Ben Ditmars is a talented poet who knows how to reach deep inside the reader and touch the passion, love, heartbreak inhabiting the heart. Inhale the Night is full of melancholy and yearning for love desired and love lost. Yet, it isn't a cloudless night because he sprinkles it with light, a quickened pulse, the slip into a dream state where impossible can't invade. I have so many favorites in this book, but Genesis Reloaded, spoke to the poet in me. "On the eighth impossible day God created words...and he rested and he dreamed and he saw that it was poetry." This is a book I will read over and over. I highly recommend adding it to your library.
Aug 24, 2015
You never know what someone is enduring next door to you and in Julie Frayn's, Mazie Baby, she makes that evident. Mazie endured physical and emotional abuse from her husband for years until she reached a trigger point that made her come to a life changing decision. I am not a fan of spoilers so I won't elaborate. I will elaborate on Julie's authentic voice on abuse. Her wording, phrasing tells a story as if she has lived it. The agony of Mazie's mind and body jumps from the page to hit you with outrage. Julie doesn't ask you to agree. She doesn't ask you to speculate. Her words ask you to look at the reality of domestic abuse. Mazie Baby is a powerful read. It is fiction with electric truth pulsing through it. It is a tough read I highly recommend.