Saint Elmo's Light by J Thomas Brown

Saint Elmo’s Light is a collection of thirteen short stories by J Thomas Brown. The blue-violet light of St. Elmo’s fire, caused by a molecular tearing apart of electrically charged plasma in the air, is brightest in the area of highest curvature such as at the ends of pointed objects like ship's masts and lightning rods.  The stories are concentrated in this electrically charged area of high curvature where phenomena are more intense.

The smell of rain is in the wind, mixed with the pungent odor of ozone. You are in for a stormy ride through a landscape cast in violet light.

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A collection of thirty-three poems by J Thomas Brown. An outsider's look at a world that is both devastating and full of wonder. In this collection you will find joy, satire, pathos, magic, and the goblin spirit, duende. Some of the poems come from dreams, some from close encounters with the bending sickle. The closer the chine, the truer the line.

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"Mooncalf is a fitting wanderer through this imaginative landscape from honeymoon, kings, sea turtle, and woodpecker to cowboy, Ice King, Homburg Hat and Starman. The poetry, however, is all but foolhardy as the book title, Mooncalf, might suggest. Poet J. Thomas Brown skillfully covers a wide range of topics from human greed, environmental crises, global politics, to minority neighborhood demolition and serial murder . . . I have kudos for each poem in this collection . . . "    --Patsy Asuncion, author of Cut on the Bias

“From the journey of new-born sea turtles to the drive-by death of a beloved cow, Brown is our myth-teller and guide through a universe that is both devastating and full of wonder, where politicians resemble villains of old, and poets (the keepers of hidden things) read their rhymes amid the grinding of coffee beans and meet their dooms in Viking halls . . . It makes me think we should all spend a little more time gazing at the moon.”   --Joanna S. Lee, author of Dissections

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Poetry is a force that shapes the world. I'm proud to have several of my poems included in Rising Voices. - JTB

At this pivotal moment in humankind’s evolution, the voices rising from this anthology are more essential than ever before, in bringing understanding, healing, and transformation to our world. The powerful insights, wisdom, and revelations in this volume are only derived from personal, lived experience and only conveyed through the power of poetry. Social justice is not only the theme of these empowering verses; it is also served, and the Beloved Community advanced, through these Rising Voices.

Dan Hocoy, PhD
President, Goddard College
Co-Editor, Shadows & Light: Theory, Research, and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology (Vols. 1 & 2)

The poems in Rising Voices, like powerful anthems, call for a relationally ethical connection between heart and mind by evoking emotions, prompting meaningful questions, critical reflections, and generating insights into uniquely lived local experiences otherwise foreclosed by intellectualism, lost in generalized narratives, and ignored by disaffection.

Héctor Luis Vargas, PhD
Full Professor, Regis University

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An audiobook of thirty-three poems published by Author's Republic. Narration in English with musical accompaniment by the author.

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