Book Review: This Book Needs a Title Volume 2 by Theodore Ficklestein

25875352The second volume of poetry by Theodore Ficklestein.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the author.

This is the second book of poetry I’ve read by Theodore Ficklestein. The first book was I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book. I really enjoy his poetry. It’s different, witty, and funny. Sometimes it’s thought-provoking as in “Lesson from History.” It’s a great book to just open up and read a couple poems when you have a minute. This would be a good bathroom book!

I have a friend who says he doesn’t like poetry because you can’t understand it so I showed him this book and he said, “It’s not poetry, it doesn’t rhyme.” I tried to explain free-verse but he insisted poetry has to rhyme. At least he could understand the poems!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Lesson from History

I am no preacher.
Or historian.
Or anybody for the matter who has any credibility for telling others how to live their lives.
But if there is one thing we can learn from history.
From Buddha.
To Jesus.
To Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s that we should care for one another on aspects of life.
But we should remember we are all on the same team.
The human race. Too bad we don’t sell jerseys thought.
Maybe that would stop us from fighting one another.

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Give This Poem a Title

Oh great.
First I can’t name a book.
Now I can’t name a poem in the book.
Pretty soon I will have a one word poem.

I definitely recommend This Book Needs a Title Volume 2 if you enjoy poetry that is a little different. I love this guy’s sense of humor!

Available on Amazon.

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Q and A with the Author

Q: I am here with Theodore Ficklestein, is it steen or stine?

A: It’s a …

Q: Nobody cares. And your book is This Book Needs a Title Volume 2, is that right?

A: Yes.

Q: Are you sure? You seem confused about it. Did you even write the book? Because I know you didn’t bother with a title.

A: I did write the book.

Q: That’s great. What is this book about?

A: Is is a romance story where a poor boy and rich woman fall in love but their love is torn apart because of class differences and a tragedy.

Q: You just vaguely described Titanic.

A: Oh…

Q: Do you have any idea what the book that you didn’t write is about?

A: It is a poetry book.

Q: And what will a reader find in the poetry book?

A: Poems.

Q: Do you consider yourself a good poet?

A: (Silence)

Q: I’ll take that as a “no.” So do you plan on giving the book that you didn’t write a title? 

A: No.

Q: You figure, you don’t write it, why give it a title?

A: Yeah.

Q: Do you answer every question in one word?

A: Yes.

Q: Why should people buy your book?

A: I… ah… let me think.

Q: Has anyone ever told you that you are awful at promoting your book?

A: No. I don’t hear much about it.

Q: What happened to volume one? Did you skip it?

A: I didn’t, but most readers did.

Q: So you wrote a sequel to an unsuccessful book? A poetry book, at that.

A: Basically.

Q: Makes sense. Would you like to tell us anything else about your book?

A: Nah. I’m good.

Q: Well…this interview was a complete waste of time. I learned nothing about you or your book. You, sir, have no idea what you are doing and should leave the publishing field as soon as possible.

A: So is this a bad time to tell you about the other books that I’m working on?

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Author’s websitehttp://www.theodoreficklestein.com

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Book Review: I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book by Theodore Ficklestein

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The author of this book is having fun mocking Halloween. Little does he know that the audience are the monsters themselves.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I’ve always thought that poets are a little different. This book is proof of that. I’m not saying that that is a bad thing. My son is a poet and he’s a bit different and he knows it. He doesn’t mind that he’s different and I love that he’s different.

I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book starts with poetry by Theodore Ficklestein about (making fun of) Halloween. A lot of it is about candy and Halloween parties and making fun of the scary stuff. One of my favorite poems:

So You’re the Monster?

Is Frankenstein the monster’s name or not?
This has been a long debate of readers of the
famous novel.
There is always one clever bastard who points
out the Frankenstein is not the monster’s
name.
But the Scientist’s name.
That is the same person who knows why the
author of the Wizard Of Oz chose Oz for the
place of the wizard.
Wow.
I didn’t really help with this question at all.
Is Frankenstein the name of the monster or
not?
Oh, who the hell knows!
All I know is that when I tell people about
Frankenstein, they think I am talking about the
monster, not the scientist.

The second part of the book is written by monsters who killed the author on Halloween because they didn’t appreciate his wit and humor.

This is the kind of poetry I like. It’s different and funny. I have a friend who says he doesn’t like poetry because you can’t understand it but you can definitely understand Theodore Ficklestein’s poetry, even if it is weird. I definitely recommend this book. I have two other poetry books written by this author and I am looking forward to reading them.

Available on Amazon.

Possibilities

Possibilities by Wisława Szymborska (July 2, 1923–February 1, 2012) read by Amanda Palmer. Found on Brain Pickings.

 

 

POSSIBILITIES

I prefer movies.

I prefer cats.

I prefer the oaks along the Warta.

I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.

I prefer myself liking people

to myself loving mankind.

I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.

I prefer the color green.

I prefer not to maintain

that reason is to blame for everything.

I prefer exceptions.

I prefer to leave early.

I prefer talking to doctors about something else.

I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.

I prefer the absurdity of writing poems

to the absurdity of not writing poems.

I prefer, where love’s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries

that can be celebrated every day.

I prefer moralists

who promise me nothing.

I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.

I prefer the earth in civvies.

I prefer conquered to conquering countries.

I prefer having some reservations.

I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.

I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.

I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.

I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.

I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.

I prefer desk drawers.

I prefer many things that I haven’t mentioned here

to many things I’ve also left unsaid.

I prefer zeroes on the loose

to those lined up behind a cipher.

I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.

I prefer to knock on wood.

I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.

I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility

that existence has its own reason for being.

 

 

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Sound of Belief by Ebony Archer

The Sound of Belief

 

The Sound of Belief is an inspirational poetry book written by Ebony Archer in order to empower the reader to activate their belief.

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About the Author

2016-04-17_1222Since the early age of four, she started singing in her church where her gift was discovered. In 2000, Ebony joined Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago at the age of eight. With this group, Ebony has sung in front of audiences of ranging numbers and has shared the stage with many famous names in the industry such as Yolanda Adams, R. Kelly, Celine Dion, Nick Carter, and the list continues.

In 2001, Ebony Archer was featured in R. Kelly’s video, The World’s Greatest.  In 2012, Ebony was the runner up in the national anthem competition for Black Girls Run with over 40,000 votes. Through the musical experiences, vocal training, and learning how to have great stage presence; it has molded Ebony into a gifted singer and because of her inspiring voice, she is now known as the Inspirer”.

 

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