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Freeze Frame: International Poetry Anthology [Paperback]

Oscar Sparrow , Paul Tobin , Jo VonBargen , Jefferson Hansen , Claude Nougat , Candy Bright
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10 Jan 2013
A poetry anthology about life and love presented in printed and audio book form. Freeze Frame brings together six international poets, each with their own vision of what would appear in the static frame if we captured the flow of our ceaseless contemporary narrative. With an hour of free audio, the reader may experience the full presence and intention of the poets who have recorded each of their poems. Freeze Frame captures the essence of the poet in this private audience poetry performance, included with both the print and e-book editions. Whether you are seeking an inspirational quote or a cutting edge intellectual concept,  Freeze Frame is a unique collection of short poems allowing you to step aside and perhaps hit the pause button of your own rushing life. We are born without language into a world of tears, mystery, sounds, shapes, light and dark. Slowly words begin to allow us individual expression. For the poet, this process never stops. The quest for words with which to capture the sound of wind in trees, an echo on a lonely city street, an unexpected jolt of joy and on and on is the quest and frustration of the poet. Whether it is the nuance of a relationship or the clatter of a factory machine, we seek to hold them so that they may be seen, maybe for just long enough to make a little more sense of them. By sense of course, I mean perhaps beauty, pathos, symmetry and on through an infinity of inadequate dictionaries. Freeze Frame is a project arising from my own experience as a poet. We live in a multi-channel world. Poetry is no longer a mainstream medium and we should not be surprised at this. Our lives are dominated by work and survival. We can click on any film we wish to watch, or hear any song that was that was ever composed. So what could poetry do that was special? My response was that it could provide a tiny pause in the great evolving video of our time. Perhaps it was worth freezing the frame. I invited five other writers to contribute to this collection. The great thing about other poets is that they are not me. They are free of my own influences and prejudices. The internet has allowed contacts and cross pollinations that would never have been possible previously. Out there in the ether there are the images, the metaphors, the juxtapositions and the rhythms that say just a little more than the words alone. I thank all of them for their preparedness to join this mission.

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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (10 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481162411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481162418
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,669,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am Oscar Sparrow, editor of this anthology. I was born in 1949 as the sonic boom of jets and babies began to draw a new world map of umbilical vapour trails. The Eleven Plus exam revealed I could not even count to eleven. I became a mechanic, labourer, truck driver and boxer. I read Wordsworth and Ford Cortina manuals in a lorry cab near both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Eventually I found myself in London with the Metropolitan Police. Car chases and riots followed but I did not take it personally. Throughout all this time I was a would be poet, short story writer and novelist. Paul Tobin is an English poet part of a tradition stretching back to John Clare. He has a quality of modesty and calm which can edge towards the melancholic understatement of Philip Larkin or Simon Armitage. His work has utter human warmth even in a grey sky day. He is never bigger than the subject and always reminds one of the Chinese question and answer –‘Why do all rivers come to the sea? Because he is always lower than them.’ Jo VonBargen is an American poet from Texas. Her imagery is as big as the sky. She has passion and a wry sense of humour. She knocks words together and finds sparks where you didn’t think there was flint. Her range is from bar rooms to the edge of the galaxy. She is pure poet rock with all the authentic impurities. Jefferson Hansen is from Minneapolis USA. He is the editor of the Altered Scale online arts magazine. He can be avant-garde, conservative, experimental or traditional. He raises abstract notions that one had just not considered. He is an artist in pursuit of art. He has made me think thoughts that I would not have thought without his mind. Claude Nougat lives in Rome. She is a linguist, novelist, painter, essayist, poet, journalist and economist. In her busy life she had not set aside a drawer full of poems. Instead she set out into the streets of Rome to focus on some famous locations frozen in the era of their creation.resulting in a philosophical and reflective work, suffused with a sense of transcendent time. Candy Bright represents another tradition in English poetry, that of the emotion in events and relationships. Her poems are centred on people and their landscapes. There is love, but often a sense of loss, impermanence and regret. Where there is innocence, it is threatened. Her poems are not casual comments. What you get here is a fellow being telling you how it feels and finding a key to your own emotion.

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3.0 out of 5 stars curate's egg 19 Feb 2013
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good in parts. some poems are of a descriptive type common in these times, in which images are presented, sometimes wihtout clear grammatical construction, in an inconsequential way. They are like amateur paintings which present a scene iwthout any particular point. Others have more strength and show something in a novel light or present believable emotional states. Interestingly, a number of those I liked referred in some way to classical stories or characters. they are all short poems, from about half a dozen lines to twenty-odd and this sometomes restricts the length of the journey that they make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, inspiring and eclectic ... wonderful! 22 Dec 2012
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I come from a background where books were celebrated, but poetry was rarely discussed. Once appreciated, that love never leaves you and this collection reflects diversity, humour and an appreciation for the small things in life that often trigger much larger emotions. From people and landscapes, to Oscar's own inimitable style and imagery that is often larger than life... and of course, the human voice! A rare celebration, a brave collection - much enjoyed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for the soul in a digital age 23 Dec 2012
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What I loved best about this collection (other than the depth and soulfulness) is that I knew only one of the poets, and even she and I met online. It was this "new" digital frontier that allowed these disparate poets to meet and admire each other's skills enough to collaborate on a wonderful collection of inspiring poetry. I knew Jo VonBargen's work and was already a HUGE fan. Now I add all these poets to my list of favorite authors: Paul Tobin, Jefferson Hansen, Claude Nougat, and Candy Bright.

Oscar Sparrow deserves particular, special praise for making this happen and for his extraordinary talent as a writer and poet. This sometimes eclectic, sometimes angry, always soul-deep collection of poems is Oscar's brainchild and what a glorious collaboration of talent and what a worthwhile birth of words it is.

Were there a sixth star, I'd use it. Bravo and brava.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, inspiring and eclectic ... wonderful! 22 Dec 2012
By Linn B Halton - Published on Amazon.com
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I come from a background where books were celebrated, but poetry was rarely discussed. Once appreciated, that love never leaves you and this collection reflects diversity, humour and an appreciation for the small things in life that often trigger much larger emotions. From people and landscapes, to Oscar's own inimitable style and imagery that is often larger than life... and of course, the human voice! A rare celebration, a brave collection - much enjoyed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry Anthology for a New Age 21 Dec 2012
By Christina Carson - Published on Amazon.com
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FREEZE FRAME POETRY ANTHOLOGY is a booked birthed in part by this new media age. Without digital interface and social media, this work would never have been created. How would the poets have met without the social media that brought them together across continents? And how else would they have been able to create the work in just the manner they desired without the digital option. I have never read an anthology so intimate, so willing to allow the reader access to the writers, poets in this case, their thoughts, their lives, and even their voices. All of which makes the experience of their craft that much more powerful.
These six poets have not only graced us with their creative arts, they have also shown us, in the words of another great poet, Raymond Carver, a new way to the waterfall in writing and publishing poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insights into the Soul 29 Dec 2012
By Caleb Pirtle - Published on Amazon.com
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Just when I think I understand life, I read such inspirational works as the poems in Freeze Frame and realize I have only touched the surface. The wonders of life lie far deeper, and it takes the mind, the soul, and the touch of poet to find them. As readers and livers of life, we are indeed fortunate to have the powerful and though-provoking words of such talented poets as Jo VonBargen, Oscar Sparrow, Claude Nougat, Cindy Bright, Jefferson Hansen, and Paul Tobin all wrapped up within a single volume that is both mesmerizing and haunting.

As Jo VonBargen writes about our wayward journeys on earth, poetry is little more than "our weary eyes seeking ... no ... needing a peaceful existence, all coral dawns and sunsets, purely our, immortal." And so we do. For as she writes, words are all that a poet has to bring to the world and all that she has to leave. She says: poems are "our gift to dreamers of the future, preserved whole beyond the death of our eyes, our bleached bones, our ashes." Poetry, quite simply, is forever.

Poets like Claude Nougat see beyond the beauty and understand the reality of truth. As she writes, "Love can come unexpected in the middle of the night. A young man, his eyes full of stars, will love you and walk away. He will come back, Pauline, as often as you want. But remember to pay him. Everyone has a price."

And Oscar Sparrow knows that, for always, the shadows of mystery have formed the backdrop to our lives. Through poetry, we can peel back the layers and discover who we are and, more importantly, who we should be. As a poet, Oscar says, "All I can do is throw the odd poem at the brick wall of my ignorance. I may chip a brick if I keep going long enough."

Some of us can't see the forest for the trees. Some fail to see the trees for the forest. The poets who created the anthology of Freeze Frame have been able to see it all, have gone where our minds never dare venture, and bring back for us the joys and mysteries we have missed.
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