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Poetry Book Reviews: Bogdan Dragos and Michele Lee Sefton

on November 15, 2022

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I recently embarked on a Poetry Book Reading Marathon since so many of my WordPress friends have created and published poetry collections. Since they’ve been supportive of me, I want to support them! I will be posting a series of reviews of their books.

The Muse’s Bad Touch by Bogdan Dragos (2021). Available on Amazon.com.

Bogdan is a Romanian poet who appears regularly on MasticadoresIndia, MasticadoresRomania, and Gobblers & Masticadores. His poetry is dark and rich, like strong expresso, and leaves you questioning your own reality. He explores the darker side of life with characters that can only be described as eccentric, exotic, and deeply disturbing. His ability to test acceptable social boundaries and express a point of view that would shock most people, is what defines his work. In this collection, he writes about his dark muse:

β€œAfter all

a poet can’t live without

his demoness

to which he sometimes refers to

as muse.”

Website: www.bogdandragos.com

My Inspired Life: A Poetic Journey by Michele Lee Sefton (2020). Available on Amazon.com.

When I met Michele on WordPress, I sensed right away that she is a woman who possesses a beautiful soul. I regularly follow her blog, which truly is inspiring; so, it was only natural that I would read her book. Michele’s inner music resonates as a lovely song, a joyous dance, a raucous cheer for the strength and beauty of women everywhere. She shares her inspiring journey with positivity and hope, reinforcing those qualities in others. Her uplifting thoughts, words, and emotions make the daily struggle worthwhile. She approaches the world with quiet dignity, joyful pride, and a sincere expression of faith in herself and the people around her. She embraces life for all it is worth:

“Before the brush and palette are put away a final time

I too will live vibrantly and outwardly —

living a life that is uniquely mine.”

Website: www.MyInspiredLife.org

~

Dawn Pisturino

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

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28 responses to “Poetry Book Reviews: Bogdan Dragos and Michele Lee Sefton

  1. kvbclarke says:

    Michelle is a great discovery! Thank you!

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  2. utahan15 says:

    so do the king snake crawl

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  3. What a great intro to Bogdan Dawn! They are both and integral part of our blogging community both with their own style and gifts. πŸ’—

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  4. Oh my goodness Dawn, would you believe I have a review of Michele’s book scheduled for Thursday? Bless you girlfriend for your generous heart and spirit. I am awaiting for Amazon to approve my review as well. WP is truly one of the most generous and warm platforms I am connected to. Thank you for what you are doing my friend. Enjoy the rest of your evening. 😊✨🀩

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    • Thank you, Kym! Sometimes, you and I are so in sync, it’s scary! I’ve been reading furiously, and the review of your book will appear here on Friday! Thank you for your kind and generous words!

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      • Oh my goodness Dawn, girlfriend you are unstoppable. Are you by chance on Goodreads. It’s a different type of social channel, but if you’re on the fast and furious reading highway, you may find the reading community there filled with literary buzzing. Not like WP, but a different forum. Thanking you in advance for your generous review of my book my friend. You rock sister! 🀩✨πŸ₯°πŸŒŸπŸ˜˜

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      • Yes, Kym, I am on Goodreads, and I will be posting all of these reviews on there, too! Thanks!

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    What a wonderful surprise. Thank you, Dawn! I am grateful and honored by your choice to read and review my poetry collection. Your words enrich and motivate me! πŸ’— I published that collection to celebrate the one-year anniversary of my blog. You are a talented writer and a generous and gracious person. πŸ™πŸ» Your description of Bogdan’s writing style was well-articulated and spot on!

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  6. We do have our muses… the secret places we draw from.

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  7. balladeer says:

    Sounds like a good read!

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  8. […] special thank you to Kym Moore and Dawn Pisturino for reviewing my poetry collection, “My Inspired Life: A Poetic Journey.” A surprising […]

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  9. I bought your book, I just love your poems, the dark, gritty humor just gets to me.

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