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Hatred, loathing, fear, sad, love, coherent, incoherent, drugs, images, strange, disturbing, poems, happiness, thoughts, death, violence, stories, babbling, hope, joy, relationships, observations, rants, haikus, depressing, disturbing images; White Elephant. (Over 120 writings).

Adult audience intended. Contains four graphic images depicting violence and showing blood and a
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published March 29th 2012)
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Donald Armfield
Nov 03, 2014 Donald Armfield rated it really liked it
White Elephant. We all have those dreams that you feel like you can touch, the words of this author leaves thought and a question. Am I awake yet? This collection is not better than his second collection which I recommend reading. Praise for "Scribbles!"

A quote from Volatalistic Phil. "Heart shaped butt passing. It's the little things in life. That give me meaning."

"Strawberry Tears" I could see being adapted into a childrens book. A strawberry crying for help from a caterpillar with an eye patc
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Raegan Butcher
Sep 16, 2013 Raegan Butcher rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author, but it certainly won't be the last. Phil is the real deal: compassionate, intelligent, honest, self-deprecating, sensitive, perceptive. When one is all of those things today, the result can be a lot of pain. But Phil is also a survivor. Someone once said that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Phil is a poet in the truest sense: a man who takes the raw material of his life and spreads it across the page,sneaking up on his own s ...more
Phil Volatile
Jan 07, 2016 Phil Volatile added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I don't know where to start when trying to talk about this book. This was my first collection and better attempt at poetry. I don't know if it's a success or a fail. I wrote this collection during a strange time in my life. I know that probably doesn't make that much sense; at least when thinking about my life I consider them to all be strange times and ever-changing.

With each piece that I write, I look at the former one(s) as garbage and not being good enough. I try to raise the bar with each o
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Jenn
Apr 12, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'unsung words are not songs, and unlit torches might as well be gone.'

To me, this volume is a wonderful, surreal landscape of incidents and observations. Theoretically, the surreal and bizarre poems shouldn't make sense, but they somehow do, and each of them trigger an emotional response in me. I guess this volume could mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people. This is a book to keep and re-read every once in a while, to see if the colours change and a different meaning su
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Trish
Jul 06, 2012 Trish rated it it was amazing
Just as I had thought, this book was superb.
The poems has reached out in all aspects of each feeling I could convey. Fear, anxiousness, love, wonders, etc.
I'm not a huge fan of poems, but, the author kept me intrigued by his use of words. You can actually feel and know what the author is going through at the time the poem was composed.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Casey Kiser
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I love the wonderful chaos of this book. I didn't connect with this one as well as 'White Wedding Lies' but it is a fun read of Phil's observations and thoughts. I enjoyed this book very much. I especially loved 'Mayday'. Looking forward to reading more from this unique author.
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Phil Volatile (formerly Volatalistic Phil) is the crap dice hero saint of orphan love who's been slamming into the speed bumps of life since 1985. A former substance use technician who put down the bottle and picked up a pen is now writing books for general amusement. He's still into women, motorcycles, cars, and wasting time.

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