!! Take care

February Grace said...

Cool post, great poet! Thank you Hart!

Fairday Morrow said...

Wonderful post! The trailer is amazing. I love the written word, no matter what form: poetry, stories, novels, lyrics, whatever- as long as it makes me think, feel, cry, laugh, shiver, react in someway... I don't know why poetry gets so overlooked. There are so many forms of it that are completely fascinating and beautiful- or terrifying and tragic. I would love to read Fabric and am a fan of author Jessica Belle. I'm a new follower here : ) ~ Jess

Maurice Mitchell said...

Hart, great job supporting Jessica. @Jessica, way to go!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

I want to check it out now!

Kathy M.