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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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I HAVE BEEN MOVED

By Yacov Mitchenko
Rating:
4.5 / 5

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

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

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

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

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

UNDER THE OAK

By Peter Hynes
Rating:
3.9 / 5

UNDER THE OAK, a passionate reflection on the feelings that infuse a life.

OUT OF SOMETHING UGLY

By Margot Nothing
Rating:
3.7 / 5

In OUT OF SOMETHING UGLY, margot nothing takes readers on an often startlingly personal journey through a lifelong reckoning with abuse and its aftermath.

LONERS AND MOTHERS

By Allen Lee Ireland
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A collection of short, lyrical poems on topics ranging from the natural world (and the emotions it stirs) to family and other relationships.

BORN IN RAINDROPS

By Danny Callahan
Rating:
2.9 / 5

A diverse collection of poems from poet Danny Callahan, BORN IN RAINDROPS explores several themes, including love, loss, and 1950’s sex symbols.

SOMETHING’S BOUND TO HAPPEN, a reflection on where the personal and the political meet

By Michael Kasenow
Rating:
3.5 / 5

In Michael Kasenow's latest collection of poetry, the author reflects on the personal, the political, and the intersection where these themes meet.

WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE NATURAL WORLD

By Andrea Freeman
Rating:
4.0 / 5

The cycles of human life reflected in the beauty of nature are the main focus of the collection of poems in WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS:...

A feast of ponderings and observations in: THE MAGIC TABLE

By Americo Petrocelli, PhD, VSC
Rating:
3.5 / 5

An older man, living in a retirement home, muses on life, old age, his friends, and his memories in prose and poetry.

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