A sweeping force of music, pulsing images, clear wit, and tenderness. Within beautifully formed poems, there is extensive consideration of what we can understand about love and grief alongside faith and “unbelief ” over time. Montreal Review of Books
The book moves in a drowning rush of water, and gives a heady rush. The language surprises and the word choices are densely brocaded and sumptuous— “each spring a hesitation/the surface/of lindens throb ebonized by rain”. It has starkly staked its truths “because pain don’t care/what makes sense” […] It’s inspiring in form and content. ~ 49th Shelf “2020 Poetry Delights”
This collection enchanted me—smart, thoughtful, inventive, unafraid, poignant, and engaging, these poems are spot on. How lucky are we in this heartbreaking world to have roberts’ compelling voice of beauty, humor, and depth allowing us to dip our toes in this exquisite river of poems. ~ Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Hourglass Museum & The Daily Poet, editor, Two Sylvias Press
rushes from the river disappoinment (poems by stephanie roberts)
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In As We Are you meet a diverse group of compelling characters as they negotiate the trials of love and loss during intimate moments of crisis and revelation.
In this captivating collection of short stories, you encounter a murderous whale and the woman who grows to trust him, a deaf trumpet player and a reverse Cinderella story. You also meet Oscar, who is trying to keep his family together while Rose, the love of his life, lies dying in hospital. Their son Max searches the streets of New York City looking for his estranged adopted sister Maria, will Max find Maria in time? And can Oscar keep his sanity and the secret he promised Rose he would take to the grave?
Through a magnetic narrative that is both sensual and poignant the reader is drawn into contemplations of their own life and loves and will be left wanting more.
$10 US/CND paperback on Amazon $5 US Kindle edition here. Published March 20, 2013
Reviews of As We Are
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging characters May 3, 2013
By Bruce B
“I was treated to a wonderful assortment of engaging characters in Stephanie Roberts’ new book, As We Are. In her collection of different and interesting stories, Stephanie brings out something new in each and every character – they come alive on the page. You are drawn into their lives, try to figure out where they are going next – and end up honestly caring about them and their ‘future’ at the end of the story. A very enjoyable collection!”
The Melting Potential of Fire is a contemplation of love within the challenges of freedom and competing solitudes. This lyrical collection of poems is part love letter, part travelogue. Set against the glowing landscape of Italy, it is full of the sights and sounds of the cities of Amalfi, Salerno, Furore, Capri, Rome, Florence and Incisa.The author was reading Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters To A Young Poet during these travels, and Rilke’s meditations on solitude influence these verses, illuminating the possibility and practicality of a long term love relationship lived primarily within a crucible of passion, and a belief that passion gives lovers the ability to transcend the natural barriers of solitude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
“This is an excellent collection of poems. With Christmas fast approaching, would make a superb gift, or buy to add to your personal library.”
5.0 out of 5 stars a vacation in prose, transporting the imagination, massaging the intellect, October 18, 2012
Wenzen: the melting potential of fire (Kindle Edition)
“A wonderful & delightful read, by what appears to be a generous offering, by a gifted writer, promising more to come. I found the reading to be an experiential bathing in sights, sounds, images, and realities…at times sublime, poignant, subtle, witty, humorous, playful, sombre, pensive, and challenging. At times what seemed to emerge in each passage were stories, characters, themes couched within the folds of verse…like children waiting to be born. No doubt here is a writer than we can expect to hear more from, and certainly hope to hear more from. A joy to read, a read that invites repetition. A surprise vacation for the internal senses, transporting,the soul, transcending the banal.”
5.0 out of 5 stars be transported by your senses, May 17, 2012
“Sit down with this book and an espresso or a glass of red wine, and you will be glad you did. The cover of the book is striking and begs you to open and read. Be transported with the author–her words will allow you to see, taste, touch, hear and smell the scenes she experienced in her travel through Italy. She also invites you into her deepest meditations about love and solitude, the descriptions of love are quite beautiful and sensual. I enjoyed the intimacy in which she allows the reader a window into her thoughts as she travels. If you are going to Italy, I would definitely recommend you take this book to read in your quiet times of relaxation. I plan to when I go someday!”
5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of Italy, April 19, 2012
“I received my copy of The Melting Potential of Fire yesterday and I haven’t put it down yet! Stephanie Roberts writes with a style and grace that brings the images of the lemon groves and wonderful smells and tastes alive. She captures the fun and frustration of being a tourist, but you also sense the ease she has in fitting in like a native Italian. There is a strong curiosity in her writing that takes you along her adventures throughout the book. I could see myself taking this with me on a trip to Italy.”