Invent[st]ory: Selected Catalog Poems & New

“Introductions to Infinity”

Review by Joey Madia

The arrival of a new Eileen Tabios book has become no less than an Event for me. Not only is it inspiring to see what new forms and source material this award-winning and prolific poet and editor is working with and drawing from, but it inevitably leads to my own experimentation with whatever creative works I am bringing to life at the time. Tabios is very much a writer’s writer, and one of the leading poet-practitioners in the realm of how to make the reader participatory with the experience. In essence, Tabios is such a writer’s writer that she wants everyone to be, if not a writer, than certainly an active author of their own experience and engagement. This is an aspiration that is beyond resonant with me as an artist, mentor, and storyteller. Continue reading

Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul

‘inside and outside, the psyche and the world’ – The legacy of Carl Jung

Review by Grady Harp

Claire Dunne has produced what many of us will consider the definitive biography of the great Carl Jung. Yes, we all studied Jungian thought in college and many books have been written about the influence of Carl Jung on our psyches and our world vision, but few take us through this important man’s life and contributions accompanied by art on every page that makes Jung’s though lines visual. Paintings by diverse artists, famous and legendary and unknown and anonymous, allow a different entry in to the wonders of Jung’s contributions.

Why no one has thought of this technique of communication before now seems strange, so powerful is the combination of Claire’s writing coupled with the painting and woodblocks and drawings and symbols she has elected to illustrate her points. This is a book to treasure and one to offer young students curious about the development of psychology and worldview in the early years of their education. Simply put, this book is an award worthy volume that deserves a very large audience who are curious about the impact of one of the greatest minds of our culture. Highly Recommended on every level. Grady Harp, November 15

TITLE: Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul
AUTHOR: Claire Dunne
ISBN: 978-1-78028-831-4

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Release date November 17, 2015.

Dreamwork for Visionary Living

Review by Joey Madia

Over the past five years, I have reviewed many of the encyclopedias and books on the paranormal by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, one of the leading experts in both the paranormal and metaphysical fields. I have also been able to accompany Guiley on some of her field investigations, and have never been failed to be impressed by her professionalism and scientific approach to phenomena.

Those traits consistently carry over into her books and numerous radio and television appearances, and her dream workshops and accompanying books (this is her eighth on the subject) are no exception.

I was first introduced to the value of using dreams for both self-improvement and as a source of creative inspiration early in the new century, first by a spiritual mentor and then through the books of Robert Moss. Continue reading

The Journal of Vincent du Maurier

“The Passion of the Blood”

Review by Joey Madia

I love most things vampire. I write about them, have shelves full of movies featuring them, and even more shelves filled with books, both fiction and historical studies, of the vampire phenomenon. I even have a bunch of favorite songs about them.

Amidst all of these myriad materials, my love of vampires has a lot of restrictions and must-haves/must-not-haves—because there is a lot about vampires being written and filmed that misses their core Brutality. Their addiction to Blood is as fierce and all-pervasive as a heroin junky’s—and, when it is well done, the addiction drives them, in the end, to always show their fangs, no matter how much their charm has fooled us. The best vampires are not to be trusted, and they know it. They tell us so, over and over. They are prone to excuses and rationalizations. They are inclined toward boredom, infighting, and existential crisis. Continue reading

Sword of Tortuga

“To Sail with the Heart of a Pyrate”

Review by Joey Madia

Four months ago my family and I left the mountains of West Virginia for a new life near the water in the idyllic town of Beaufort, NC, on the so-called Crystal Coast. Without a doubt, Beaufort lives up to its billing as one of the best little towns in America. Its waterfront is packed with quaint shops, excellent restaurants, and an always changing array of sailboats, fishing trawlers, and yachts, and the locals truly do exude the legendary Southern Charm.

Another interesting aspect of Beaufort is how it loves its pirate traditions. Although details are sketchy, it is recorded that Spanish privateers made off with several ships docked in Beaufort Harbor on June 4, 1747. Emboldened by the lack of resistance, they returned on August 26, 1747, taking over the town. Continue reading