Podcast: My Interview on KSJE radio (90.9FM) with Traci Hales-Vass on Nocturne… and more

For those of you who have not heard it, here is a link to my interview with Traci Hales-Vass for Farmington (NM) public radio KSJE 90.9 FM, which aired on September 18, 2019. The topic was my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover.  Many heartfelt thanks to Traci for having me on her show.

The interview is also on YouTube.

You can find another review by Aakanksha Jain here. Many heartfelt thanks to Aakanksha as well.

Also Aakanksha did a written interview with me as well, which came out in July and which you can find here.

Nocturne by Phil Slattery #BookReview #Poetry

Here is Jason Muckley’s wonderful review of my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover. Many heartfelt thanks to Jason for his kind words.

Poems for Warriors


Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover by Phil Slattery is a deep and raw “picture” of experiencing love and lovers of varying type, capturing the moments of ecstasy and pain in a most beautiful way.

Slattery speaks with one voice as his words and pictures depict the full range of human love and loss that both tempts the soul to engage and urges the heart to resist. His opening quote by Augustine of Hippo captures this work perfectly:

“I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love…I sought what I might love, in love with loving.”  –Augustine of Hippo

The poems are mostly untitled and written in free verse form. The reader meanders through the past relationships as they ebb and flow through varying stages. The introduction poem tells of the types of poem you will soon encounter:

nights of love

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Update: September 30, 2019 Shadows and Stars

Selfie with Lotus in background near Arkansas Post, September 4, 2019

Over the weekend I made some important progress with my novel in progress, Shadows and Stars. Although I have over 80,000 words, there were still some large holes where I could not come up with a good plan to fill them. On Sunday, the 29th, I went to Ameca Mexican Restaurant to have lunch and took my notebook/journal for Shadows and Stars with me as I usually do when I go out to eat or have coffee. After eating (a delicious pollo Chihuahua by the way), I started writing another synopsis of the plot, which is something I do when trying to generate ideas. I try to reduce the entire novel to one sentence, one “elevator pitch”, or what you could find on the back of a dust jacket. The ideas started flowing and I could not stop writing for a few hours. I finally wrote one additional (and important) chapter of about 1,000 words, which I typed into the novel tonight. But, the important take-away is that I finally came up with the entire plot. Now I will continue expanding on that and refining it, until I have the first draft completed, which I hope will be by Halloween. Then I will refine that until I have the novel as perfect as I can make it. Wish me luck.

My Position in the Amazon Poetry Section is Climbing (for today at least)

Selfie with Lotus in background near Arkansas Post, September 4, 2019

I just now checked my stats for sales of Nocturne…, and although I managed to only give away a few books recently, that was enough to bring the stats up to:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,512 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

I have heard some debate as to how accurate Amazon stats are, so it is possible that I have more sales than what is recorded here.

Also, for some unknown reason, I had more views from the UK than the US (13 vs, 12), which is unusual. Usually, I will have a dozen or so views from the US and maybe half a dozen at most from the UK. What most people viewed today was my promotion of Nocturne…


2019 Ned Kelly Awards Winners — At the BookShelf

The links below are to articles taking a look at the winners of the 2019 Ned Kelly Awards. For more visit:– https://www.booktopia.com.au/blog/2019/09/07/see-the-2019-ned-kelly-award-winners/– https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2019/09/09/138833/winners-of-the-ned-kelly-awards-2019-announced/

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