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Steven David Justin Sills

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in Moberly, Missouri


Classical books of the Western Canon

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*From Dr Corum, thesis advisor
Steven, you should DEFINITELY continue to give your life to . . . literary novels (notice I omitted “obscure”). What you have produced is a phenomenal work. Others, in the past, have attempted to do something like you have done, but they did not come close to creating a work with such breadth and depth as you.

I apologize for taking so very long to complete the reading of your work, but it is very densely written in some sections, while others seem to be as lucid as anything I have ever read. Your vocabulary probably exceeds my own (“fulgurant”), for which I am thankful, as I always enjoy being taught the existence of wor

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An American Papyrus: 25 Poems

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Kalliope Steven,

Thank you for your friends request. I look forward to reading your reviews and comments in this site. You live in SouthEast Asia. How wonderful...!!!

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Jesse Hanson Dear Steven, It's nice to notice your wide ranging interest in literature. I hope I will get a chance to check out your work in the near future--incredibly busy at this time though. I hope you might also take an interest in having a look at my spiritual allegory, Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man. It's fiction that was inspired by my personal life. Namaste, best wishes, jesse

Steven Sills Hello.  I am Steven Sills.  Thank you for entering the contest for my books and maintaining some commitment to the waning art of contemporary literature.  My writings can be seen on Project Gutenberg, the Online Book Page, and  The poetry, published initially by the New Poets Series, is in around a hundred physical libraries, and most of the digital versions of the prose are cataloged in a few academic libraries.  As my whole goal is to edify rather than sell books, I hope to gain a literary following if the works are worthy of it.   My books are not easy, but for anyone who cares to go on an arduous but rewarding literary journey, it is my goal to take you there and, hopefully, you will reciprocate by writing a professional review.  See the review below as an example of such a review.  No matter if one likes or dislikes my works, professional reviews are the objective that all of us should attempt on which proves our ability to analyze a text in a scholarly manner.  One must admit that this is rarely done on 

If you are prepared for the challenge of reading literary texts and attempting an appraisal that shows your ability to write a scholarly review I will try to help facilitate an easy medium to access the work.  Of course all of it is online (google search:  Steven David Justin Sills) but , depending on the individual, that can be an uncomfortable reading experience.

Papyrus: An Eloquent Ode to Life's Many Gritty Moments
by Amy L. Wilson
Arkansas Gazette
Little Rock, Arkansas
April 1990

An American Papyrus
Steven Sills
The Chestnut Hills Press Poetry Series
63 pages; $6.95 paperback

Twenty-six poems make up this first published book by Steven Sills, 26, of Fayetteville.  Sills' vision is often a dark one.  He writes of the homeless, the abused, the forgotten people.  He is also intrigued with the mystical, the sensual/sexual, loss--as in losing those whom we hold dear, such as a spouse or lover--as well as the lost, such as someone who is autistic, who seems unreachable.  Sills' skillful use of the language to impart the telling moments of a life is his strength.  He chooses his words carefully, employing a well-developed vocabulary.  He is thoughtful about punctuation, where to break lines and when to make a new stanza.  He's obviously well versed in "great" literature.

Sills' command of language helps to soften the blows of some of the seamier passages found in his poems.  Seamy may not be the best word to use.  Perhaps gritty is a better word or just plain matter-of-fact and to the point, as in this descriptive passage from "Oracion A Traves De Gasshole," about the hopeless feelings of a respiratory therapy worker:

"With the last of the air drawing in/ Begins to fold its walls; and he could imagine it/ Like he could imagine from inexact memories/ The woman last night at the hospital, whom he began to like---/ Her body pulling cell by cell/ Apart before he had a chance to finish the rescue with the hose."

The book begins with "Post-Annulment2" a poem with a poignant description of society's displaced--"As the sun blazes upon the terminal's/ Scraped concrete/The shelved rows of the poor men"--and continues by describing a city scene through the eyes of a maintenance worker at the Hilton Hotel.  The protagonist's wife has left him and he is taking the bus to work that morning, his mind wandering as he looks for the key to why she is gone.  "He rings the bell. / The idea of her not home and legally annulled/ From his life--her small crotch not tightened to his desperate thrusts/ Makes him feel sick.  He gets down from the bus./  He goes to work.  He suddenly knows that he is not in love."

As many poets will do, Sills could not leave this work alone.  So a hybrid of this poem, "Post-Annulment" ends the book.  In it, he has kept many of the original lines and added parenthetical remarks to expand on his ideas.  It is in this context he allows himself to comment on religion:  "Religion is a lie!  Everything is a lie!" and on marriage:  "Marriage, that sanctified legal rape, fosters the child-man to be a destined societal function as he grows up in the family unit."

Not all of the poems are so bleak and cynical in every passage, however, as is apparent in "The San Franciscan's Night Meditations":  "The night is full of impulses to live and run and seep heavily into its dark robes of silence and morbid rightness."  People who do not feel comfortable examining in detail the darker side of life--the the details that the average person overlooks because it just hurts or feels to strange to look--will not enjoy this book.  Serious writers of free verse, contemporary poetry and/or those who study it will not be disappointed.

Sills, a native of Missouri, is a recent graduate of Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.  He currently is working in Fayetteville.  Sills dedicated his book to Mike Burns, a poet and teacher at SMSU who helped him edit his work.

Passant thank you for the friendship request!
i m looking forward to checking your books, since i like learning about mostly anything and appreciate valuable knowledge :D

message 3: by Dennis (last edited May 12, 2012 10:55AM)

Dennis Your Friend request was unexpected and a bit of a mystery for me, To that I do not know much about you nor know of your works. I am an avid collector of Books/PDFs and have a collection ranging in the 10,000+. Your friendship is most welcome as I do not have many here on "Good reads" but I expect this will change as now I have you as a Friend. Thanks for the add and may God bless you and yours.

Best Regards Dennis

Steven Sills Thank you so much for your comments Lucinda. I really do not have much understanding of what Goodreads can do for me or others in developing friendships or in promoting books. Thank you for your interest in the giveaway of one or more of my books. I uploaded digital versians of my books but probably need to expedite the giveaway

Lucinda Dear Steven,
I would like to thank you for the lovely and unexpected friendship request, which i concider as an honour being an ardent admirer of your works. Goodreads is a fantastic site where one is able to converse with so many likeminded people both readers and authors, and your fantastic quote about summed it up. Thank you once again,
Lucinda Xx

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