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Siblings Share Love of Poetry in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases Pearls Beneath The Rind by Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski.

A brother and sister share their poems in this new, unique collection released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Even siblings who have lived vastly different lives in different places can sometimes be surprised by their similarities. Richard Seldin and his sister, Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski, grew up with more than the usual dose of sibling rivalry and estrangements.  They discovered they shared a love of writing poetry when both unknowingly entered the same poetry contest. More than a decade later, they have collaborated on this new book of poems that shows some writing similarities but from sharply distinct perspectives.

Pearls Beneath The Rind demonstrates the divergent ways two siblings have experienced themselves, their relationships and environment, cooperating in writing as they worked toward an improved relationship. Carole’s work often describes the outer world and nature and is filled with visual details even when describing a relationship. A number are so visually compelling they could be turned into paintings. Richard’s poems, on the other hand, focus on the play of the mind in its articulation of ideas, yearning for intimacy and dream states.

Carole’s poem, “Winter in Chino Valley,” paints a clear picture of the valley in its austere bleakness: “The daily scenes don’t change: naked tumbleweed gathering in barbed clumps, icy tree limbs bending in the strain of winter.” And in “Intended” she employs nature to highlight the ironies of love: “Although I intended to love with breath of butterfly and length of anaconda . . . I have loved with breath of skunk and length of ant.” In “Waiting for the Word” Richard ponders the loss of creativity: “It seems everything is moving only from the outside out and not from the inside out or even the outside in. So that lines drop like sand bags on a bare floor.” And his poem “Sunday Night” sings his desire for connection: “Tonight I long for your breath on my heart, a guitar string in the wind, to roll and tumble in the gush of love.”

Kirkus Reviews has described the book as a “smart, unusual collection of poetry with honed, pleasant surprises.” And Carol Christy White, President of the Arizona State Poetry Society, writes: “Reading these poems was like listening in on a conversation between Richard and Carole after a long separation . . . . The balance of observations of what is with what could have been and might be is poignant and so human.”

Richard Seldin is a freelance writer who has published short fiction and nonfiction in English and Chinese and translated Chinese novellas and short stories. For many years he worked as a lawyer for the U.S. government, focusing on international relations and trade. Carole “CR” Seldin-Bolinski has published short mystery stories, flash fiction and poetry. In 2010 she won the Oregon State Poetry Association’s new poet’s category for “The Car” and recites poems with others as part of The Mad Women Poets of Prescott. She is currently working on another book of poetry, “I Don’t Want To Die In Chino Valley.”

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For additional information, please visit www.crbolinskiwriter.com or www.richardseldin.blogspot.com

Pearls Beneath The Rind

Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2210-9          80 pages         $9.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Ericka Davis Shares Life Lessons through Poetry in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Through Mine Eyes: Life’s Lessons Are Meant To Be Shared” by Ericka Davis.

A teacher – and poet – writes about the life experiences from the perspective of a young girl in this new collection of poetry released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Personal experiences shape and change lives, whether for the better or for the worse. This new book of poetry shares experiences and impressions as seen through the eyes of a young girl. With her rhythmic verse, author Ericka Davis offers stories that focus on values ranging from heartbreak and sensuality to challenges, spirituality and love. These memorable moments become the stepping stones that allowed her to reach life goals.

In “Through Mine Eyes: Life’s Lessons Are Meant To Be Shared,” Davis, a woman of faith, provides gentle lessons that offer guidance and reflection. The poem “Fill My Cup” describes things that would make life better:  “Fill my cup with love, hugs, kisses, family, pictures, and memorable events. Fill my cup with humor; playing, laughing and an irreplaceable good feeling that I can hold on to and grasp when I need just a touch.” In “Seasons,” Davis describes a patient teacher: “You are springtime, which nurtures new green sprouts. You encourage and lead everyone, whenever they have doubts.”

The poem “Bold & Beautiful” offers words of encouragement: “How dare you have a passion for life, a passion for people, a passion to do God’s work and worship in the steeple. … Don’t stop now, you are just getting started. We don’t want you to be the deeply departed. We applaud and admire your courage and statue.” The author’s passion for her message comes through clearly. She writes, “There is nothing more precious than preserving memories that mean the most, that inspire, that encourage.”

Author Ericka Davis, a native of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism from Southern University, has been writing poetry for years. The educator, who has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix, lives in Tulsa with her family. She and her husband Jody lived in Houston for more than 13 years before moving to Tulsa.

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For additional information, please visit www.ecaneink.com.

Through Mine Eyes: Life’s Lessons Are Meant To Be Shared

Ericka Davis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2211-6                        164 pages                        $16.95 US

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2480-6                        164 pages                        $24.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.