An e-chapbook of
unconventional love poetry
Co-authored by Magdalena Ball
and Carolyn Howard-Johnson
More than merely being
Cherished Pulse is the first
the Celebration Series of chapbooks
designed to be given on special
very nearly as inexpensively as a greeting card.
Cover art by Vicki
Poetry by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson
An Amazon Kindle #1
Bestseller Poetry Book
Featured in Redbook Online "Valentine Horror Stories"
"Cherished Pulse is full of poems that describe love from the eyes and
hearts of young and old alike. We see love in its youthful stage,
stirring the hearts of man and woman alike and tying a bond that even
death cannot break. As we continue reading, we understand that love
deepens into an awesome, but quiet joy as the couple grows older. These
poems renew our faith in love as they remind us of our own experience
with this most sought after emotion.
Lucille P Robinson for
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"Beating Time at Its Own Game."
Unconventional Love Poetry
Magdalena Ball presents the first 10 poems; from the haunting lyric
found in ‘The Ocean,’ strength of ‘Great Sky,’ and stark reality of
‘Dark Matter,’ poet Ball moves the reader toward her final though
provoking reflective work; ‘Baker’s Dozen’. Other titles by poet Ball
include; Event Horizon, Personality, Body Language, Aurora, Galactic
Collision, and Oubliette.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s poems begin with the delicate refrain found in
‘A Woman's Heart.’ ‘Dreaming Lilacs,’ move the reader into a scented,
heart felt remembrance before moving on to a playful stanza ‘Hallmark
Couldn't Possibly Get This Right.’ Poet Howard-Johnson’s last offering
is a poignant introspective ‘Loving Lance.’ Other titles by this poet
include; Watching My Daughter Say Goodbye To a Fleeting Love, Another
Day, déjà vu?, Discovery, From the Observation Deck, LA Love Story.
and Howard-Johnson have joined forces to create an oeuvre of exquisite
work. Readers are offered a rhythmical extravagance as Ball and
Howard-Johnson draw upon their journey of life to give rise to an tour
de force of superlative work. These bards have crafted an admirable
read for their target audience of those who enjoy lyrical offerings.
Readers are sure to be captivated in a most charming manner while
reading the words offered by this pair of sensitive, forthright women
whose evident ardor for life is aptly captured on the pages of this
Cherished Pulse Unconventional Love Poetry’ is a pleasurable
collection of buoyant, spirited poetry sure to pique the interest of the
most discerning reader who is looking for a nice afternoon’s read. Each
of the verses is a true delight. There is something for everyone.
Language use is not predictable, nevertheless ‘Cherished Pulse’
is an invigorating read of agreeably constructed stanzas presented
in a satisfactorily rounded assortment. The reader will be drawn into
the verses’ rich stitching of sentiment, passion and sensation. On the
pages of ‘Cherished Pulse’ poets Magdalena Ball and
Carolyn Howard-Johnson move the reader along an voyage of poignant
remembrance and encouraged expectations through the panorama of emotive
setting. On the pages of Cherished Pulse Lyrists Ball and
Howard-Johnson have shaped a enticing publication of some of their most
excellent compositions. Verses entice the reader with a multiplicity of
intensely felt verses penned about human emotion. Fervor for life surges
from the page as these rhymes are enjoyed. Verses filled with
tenderness, perceptiveness and consideration are included. Readers,
those who are admirers of poetry and those who are not, are certain to
find much to enjoy Cherished Pulse. Everyday issues of
life tuned into an appealing work is not an easy task. Bards Ball and
Howard-Johnson have succeeded admirably.
Cherished Pulse is meant to be read and then re read as
longing and inclination strikes. Each rhyme only gets better. The work
lends itself well to the gift book tuck in market.
the read, happy to recommend. A delightful read for all poetry lovers
whiling away a lazy afternoon in the porch swing with a tall iced tea or
mint julep nearby.
Author: Magdalena Ball
and Carolyn Howard-Johnson
artwork by Vicki Thomas
Published by the
Lying on your back
The night sky alight
You believed in magic
It didn’t matter at all
That what you saw was little more than
Charged particles streaming from the sun
Excited oxygen and nitrogen
In the Earth’s atmosphere
It was all poetry anyway
The glowing red, green and purple curtain of light
Waved above you
Like the God of your dreams
Anything but impersonal
The black hole of meaninglessness
Haunted your daylight
Seemed like a dream you once had
As you watched the curved collisions
Their energetic dance
Moving inside of you
If I could capture that spectrum
The atomic neon sign of your lost wonder
And feed it to you on a spoon
When your lonely vigil against
Poverty and incompetence
Becomes a ball and chain
I’d give up my own food
Stand with my back to the solar wind
Close my eyes to beauty
To keep you warm
I’d be your own personal aurora
Your talisman against the dark lure of ennui
electrical current charging your ionosphere.
Why would I want
this young Masai,
a Kenyan Kobe?
In the noon heat,
flies hum in our ears,
He touches the curve
of my silver cell,
my shoulder, there
near my tank strap,
I taller than the
in our tour group,
When by the fire we
to say goodbye, the
like flies, billions
in the night fly
toward the stars,
reach for their light.
not hope but something
my eyes with tears
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The New Book Review
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for Sharing with Writers blog.
Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008)
and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter
Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor
New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor
Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award
Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.
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Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
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She Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
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New Generation Book Awards 2012,
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Promoter; Finalist 2010
The Frugal Editor;
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Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
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