Words

Your words are silk threads
coursing along my skin.
I shiver.
I purr.

I beckon you closer.

Hold me.
Kiss me.
Move me.

Your words are rain drops
flowing through my fingers.
I shudder.
I hum.

Whispering, pull me in.

Hold me.
Kiss me.
Know me.

Your words are an ocean breeze
flooding my pores.

I gasp.
I moan.

I cry out, love me!

Hold me.
Kiss me.
Devour me.

Your words:
——incite
——awaken
——delight
——convert
——affect
——inspire
——excite
——sway
——change
——electrify
——stir
——arouse me


tara caribou | ©2021

A Thousand Kisses

I would place a thousand kisses across your cheeks, down your throat

I would snuggle into your side, rest my head upon your shoulder

I would hold you, gazing deep within your eyes until the world faded away

I would bury myself deep inside your heart, wrap myself up forever

I would spend the rest of my days showing you just how much you mean to me

If only you’d let me


tara caribou | ©2019-2021

Read this and more in my poetry book, Four.

Book Review – Digital Hell by William Zerveskes

I read this book in paperback. This is an unsolicited review.


Writer William Zerveskes, or @zilliam_poetry as he goes by on Instagram, is unapologetic and non-traditional in his poetry. I love it. He is super talented in word-play and clever twists and his rhythm is spot-on. Most of the work found in his debut book, which clocks in at just about 100 pages, is political and scathing. He rails against the modern predicament: society, social media, mainstream media, the American dream, corrupt government, religion, and technology.

Certainly he isn’t afraid to shake his fist at status quo and speak on the injustice of modern day living, while also being a part of it. For me, it’s refreshing to read his work. He throws “politically correct” out the window and kicks the snowflake to the curb. He shouts at the futility and snarks at the banality. Perhaps I don’t agree 100% on every political line he draws but I definitely can appreciate his passion. It’s the same for me. I admire his courage and his ability to work it all out in an entertaining way.

My only real gripe about the book lies in its odd formatting, but it’s a minor one from me. The length, the cover, the poetry, and the content all work for me.

I had to laugh at his back cover:

Some of my very favorite pieces include “Regicide: Part One” which he personifies a chess board and all the players. “Existential Vomit” with the questions ‘can I be both me and what you think of me? Have I let who I think you think I am shape me?’ Then “Scapegoat”, a poem from a dog’s point of view, which is both satirical and sadly a bit too on the nose. ‘I watch you devour animals that I’m hardwired to eat, yet I’m fed kibbles… sometimes I can’t try hard enough only to be chastised because your day sucked… sometimes I see through all your little lies but I bury it all in my cute puppy eyes.

“Eat the System” begins with ‘Good morning to you It’s a brand new day Sip on your coffee Get on your way Hit the drive thru You’re running late Clock in, clock out Day in, Day out OBEY OBEY OBEY Give in, or go without pay After all, it’s only your life It’ll be okay’…. which I think a lot of us can relate to. “Hero Worship” reminds us that no matter who we are, doctors, lawyers, rockstars, illegal immigrants, beggars… we are all human, no better, no worse than anyone else. “The Glass House” reminds us that nothing is really private anymore. As soon as you get that smartphone and hit “I agree”, it’s all being recorded and there are no more secrets.

He ends the collection with a small series “Suburban Chernobyl”, of which “Part Two: Judgement Day” is my favorite. Starting with our increasing dependence on our phones and social media, he moves on to slippery slope of creating a world of lab rats with the increasing towers and their radiation, and then on to a future where humans become so infatuated with their creation that it takes over everything, ending with the lines: ‘Love and affection And human connection Sold, so they could transcend They became the machine The machine became them And the soul had come to an end’.

I thoroughly enjoyed William’s book and it’s currently one of my favorite poetry books, with its aptness for today. I give this a 4.5/5, losing a half star for awkward formatting which was a bit uneven and off-putting. Highly recommended for those who enjoy modern free-verse poetry with a political, break-the-system theme.


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be a good writer: read.
~tara caribou

**If this review was helpful or you’ve read it and want to add to the discussion, please let me know in the comments!


I will also, as a side-note, say, it may seem that I am harsh on many writers for their editing, formatting, grammar, punctuation, etc. I do so unapologetically. One, because this is a review, not a popularity contest. Two, because honest criticism should help us grow as artists.

The fact of the matter is, these things MATTER. A mathematician must use his tools and use them correctly to be an effective mathematician. A surgeon cannot simply say, “I know I can’t sew the wound closed but at least I could remove the appendix or whatever it’s called.” Same with writers. We can’t claim to be writers but refuse to use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We can’t claim to be a photographer just because we know how to push the button on the camera (or phone). There’s an art to it.

So while I may appreciate the artist as a person and their words, I believe that it does us all a disservice to say lower quality editing is okay. Believe in yourself! Believe in the power of your words! Put the effort into being the very best you can be. Ask for help. Grow and learn.

Strawberries & Cream

exquisite vows of wonder 
trail down my ribs
heart beating faster as
whispered promises of conquest
description of submission
slip and skip ‘round my mind
binding and tying
I hold tight
entwine my fingers
pull these thoughts deeper
tongue-twisted and sparkly eyes
words escape yet
sound more like whimpers
it’s fresh summer strawberries
and crème fraîche on my lips
I’ve got nothing to say
but everything to feel

tara caribou | ©2021

Book Release – Memoirs of an Addicted Mind by John A. Graser

Raw Earth Ink is proud to present Memoirs of an Addicted Mind: the silence is broken, a collection of poetry from first-time author, John A. Graser.

John Graser serves up hard-hitting and alternative spiritual lyrical works of poetry in his debut collection.

From the back: “When I attempted writing in 1995, little did I now that I would be writing my untold story… My writing is raw, just like how I see life, but I’m beyond grateful for the life I’ve been blessed to see and breathe. I look forward to seeing how the pages will fill in as my unpredictable tomorrow’s come and go. Light and energy… With blind faith, I blindly believe.”

You can find John over on Instagram @jgrayzer33, or purchase this book in paperback only from lulu, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

Book Review – Twisted Blend of Wild by Jon Perry

Twisted Blend of Wild by Jon Perry

I read this book in paperback. This is a unsolicited review.


My Thoughts:

Mr. Perry’s full length book of poetry is by far my favorite of all his books to date…. and I loved his others. He is imaginative, creative, and clearly a deep-thinking yet whimsical man.

While some of the work is contained within another of his books, this one has more content. He includes his own artwork which may be photography or digital artwork, even a few pen drawings. It all makes for an excellent collection. You never know what you’re going to get when you turn the page. Sometimes it’s sweet love poetry, sometimes it’s whimsy and fantastical poetry which tells a story, sometimes it’s a little sad or melancholic. All of it is good. From the downright silly (and sometimes strange) chapter of “Brain Drano”, which is just that… lots of little snippets and thoughts drained from a many-layered mind to my personal favorite chapter: “Letters” which contains nine letters written from the Poet to himself. Sometimes a bit harsh with himself and sometimes quite complimentary.

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. Highly recommended to those who enjoy whimsical poetry and art which is layered with depth of emotions we all feel. Excellent work.

My Overall Score:

5 stars
Gains: excellent imagery, I loved the title, perfect length (for avid readers like myself), well put together and thought out


Read more book reviews by following my Book Review category.

be a good writer: read.
~tara caribou

**If this review was helpful or you’ve read it and want to add to the discussion, please let me know in the comments!


I will also, as a side-note, say, it may seem that I am harsh on many writers for their editing, formatting, grammar, punctuation, etc. I do so unapologetically. One, because this is a review, not a popularity contest. Two, because honest criticism should help us grow as artists.

The fact of the matter is, these things MATTER. A mathematician must use his tools and use them correctly to be an effective mathematician. A surgeon cannot simply say, “I know I can’t sew the wound closed but at least I could remove the appendix or whatever it’s called.” Same with writers. We can’t claim to be writers but refuse to use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We can’t claim to be a photographer just because we know how to push the button on the camera (or phone). There’s an art to it.

So while I may appreciate the artist as a person and their words, I believe that it does us all a disservice to say lower quality editing is okay. Believe in yourself! Believe in the power of your words! Put the effort into being the very best you can be. Ask for help. Grow and learn.

Book Release – Real Big American Zen by Brandon White

Raw Earth Ink is proud to present Brandon White’s second book, Real Big American Zen, a collection of poems and letters written in a year of uncertainty and change during the 2020 pandemic.

From the back: “Throughout the poetry found in Brandon White’s second collection weave the themes of an ache established in isolation, the depths of soul-searching, and unexpected humor scratched out of dark places. He ponders raising young children in times of great uncertainty while digging into what it means to be an American during times of unprecedented political turmoil. As such, White holds the unsteady mirror up for all of us, making adjustments to a life in chaos and advancing over the uneasy path of a year swept in pandemic.”

You can find Brandon on his website, or purchase this book from lulu, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kindle.

Terrestrial

Her eyes shine blue, but grey in storm
Movements of a dancer
Curves, ebbing, flowing, crashing together
Ocean waves as flesh

Sweet flowing nectar, giving life
Ruby jewels parting, shining, enticing
Perfect blinding distractions

There’s a deeper truth, always going deeper
Seeing right through to
Leviathan just beneath the surface
Eddies swirl

A flash of the surface glare blinding
Pure light, so shade your eyes
Oh! A star pulses
Cold fire burning from within
Shining with out

Her eyes a deer frozen, afraid
Containing a gentleness
But going deeper to her core
A cage with rusted locks

Inside, buried, love cries
But freedom crooks her finger
Offering a chance, a choice
To be whole and running free
To become much more than cold echoes

But a flaming light
Warmth found in words
The lock crushed and bars broken
Fleeing, her deer-feet kick
Heart thumping
Trees and meadows rushing by

The sun is in her flowing hair, beautiful
Now nature made flesh and beaming
Truth exposed

It’s enough to make men weep in awe
As if nothing was ever beautiful before her
Like a phoenix rising
Blinding and brilliant yet
Deadly to the heart of her chosen

Nothing will ever be the same


tara caribou | ©2018-2021

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