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Cheerio's Book Reviews With Brandon Adam Haven & B. Lynne Zika

Hi All

This is the 4th installment in the Cheerio's Book Reviews series. Cheerio (The Anxiety Bunny Rabbit) & I read a couple of books - and then we let you know what we think about them.

The books briefly reviewed today are Brandon Adam Haven's "Into the Grey" & B. Lynne Zika's "The Strange Case of Eddy Whitfield". ______________

I was first introduced to Brandon Adam Haven's poetry about a year ago. I read a few pieces posted in the poetry group Absolutely Poetry (highly recommended - it's a great group!) and then continued to read his poems in the poetry group We, the Carnivalesque (I am a co-Admin of the group). I was immediately blown away by his attention to detail and by his word-choices - and, he is a fantastic storyteller!

Here is a poem from "Into the Grey" (reprinted with permission):

A Better Man

Maybe if I was a better man I would have a family to love Instead of being alone and sad Weeping for what most others have So many laugh, and mock my pathetic-ness or act as if I’m crazy But they are the ones that don’t understand I’m not enough for me to live For my heart is empty but was created to give

Cheerio & I both give Brandon Adam Haven's "Into the Grey" five stars (out of five).

If you'd like to pick up a copy, you can find one here:

I've been enjoying the poetry of B. Lynne Zika for about a year now - I first discovered her poems on the Rye Whiskey Review site (highly recommended) with a poem of hers being published/posted about a week before my poetry was published by the site.

"The Strange Case of Eddy Whitfield" is a unique collection of poems - it also contains interesting non-poetry (letters, a journal composition and more) elements - providing the reader with a variety of written work. It's fascinating reading!

Here is a poem from "The Strange Case of Eddy Whitfield" (reprinted with permission):

There Was No Sunset Tonight

The sky did not fill itself with its usual colors of change. It was light one minute and then it was dark. There was the beginning of a whistle at the edge of the yard, on the side toward the bluff. Sheriff Hank Graves has been known to walk that stretch of ground, though perhaps lately with a more investigative eye. It would not be uncommon for Hank Graves to whistle, although it’s just as likely the sound came from a yellowhammer interrupted by the sudden opportunity for food or the necessity of flight.

There is no breeze; the house snaps and creaks from the burden of time, a louder sound than would be noticed in daylight. There doesn’t seem to be much reason to light the lamps—certainly not from nervousness over the settling of an old house, and the whistling which stopped itself at the edge of the yard will not require any light other than the natural moon to find its way home.

Eddy would have required dinner long before now. The stove would have been lit and cooked upon and the dishes and pots already washed and sitting in the drain to dry. But Eddy is gone, and the stove’s cold, and the lamps may remain unlit as long as they might choose.

Cheerio & I both give B. Lynne Zika's "The Strange Case of Eddy Whitfield" 5 stars (out of 5).

If you wish to pick up a copy, you can find one here:

Photo: Cheerio (the Anxiety Bunny Rabbit) with Brandon Adam Haven's "Into the Grey" and with B. Lynne Zika's "The Strange Case of Eddy Whitfield".

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