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MASTERED by K.L. Silver — review by Mark McCawley

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MASTERED

by K.L. Silver

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

MASTERED by K.L. Silver, Copyright © 2014

MASTERED by K.L. Silver. Copyright © 2014

MASTERED
by K.L. Silver
K.L. Silver, publisher; 1st ed. (February 16, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0992135842
US $11.69 Paperback | US $6.01 Kindle |
9 x 6 inches, 200pp

 
Weary of secrets, Of shame and denying,
A lifetime of stories, Excuses, and lying,
Dark nights lying awake, Frightened and crying,
With society’s eyes, Judgmental and prying.
Existing in limbo, No peace in her soul
Just shadow and smoke, And a vast gaping hole.
Submissive by nature, Now taking its toll,
Shan’t ever confess, Yearns a Master’s control.

(MASTERED, the Poem, p.6)
 

K.L. Silver’s Mastered is a rather unorthodox Romantic Erotic Novel. Unorthodox in that it is self-published; unorthodox in that it includes elements of the BDSM lifestyle, primarily the Master/Slave (dominant/submissive) dynamic featuring explicitly erotic scenes of bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism.
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Flasher: A Memoir by Tsaurah Litzky — review by Mark McCawley

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Flasher: A Memoir

 

by Tsaurah Litzky

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

flasher coverFlasher: A Memoir
by Tsaurah Litzky
Long Shot Productions (September 14, 2013)
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B00F7V1U1A
£3.98 UK, $ 6.31 CAN, $6.12 US
Memoir

Flasher: A Memoir [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
by Tsaurah Litzky
Narrated by Dina Pearlman
Audible, Inc. (September 15, 2013)
ASIN: B00ET6HP54
£13.64 UK, $17.96 CAN, $17.46 US
Memoir

Tsaurah Litzky’s erotic memoir, Flasher, is a transgressive tour de force — a journey of personal transformation, self-examination and sensual self-discovery. The story of a one-time hippie love pirate, slum goddess, Ruby Tuesday of the 1960s who mutates into a blossoming writer on the Lower East Side art scenes in the 1990′s. When Litzky meets a sculptor who designs fetish-wear at a New Years Day party, her life changes, becomes an intrinsic consideration of the values and costs of love, friendship, and sexual freedom, as well as the underlying importance of family — both real and inherited.
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A Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores In Hollywood by Tony O’Neill — review by Mark McCawley

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A Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores In Hollywood

 

by Tony O’Neill

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Tony O'Neill SingleA Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores In Hollywood
by Tony O’Neill
Galley Beggar Press, 13pp, 7 June 2013
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B00AJ5SDFK
£1 UK, $ 3.04 CAN, $2.92 US
Fiction, Short Story

Among the new vanguard of contemporary urban post-realist writers, Tony O’Neill’s fiction is raw, honest, unpretentious, unsympathetic and completely unapologetic in it’s use of sex and violence. O’Neill explores and examines the underside of modern urban life with a dark, sardonic humour and a mordant insight only a past substance user and abuser can possess and convey with any amount of authenticity.

O’Neill does just that with the publication of ‘A Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores in Hollywood’, an eBook released by as part of independent publisher Galley Beggar’s Singles Club.
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Tsunami of Love: A Poems Cycle by Eddie Woods — review by Mark McCawley

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Tsunami of Love: A Poems Cycle

 

by Eddie Woods

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Tsunami-of-Love1Tsunami of Love: A Poems Cycle by Eddie Woods
Barncott Press, Kindle Edition, 2012
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B006TM8UDC, 51pp
Tsunami of Love CD
Amsterdam, Ins and Outs Press, 2007
ISBN/EAN: 978-90-70460-09-9

In the preface to Eddie Woods’ 2011 Barncott Press Kindle edition eBook, Tsunami of Love: A Poems Cycle, Glasgow writer/anthologist J.N. Reilly says: “I cannot think of a poem similar to ‘Tsunami of Love.’ I doubt there is one; a gaping wound cauterized with such honesty.”

There is, however, one other poetry collection that immediately comes to mind. It’s been thirty-five years since I first read Leonard Cohen’s Death of a Lady’s Man and Eddie Woods’ Tsunami of Love: A Poems Cycle is the first cycle of poetry since that time that matches Cohen’s collection in terms of the demise of modern love, common-law marriage, sexual desire, and sexual obsession. Both poets deconstruct, reconstruct, criticize, explicate their long, passionate, sexual affairs. Both are by turns tender, despairing, sarcastic, erotic, self-loathing, prosaic and ultimately sublime in their depictions of intense love gone awry. As collections, each certainly does uniquely compliment the other. I cannot think of one without thinking of the other. Indeed, in the annals of poetry and world literature, I know of few collections so closely and intimately related. A connection deserving of further study.
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Mosquitoes & Whisky by Chris Walter — review by Mark McCawley

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Mosquitoes & Whisky by Chris Walter

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

mosquitoes & whisky coverMosquitoes & Whisky
by Chris Walter
GFY Press, 223pp, June 27 2012
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B008XP5XLU
Literary Memoir

Chris Walter is an underground literary diamond in the rough, unapologetic, unpolished, hitherto uncut by the Canadian literary establishment. Laced with booze, sex, drug abuse, poverty, despair, low income labour, violence, deviance, criminality, and dark humour — Mosquitoes & Whisky is both Walter’s first title published by his aptly and sardonically named Gofuckyerself Press, in 2001, as well as his first coming-of-age literary memoir (or his initial “autobiographical punkalogue”).

What shocks the reader even more than the absolute urban desolation of circa 1970s Winnipeg — which acts as a microcosm for any small urban prairie city (Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina) — is the post-sixties conservative zeitgeist that pervades Walter’s memoir. It details the author’s struggles to escape his own liberal parents deteriorating marriage that mirrored so many other children’s parents surrounding them. Mosquitoes & Whisky gives candid snapshots of implied or impending physical, emotional, and verbal violence. One review I came across could not imagine how Walter could possibly become so angry.
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