Jan Steckel - Like Flesh Covers Bone
Like Flesh Covers Bone
"This was an excellent collection of poetry. Each theme was explored through several kinds of styles and feelings. Emotions ranged from heartfelt to somber to angry, among others—and all of the poems thoughtful and invoked great imagery. The poems were witty and insightful. The collection was thoughtful and critical of the current dilemmas we face."
"Poetry is sometimes hard to judge—you either get it or you don’t. Some of these were very dark, but I can honestly say I liked them."
"Overall, I thought her poetry strong and dynamic. Her words build on current events and deep social issues. It wasn’t a fluffy read but felt very relevant to things happening now and made me think that this author is a warrior with words."
"Steckel is brilliant. Not all the poems have the same power, but those that do really dazzle."
Renée Vivien (translator Samantha Pious) - A Crown of Violets
A Crown of Violets
"I loved the fact that this book gave both the French and then the English translation for each poem—I found it very interesting. I liked the poems as well."
"Beautiful explorations of the complexities of a full spectrum female love — joyful, tortured, expectant, unrequited. Brave and unabashed. Also, the translation sparkles, bringing the verse dancing to life on the page. Absolutely wonderful."
Sandra de Helen - Desire Returns for a Visit
Desire Returns for a Visit: Intimate Poems about Lesbian Love
"The poetry in this book was a bit hit and miss for me but as I was judging it overall, I give it an outstanding rate."
"The author wrote with lyrical, beautiful sentences that painted pictures in my mind. Her choices in style and presentation were fabulous."
Lisa Dordal - Mosaic of the Dark
Mosaic of the Dark
"This collection of poetry, collated under various subheadings, delves thoughtfully into many issues of significance to queer women (and non-queer women) – consent, religion, marginalisation/invisibility, philosophy, bereavement, secrets, to name a few. A thought-provoking read."
Julie Marie Wade - Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems
"I found this entire approach to be fascinating. I had a very clear picture early on of the author herself as well as other intertwined into her story, especially her mother and the fictional husband created by her mother. Although a tad confusing, I liked also the alternative ending she provided for the fictional marriage ... or at least I assume it's fictional, hence the commend about confusing. She's created a new twist on an ancient genre --epic poetry. Must admit I like her approach much better than the classic poetry I used to fall asleep reading."
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