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Tosha Michelle has a unique and inspirational literary voice. Her poetry is heartfelt and soulful. She takes you through the depths of melancholy and loneliness with “Yearning,” and sings a “Love Song to the South” that will take you back to a simpler, more beautiful time. She’ll have you cracking up with a poem about her cat, dancing with her “Goddess of the Night,” and r ...more
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Published November 6th 2014 by La Litrati (first published November 4th 2014)
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James
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle: A Poet’s Collection of Love, Loss, and Renewal is the first book of poems published by Tosha Michelle. In its pages, readers will find an unique voice; a voice that cries out for universal good in the form of justice, understanding, and love. Her love of books, writing, and creativity in general, come through in vivid display as well.

Join her as she explores the trio of themes from the subtitle: love, loss, and renewal. Fall under the trance of her melod
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David
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Tosha Michelle is a woman of many gifts: she hosts a podcast called "La Literati" and does more to promote great, undiscovered works of fiction and nonfiction in one week than most of us will do in a lifetime. Now, however, she has added a new feather to her cap (wide-brimmed and sun-shading, no doubt; she is, after all, as Southern as Belles come) and inextricably elevated herself to the ranks of the authors whom she interviews. CONFESSIONS OF A REFORMED SOUTHERN BELLE manages to be beautiful,
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Jane Rothman
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tosha Michelle’s “Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle, is a rollercoaster ride of emotions that travels through her entire being and touches the hearts of her readers. Be prepared to experience the depths of melancholia and sorrow, the regrets of loves and friendships that once where or could have been, and the pure joy and exuberance for life. The writer is, truly, opening up her heart and inviting us all in for open house. In one of her most touching narratives “Read Me”it becomes clear t ...more
Christopher Voss
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You will laugh, you will cry, you will not be able to put this book down. Makes a great gift for any poetry lover you may know.
Trish Ferch
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to The Rainbow Connection-to borrow the thoughts of Kermit :) Welcome to the insightful world of Ms. Tosha and travel the wonderful path lined with her feelings on lovers and dreamers and things both over and under the rainbow. I personally have known Tosha for over 10 yrs, strictly on-line, and have appreciated her talents with words all along. It is great to finally see it all put together. I hope you enjoy her world as much as I do.
Georgina
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Plumbing the depths of her own soul and that of humanity at large, Tosha delivers a heartfelt, poignant collection of poetry which both celebrates and calls to account her fellow (hu)man. At times she's whimsical (gosh she loves her cat), and other times celebratory (what a lucky friend Mr. Smith is...), but above all, she's honest. xx ...more
Hunter Murphy
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fine collection of poetry by the lovely Tosha Michelle, who is a great proponent for art and creativity. I might be biased because I like her so much (but that's ok). I appreciate what she's done in this collection, exploring the the themes of a young woman in transition: "I am the dust of the galaxy/ Yearning to know itself." (From her poem "Edges"). ...more
Heather Culford
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having had the privilege of reading some of Tosha's poetry online I am thrilled that she is now sharing her wonderful words and thoughts with everyone. Sweet, soulful, humorous and thought provoking...a must read!! ...more
Claudia Rose
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tosha is made of magic, her poems are beautiful and full of a magical atmosphere, while reading I am lost in a dreamy world, full of nostalgic feelings that fall lightly like a leaf in a pleasant autumn day.
I would recommend it to anyone.
Diane Grechoski
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Boy.. the title say's it all... Tosha Michelle, is one of the finest poets I have read in many years. Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle.:A Poets Collection of Love, Loss and Renewal. Tosha opens up and shares the beautiful writings of love,loss and renewal with such grace and charm, leaving you feeling you have a friend, that has taken the same path.. Just a wonderful read....... ...more
Tina Sloan
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tosha Michele wrote a small charming book of poetry that I sat down and read in one sitting. It was full of insights and joy and sadness just what a book of poetry should be full of. Bravo, Tosha.
Terry
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful glimpse into a beautiful mind. The lovely Tosha shares her poetry with us, like a gift. Sensitive and emotion-filled, this carefully chosen collection of poems will have you thinking and feeling in equal measure.
Bob Lane
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm really impressed and pleasantly surprised upon reading just a few poems from this collection. I can't wait to read more. It's that good. I'll be recommending it to all my friends. ...more
Raelee Carpenter
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Lovely strung words, evocative of tears, dreams, smiles, and courage. Layers that peel back like rose petals opening to sum.
Peter
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sultry, haunting, and sublime---Tosha has weaved incantations that pull you from scene to scene like a dandelion seed on a humid summer breeze.
-P. Hammarberg
Jennifer Berry-bross
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tosha's poetry shows how beautiful her soul is and how compassionate she is for life. Her writings blanket you with true Southern hospitality. ...more
Sadi Kalen
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tosha Michelle takes you on a journey through her world....the most personal and inner-most path through her soul.... a story beckoning to be heard.... siting in a book-shop as the time passes by lays a book that cries out, "Read Me!" And it is with our very good fortune that we find it here in this beautiful work from a multi-talented woman in the literary arts. Tosha is not only an amazing poet and author, but a fine radio hostess and extremely talented singer. I feel privileged to own a piece ...more
Larry White
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Work of Art by a Perpetual Dreamer. Walk with Tosha on a journey through her deep, yet delicate spectrum of emotion. Love, kindness, happiness, loneliness and humor. Pen to paper, a work of art to be enjoyed by all. Simply put, "Beautiful". ...more
Ian Lim
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well written, great poems by a great personnel! :)
Lenny Castellaneta
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I must confess that I’m not much of a poetry lover/reader. That said, I found myself entranced with the author’s musings. Honest & heartfelt… & with a touch of scattered whimsy as evidenced in “Ode to Tucker” & “My Lost Love”, personal favorites of mine in this collection. (And I love the nod to Christmas in “Love Song to the South.”)

This is the perfect gift for all occasions. It’s a quick, enchanting read that shouldn’t be overlooked… much like the little book in Tosha Michelle’s short story, “
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Laurel
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I still feel like I’m sitting on a porch swing next to Tosha Michelle, drinking sweet tea, weeks after finishing this lyrical collection of poetry. The fragrance of magnolia and honeysuckle surrounds us. Tosha creates a strong sense of place seen through her unique perspective, taking us to a particular location while musing on universal themes.

Writing is “a way to make the unknown, known, the unseen, visible, to make the intangible, tangible.” Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle beautifull
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Suzanne Waters
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Such an amazing collection of poems, written by a wonderful writer.
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Tosha Michelle is the author of Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle: A Poet's Collection of Love, Loss, and Renewal and Self Help to Self Harm: The Dubious Guide to Life, Love, and Relationships.

She is also a reformed Southern Belle who lives to write, thrives on creativity, earning degrees and majoring in snark. A lifelong devotee of Godiva chocolates, so hide your sweets. A human rights ad
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“Edges
I am a child throwing rocks into the stream.
Challenging the rushing water.
Raising my fist and daring fate to do it worst.
I am a dancer in the waves of the ocean.
Swaying in time with the tide.
Pirouetting, the current my only friend.
I am the sun, rising across the canyon
Ascending, and shinning down.
Giving the illusion of perception and motion.
I am thoughts like a rolling river.
Water cascading over the rocks of my soul.
Shaping, forming, conforming.
I am the peace of the rain forest.
Basking in solitude
Tranquil, serene, transfixing angles.
Reflecting from within.
Dripping and dropping. Shaking it off.
I am the dust of the galaxy.
Yearning to know itself.
I am the wind.
Wandering. Searching.
A storm brewing from within.”
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“To deny equality to one is to deny equality for all.
We won’t find joy by misplacing our unhappiness onto others.
Love cannot be defined, assigned or mitigated.It’s not something to be controlled or dictated.
Love is uncontrollable and limitless.”
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