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Review: Kissing Darkness, by Carolyn Mary Kleefeld and David Wayne Dunn

By Psyche | November 29, 2003 | Leave a comment

Kissing Darkness: Love Poems, by Carolyn Mary Kleefeld and David Wayne Dunn
RiverWood Books, 1883991838, 93 pp., 2003

In 1980 David Wayne Dunn first wrote to Carolyn Mary Kleefeld after reading her first book of book, Climate of the Mind, expressing his admiration. Over the next seventeen years, they continued their correspondence sharing poetry and gradually their more intimate experiences. The poems in this book were written between 1996 and 2002, which Dunn and Kleefeld wrote for each other.

This lover’s dialogue in poetry, Kissing Darkness, written over a five year period, expresses romantic and erotic ideals, conveyed in vivid metaphor.

The poetry in this collection is interspersed with beautiful illustrations, being Kleefeld’s bright and expressive series of paintings titled Immortal Letters and Dunn’s colour ink drawings.


The Little Book of Vegan Poems, by Benjamin Zephaniah

By Psyche | November 15, 2002 | Leave a comment

The Little Book of Vegan Poems, by Benjamin Zephaniah
AK Press, 1902593332, 2000

The Little Book of Vegan Poems, aimed at both children and adults, begins with a compilation of definitions from various dictionaries and encyclopedias before moving into the poetry. This little book has it all: veganism, animal rights, nature, limericks, hell, even vegan erotic poetry – some cute, some vaguely disturbing, many nonsensical, all eco-friendly, makes me wonder if this book was printed on recycled paper.

There’s a warning to meat eaters on the back and inside that the poetry might offend them, but the poem “Eat Your Words” ((p. 30)) pretty much sums it up with “And vegetarian poets / Make me nervous quite a lot.”  Continue reading


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