I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jessica (she has a powerful story “Muted” in the upcoming Tiny Dancer anthology and my vignette “Intersected” appeared in the second edition of Vine Leave) and immersing myself in String Bridge and it’s accompanying soundtrack. I’ve also come to know Jessica in the past nine months and admire her not only as a multi-talented artist, but as a passionate woman who just makes you feel good about yourself.
It’s through knowing Jessica and admiring her work I’ve been brave enough to read and enjoy poetry again, and contemplate it as an alternate creative outlet to prose.
Since you haven’t closed the tab at the mention of POETRY, or my cheer squad blather about just how wonderful Jessica is, please take the time to read the little note by the author herself…
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?
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.
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Let’s keep poetry alive! Because not all poetry is “dead” boring … Jessica says so!
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.
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.
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