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Forty-Five Seconds: A Chapbook

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Joschua Beres presents intimate portraits of lived experience in the form of poetry as well contemplative speculations from the margins on humanity and its future impact. His poems function as vivid snapshots that guide the reader without completely elucidating the situation and touch on such varied themes as love, war, society, domestic violence, the colonization of the ...more
ebook, 25 pages
Published January 8th 2014 by Thirteenth Son Press
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Dave Higgins
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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While most poetry collections include a contents page, not all include a contents page that reads like a poem. It is testament to the power of Beres voice that the titles form a poem of their own.

This collection of ten poems has been compiled from Beres opus with the intention something of him will survive past my earthy existence and the cruelty of time and opens with an apology that they have not been polished over and over again. Beres need have no worries on either account.

The collection
Angel Zapata
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Joschua Beres Forty-Five Seconds collects ten poems that seek order and healing from heartbreaking, destructive circumstances. Themes include abusive relationships, forces of nature, war, and terroristic attacks. Its a relatively quick read and the language is down-to-earth and flows easily off the page. The confessional tone draws the reader deftly into his deeply-shaded world.

Some of my favorite passages are They say when we sleep / we are students of the dream. / we are teachers of the dream.
Mariah Wilson
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I almost gave this book three stars, but settled on four, deciding that just because I prefer shorter poems, it's no reason to take a star away.

Joschua's poems are somehow both personal, but universal, the stuff of souls and stars. His use of language is striking in some places and subtle in others. It's a great little chapbook.
Joschua Beres
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite:

"Forty-five Seconds by Joschua Beres is not for the faint of heart. The themes explored within its richly polished lines are dark, deeply personal, courageous and ultimately heartrending. This slender volume contains a minefield of indelible images and confessional turns of phrase that readers will not easily forget.

In order to fully comprehend the depth and intensity of this collection of poems, it should be noted that the forty-five seconds of the
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Joschua is a Texan of French-Creole, Acadian, Choctaw, English, Irish, and German descent who is a veteran of the US Air Force and the US Army. He has previously been published by Literary Orphans, Bohemia Literary and Art Journal and anthologies.

He is a member of The Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University and currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his chihuahua Django Reinhardt and kitten

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