• ambrosia,  music,  poetry

    how to say

    Listen to Glenn’s poem, “How to Say,” set to music by Jeff Enns and sung by Jennifer Enns-Modolo, with Loren Shalanko at the piano:

    How to say
    (May 24, 2009)

    The way to say “I love you” to someone
    is to say “I love you” to that person
    This has come to my attention
    “I love you” means “I love you”
    and merits
    being said
    to the person
    for whom you feel that love

    Various gestures and clipped phrases
    do not
    say “I love you”

    As lovely as a home-cooked casserole
    or cheque for some needed money
    or gift certificate for an indulgence
    and is loving, nurturing, caring

    It is not the same as saying
    “I love you”
    it is not

    “Love ya”’ or “You’re my girl”
    or “You’re the best wife, mother, daughter”
    or some Hallmark equivalent
    nice and perhaps true

    But it is not the same as saying
    “I love you”

    Do not mistake a gesture for the
    declaration of love
    nor heavy sentiment for its
    clear articulation

    Do not misjudge the brevity
    of our existence
    in missing the opportunity to say
    “I love you”

    Nor misjudge the simplicity of the
    clear statement
    with empty blathering, over-repetition
    to meaninglessness

    Do not wait until your voice has dried
    and your sunken eyes
    mournfully cry “I love you”

    Do not wait until your deathbed
    or someone else’s

    Do not give expression to love
    in the heat of passion
    nor as an act of contrition

    Like any real gift, give expression
    freely, under no duress,
    with no sense of obligation
    or awkward burden

    Tell all those that you love
    that you love them
    not just your spouse, your lover,
    your beloved

    Tell them now or certainly soon

    Say to each person that you truly love,
    where your mutual love
    is a bond beyond
    the nature of an ordinary relationship,

    “I love you”

    For the only way to do this
    I know
    The only way to say “I love you” to someone
    is to say “I love you”

  • ambrosia,  prose

    the power of reviews

    Reviews are commodity for a writer… an exponential commodity, if there is such a thing. The formula? – the more reviews a book gets, the more it is marketed by the distributor.

    So, I’ve come up with my own formula: write a review to one of the above websites on one of the books I’ve written = I’ll send you great gratitude and your choice of another. …repeat as often as you wish.

  • ambrosia,  prose

    some reviews

    Visit some reviews for Antonia of Venice, such as:
    I’ve never read a book that was so engaging and moving. It actually took me a long time to read because I kept googling art, music and musicians as I read to find out more about them and to see art that I probably saw in Paris that I didn’t understand until I read this book. Also I didn’t want it to end. I am learning violin 8 months) and can see that the violin is truly a magical and spiritual instrument. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story. I feel richer in art and music now because of your book.
    ANTONIA amazon.com reviews