Oh for a Starry Night

A humble new collection of poetry inspired by the stars, planets and constellations, along with a healthy dose of Greek and Roman mythology. Available as an ebook and paperback.

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Description

Myth, mythology and the legends of old. Stories of gods, fantastic beasts and humans. These are part of the canon of tradition and lore of the stellar constellations and heavenly bodies that make up the starry night that we see.

Experience arcane knowledge in this metaphorical pantheon where the dead gods of ages gone by are honoured poetically.

The night sky is an incredible sight. Filled with such beauty and grace, the celestial sphere is awe inspiring. This collection of poems is an attempt to capture some of that beauty and the tradition and history that have resulted in the lore that has grown up around the constellations and heavenly bodies. Heavily inspired by Greek and Roman mythology the wisdom of the ancients makes the universe in which we live a fascinating and vibrant place.

We all interact with the world around us in different ways, but this poetry is my way of sharing the connection that I feel, and the emotions that are sparked in me, by the glory of the night sky. Join me on my personal celestial adventure and the wonders of a starry night.

It should be borne in mind that there are a multitude of different myths, traditions, legends, stories and so on about each of the constellations, planets, the Gods and no one knows the true origin of a lot of the names of these. This is a fictional, poetic interpretation of some of those ideas and stories.

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Excerpt:

Cancer – The Crab

Proud Hercules,
Son of Zeus born,
A dozen tasks for to complete
At Jealous Hera’s behest

To test his strength,
Courage and prowess,
To prove himself,
A worthy heir

In that second,
Charge to complete,
Battle the Hydra,
Leanon’s curse

Nine heads, regenerative,
Upon a snakes body,
Or possibly a dragons,
A truly fearsome beast

Brave Hercules battled,
The ferocious brute,
Cleaving heads,
As fast as he could

His nephew Iolas,
Seared the cuts,
Halting the growth,
Of heads anew

Bitter Hera sent a crab,
Gigantic in size,
To distract the warrior
And foil his goal

As the crab pounced,
And grabbed his foot,
Valiant Hercules,
It did crush

Severing the final,
Head absolute,
The Hydra vanquished,
Hercules victorious

Hera shamed,
Hercules honoured,
Zeus placed in the heavens,
A starry crab

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Forthcoming Release – Majestic Reimaginings

J and I Publishing are very proud to announce the forthcoming release of a new hand drawn adult color book by the very talented Ionia Froment. This book is a collection of diverse landscapes and is full of beautiful, majestic drawings. Each picture is accompanied by a poem by Julian Froment inspired by the landscape. This book will be available as both an adult coloring book and as a special artist’s edition.

As a taster of what you can expect from this beautiful book we have an image and the acccompanying poem for you. We hope that you enjoy them. Further details of the release will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

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Up Above

Suspended in the air,
An overarching view
Of beauty most fair,
To enter into

An old arched bridge,
Spanning a patchwork path,
A protective rail,
A merry laugh.

A watery artery,
Meanders past undulant slopes,
An exhilarating sight,
Feeding our dreams and hopes.

A forest of firs,
A vibrant firework display,
Red, green and gold,
Soothes our minds melee.

And down below,
Azaleas bloom,
Touching the banks,
With intense perfume.

A Thank You

I would just like to extend my thanks once again to everyone that took part in last weeks ‘A Poetic Proposal’ Blog Tour. Your help was much appreciated. A reminder to everyone who the fantastic bloggers that took part were:

Charles E Yallowitz – Legends of Windemere

Pamela Beckford – Poetry by Pamela

Teri Polen – Books and Such

Randall C Willis – CreatedbyRCW

Dominc DiFrancesco – Black and Write

Marie Ann Bailey – 1WriteWay

John Howell – Fiction Favorites

Once again, thank you all so very much. If you haven’t visited these blogs yet then I strongly recommend that you do so.

And so, after the excitement of last weeks blog tour I find myself in somewhat of a blogging quandary. What do I write about now?