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Somber Slumbers by Austin Potter Somber Slumbers by June 24, 2016 507 words Read a sample
I had convinced myself that life has no meaning; nothing more than borrowed time. Minutes, hours, and days sewn together by somber slumbers and waking dreams.
Misery, Without Company by Jason Wallace Misery, Without Company by June 23, 2016 1897 words Read a sample
This is a short collection of poetic works. Here is a sample: I don’t mind that I’m forgotten lots of times, Spinning around without anyone to come to find A way to push me back to stop. Anything like that would be too much of a luxury, And I don’t seem to deserve more than misery, Without company. These memories are supposed to be comforting, But instead of that, they’re numbing me
Estagnação Mental by Tomás M.P Brandao, Sr Estagnação Mental by June 22, 2016 15006 words Read a sample
Compendio De Entradas de Um blog, escritas por um blogger que mudou demasiado
Годы отсебятины by Владимир Станцо Годы отсебятины by June 21, 2016 9030 words Read a sample
Стихи — свои и чужие — помогали жить и иногда — выжить. Стихотворные строки сверлили охваченный пожаром мозг, когда в 1977 году подыхал от энцефалита. И долгая жизнь в журналистике, преимущественно научной, неизменно освещалась лампочками, лампадами, светочами и светилами Поэзии.
One Hundred Poems, Volume VI by Tuomas Vainio One Hundred Poems, Volume VI by June 21, 2016 11114 words Read a sample
This is the sixth volume of contemporary poetry that touches a multitude of topics from popular culture to politics, and occasionally from food to specific events. It is a result of a challenge I have imposed on myself, to write at least one poem per day, until I have reached the grand total of one thousand poems. So feel free to read away, the poems are about one hundred words each.
Nice and Easy - Inspiration Breezy by Barbara M Schwarz Nice and Easy - Inspiration Breezy by June 19, 2016 2204 words Read a sample
Passive-aggressive - tiresome successive - until some progressive starts to see: humour lifts life more easily.
Poetic Memory by Rori O'Keeffe Poetic Memory by June 19, 2016 1179 words Read a sample
Poetic Memory is nine poems, ~1,000 words, that deal with memory as the fruit of a life still being lived. Thankfully, we don't have perfect memories - important meanings would be lost in the myriad mundane details of the past. Old memories come to us as poetic memory, where sights can become smells, and events are transformed into stories with crystal-clear meanings. Mature themes.
Ombra Mai Fui - The Last Roses Are You by Barbara M Schwarz Ombra Mai Fui - The Last Roses Are You by June 19, 2016 1370 words Read a sample
River, river in your head - river, river worlds of dread - or simply what the fresh air said: "A new reality instead".
Чёрный алмаз by Александр Коренев Чёрный алмаз by June 18, 2016 17557 words Read a sample
Бесспорно одно — это настоящие стихи. Слишком много в них действительной боли, опыта, всего — и горького и радостного. Не так-то много сегодня поэтов, творчество которых было бы столь подлинно самобытным, как творчество Коренева. Значительная часть произведений, вошедших в сборник, публикуется впервые.
Butterfly Strawberry - The Joy of Energy by Barbara M Schwarz Butterfly Strawberry - The Joy of Energy by June 17, 2016 1616 words Read a sample
As oft as we may go, we show a joy in open flow and see with every show - there was so much to know that moved our heart so free to wish each other luck most tenderly. A goodbye - a joyful tear and cry of delight: a new season now in sight.
Our Deepest Sigh - We Deify by Barbara M Schwarz Our Deepest Sigh - We Deify by June 17, 2016 3762 words Read a sample
When we have reached a pinnacle, we have reached an end, and there, dear friend, such joy can descend on how our path did wend and almost drive us round the bend, until we reach the epitome of our own treasure dome: the journeys we remember clear at the summit now appear in a restful atmosphere. An apex, my dear friend, is a simple godsend.
Pearls in Verse by Shirley A Woodhouse Pearls in Verse by June 16, 2016 1731 words Sample 20%
A novella of poems dealing with faith, friendship and life in general
Life in Haiku:  Shallow Pond, Tall Grass by Kyoko Endo Life in Haiku: Shallow Pond, Tall Grass by June 16, 2016 238 words Sample 10%
A book of haiku with correlating pictures. It touches on topics from nature, human emotion, aging, and philosophy.
Tree Womb by Jason Mintel Tree Womb by June 15, 2016 15477 words Read a sample
Pretend you are a mountain, now plant a tree for the baby birds to sing. This is a book of poems of Love, Life, and Laughter from me to you.
Try by R.R. Heck Try by June 13, 2016 2686 words Read a sample
Through the night and down the path, where the moonbeams bathe and the lilies laugh. I was not sure of where I'd wandered, lost in thoughts deeply pondered. Walking night in dreaming dark that familiar feeling of uncertain spark.
Words Without Name Volume 3 by Ted Finch Words Without Name Volume 3 by June 13, 2016 968 words Read a sample
The third volume in a collection of poems. Poems about nature, God, family, parenthood, and love.
"Το χάρτινο φυσερό των ονείρων..." by Βάλη Τσιρώνη (Vali Tsironi) by June 13, 2016 3706 words Sample 55%
A poetry book by Vali Tsironi that speaks about dreams!
Peach juice. by Madeleine Kate Bigger Peach juice. by June 13, 2016 1566 words Read a sample
The poetry book your mother wants you to wash your ears after hearing.
20 Poems by Avijit Banerjee 20 Poems by June 13, 2016 3202 words Read a sample
This is a part of a game that I am playing. I take only 1 chapter of a prose piece published by me in Wattpad. I take all nouns of it. I delete the common ones. From them I choose 20. Jumble them. Write 20 poems on each of them each day, for 20 days. So these are my nouns used in my prose in a single thought, now made to poetry. Let’s see if it is liked by you.
Summer Shorts 2 by The Indie Collaboration Summer Shorts 2 by June 11, 2016 17235 words Read a sample
In this second helping of summer fun, The Indie Collaboration comes up with yet another unique collection of original stories from the authors we have come to know so well. Now in our third year, The Indie Collaboration comes up with yet more exciting, enthralling and funny stories. Ideal for relaxing in the summer sun, just don’t get carried away and stay out too long.
Fuckery by Amy Moretsele Fuckery by June 11, 2016 1594 words Read a sample
The very short, quirky poetic works of a girl in her late-ish teens. Under twenty poems long, this book is filled with both sincerity and nonsense, is both amusing and sobering with the context of the poems ranging from personified vegetables and fridge-freezers to dissatisfaction and frustration at societal expectations.
Scientific Poems by SergeiDines Scientific Poems by June 11, 2016 2181 words Sample 20%
A collection of space / scientific themed poems
"Η πουκάμισος πλέξη των γονάτων..." by Vali Tsironi by June 10, 2016 2189 words Sample 60%
A long 84 pages poem that covers many aspects of the life
What Is Wrong With This World ? by Kennie Kayoz What Is Wrong With This World ? by June 09, 2016 491 words Read a sample
Have you ever asked yourself after reading headlines in the news What Is Wrong With This World ? I know I have so I took a short bit of time to write about it.
Gutter Sludge: Poems from Your Scary Ex by Joshua Ebert Gutter Sludge: Poems from Your Scary Ex by June 09, 2016 579 words Read a sample
Gutter Sludge: Poems from Your Scary Ex is a feminist poetry collection about a multitude of topics, including family dynamics, abuse, dead pets, violence in the media, the mental health system, and the Madonna-whore complex. Written under the influence of late-night news coverage, the poems describe the everyday hypocrisies that often go unnoticed and unchallenged.
Tired Of Rejection by Kennie Kayoz Tired Of Rejection by June 08, 2016 421 words Read a sample
Have you been rejected recently ?, Have you been rejected frequently ?... Are you sick and f'n tired of it ?.... I know I am.. So read this. Enjoy it. Know that your not alone
Akss by Anusha Garg Akss by June 07, 2016 0 words
This book is a journey through most vulnerable phase of our life "teenage years". It is about struggle, anger, superstition, peer pressure and social stigmas, one witnesses and tries to fight .Every Shayari and poem is an attempt to flash the light on the mental status of a person going through and living with such instability.
Jurnalul sufletului by Văduva Alexandru Mihai Jurnalul sufletului by June 07, 2016 16956 words Read a sample
Jurnalul sufletului - Poezii Poezia, cand e bogata in semnificatii si culori autentice, da substanta nu numai lecturii ci si sufletului celui care o citeste. Va dorim lectura placuta!
Nostalgie și hârtie - labirint de poezie by Văduva Alexandru Mihai Nostalgie și hârtie - labirint de poezie by June 07, 2016 2476 words Read a sample
Nostalgie si hartie - labirint de poezie - Poezii Poezia, cand e bogata in semnificatii si culori autentice, da substanta nu numai lecturii ci si sufletului celui care o citeste. Va dorim lectura placuta!
Deconstructed: A Poetic Journey Through Abuse to Discovery by AJ Rico Deconstructed: A Poetic Journey Through Abuse to Discovery by June 07, 2016 10079 words Read a sample
At the age of eighteen, I met the man who would spend the next two decades abusing me in every imaginable way. It would take almost 20 years before I would finally understand that I was a traumatized and battered woman. What helped me finally understand this was poetry. These poems represent my journey from a woman who believed his every abuse was her fault to a woman ready to claim her life.
Sketchings of a Lay: Poetic Pictures of the Mind by Bill Bassey Okpa Sketchings of a Lay: Poetic Pictures of the Mind by June 06, 2016 13674 words Read a sample
Sketchings of a Lay is a collection of ideas, admonitions, prayers, cries, letters, comments and more about life, love, people, Nigeria and Africa.
Poems Inspired by Shadows and Sunshine by Claire Frances Lloyd Poems Inspired by Shadows and Sunshine by June 05, 2016 3365 words Sample 20%
A moving selection of short poems on love, loss, and human emotions.
Earth Tones by Kyle Lipthorpe Earth Tones by June 02, 2016 1017 words Read a sample
Five poems which follow the story of healing through self-love.
A Garment of Rainbows by Robert N Stephenson A Garment of Rainbows by June 02, 2016 14155 words Sample 20%
Poetry of life journey's, failures and hope. Robert N Stephenson built his life around writing. Poetry saved his life, saved his mind and when all else failed it helped give him the will to live. It was not the only help he got, but the book will best explain this.
Fragments Of Me by Marcus Kruger Fragments Of Me by June 02, 2016 2534 words Read a sample
Poetry - both rhymed and free-verse. A glimpse into my fractured soul.
A Tigress in My Heart by Rori O'Keeffe A Tigress in My Heart by June 02, 2016 1634 words Read a sample
The rewards of living courageously are lasting and infinite, while it's plain enough what the cautious (cowering) life will yield. The final poem of the ten sums it all up for the reader - in essence, living is an act of courage (cf Hamlet); conversely, without courage, one has barely lived at all (or made much contribution to the world.) Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette, eh? ~1500 wds.
The Waist Land: A Parody by Edward E. Rochon The Waist Land: A Parody by June 01, 2016 4794 words Read a sample
A parody of Eliot's 'The Waste Land'. The usual use of irony, reversal of intent, some condescending views on Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot. Sometimes the poem goes off in a tangent, adding whole scenes not specific to the original work. Must be sure to vary from the text to protect copyrights infringement cases against parody. Thanks to Mr. Eliot and Pound and relatives for framework in any case.
Gota de Poesia by Marcelo Leite Gota de Poesia by May 31, 2016 38 words Read a sample
Uma coleção de pequenos poemas para leitura rápida sem compromisso.
The Sleepyhead by David Tran The Sleepyhead by May 30, 2016 10093 words Read a sample
The first full length poetry collection from David H Tran. The poems follow the journey and life of a young and depressed boy after a failed relationship, searching for a life where he can be happy.
Doctor and the Red Sun Temple by Chris W Michael Doctor and the Red Sun Temple by May 30, 2016 4542 words Sample 20%
Philosophy, spirits, and question. The first story of the upcoming "Desert Chronicles", a poetic masterpiece by free-verse mastermind Chris W Michael.
When We Were Friends by Rori O'Keeffe When We Were Friends by May 28, 2016 1071 words Read a sample
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.
The Make Out Kids by David Tran The Make Out Kids by May 28, 2016 461 words Read a sample
The fourth short poetry collection from David H Tran.
The Bear Cave - The Sculpture Treasure I Now Save by Barbara M Schwarz The Bear Cave - The Sculpture Treasure I Now Save by May 27, 2016 974 words Read a sample
Inspiration draws its source from natural creation. The oyster shell has its own story to tell: an iridescent well of colour and transformation - welcome to an ageless sensation when what we start to see, is how sculpturally, the natural defy a pre-ordered reality. Perspective can lend wing to a 3-D sort of thing, and what we once would discard, becomes a master card, breaking our charade.
The Sweet Suffering by Stephen P Smith The Sweet Suffering by May 27, 2016 815 words Read a sample
This is a small book of dark poems. Most were written as lyrics for a metal band I used to preform in, but not all. I figured I might as well put them out there for people to read. Enjoy.
The Death of Poetry Will be the Death of Me! by Darren Hobson The Death of Poetry Will be the Death of Me! by May 26, 2016 9143 words Read a sample
This collection of poetry is another golden chapter in this indie author’s book of life, never before has a poet written something so horrific and so truthful. Just by reading the titles of his poems you know what to expect, deeply driven verses with sentimental opinion.
Just Keeping it Simple. by Darren Hobson Just Keeping it Simple. by May 26, 2016 6434 words Read a sample
This is the latest edition to the Just series of books, this time the author has returned to basics bringing the reader a simple and cleaner style of poetry.
Solitude Of Mind - To The Air Bind by Barbara M Schwarz Solitude Of Mind - To The Air Bind by May 25, 2016 904 words Read a sample
A moment quite so strange, the force that rearrange is what can hum through (when kindness reaches you).
From Darkness to Light by Linda Sacco From Darkness to Light by May 24, 2016 614 words Read a sample
Darkness meets light. Reality meets fantasy. Then, worlds collide and magic happens.In this poetry sampler, Australian poet Linda Sacco lets three free poems fly into your world.
Poems 3,14 by Lluís Viñas Marcus Poems 3,14 by May 24, 2016 5047 words Read a sample
Traveller, if you have arrived here, it must be to read some poems. Why do you need a preface? Please, come in. The rest, explain it in Lacedaemon.
Island Bliss - Simple Thoughts On All Of This by Barbara M Schwarz Island Bliss - Simple Thoughts On All Of This by May 23, 2016 8740 words Read a sample
The note that broke in sound - the whale song all around - that moved to depths profound - and had me singing free - with all humanity.