Walking by Inner Vision
New – From Proverse (Hong Kong)
International Proverse Poetry Prize in 2021.
Dr. Gillian Bickley, Dr. Verner Bickley
MINGLED VOICES 6 contains the work of sixty-seven poets,
One hundred and thirty-three poems selected.
A paperback copy of this newly published book of poetry arrived in the roadside mailbox at 104 River Road.
There is no denying the importance of a first impression because a book is always viewed initially as a work of visual art.
A book’s cover makes a strong statement. The cover is the first thing a potential reader encounters.
For insight on how to describe a work of art, visit this page. Simplicable Here.
The cover art on the sixth annual poetry anthology makes it look inviting and memorable.
Like an exquisite artwork, the book’s cover calls the reader to come closer to see what is quietly appearing through the darkness of the night sky. However, a closer look reveals that this is a cityscape. The depth of color is like Indigo blue or inky black. This book cover would stand out from most other books on a display because of the unusual deep color. In addition, the use of deep but bright red for the book title, and white for other text, provides an excellent contrast to the pictorial plane.
If it is true that we can judge this book by its cover,
the initial impression is to slow down, take some time, breathe, and appreciate the intriguing cover.
Look it over from front to back. Consider what you are thinking about as you slowly take a leisurely tour of the book’s covers.
A Body of Work:
When creating poems or artworks, there is always an awareness of the body of work.
Therefore, a group of pieces must hold together to make a consistent statement with a clear focus.
For this reason, it’s delightful to recognize the First, Second, and Third Prize winners.
In addition, there are Five “Special Mention Awards,” recognized for “A Body of Work.”
Congratulations to the five poets in this category, too.
Creating the Poem::
Materials for poems can come from memories, journal entries, cultural artifacts, found objects, and contemporary communications.
Poems are often a response to particular situations and deeply individual private encounters. Some are chance meetings, and others are fragments from e-mails received or memories from childhood or family life. Poems bring the reader into a private space where they may observe intimate relationships through all of their senses.
One aspect of Mingled Voices that readers will appreciate is the backstories. Poets provided information on each poem selected for publication.
A critical aspect of writing is awareness of historical context.
Therefore, Backstories provide a view into each poet’s personal and professional life. Naturally, thoughtful readers want to discover the “Why?”
Thank you, Dr. Gillian Bickley, Dr. Vernor Bickley, and everyone involved in the publication of this ambitious gathering of poetry from around the world.
BUY Mingled Voices #6 – Here!
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