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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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HEARTS AND MINDS: A Home For Every Poem

By Kyle Wood
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In this debut poetry collection, Kyle A. Wood explores ways of finding peace and happiness with a troubled mind and staying positive amid challenging circumstances.

IR Approved

GATES

By Jay Green
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

GATES is a treasure chest of contemporary poetry covering subjects as varied as author Jay Green’s own military service, the gamut of the creative process,...

IR Approved

CARSON CLARE’S TRAIL GUIDE TO AVOIDING DEATH

By Bruce McCandless III, Carson McCandless
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

CARSON CLARE’S TRAIL GUIDE TO AVOIDING DEATH is a poetry collection about how to navigate life's uncertainties and unpleasantness with applicable tips peppered in.

IR Approved

THAYER’S RETURN

By HJ Koch
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

The ghost of Sylvanus Thayer visits a current West Point Military Academy cadet to hear about the school's history and its link to American war...

LOVE CAME SOFTLY

By Luce D'Amore
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A series of poems detailing the profound influence of Love, anthropomorphized and considered as a spiritual higher power, on the author's life and emotions.

IR Approved

GIMME LIBERTY I CAN SMELL!

By J.Flaherty
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

GIMME LIBERTY I CAN SMELL! by J. Flaherty loosely covers the gamut of what can probably be considered a life well lived.

IR Approved

CELEBRITY SADHANA: Or How to Meditate with a Hammer

By Vijay R. Nathan
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

CELEBRITY SADHANA is Vijay R. Nathan’s poetic look at the cult of celebrity that currently occupies humankind’s every waking hour and their quest for sadhana. 

IR Approved

I HAVE BEEN MOVED

By Yacov Mitchenko
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Yacov Mitchenko, one of Canada’s brightest poetry creatives, showcases his unique voice in the wide-ranging collection I HAVE BEEN MOVED.

JUST LIKE THAT: Poems, Paintings, and Practices

By Gisela Stromeyer
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

Artist and yoga teacher, Gisela Stromeyer shares her inspired views on life in this 182-page collection of poetry, paintings, and practices.

IR Approved

COMMENCEMENT 

By Thom Kudla
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

COMMENCEMENT is a collection of small poems organized into categories- alphabetical, numbers, senses, colors, directions, and question words.

IR Approved

IN THE CRADLE OF SILENCE

By Gary Siegel
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Performance poet Gary Siegel transcribes his oft-spoken work to the written page in the highly-crafted collection IN THE CRADLE OF SILENCE.

IR Approved

BEST EVIDENCE

By Mark Osaki
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

BEST EVIDENCE is a thought-provoking series of poems that navigates the diverse range of human emotions.  

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