Co-authored by award-winning poets
Military Writers Society of America Winner of the Bronze
Bronze Global E-Book Award 2013
the Pondis an e-chapbook and paperback published in the time-honored
tradition of poets everywhere. That is, it self-published
by the poets.
That makes it as new, in its way,
as it is traditional.
hearing Magdalena Ball
read "Jupiter's Moons"
from Deeper Into the Pond
Magdalena Ball runs
Compulsive Reader. Her short stories, editorials, poetry, reviews
and articles have appeared in a wide number of printed anthologies and
journals, and have won local and international awards for poetry
(including the Roland Robinson literary award), and
fiction. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel
Sleep Before Evening, a nonfiction book
The Art of Assessment: How to Review Anything and two other poetry
Quark Soup, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson,
Cherished Pulse and the other books in the Celebration
Series. She runs a monthly radio program podcast
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's first novel,
This is the Place, and
Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered
award-winners. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems appear in national
magazines, anthologies and review journals. She speaks on culture,
tolerance, writing and promotion and has appeared on TV and hundreds of
radio stations nationwide. She is an instructor for
UCLA Extension's Writers' Program
and has shared her expertise at venues like
San Diego State's world
renowned Writers' Conference, Dayton University's
Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop and SPAN's (Small Publishers
Association of North America) annual conference. Carolyn was recently
awarded Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the California
Legislature; her home town's Character and Ethics Commission honored her
for her work on promoting tolerance and the Pasadena Weekly named her to
their list of "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen" for
literary activism. Her nitty-gritty how-to book, The Frugal Book Promoter won USA Book News' Best Professional Book
2004 and her chapbook of poetry,
Tracings, was honored by the
Military Writers' Society of
America for excellence. Published by Finishing Line Press it is
's new and used feature.
Fourteen business cards predate the
Jacquie turned her attention to all things theater, and
film. Alphabetically through 1994, her jobs/projects, read
like this: deep tissue massage, ghost writer, hypnotherapy,
medical research, newspaper writer/editor, real estate
agent, sales (retail, wholesale), secretary, and travel
agent. Subsequently, she added, actor, art director,
assistant casting director, model, producer, set decorator,
and set designer.
her spare time, Jacquie occasionally painted, and developed
a style she calls “rainbow geometry.” After spending time in
theater productions, and on film sets, she was compelled to
paint a series of watercolors reflecting the powerful energy
of women in the process of co-creation. The painting on the
cover is one of them.
Jacquie says life’s highway has lots of off ramps, so why
not try more than a few, really enjoy the ride, and take
time to enjoy the scenery by the side of the road.
Jacquie lives in San Diego. She holds a B.A. in Zoology from
the University of Connecticut, and an
Microbiology from Long Island University.
Jacquie's colorful work was
chosen from among many others in a contest conducted by the
poets for the most suitable artwork.
Reviews for Deeper Into the Pond
Reviewed by J. R. McRae
This is a rich tapestry of a
It opens with Carolyn’s verse and a
ballad of marine exotica and moves to the name bearing poem
“Narcissus Revisited” which mirrors the suffocation of
‘progress’ that gives freedoms with one hand and takes with
the other. Here the deadly oil slick wall kills as readily
as any of glass – progressive killing -
Those who feel
new freedoms like I, some later-borns
unaware that they are new, accept
the yellow-bright shimmer
spread across the surface
as if it were our doing
or our due.
The next poem makes a nod to John Masefield’s “ Sea
Fever” but taking it in role reversal with ship at dock and
the poet manning the great swooping cranes that unload.
I want to go down to
the sea at dawn
with a lunch bucket and thermos,
[and then]. . . pull
and push the big gear shifts to make a boom
tall as a building turn, swing down toward carloads
of gravel, clamp chunks of whatever freighters
I love the bittersweet of “Ariel” and
its death-defying reach in to the unknowable.
the music to tell your story,
to find it, to understand it
to know the truth,
to reach above the
Death is horribly present in the all
too revelatory “what I once would have called a little
tiff”. Those of us who have lived long enough know too well
of what she speaks…
to call a spat a spat,
an inheritance something
more than money,
Magdalena’s opening poem both
celebrates and denounces the hippy freedom of a generation
that chose to ‘love’ but not their children well.
secretly leaning in
parenting I didn’t get
no rod spared
“Time Out” speaks of the guilt trip that is
motherhood if you are, as many creatives are, a
perfectionist and time your merciless master .
I shoot a response
what now? two bullets of
frustration land in
her timeless lap
as she slips off.
Magdalena has written a powerfully
poignant tribute to all those frightened elderly flood
victims, trapped in rising waters and psychologically unable
to leave their lives behind –
three hundred netfriends
hold your virtual hand
take you places
that don’t involve
the perpetual womb
you’ve pushed into.
Magdalena’s “Coming Back ends the
collection with an almost whispered reverie on love and loss
in a no man’s land of guilt and recriminations –
No one dared point a
We tried not to look at her but it was hard.
So we looked out of the corner of our eye when
we walked past, our heads thrown back fake
laughter all the while drawn towards the silence
of that pain the peripheral gravity that wouldn’t
let us settle into our evening of forgetting.
This collection offers the feminine
take on life, love and everything in between and does it
J.R.McRae’s short stories appear in anthologies such as
Basics of Life [ALR Anthology], 100 Stories for Queensland,
Stories for Sendai, Road Trip, The Spirit of Poe, Tribute to
the Stars, Pot Luck, and more, as well as journals
Wired Ruby and Rose &Thorn. Her poetry/haiku have
won awards and are published in numerous journals and
anthologies including Quadrant, Long and Winding Road,
Antipodes and Divan. Artwork / photography by JR
features on covers of Ripples, on ABC Pool and in
issues of The Mozzie. As J.R.Poulter, she has 12
books for children and education published, including major
award winner, “Mending Lucille”. She once worked in a
suffering the moment
and the you-now
You promise yourself
you won't fear the secrets,
won't tell what happened
without the feelings.
You deny yourself that
and you become Ursula
stealing your own song,
leaving yourself gurgling
under the sea. You need
the music to tell your story,
to find it, to understand it
to know the truth,
to reach above the
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~Walter Brasch, author
World Wild Life
with Sublime Planet
book of poetry
Pasadena Weekly Arts and Entertainment Section
All Proceeds to be donated to the World Wildlife Fund
Cover art by Vicki
Thomas, Poetry by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Pulse is full of poems that describe love from the eyes and
hearts of young and old. 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
Third in the Celebration
of Chapbooks with Magdalena Ball,
Imagining the Future is written expressly for fathers "and
other masculine apparitions."
She Wore Emerald Thenis a book of Moods of Motherhood:
thirty poems by award-winning poets Magdalena Ball and Carolyn
Howard-Johnson, with original photography by May Lattanzio. A
beautifully presented, tender and strikingly original gift book, ideal
for Mother's Day or any day when you want to celebrate the notion of
motherhood in its broadest sense. Share this collection with someone
Sublime Planetis an e-chapbook and paperback
published in the time-honored
of poets everywhere.
This collection of
ecologically oriented poems traverses a wide terrain, moving
from the loss of species to the beauty of the natural world,
from drought to the exploration of alternative planets. It's
an exhilarating collection that breaks boundaries and leads
the reader deep into the personal heart of perception.
Released by award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and
Magdalena Ball to celebrate Earth Day, this is a collection
of poetry that weaves the personal with the universal.
Photograpy by Ann Howley.
“Whatever your age these
poems celebrating women will
speak to you of times to look forward to or to remember. These are not
poems to be read once. They will stay with you forever.”
~ Nancy Famolari, author.
Tracings is winner of the Military Society of
America's Award of Excellence and named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten
Best Reads of 2005
Imperfect Echoes is
Carolyn's newest poetry book. Writing Truth and Justice with Capital
Letters, lie and oppression with Small.
Cover and interior
art by Richard Conway Jackson
All proceeds go to Amnesty International