Book Feature – Idealism is an Attractive Flower

Idealism is a Lovely Flower Book Review (1)Mixed Media Book of Poetry Makes the Genre More Accessible

Idealism is an Attractive Flower by Oneida Morningstar Cramer uses original poems and original photographs to create a unique book of mixed media poetry. Each page features a short poem and a photographic image that interact and complement each other. Some of the images suggest the same theme as the poem, others present a different perspective on the words. As the author puts it, the book uses photography “as a trampoline, so to say, bouncing elements of fantasy, bouncing elements of language, as if to add touches of computer paint, harmonizing and juxtaposing the poetic and photographic languages…”

For those who are intimidated by poetry or who have preconceived ideas about the genre, the combination of short poems and images may be less threatening or laden with cultural meaning and therefore present an introduction to enjoying poems. Though sales of books of poetry remain notoriously low (sales dropped by almost 50% in the last 5 years) the genre, reinvented, is experiencing a revival. Poetry slams, sharing of poems on social media, and even internet memes show that people still love poetry, even if they are not buying it in single-author book form. By combining thought-provoking verse and lovely photos, Idealism is an Attractive Flower may represent the next step in poetry’s ongoing reinvention: the visual poem.



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“Gotta Find a Home- Conversations With Street People” by Dennis Cardiff

cover buyTelling The Stories of Those Too Often Ignored

Dennis Cardiff has been involved with street people since 2010, when he began to reach out, on his own, to some of the people without homes who he encountered in his daily life. In his new book, he documents conversations he’s had with them over the past 4 years and, in the process, gives those who are often robbed of their humanity a human face.  Written in diary form by month, and including some of Cardiff’s own poetry, the author chronicles the lives of people who are often ignored, feared or reviled. About this project, Cardiff says,

“Writing about the homeless and helping the homeless, has given my life a purpose that it didn’t have before. Documenting their stories will, I hope, introduce them to the public in a non-threatening way. Some panhandlers look intimidating, but that disappears when one sees them laugh.”

All proceeds from the book are donated to Ottawa Inner City Ministries. Donations may be made directly by visiting: CHlogo-2

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