Xtina’s Blather & Poetry Bits

Halloween Eve.

Halloween presents should be a thing.

My new book, Darkest Sunlight, is a dark poetic narrative sure to spook you. Get a copy on amazon today.

Spend Halloween with Xtina Marie


Halloween is a time of darkness and magic.

My new book Darkest Sunlight has both and it’s FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

It is priced just right for your favorite poetry loving trick or treater. The ebook is only $3.99 US and the paperback is $9.99 US.


What are you wearing?

This is the only time of year you can ask that without getting a dirty look or without having people think you are a pervert.

Halloween parties begin tomorrow.

My new book is just in time for Halloween and is available in ebook and paperback.


I do hope you enjoy it.

Thank you Andrew Aitken.

Andrew asked me to contribute to this wonderful anthology and I never thanked him 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.

Leaves of the Poet Tree is an anthology from Andrew Aitken.



It’s My Favorite Season and My New Book Is Out!


I hope you will make Darkest Sunlight a part of your Halloween.


“The heart was made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde

To allow your heart to soar, you must risk the depths. Darkest Sunlight is the third poetic narrative from Xtina Marie. In this journey, readers will begin in the darkest of places yet revealed to us by this critically acclaimed poet, only to then find themselves thrust into the brightness of love before their eyes and minds can fully adjust. It is this shocking contrast which best conveys what it is to love, lose, and love again.

In Dark Musings, Xtina explored sadness. In Light Musings, she explored the intricacies of a loving heart. In Darkest Sunlight, Xtina Marie compares the opposite ends of the spectrum, and in doing so, she found a place darker than black.


Dark and Enchanting!

Darkest Sunlight is a collection of poems exploring inner torment, lust, obsession, malice, revenge, rage and insanity, as well as heartfelt and erotic love. Marie delves into the underworld of dark intentions and their fulfilment, but also into the nature of love, of longing, of satisfaction and completion. Throughout are touches of dry humor and clever twists, as the reader is taken on an inner journey that is sure to evoke memories and reflections.

Isobel Blackthorn – amazon

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.


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.


I Only Get Nervous on Other People’s Shows.


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.


Deadman’s Tome podcast focuses on horror whether it be literature, film, or real life and writing. Mr. Deadman chats with award-winning authors, film-makers, ghost hunters, and even real-life vampires to explore the creative process and the life connected with it.

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