Word Intoxication
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Word Intoxication
Wildernesschic Poetry
Published:
8/10/2012
Format:
Casebound Hardcover
Pages:
70
Size:
8.5x8.5
ISBN:
978-1-47712-105-4
Print Type:
Color

"It is said that everyone has one book in them. I have a feeling Ruthie has several.

 25 years ago, when I first met her, she seemed to have a tale to tell. She arrived in town, a posh Scouser.  A beautiful, blonde lioness who seemed to me, mad, bad and dangerous to know.

I wanted to get to know her.

Mad, bad and dangerous to know, she might have been, but also kind, loyal, fun and honest. 

It is this honesty I see in her poems.  A raw truth that never shies away from the dark, less glamorous side of life; while at the same time celebrating its wonder and bizarreness.  She quite literally bares her soul.

She is a soul singer, the modern melodies in her poems as clear as the lyrics.” Laurie Cohen



Wildernesschic Poetry - Ruth Johnston Just a girl of a certain age musing about life.
In The Man in the Moon, Johnson writes about her love of her dying father. She tells beautifully of her early childhood memories and you can almost smell the sandlewood she describes in the poem. The love of her life is profound, deeply moving, suggestive and a shared darkness between daughter and father is evident.

For Johnson a poem is a performance, the declaration of a certain moment in time. First Blood has you disturbed for the start. It's violent and dark and visions are untouchable. The poem gains from leaving the unsaid.

The personal poems are suberb. The collection is full of spontaneity and wildness. A must buy is this debut of modern verse and soul baring.

Delyth Potts 
Ruth gives us a view of life through her own style of poetry. Seeing a world full of experiences through her eyes and relaying with chilling honesty and rawness. Well done Ruth I love your modern unemcumbered words.
Helen  
From the beginning, Ruth Johnston catches the reader pleasantly off guard with her cutting edge poem 'First Blood' and immediately shifts gears with the emotional words dedicated to her father in 'The Man in the Moon', a touching tribute to her late father. The heart of this little girl is revealed with her words:



“Even in death you showed me,

there’s nothing to fear.”



…while the soul of the woman is exposed in 'High Heels':



“I love to wear high heels

I am addicted to them.”





In 'Today', Ruth says, “Today I want to be twenty-three” and

sometimes in this wonderful book, she is.



Just as you settle in, again she shifts and honestly reminds us of how we all feel from time to time in 'Invisible Indeed':



“I am invisible

Unneeded

Nonessential

Camouflaged in the corner”



The photography is all Ruth and her creative juices flow with the shot of her dogs positioned so their legs form the shape of a heart and the nature shots (is Absolut Citron natural?) are exquisite, sometimes golden with reflection and other times white with the silence of snow.



Ruth’s book, 'Word Intoxication', is one I am proud to own…and you will be too!
tolbert 
Don't let Ruth's looks fool you. While it's true she's beautiful, she also has the soul of a poet. Her candor and use of imagery on the page is like a cold splash of water on the reader's face. This book will startle and amaze. It is very highly recommended.
S. Swartz 
This gorgeously presented book will intoxicate you with the power and beauty of Ruth's language
Robin 
Word Intoxication

“Wildernesschic Poetry”

By: Ruth Johnston



As I breathed in her words and exhaled beauty and brilliance, I was captured…..



I started reading word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page…. I was drawn into a truly mesmerizing beauty of a poetic storm….



Poetess Ruth Johnson reaches out and touches your very heart with every drop of passionate energy she can channel…. I found myself being embraced, kissed, comforted, slapped, tickled and caressed all the while being made love too through each and every word, as they flowed off the pages….



I truly enjoyed the photographic artistry that flowed so effortlessly in between each poem to give you a perfect visual, as you journey through the wilderness of Poetess Ruth Johnson’s emotions, passion and creative breath of each and every magical word….



Being a Poet as well, I could truly appreciate and enjoy being truly captured and ripped into wonderful artistic pieces, as I breathed in her words and exhaled brilliance and beauty…..



Reviewed By: De Ann “Native” Townes Jr. “Author of “Peer Inside My Soul and See Me””





Note: I was given a copy of this book for reviewing

De Ann Townes Jr. 
It was author Paul GaIlico, in his 1946 book ‘Confessions of a Story Writer’, who wrote: “It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader.’ In reading this debut book of poetry by Ruth Johnston, you can feel that imprint of the self, that level of emotion, in every piece.



In an alternating slideshow of verse and photographs, Johnston lets slip what must take courage to reveal, with an intimacy that – much like the work of the celebrated confessional poets – draws the reader into her experience.



In “Killing Me Softly” she pushes the gas pedal into a looming darkness, and we rush headlong into it with her; in “Sea Echoes” she dances into light, and we join her in the dance. In “The Passing” she mourns her father and the inevitability of death, and we mourn with her; in “The Man in the Moon” she comes to terms with life proceeding without him, and we, like her, rediscover life.

Johnston’s voice is honest, unvarnished, raw; and it is precisely this rawness of emotion that is intoxicating, that ultimately draws you into her poetry.

Samuel Peralta 
It was author Paul GaIlico, in his 1946 book ‘Confessions of a Story Writer’, who wrote: “It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader.’ In reading this debut book of poetry by Ruth Johnston, you can feel that imprint of the self, that level of emotion, in every piece.



In an alternating slideshow of verse and photographs, Johnston lets slip what must take courage to reveal, with an intimacy that – much like the work of the celebrated confessional poets – draws the reader into her experience.



In “Killing Me Softly” she pushes the gas pedal into a looming darkness, and we rush headlong into it with her; in “Sea Echoes” she dances into light, and we join her in the dance. In “The Passing” she mourns her father and the inevitability of death, and we mourn with her; in “The Man in the Moon” she comes to terms with life proceeding without him, and we, like her, rediscover life.

Johnston’s voice is honest, unvarnished, raw; and it is precisely this rawness of emotion that is intoxicating, that ultimately draws you into her poetry.

Samuel Peralta 
Word Intoxication

“Wildernesschic Poetry”

By: Ruth Johnston



As I breathed in her words and exhaled beauty and brilliance, I was captured…..



I started reading word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page…. I was drawn into a truly mesmerizing beauty of a poetic storm….



Poetess Ruth Johnson reaches out and touches your very heart with every drop of passionate energy she can channel…. I found myself being embraced, kissed, comforted, slapped, tickled and caressed all the while being made love too through each and every word, as they flowed off the pages….



I truly enjoyed the photographic artistry that flowed so effortlessly in between each poem to give you a perfect visual, as you journey through the wilderness of Poetess Ruth Johnson’s emotions, passion and creative breath of each and every magical word….



Being a Poet as well, I could truly appreciate and enjoy being truly captured and ripped into wonderful artistic pieces, as I breathed in her words and exhaled brilliance and beauty…..



Reviewed By: De Ann “Native” Townes Jr. “Author of “Peer Inside My Soul and See Me””





Note: I was given a copy of this book for reviewing

De Ann Townes Jr. 
This gorgeously presented book will intoxicate you with the power and beauty of Ruth's language
Robin 
Ruth gives us a view of life through her own style of poetry. Seeing a world full of experiences through her eyes and relaying with chilling honesty and rawness. Well done Ruth I love your modern unemcumbered words.
Helen  
In The Man in the Moon, Johnson writes about her love of her dying father. She tells beautifully of her early childhood memories and you can almost smell the sandlewood she describes in the poem. The love of her life is profound, deeply moving, suggestive and a shared darkness between daughter and father is evident.

For Johnson a poem is a performance, the declaration of a certain moment in time. First Blood has you disturbed for the start. It's violent and dark and visions are untouchable. The poem gains from leaving the unsaid.

The personal poems are suberb. The collection is full of spontaneity and wildness. A must buy is this debut of modern verse and soul baring.

Delyth Potts 
Don't let Ruth's looks fool you. While it's true she's beautiful, she also has the soul of a poet. Her candor and use of imagery on the page is like a cold splash of water on the reader's face. This book will startle and amaze. It is very highly recommended.
S. Swartz 
From the beginning, Ruth Johnston catches the reader pleasantly off guard with her cutting edge poem 'First Blood' and immediately shifts gears with the emotional words dedicated to her father in 'The Man in the Moon', a touching tribute to her late father. The heart of this little girl is revealed with her words:



“Even in death you showed me,

there’s nothing to fear.”



…while the soul of the woman is exposed in 'High Heels':



“I love to wear high heels

I am addicted to them.”





In 'Today', Ruth says, “Today I want to be twenty-three” and

sometimes in this wonderful book, she is.



Just as you settle in, again she shifts and honestly reminds us of how we all feel from time to time in 'Invisible Indeed':



“I am invisible

Unneeded

Nonessential

Camouflaged in the corner”



The photography is all Ruth and her creative juices flow with the shot of her dogs positioned so their legs form the shape of a heart and the nature shots (is Absolut Citron natural?) are exquisite, sometimes golden with reflection and other times white with the silence of snow.



Ruth’s book, 'Word Intoxication', is one I am proud to own…and you will be too!
tolbert 
 
 


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