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The 2nd edition to the line of poetry books. HOT ICE Your strength may become a weakness or the other way around. Inked in endurance and new found strength HOT ICE tests your limits and asks you how much you can really tolerate. From the harshness and redemption of Fire and the vulnerability and strength of Ice. Prepare for another sensational experience.

Okay, I never raced and, honestly, at best I’m barely an auto mechanic. But I’m not new to auto racing. My father, Samuel, owned an auto parts store and was a truly talented mechanic who built and owned stock cars that raced at the old West Peabody Speedway in Massachusetts. We spent Saturday evenings at that track. I spent endless hours making wooden soapbox derby racers. And well before NASCAR was so popular, we spent every Memorial Day weekend glued to the radio and later the TV to hear the Indy.

Alice Shapiro’s poems in “Cracked” explore the complex relationships we have as humans to one another, and to the world. With strong images and gripping words, the poems in this book compel us to look at the ordinary and the extraordinary in our own lives. The eloquent use of metaphor in each poem leaves the reader wanting more, turning the page, to find wonderful creativity and surprises in language. The poetry in this collection, does indeed, bring the reader to examine the cracks of our inner and outer worlds. With precision and imagery, the poet finds the waiting spaces inside each of us.

Images From My Soul
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CONTEST ENTRY

My book of poetry Images from my Soul is the lifetime accumulation of my deepest feelings and is broken down into chapters, as is life. The chapters begin with Images of Life, Images of Mankind, Images of Love, Images of Nature, Images of the Sea, and Images of Family are the sections that illuminate the heart with wisdom and beauty.

These poems spill out from the imagination of a woman who travels through love, marriage, loss, and the decades that lead to aging. Through some of these travels she is accompanied by Chloe, a golden retriever mix. The author muses about her mother and stepfather, her deceased father, old boyfriends, and loneliness. The ease at which our lives could be overtaken by war becomes a reality, and romance, when love seems lost forever, could be just around the corner.