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The Invitation [Paperback]

Joyce Akesson

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22 July 2009
The poems in The Invitation deal with emotional, metaphysical, surrealistic, existential and philosophical questions. They reflect over the state of being, encounters, relations, truths, individual and universal themes and aim at expanding the human self-expression and awareness.

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Pallas Athena Distribution (22 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9197764140
  • ISBN-13: 978-9197764148
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,611,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joyce Akesson has studied the Semitic languages at Lund's University, Sweden and has previously been a lecturer there during many years. She is the author of eight books about foreign linguistics: "A Study of Arabic Phonology", "The Basics & Intricacies of Arabic Morphology", "The Phonological Changes due to the Hamza and Weak Consonant in Arabic", "A Study of the Assimilation and Substitution in Arabic", "The Essentials of the Class of the Strong Verb in Arabic", "The Complexity of the Irregular Verbal and Nominal Forms & the Phonological Changes in Arabic", "Arabic Morphology and Phonology based on the Marah" and "Ahmad b. Ali b. Masud on Arabic Morphology, Part One: The Strong Verb" and several articles about Arabic morphology and phonology.
She has also published several articles about Arabic linguistics in two Journals, the Journal of Arabic Linguistics (the ZAL or Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik) Wiesbaden, and the previous Acta Orientalia, Denmark. She has also written a lemma about sarf "morphology/phonology in the Encyclopaedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, vol. 4. Leiden: Brill, 20.
She is also the author of three books of poems "Love's Thrilling Dimensions", "The Invitation" and "Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion".
Two of her poems have also been selected in an Anthology in the UK.

You can check her web page www.joyceakesson.com

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"The Invitation" is a bewitching, compelling break from the ordinary. The words seduce, dance, in Socratic manner, woo spirit's deepest drives to question beyond the borders of the linear self. The exploration is magnificent, masterfully led by a poetic seeker who waltzes through veils and layers that bewilder most. It does not matter what philosophical, cultural or religious background you have. You are free to disagree with what a moment is. The Invitation's ecology moves, touches, teases epic and epicurean nourishment. All are welcomed to this brilliant banquet of budding, blooming queries, linked as flowers at midnight, with Akesson's stellar, silvery shine. --Lana Deym Campbell, well-known painter and poet.

"The Invitation" invites us to a landscape within the author's mind, as she observes what is, and what might have been, in her profound and humoristic reflections about the ordinary and the extraordinary aspects of life.
... Some of the poems are expressed as hypnotic, almost drum-like statements, or as repetitive questions; as "Searching for a poem", "The Adventurer," "Eyes", "Intrusions", "Complexities", "Longing", "Fire", "Drive", "Memories"; while others like "Conflict" paints a Bergmanesque scene where the couple wonder if they will ever be able to love each other again.
In "Questions About Love", "Some go and come", "The Secret Mirror", "Love's Essence" and "In Spinoza's World", Joyce Åkesson explores the eternal questions about the essence and the different aspects of love:
"to be reborn
through someone else
-with eyes closed-"
"The Invitation" will leave you smiling, filled with awe and joy and wonder. It will invite you to look at life and love and everything in between a little differently and you will be very glad you accepted the invitation. Every time. --L. Holm author of "Fairytales for Femmes" and "Clonehead"

I view each of these insightfully poetic pieces with the reverence of one who is open to absorbing the wealthy perspective of a soul divinely sparked... There is a celebration here of the tool of language well mastered. One enters, absorbs and is enriched. --Melody Lemond, author of "Sea Moon: Poemshapes"

About the Author

Joyce Åkesson has an academic background. She is the author of Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion and several works about foreign linguistics.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invitation to be cherished! 7 April 2010
By L. Holm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Poetry must be approached gently with all our senses and faculties attuned to the melody of the words and the message behind them, because poetry speaks to all our senses in a language of its own; a language beyond the ordinary.

"The Invitation" invites us to a landscape within the author's mind, as she observes what is, and what might have been, in her profound and humoristic reflections about the ordinary and the extraordinary aspects of life.

In "Past and Current Potential Lives" Joyce Åkesson tries to imagine past lives, and then she wonders how her life would have been, had she made other choices in life. Why do we make the choices we make?

In "Traveler" there is a strong sense of loss. Loss of self, loss of autenticity, loss of joy?
"I lost my sense of time.
I lost sight of the railroad tracks
which led to my childhood's home."

Some of the poems are expressed as hypnotic, almost drum-like statements,
or as repetitive questions; as "Searching for a poem", "The Adventurer," "Eyes", "Intrusions",
"Complexities", "Longing", "Fire", "Drive", "Memories";
while others like "Conflict" paints a Bergmanesque scene where the couple wonder if they will ever be able to love each other again.

In "Questions About Love", "Some go and come", "The Secret Mirror", "Love's Essence" and "In Spinoza's World", Joyce Åkesson explores the eternal questions about the essence and the different aspects of love:
"to be reborn
through someone else
-with eyes closed-"
and how the world would look if we could not feel any deep passion.
"Love is the Master and the Path."

In "Reflections", "Soul and Body" and "Possibilities" Joyce Åkesson reflects masterfully about life and "the awareness of living".

"The Invitation" will leave you smiling, filled with awe and joy and wonder. It will invite you to look at life and love and everything in between a little differently and you will be very glad you accepted the invitation. Every time.

L. Holm author of "Fairytales for Femmes" and "Clonehead; Once in Everland."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Yet Profound 10 Nov 2009
By Early Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I never know what to expect when I pick up a book of poetry. I think good poetry is spare and simple, yet I hope it can make me think about important ideas. The Invitation does that. It's a small book that gave me a great deal to think about, and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend it and I hope to see more from Ms. Åkesson.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, thoughtful poetry 20 Oct 2009
By Amora Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to be honest...I usually don't like poetry. It seems that everyone thinks they are a poet, but few can pull off something worth reading. This book is the exception: these poems are exquisite. Reading this book is as relaxing as a cup of chamomile tea but as though provoking as a philosophy jam. Joyce tackles life's big questions and presents her philosophy via poetry.

This is a must read for any poetry fan, especially those who are into deeper poetry (William Wordsworth comes to mind). And even if you don't much care for poetry, you won't be disappointed with this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, unfussy, and lyrical 21 Aug 2009
By jess c scott | splatpunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I first read the product description for The Invitation, I was half expecting something very far-out, experimental, and difficult to peruse (in terms of "abstract concepts" - that's what my mind started to think of when I saw the words "emotional", "metaphysical", "surrealistic", "existential" and "philosophical", all in the first sentence!).

It was beautiful and lyrical from the very first page - I liked the very clean, simply-formatted text as well - it went in line with the book's theme on universal truths (it being something uncomplicated, and unfussy).

The poems are written with great lucidity and introspection. I especially liked "INTRUSIONS" - a skillful piece with a powerful message [the last line - you can check it out for yourself ;) - that's the message I got through my own personal interpretation].

Poetry is sexy. In our present day of IM-ing and blogging and twittering, it's evident that succinctness and precision are important elements, in the conveying of ideas. Which you will find in abundance, in The Invitation.

--Jess C Scott, Author of EyeLeash: A Blog Novel
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! 2 Aug 2009
By Samantha Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was a wonderful read for me. The 53 poems drew me in with their different themes about what makes life worth living for, like the awareness, imagination, expectation, dreams, sublimation, encounters, interactions, drives and philosophical and mystical contemplations.
I like very much these verses in The Art Of Living:

"There is a talent in finding
the right information at the right time,
a happiness in pleasing someone else.

Love is the best teacher in this journey.
It is simple:
you take the initiative and throw the dice."

In this book, I have found a new author to enjoy and I look forward to reading her other works.
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