Monthly Archives: September 2013

First Book Signing a Success

I would like to thank all those who attended my first book signing hosted by Kat Kaplan, owner of Kat’s Book Nook, in Bemidji, MN on Friday, September 6.  It was a pleasure to meet new people and greet friends and family.

Two hours passed quickly amid great conversation, appetizers and beverages, and the presence of numerous interested readers who purchased a copy of my book and browsed the shelves in the store.  Kat’s Book Nook is a customer-friendly used bookstore with a comfortable atmostphere that is further enhanced by the owner’s two Shih tzus and a sweet-natured foster cat from the local Humane Society!

I hope “This Long Trip to Myself” will resonate with people of varied life experiences and backgrounds.  No matter our differences, I believe there exists a common through-line we all share in the frailty and wonder of being human.   Make the most of the journey!

 

New Reviews Bring Good News!

I am grateful to the following reviewers for their kind words and insight:

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

This Long Trip to Myself by Steve Saari is the author’s journey, the happy and the sad. It is a mixture of dramatic and abstract; a collection of thoughts put together to give you a peek into the author’s mind and spirit, his inner feelings and struggles, and his personal experiences.

I thought the collection was beautiful for many reasons. First, it opened the soul of the poet to the reader. They have a chance to explore his personal space. Secondly, the formatting of the poems is exceptional. They not only speak of the theme but they are also highly visual.

Many of the poems in This Long Trip to Myself are lyrical. All the emotions are handled with finesse and elegance. The language is beautiful and simplistic. Some of the poems are haunting and strike a chord within you. Some of them are metaphorical and poignant. They make you want to go back and read them again and again. The poet’s struggle with his own self is revealed beautifully in this collection.

This Long Trip to Myself has some beautiful illustrations to go with some of the poems. ‘The Tomb’ speaks about the gloomy mind of the poet and he comes out of it abruptly with the next exquisite poem ‘Hope’. ‘Prison Window’ is another poem which speaks of the poet’s somber mood. I was highly impressed by the formatting of ‘Me’. It took the poem to another level altogether. On the whole, it is a beautiful collection and all poetry lovers will enjoy the poems.

http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/12784

Rabid Readers Reviews

This Long Trip To Myself is a collection of poetry delving into topics of life, death and existence.

The author, Steve Saari, gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

I have said on this blog before that I am not a reader that “gets” poetry. I can appreciate the use of language and the complexity of structure but deeper meaning eludes me. There are the rare poets into whose work I delve. It’s those Poets who present straightforward ideology as well as lyrical stanzas. Saari is a poet accessible to my somewhat pedestrian understanding of the subject. It came as no surprise to discover that this poet is a composer and many of the poems read like song lyrics.

In This Long Trip To Myself, Saari gives the reader a path into the soul of the poet.  He gives the reader depth and lyricism in the very creepy poem “Shadowland” — If you die/And I attend you/I also will learn. Much of Saari’s poetry is introspective. Much of it deals with internal struggle and death. The poem, “The Tomb” brought to mind pictures viewed of Holocaust victims. The poem brought forth stark imagery of jutting bones and being surrounded by death. Likely not the intent of the poet but poetry is a personal experience.

The poem “Alice” tells the remembered tale of a girl losing her shoes and a woman restrained in what sounds to be an asylum setting. The poem is powerful and moving in the sense that no matter where a reader is in their life, they have those pivotal moments to which they might or will cling in the end. I read the poem a few times in an attempt to absorb the enormity of the event for this woman and her loved one or caretaker, who within the poem, wishes they had known her when she was vital.

My favorite poem was decidedly Seussical, “6,740 Days in the Life of a Bookworm.” The poem was funny, symbolic and poignant.

If you like to read poetry or like haunting lyrical stanzas, the work of Steve Saari is for you.

http://www.rabidreaders.com/2013/09/01/this-long-trip-to-myself-by-steve-saari-author-chris-arens-illustrator-and-julie-quanrud-illustrator/