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Now that his wife has passed away, it’s been difficult to be a single father and small business owner and still be able to find time for himself.
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Barnes and Noble Carries Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

Barnes and Noble is now carrying paperback copies of Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis. Follow this link to get yours right now!

 

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Check Out Feign II at Langmanual.com

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Feign II: The Downfall  has been rated and reviewed at Langmanual.com.

“Rating of three out of five ponderous stars. Feign Collection Book 2. Poetry book by T.L. Curtis.

With a tagline like “The Downfall” it’s hardly a wonder this book is filled with poems that are frankly, downers. They convey sorrow and hopelessness. No two ways about it. That said. Don’t be fooled about my opinion. This book really pleasantly surprised me. I’m generally NOT a fan of poetry or sad stories, in fact I’ve only ever bought one poetry book in my entire life, and not by choice, it was for a school assignment. But since I liked another book by this author (Show Her) so I wanted to give it a chance. This author seems to have a knack for ponderous content so I sought out her other published work. I wasn’t disappointed.”

Read the rest of the review at http://www.langmanual.com/post/2252467.

New Release: Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

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Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis is out and ready for purchase! Follow the links below to get your copy today!

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Feign II: The Downfall is another brilliant collection of poetry brought to us by the sharp-tongued goddess of wit and real-talk.”
–Mackenna

 


Advance reviewers agree that Feign II is another varied, exciting, and powerful collection of poetry and lyrics from T. L. Curtis. Whether you are a veteran reader of poetry or don’t generally read poetry, you’ll be likely to find your next favorite piece in this anthology.

More reviewer comments:

“I felt inspired, happy and giddy while I read this book.” –Sara H.

“Even if you’re not into poetry, you might find yourself relating to the poems more than you thought you would; I know I did!” –Susan B.

“I was drawn in immediately by her interesting narrative and the upbeat rhythm of her words.” –Palmer C.

“…this “collection” tells a story, one of heartbreak and the dark depths to which we can fall when our world, our light, leaves us forever.” –Kenneth B.

“Feign II opens on a strong note with ‘I Hate Myself’, a powerful poem encapsulating the all too familiar feelings of self-doubt and self-loathing.” –Tara L.

“With Curtis’ powerful voice, I would recommend this book of poetry to people who would like a smooth introduction to the world of poetry!” –Melissa H.

“Relax, have a glass of wine, & enjoy “Feign II The Downfall”, by T.L. Curtis. Her collection of 20 poems gives us a glimpse into the many phases of love.” –Vickie D.

“This Book Feign ll: the Downfall proved to be a spectacular book of poetry that peeps right into the soul of the reader.” –Francesca M. (less)

3 Poetry Review Tips for Non-Poets

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Baffling, I know, but the fact is: not everyone is a big poetry fan. 😀 However, even if you couldn’t tell the difference between a sonnet and a haiku (and wouldn’t care to), here are some tips to help you give your poet colleagues helpful feedback on their work in your writing groups and / or review the poetry of your favorite indie authors.

1. Relax and Contribute to the Poem’s Review

Even if you don’t think you “get” poetry, you can still be helpful. You do your fellow authors a disservice when you keep quiet just because you aren’t an expert (whatever the fuck that means) on poetry. Poetry is just another form of expression, especially emotional expression. Most poems are a mere reflection of an event (everything from a near-death experience to a passing thought while waiting for the bus) that the poet has strong feelings about. Treat the poem like that person is telling you about their day at work, that traumatic event, or that passing thought they had, in a flowery / gritty / cryptic way.

2. Be Honest About Your Reaction to the Poem

Guess what? Saying that you were confused is a valid answer!

There may have been parts of a poem that shocked you, intrigued you, scared you, or even lead you to feel angry or sad. If you experience any specific emotions, this can be what you share with the poet. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to react to a poem. Nodding back to tip number 1: Just relax.

 

3. Be Specific in Your Poem Review

If you were confused, try to flesh out why. Were there too many words used that you didn’t know the meaning of (signifying that the poet may want to look into simplifying the language)? Was there a total disconnect in your mind between what the poet wrote and what they said they were trying to convey (signifying that the poet may want to consider sharpening the imagery)?

If the poem lead you to feel sad, which line stood out as the most depressing to you? If the poem lead you to feel shocked, at which word, line, or stanza did you first have that reaction?

 

 

Arm yourself with these three tips whenever you go into a writing group that you know poets frequent and you should be able to stay involved in the discussion. Remember these as well when you are attempting to craft a review for a book of poetry in order to publicly support your fellow independent authors!

 

 

 

 

 

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