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Just wanted to share that two of my sonnets have been selected by ThinkingPoetry.com for its latest collection, “Sonetti: Modern Sonnets 2009.” “Majestic” and “Zion Tears” were chosen by the owner/editor of ThinkPoetry.com, a one-stop collection of information on the different components and forms of poetry.

You can find “Sonetti” at http://www.thinkingpoetry.com/community/showcase#sonetti.

Hope your 4th of July weekend has been great.

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Just a quick note:

I’ve been writing weekly articles about various forms of poetry for a popular Ryze group (Wordmeisters, Poets and Writers-Unite!) and recently decided to post them on my website, JackHuber.com. I’ll be adding more articles week by week, and will take requests to discuss different forms.

For more information, go to http://www.jackhuber.com/poeticforms.htm.

Enjoy!

Jack

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Good news! I received my final proof and have approved it (finally), making my new book available on CreateSpace and Amazon.com. Like all my books (weird saying that, this is my fourth book now), “A Splendid Alternative” is named for a poem within, a piece written about the goings on of the tiny town of Greensburg, KS, after being devastated by an EF-5 tornado in 2007. Their rebuilding efforts are inspirational.

This new collection of poetry and photographs contains 55 poems paired with photos from my travels, and includes sonnets, haiku, senryu, villanelles, and other classic poetic forms. Author Marsha Dean Walker has written a review (http://www.jackhuber.com/review4.htm).

For ordering information, please go to http://www.jackhuber.com/splendid.htm.

Jack

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PoetryDances.com is currently highlighting a site favorite, “Dormant,” as its “Poem of the Week.” “Dormant” had already been chosen as a “Selected Poem” for February-April of 2009, one of three of Jack’s poems to have been named to that list.

Jack was also notified that his haiku, “Ice,” will be highlighted soon.

You can see PoetryDances’ “Poem of the Week” at http://www.poetrydances.com/poemoftheweek.htm.

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PoetryDances.com has chosen two more of Jack’s poems for its “Selected Poems- February to April, 2009,” bringing the total in this time period to three. PoetryDances searches out and links to a limited selection of what they believe to be the best of online poetry on Poetry Websites, Poetry Blogs, Social Networks and Poetry Networks across the Internet. Joining “Dormant,” the first work chosen in the February set, are “Midweek Marina” and “I Dream of Space.”

You can see PoetryDances’ “Selected Poems” at http://www.poetrydances.com/poetrydancesfebapr09.htm.

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 Jack was the second place winner in WritingRoom‘s February Poetry Contest. They selected the poem “I DREAM OF SPACE” as the runner-up poem, which will be featured in their latest anthology. The anthology will be for sale later this year at the PublishingRoom.com bookstore.

For information about Jack and his writing, go to www.jackhuber.com.

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Randy Hunsuker reviews “An Eerie Calm Before the Night,” an e-book by Jack Huber, available at http://www.jackhuber.com/eeriecalm.htm.

“Stop and smell the sonnets…”
An Eerie Calm Before the Night by Jack Huber elegantly juxtaposes nature photography with the age-old sonnet format

It is difficult not to gain a new appreciation for the lost art of the sonnet when perusing Jack Huber’s An Eerie Calm Before the Night, a collection of some twenty sonnets. However, the underlying message is cannot be ignored: Forget the hectic world and stop and smell the roses, or in this case, the sonnets. Huber elegantly juxtaposes an image from his awe-inspiring album of nature photography with a single sonnet (or is it the other way around?) and effectively urges each of us to appreciate the world around us.

The stand out entry is the title poem, which also serves as a call to action. For those of us overwhelmed with balancing work, family, and just the hustle of everyday life, you certainly and undeniably understand the importance of slowing things down and finding tranquility in a world seemingly gone mad. “An Eerie Calm Before the Night” is set against a beautiful photo of a sunset over western New York’s Chautauqua Lake, and Huber transports you there. “The sun relaxes as it sets…,” the sonnet begins, “winds die down, again you feel… that eerie calm, I’ve come to know… just the chaos letting go.” Rhythmic, yet smooth, “Eerie” is anything but creepy- it’s normalcy.

Similarly-themed is the opening sonnet “The World Is There,” where Huber once again tells us that the beauty of nature is here “for humans to behold,” and politely shakes a finger at a society too often bent on the status quo of things. In “Tranquility,” an Italian sonnet, one wonders if its message criticizing selfishness and not getting along is not one uttered much too late. Its brother sonnet, “Economic Circus” is simply apropos given America’s deep economic woes.

The haunting “Every Day” is seemingly the most biographical or autobiographical of the group where Huber finally seems to tear down the emotional wall and let us see inside. That said, the only downside of the collection of sonnets is that all too often Huber hides behind the restrictive sonnet format versus letting us feel some true emotion. Some of the sonnets are just too matter-of-fact to be enjoyed. Case-in-point, the self indulgent “My Team,” and the superfluous conquering fear sonnet that is “Halfway.”

Those minor complaints aside, An Eerie Calm Before the Night offers charming photography and elegant sonnets mightily serving as the caption for each picture.

-Review by Randy Carlton Hunsucker, Mount Airy, North Carolina. Hunsucker is author of the science fiction thriller “Midniite Prizm,” and the collection of poems, “Poetry 5.0” (http://www.randyhunsucker.com/).

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