Xtina’s Blather & Poetry Bits

WOW! An incredible review of Dark Musings

Dark Musings continues to garner rave reviews.

Perhaps readers of Light Musings are testing their limits. While I love every person who takes the time to even rate one of my books; I was wowed by this review. Here are the highlights. Thank you Renier.

DARK MUSINGS – POETRY WITH A JUNGIAN TWIST (REVIEW)

A poetic narrative is defined as the following: “A narrative poem includes the necessary elements of storytelling. A short story must include developed characters, and a plot with action, conflict and resolution; so too must a narrative poem.”

However, once I decided to invest in “Dark Musings”, I refused to let go. I read the poem about five times. I needed to fully understand the depth with which Xtina Marie wrote “Dark Musings”.

Not only were there elements of feminine sexuality, Jungian archetypes, and totemic Freudianism, but also nuanced verses juxtaposed against valiant direct social commentary.

One feels arrested by Xtina’s “musings”, as well as trapped by the literary psyche she created.

Existential, nihilistic – at times fatalistic – Xtina manages to circumvent garden variety poetry by using all three of the above philosophical elements. I found myself being drawn to Friedrich Nietzsche’s work at several key points in the poem. Unexpected twists and magnanimous metaphors are inherent in Xtina’s work. This means that her poetry, albeit terrifying and disturbing, creates a narrative which is so subtle that one needs to reread it several times before fully understanding what can only be described as a tour de force.

I also picked up on neo-romanticism during my third reading of the poetic narrative. Xtina abandoned realism several times and forced her work to become fully abstract and devoid of the “noblesse oblige” self-indulgence of modern poets. The perspicuous similes and metaphors give the reader the opportunity to both enjoy and dissect the work on several levels. One could either read Xtina’s poetic narrative without delving into the symbolism, or one could really dig into it and bite off the true nature of this fictional psyche.

It’s potent, powerful and intense. You will feel slightly disturbed at the end. But it’s a good disturbed, a sense of knowing that you just experienced literary art.

“Dark Musings” is interesting and courageous. It could have been a disaster, especially if it were in the hands of someone who is not seasoned enough to carry the magnitude of a narrative poem.

Xtina is seasoned enough. And she knows how to write. Move over, Homer. The Iliad will have to make space for “Dark Musings” on my bookshelf.

RENIER PALLAND – Bloody Good Horror Books <<<< Click this link to see the full review.

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I Only Get Nervous on Other People’s Shows.

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It’s true. I recently was a guest on The Deadman’s Tome Podcast and yes, I was a little nervous talking about my books instead of someone else’s. I had a wonderful time and am so very grateful for the opportunity to talk somewhat seriously about my poetry and all my books. (Even the next one.) I hope you will give the show a listen.

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So Many Books!

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I have been so busy editing, doing our radio show, and promoting Light Musings that I have not kept you abreast of the wonderful people who asked me to contribute to their books. Here they are in order of publishing date.

Poetry Friends In Rhythm & Rhyme by Leah Negron

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Graveyard Girls by Gerri R. Gray

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Further Within Darkness & Light: A Collection of Poetry by Paul B Morris

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I hope you will give them a try.

Another Great Review for Light Musings.

Xtina Marie’s second poetic narrative book is finally complete and available on amazon.

There was a lengthy process to get this book ready for readers, so we dubbed it The Revised & Expanded Edition to differentiate this finished work from any early preliminary releases still floating around.

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“. . . words you not only read, but feel as you turn the pages. You will not find poetry that goes deeper into the soul than this!”

 

Dr Shock gave Light Musings a 5 star review on Amazon.

Xtina’s Blather & Poetry Bits.

Welcome to my website.

I hope you will take a moment to look over the pages.

Please hit the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive a regular dose of my poetry or an occasional random personal or professional thought that I hope you will enjoy.

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Xtina’s Blather & Poetry Bits.

Welcome to my website.

I hope you will take a moment to look over the pages.

Please hit the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive a regular dose of my poetry or an occasional random personal or professional thought that I hope you will enjoy.

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Another Great Review for Light Musings.

Xtina Marie’s second poetic narrative book is finally complete and available on amazon.

There was a lengthy process to get this book ready for readers, so we dubbed it The Revised & Expanded Edition to differentiate this finished work from any early preliminary releases still floating around.

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“She (Xtina Marie) takes ordinary ideas and brings them to us through historical or literary eyes, creating new meaning, again, making us think and see things that weren’t there the first time we read it. THAT. That is what “good” poetry is!”

R.B. O’Brien gave Light Musings a 5 star review on Amazon UK.

 

Another Great Review for Light Musings.

Xtina Marie’s second poetic narrative book is finally complete and available on amazon.

There was a lengthy process to get this book ready for readers, so we dubbed it The Revised & Expanded Edition to differentiate this finished work from any early preliminary releases still floating around.

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“Full of potent enchantments for the heart that literally take your breath away.
The rhythm is tangible and intoxicating.”

 

Kathleen Mccarthy gave Light Musings a 5 star review on Amazon UK.

Thank you Nu Romantics.

The Nu Romantics asked me to contribute to this wonderful anthology and I never thanked them properly. We get so busy we sometimes forget how little effort it takes to say thanks; and if we are not careful, it can become a habit.

Pieces of Us: A Collection of Flash Fiction, Short Stories, and Poetry from The Nu Romantics

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