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Book “In Gilded Frame”


I participated in Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exhange I sent my book “Amor” and I received “In Gilded Frame”, an anthology .

Several writers contributed poems, each one inspired by a piece of art. I love the book and the concept. I am now reading the wonderful poems, finding the art on the net. It is a great way to be active with art and to learn a lot of new words 🙂 I really recommend this book! 🙂

“Amor” for Valentine’s day!


What others think of Amor:

“This is a beautiful book.

If I read it late in the evening it calms me and sends me to bed with my head in a good place.

Ina is a very talented poet.

I would recommend this book to all romantics everywhere.” DA on Facebook, 25 November 2013

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves the Reader Breathless and Breathing 25 Jan 2014
By DM Denton
Format:Kindle Edition

“Amor, a wandering progression of instinctively crafted poetry by Ina Schroders-Zeeders, is an intensely personal yet unselfconscious and certainly unashamed story of the author’s experience in love, creating a collection that is entertaining, imaginative, thought-provoking and full of visual and sensual detail. Exploring the questions of love and not really looking for answers, it hardly matters whether the 227 poems are about many different loves or kinds of love or many aspects of a few. Either way they seduce the reader into their immediacy and honesty with an almost hypnotic effect, blending one into another: words, sentences, paragraphs and chapters of waiting and hoping, looking and finding, coming and going, regret and remembrance.

As anyone who has followed Ina’s poetry through her blog knows, she is a prolific and eclectic writer. Her stories and reflections pour out of her ceaselessly, without any sense of urgency or pretension, as if she breathes them onto the page. I feel Ina would be a storyteller even if she wasn’t a writer – like the bards of old, she has a most natural need to `speak’ about her environment, encounters, travels, observations, emotions and memories just for the sake of sharing and encouraging others to do the same. Yet, it is obvious she is a seasoned poet: deliberate and skilled in her use of form and formlessness, knowing what works and doesn’t but never afraid to veer off the beaten path and try something new. As in life, so in art. She doesn’t let either pass by without making the most of what they have to offer for her own satisfaction and, happily, for that of her readers, too.

As in Ina’s first poetry book, ‘Veritas’, the poetry in ‘Amor’ is all the more remarkable because English is not her native language. And, once again, her kinship with the sea is evident. Even when it is not specifically mentioned, its movement, vastness and unpredictability are present in mood and outlook; these poems lapping at the shore, backwards and forwards, clinging and letting go, with low tides and high tides, winds blowing and everything stilled, the horizon seen but never completely defined.

This is a beautiful book, in its content and production. It tells a story that is circular rather than linear – well, many circles interconnecting like a chain-link, representing the cycles of beginnings and endings within the cycle of loving and living – that leaves the reader breathless yet still breathing and so wanting more.”

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection of poems about love and life by talented poet and novelist, Ina Schroders-Zeeders 17 Jan 2014
By chris m

“Ina Schroders-Zeeders is a very talented poet and novelist from The Netherlands. In her second book of English poetry, Amor, Ina takes us softly through a journey of love from the blissful beginnings, through the comfort and safety of familiarity, and then on toward melancholy partings, a journey through life. All of this is intertwined with her love of nature particularly the sea and such poems are sprinkled with the salty air of Terschelling, where she resides. Wisps of humour are also to be found scattered throughout this engaging book. This is most definitely one to be kept within daily reach, and without doubt will warm the hearts of all the readers who pick it up, a treasure to keep returning to over and over again.”

These 3 fine readers can’t be wrong? 🙂

To buy Amor through Amazon UK

Amor via Amazon (USA)

“The Library Next Door” by Diane M Denton, a review


Diane M Denton wrote this wonderful story with the history of her own family in mind, and the result is beautiful, a young girl’s discovery of literature intertwined with the problems of her family (they move a lot) and the friendship with her neighbours, two sisters.
As always, Diane manages to build up a certain suspense in her story that makes you want to know more about these characters, these lives which she touches only by fingertips, revealing just as much as needed for the story. Like in her historical novel “A House in Luccoli”, she catches the atmosphere
in her descriptions of earlier days so well. “The library next door” leaves you with a smile and an urge to read more about these people, their fascination with books and music, and what happened next…

More about Diane’s short stories

“Beyond the Threshold”

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“Beyond the Threshold” – Poems by Francina Hartstra

My dear friend Francina Hartstra is a Dutch poet now living in the city of Delft who has also lived in the United States for several years.
In 2004 her first poetry book “The Song of the River” was published by Helionaut Publication in the USA.

Francina’s lovely second poetry book, also in the English language, contains 39 poems. The collection emerged from the thought that every person makes choices or needs to make choices in life without really knowing the consequences. The poems are written independently but arranged in such manner that this thought became a red thread throughout the book.

The book is very beautifully printed and is published by Francina herself. A wonderful treasure of thoughts about loss, life and loneliness, and of course about love.

ISBN 978-90-821238-0-7

Go to Francina’s blog for more info about ordering the book


A little review: “I am not a fish” – Poetry by Marie Marshall


“I am not a fish,” says Lazarus Jackson. His pseudonym is Mr. Coelacanth.

“The Coelacanth (pronounced “seel-uh-canth”) (Latimeria chalumnae) is often considered the ultimate fish in the Nintendo ‘Animal Crossing’ series. It is worth 15,000 Bells and can be found only when it is raining or snowing and in the ocean at certain times of the day. It is extremely elusive. As in real life, the Coelacanth can only be caught late at night or early in the morning.” (wiki)

In ‘I Am Not a Fish’, through the wonderful poetry of Marie Marshall, we see how Mr. Coelacanth’s mind works. There is also Beatrice the Rat and others.
Marie uses words that intrigue, make you want to know more and draw you into a world of surprising thoughts. 🙂

Thanks Diane for helping with my grammar 🙂

I am not a Fish – Amazon

Overstepsbooks I am not a fish

‘Lupa’ by Marie Marshall – a review

Lupa by Marie Marshall

This magnificent story of the young woman Jelena, a Serbian immigrant with post traumatic stress syndrome, who lives temporarily in Rome where she meets the mysterious Vittorio, will grab you from the moment you start reading. The story meanders from present to the days of the gladiators, and while we get to know Jelena better and what happened to her, we also learn about the harsh life of ancient Romans. This book is very well written, in a nice pace, and the end is amazing! It really was a very good read, from begin to end!

Lupa cover © P'Kaboo Publishers

Marie Marshall is a writer, blogger and poet, well recognized for her online poetry and in literary circles. A collection of poems ‘Naked by the Sea’ was published in 2010 (Masque Publishing)

Marie’s blog kvennarad

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