Dear friends and readers,
Please enjoy this wonderful poem by Sylvester Anderson:

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The lighthouse stands

A stoic structure

Symbolic of hope

A guiding light

When all seems lost

When all seems dark

And the sea is tempestuous

The lighthouse is there

A safe haven

All are welcomed

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Black Canvas by Fernando Pfaltzgraff



The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Instead of a plot – a poem:



My friends said
fuck you
it’s just a book
a book you wrote
and I said
this is me
bleeding through pages
like the trees
they used to be
bled a dark sap
that turned to ink
with which
I wrote
my soul.

Genre(s): Poetry > Contemporary
Series: n.a.
Length: 85 pages
Release date: 2016-09-13



…Do you remember
when the wind howled
gushing through
the breaches of the window
and you thought
how terrifying that sound was…

My Opinion

This book comprises 20 poems.

With his début poetry book Black Canvas, Fernando Pfaltzgraff has created a poetry anthology that reminded me of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan in their depressive phase; even nowadays there can be occasional beauty in bluntness. While reading, I heard Leonard Cohen singing Suzanne in my mind – this carried me from one poem to the next. My favourite poem in Fernando Paltzgraff’s book is Howling Wind.

This is a book for you if you read poetry that does not embellish, and shows the author’s point-blank thoughts.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot n.a.
Characters n.a.
Mood Dark
Pace Steady
POV First person – present tense
Language 😳 – 😡   language!
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Fernando Pfaltzgraff is a young Brazilian author. In his blog profile he states: “Um Futuro Arquiteto, um Futuro Escritor, um Futuro Humano. Por enquanto, ainda em desenvolvimento.” (A future architect, a future writer, a future human being. For now still in development.)Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Black Canvas?  Or – if you did not yet read Black Canvas – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Washed Ashore

Something beautiful – thanks to Sylvester Anderson:

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Cutting out a piece of the earth

Solitary heart

Finding peace in gratitude

Another heart echoes

Reflections wash ashore

Thoughts thrown out to the sea

Drifting further and further out of view

I see light from a far distance

Perhaps, my thoughts have found dry land

Perhaps, someone is gathering and reading them


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Book Tour: Absence of You by Sarah Elle Emm

Absence of You
by Sarah Elle Emm
Released on 17th May, 2016


About the Book:

Absence of You, a collection of poems, takes you through stages of love, from the first moments of falling, to heartache, to healing and growing. With Sarah Elle Emm’s simple, yet powerful, words and rhythm, venture through the ups and downs on this heartfelt journey.

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About the Author:

Sarah Elle Emm is the author of ABSENCE OF YOU, LAST VACATION, the HARMONY RUN SERIES, and MARRYING MISSY. She has lived in Germany, England, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and traveled extensively beyond. Her writing cave is currently located in the Outer Banks. When she’s not leading kitchen dance parties with her daughters, she writes poetry and fiction.

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This Feature is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours


Underneath my Soul by Yolanda De Iuliis



The author sent me an advanced reader’s copy (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4.5  of  5  stars


(by Goodreads)

“Underneath my Soul” is a poetry book with a difference. It faces you with the raw ideas and thoughts of a writer transitioning through adolescence, young adulthood, and finally as an adult. In which the world is discovered in a completely different light. It has taken De Iuliis over 10 years to write, complete and publish. Now presented to you is the work of a girl who wants to make you fall in love with her words, memories and writing.


Genre(s):  Poetry

Series:  n.a.

Length:  72 pages

Release Date:  2015-09-18



The elements

Rain clouds which gather up inside the sky,
Sand grains fall under the ground as I hold you in my arms,
We hear no sound, do you hear a sound?

The elements in our heart become one.  […]


My Opinion

This book is a collection of poetry and personal growth.

With Underneath my Soul, Yolanda De Iuliis has created a thoughtful poetry collection – a journey of her soul. The poems spoke to me, time did not matter – there was no wish to hurry through. I had a great time ‘visiting’ Underneath my Soul; journeying to a different time and place.

This is for you if you like thoughtful poetry.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot n.a.
Mood Thoughtful
Pace n.a.
Characters n.a.
Violence n.a.
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person


About the author

Yolanda De Iuliis was born in North Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1985. She grew up with an Italian/Irish background which soon led to an awareness of identity confusion within herself. From the age of 20 she left the countryside to explore not only city life but to encounter the other side of the world and for over ten years has been travelling to every continent to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. After ten years of writing and collecting her autobiographical poetry she published Underneath my Soul (2015) which shows her growing from adolescence to adulthood using only poetry as a means of telling her story.

De Iuliis resides in her home town of Irvine, Ayrshire, for the time being and her current academic venture is Classical Studies combined with Modern Greek. French and Greek philosophies have also been studied and observed to motivate her mind in producing different thoughts and ideas. Her passion to write and provide an insight for others is not only her mission but her reason to exist.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Underneath my Soul?  Or – if you did not yet read Underneath my Soul – are you now interested in reading it yourself?


I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Yolanda De Iuliis