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A Stream Keeps Running

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry

This is an unusual poetry book. The first version was completed in 2014, and three years later, this 47th edited version is the final one. Life and death are embraced in four chapters, much like the four movements in a violin concerto. Con Moto (with Motion), Dolce (Sweetly), Morendo (Dying) and Con Brio (with Spirit). There are poems for family members: children, grandchildren and wife.  There are poems in various forms: sonnet, tanka sequence, villanelle, free verse, and haiku style poems. Tempo, accent, pause, repetition, meter and rhyme intersperse with the words, the notes, the stanzas and the music. This book is a tapestry woven from the threads of the beginning of life, with eight grandchildren aged one to nine (one born almost every year) to the near-death ordeal of a fading life. But the life is not over yet. It is a prayer, a naked sincerity, a longing, A Stream Keeps Running.

Do You Hear What I Sing

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

Once upon a time dinosaurs ruled the universe with loud, commanding voices. Now, humans rule the world with even louder cacophony. Today, I think, birds choose to speak softly to balance human clamor on this planet. In this book, the author hides behind these birds to amplify their voices, pride, meditations, thoughts and feelings to silence human noises. The speakers in each poem are these noble birds themselves: seagull, dove, hummingbird, nightingale, canary, woodpecker, cuckoo, vulture, mockingbird, flamingo, peacock, hawk, owl, oven bird, curlew and the list goes on, for a total of 53 flying creatures. Every bird is asking you the same question, "Do You Hear What I sing." Can you hear them?

 

This poetry book is for those who are tired of noises and longing to hear some true voices.

A Journey in the Animal Kingdom

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

"A Journey in the Animal Kingdom" is the third poetry book by W. Wayne Lin, and his 6th book overall. After finalizing the cover poem "Tortoise," the writer began to ponder, "Is he a Christian, Muslim or a Buddhist? Maybe he is a preacher, imam, rabbi, or a monk. What would be your guess?" This poem is a Shakespearean sonnet (with a rhyme scheme of abab, cdcd, efef, gg.) Please click the link below to read Tortoise:             

      

In this book, the author imagines himself to be these animals to tell their stories. The speakers of every poem are these animals themselves: thoroughbred, pig, sheep, reindeer, sea otter, penguin, clown fish, raccoon, rhino, cheetah, piranha, electric eel, cashmere goat, elk, mink, the list goes on, 38 land and 19 water animals in total. At the end, if you look into their eyes and listen to their avowals, you may start to sympathize with the bullfrog, spider, laughing hyena, scorpion, Asian sheepshead wrasse; admire the pygmy marmoset's Lilliput, the payara's attitude and be alarmed by the puffer fish.

 

I was awakened by them, maybe you will too.

A Never-Ending Battle

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

When Ruby Was Still in My Arms

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

"When Ruby Was Still in My Arms" by W. Wayne Lin is his fifth poetry book. He wrote the poem in 2015, knowing she would grow, but not knowing who she would become. "Whatever will be, will be, the future's not ours to see." (Que Sera Sera) You can read the theme poem, as well as the poem chosen for the back cover "The Best of It Is, There Is No Other Choice" by clicking the link below:

 

Two poems, two totally different styles. In between, there are 53 poems in this book that carry infinite perspectives and various emotions. "A Tale of Two Jails," "Mask," "Is It a Departure or Coming Home," "A Place," "A Concubine".... He tried to reason them into the finite reality with or without avail. Maybe you will have a better luck? "Truth is within ourselves." (Robert Browning) "And it was at that age....Poetry arrived in search of me" (Pablo Neruda). In any case, let it be, let poetry reach inside to touch us.

I Hear the Ocean Landing

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

"I Hear the Ocean Landing" is W. Wayne Lin's sixth book of poetry.  He went to Western Australia to witness his son Gary's IRONMAN race. The tenacity and the chase-to-death inspired him, the onlooker, to long for what was missing in his life. When you read the last two sections (IRONMAN 1 and IRONMAN 2) of this book, you may resonate and encounter your own dream and destiny: "My Dream House," "My Bluebottle Fly," "A True Believer Sees a Complete Circle," "I Hear the Ocean Landing" and "I Draw a Line in the Sand." 

To read the theme poem "I Hear the Ocean Landing," please click the link below:

After reading this poem, you could have a different perspective next time when you see the pounding of the waves onto the shore. You may choose to expand your horizon to see the full circle, the dream house, the line in the sand..........

"Choices are the hinges of destiny." (Edwin Markham)

It comes and goes, seagull soars to the heavens, relinquishes no path. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The Thunder Was So Mad

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

The poet is over 70 years old, and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.  Beginning at the age of 67, in 2014, he started writing poems after a near death illness. He has been very prolific in writing poems, as he has written 8 books of poetry in the recent 3 years (2014-2017).  The poet lost his mother when he was only 6-years old.  When you read this leading poem, The Thunder was so Mad, you may realize he has been a poet his whole life, he just didn’t know it, and never had the chance to write them. Maybe you, the reader, have been a painter, musician, writer or poet all your life, but just have not realized it yourself yet.

Selected Sonnets

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

Since 2014, the poet has written over 340 sonnets. In this anthology, you can enjoy the best of his sonnets from his eight books of poetry. 

Selected Ballads, Villanelles, Couplets, Tanka Sequences, Cinquains & Triplets

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

The poet has written ballads, villanelles, couplets, tanka sequences, cinquains & triplets.  In this anthology, and you can enjoy his picks from his eight books of poetry and recent works. 

Selected Poems (2002-2017)

 

by Livingston Rossmoor

 

A Book of Poetry 

After writing over 340 sonnets, the poet unleashed his true freedom in writing free verse. In this anthology, you can enjoy his favorites from his eight books of poetry. 

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