Friday, January 13, 2012

Emerging Goddess: On Reviews; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Essay).

Emerging Goddess: On Reviews; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Essay)
by Tim Kavi

Dear Readers:

I am happy to report that my recent book 'Emerging Goddess' is getting reviews (mostly good ones).  While a poet is always thankful for being read, it is always nice to get more good reviews than bad ones.  While negative reviews can tell us something about the work itself, sometimes truly bad reviews seem more than a critique. Some really seem personal, jealous, or on some vendetta (the ugly reviews).  To those reviewers, I cannot imagine what is going through their minds.  It is plain that they have missed the intended message of my work. 

It is interesting too that some of those ugly reviewers often cannot be found elsewhere on the Net, their purchase of the book is not verified by the seller at the website where they have posted, and they have little to say that shows they have actually read poems from the work. 

I hope that potential readers and readers of my work will not base their decisions just upon reviews,  but will engage with the material and make up their own minds.  I hope you read my books (and my blog here) with an open mind and an open heart.  I seldom ask my readers anything, when it comes to reading my work, but I will say this:  when reading my work; consider the heart of the message and the following questions.  Is there a true path to peace? Is love needed in the world?  Is there a path to the Goddess, even if along some narrow ridge, and if there is, isn't She needed in this war torn world?  That is what my work is about.

The heart of the message in my work is all about love, peace, freedom, empowerment, and it is never about hate.  

My work about the Goddess is not about poetic style, form, or whether the words fit certain poetic meter. These are spiritual love poems.  Really, they are devotional utterances that celebrate love and the Goddess; wherever She is found.

So I welcome and respect the rights of all reviewers good and bad (and even ugly). I will continue writing, as to not do so, is not to follow the path.  For my path is not chosen, but burns in me, with a calling that demands a response.

There will be more Goddess books by Tim Kavi.  In other later collections, will be other themes and more traditional poetic styles. However,  it is in these works about the Goddess that lies the message that is closest to my heart, and a message from my heart;  to love, to be loved, to make a difference for peace in the world.  It is my message of love to the world.  If it calls you to do anything, it invites you to love fully from your discovered human heart.

It is a human heart that can still be found if you but look, even in the age of mechanized dulling of the senses and technological overload; it is a message of affirmation to bring confirmation, to come into your own empowered sense of self with other, and to love each other.

So, I am glad to get your comments, responses, and reviews. So keep them coming; good, bad, or ugly. To the ugly reviewers, I wonder about you, if there is some sort of misunderstanding, and why the hate,  but respect your rights to say anything. To the bad reviewers, I will closely look at what you said. To the good reviewers, I am honored you are moved.  Thank you to all of you sincerely.  Blessings to you and prayers for all. 

In conclusion, I wish to say that my devotional love "poems" do not ignore a mystical experience.  Rather, they are saturated with it.  Ultimately these are love poems that celebrate a divine sense of love and confirmation, but are also the utterances of love between persons.  What lasting good is a love without both components?  My hope though, is the attempt to reveal a fully empowered love, a love based on two souls; souls encountering each other in deep love.  Yes, my Goddess poems refer to love between persons as well as a sense of the transcendent, but if you see only the physical aspects, you are missing something.

Thank you for reading.  I am lucky and blessed to be read, and wish you all the best that life and love can bring.--TK

So read the book for yourselves:

Here's all the reviews:

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