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Friday, May 31, 2024

Noua mea carte de poezii “Despair and Hope”, acum pe Amazon

Dragii mei prieteni si cititori, astazi sunt foarte incantata sa anunt publicarea noii mele carti de poezii Despair and Hope, care acum este disponibila pe Amazon in editie tiparita, in Canada, SUA, Marea Britanie, unele tari din Europa Continentala, Australia, Japonia. Editia ebook Kindle a cartii urmeaza sa fie publicata in iunie 2024.
Despair and Hope este cea de-a treia mea carte, dupa Bits of Fashion (eseuri) publicata in 2013, si Sunset in Toronto (poezie) publicata in 2021. In acelasi timp, este cel de-al doilea volum de poezii dintre cele trei carti pe care le-am scris pana acum.

Stiu ca ati vazut deja comunicarile pe care le-am postat pe Facebook (precum si celelalte retele de socializare) despre noua mea carte de poezii Despair and Hope in ultimele doua luni, si va multumesc din suflet pentru reactiile pe care le-ati avut de cand am anuntat prima oara ca volumul va fi publicat in aceasta primavara – toate like-urile, share-urile, comentariile, felicitarile si incurajarile pe care mi le-ati acordat pe Facebook si Instagram inseamna enorm pentru mine; dar am vrut sa impartasesc vestea si aici pe blog. Data oficiala a publicarii a fost 23 mai 2024, iar in urmatoarele zile cartea a devenit vizibila pe Amazon, si acum sunt pregatita sa impartasesc vestea cea mare cu familia, prietenii si cititorii mei!

Volumul Despair and Hope contine 120 de poezii care sunt imbinate in doua parti, dupa cum sugereaza si titlul – Despair si Hope; iar temele despre care scriu in aceasta carte sunt tulburarile sociale din lumea in care traim acum, razboaiele culturale si divergentele de opinie sociala, razboiul din Ucraina, dificultatile post-pandemice cu care omenirea se confrunta in prezent. Partea I, Despair, capteaza o serie de sentimente si emotii mai intunecate, care sunt readuse la lumina in partea a II-a, Hope. 

Cartea de poezii Despair and Hope este dedicata sperantei pe care noi, umanitatea, nu trebuie sa o pierdem, indiferent de dificultatile sociale prin care trecem in prezent. Este un apel catre reinnoirea angajamentului nostru pentru bunul simt, pentru decenta, pentru respectul adevarului, respectul fata de Mama Natura, respectul fata de oranduirea fireasca a lucrurilor.

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Photo credit: Victoria West

Thursday, May 30, 2024

My New Book of Poetry "Despair and Hope", Available on Amazon

My dear friends and readers, I am extremely happy and excited to share some great news with you today – my new book of poetry, Despair and Hope, has just been released. The book was published in May 2024 and is available on Amazon in Canada, the US, the UK, Continental Europe, Australia, Japan. The Kindle ebook edition of Despair and Hope will be released this coming June 2024.

About the book

Despair and Hope by Canadian writer and poet Victoria West is a collection of poetry dedicated to our human spirit and resilience. It’s a book inspired by the current post-pandemic times we live in. The poems reflect the social unrest of recent years, such as culture wars, the war in Ukraine, the post-pandemic struggles of humanity. Part I, “Despair”, captures a range of darker feelings and emotions, which are brought back to light in Part II, “Hope”.

About the author

Victoria West started writing about fashion in Toronto when she founded the blog FashionStyleBeautyandMore.blogspot.com in 2010, which later became VictoriaWest.net. She has written as a fashion contributor for various online and print publications in Canada, the US, and Romania for a decade (2010-2020). In 2020, she started writing poetry as a reaction to the global pandemic. Victoria is the author of three books – Bits of Fashion (essays and interviews, 2013), Sunset in Toronto (poetry, 2021), and Despair and Hope (poetry, 2024). Originally from Europe, Victoria West has been a resident of Toronto for many years now, where she lives with her husband and son.

Official website: VictoriaWest.net

I hope you'll enjoy my new book! Please check it out on Amazon (links below). Please also help spread the love and consider writing a book review or posting an opinion about my book of poetry Despair and Hope on Amazon, GoodReads, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, or any other social media platforms.

Thank you for your support!
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Photo credit: Victoria West

Saturday, April 13, 2024

POEM: Inspiration

She’s a lovely but moody lady.
She doesn’t come to me when I call her,
Or when it’s a good time for me to write.
She only comes to me when she pleases.
My book depends on her, literally.
There wouldn’t be a book if it weren’t for her.
So, I learned to listen to her when she wants to speak up.
I learned to make her creating mood work for me.
I treat her with coffee and cookies when she makes an appearance.
We sit together at the table when she visits,
And we start writing.
I absorb every word she says,
And I let her lead the way.


From my book of poetry Sunset in Toronto, page 122.

Friday, April 05, 2024

POEM: The Emperor's New Clothes

The emperor decides to update his wardrobe.
He hires two tailors for the job.
Apparently, they are the best tailors in the kingdom.
Everybody raves about them.

The tailors arrive at the palace.
Work starts with no delay.
But there is a catch.
Only the worthy can wear the magnificent robes created by the skillful tailors.
If you are unworthy, it will not fit.

Work in progress.
The council comes to see how it goes.
But every time a courtier checks on the tailors,
They squirm uncomfortably in the shop.
What is going on here?
Am I seeing things?
Do my eyes deceive me?
Did I get it all wrong?
Were my beliefs for nothing?
Do I doubt myself now?
Am I unworthy?

But I must not say anything out loud,
Or else, I am doomed.
I would rather live in fear and not speak up than face the naked truth.
Instead, I say,
What a marvelous creation!
And I clap along.

The parade day comes.
Everybody is joyful.
The emperor wears his new clothes, loudly and proudly.
Are you worthy or are you unworthy?
Townsfolk fidget in discomfort.
The same thought crosses everyone’s mind,
And one could see it splattered on every forehead around.
But no one dares say a single word,
For they don’t want to admit their unworthiness.
People clap half-heartedly.
What a spectacular attire!
Until the innocent child utters the truth.
The emperor is naked.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

POEM: Poetry

I sit at my desk,
An open notebook in front of me.
My fingers tremble with anticipation.
The blank page stares back at me,
A canvas yearning for the brushstrokes of my words.
I close my eyes,
Seeking solace in the depths of my thoughts,
Where emotions intertwine and memories whisper.

And then, like an ethereal muse, inspiration begins to bloom.
Words dance in my mind, waiting to be brought together on the white page.
I grasp my pen,
And I let the ink flow freely,
Like a river finding its course.
Sentences form, weaving a tapestry of emotions and experiences.
Each word, carefully selected, holds the weight of my feelings, my longing, my pain.
It is in this sacred space that I find solace,
Where my heart spills onto the page and transforms into poetry.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter!

Today is a beautiful spring day. It's sunny and bright. A gorgeous blue sky with playful clouds. It's a mild temperature today, 7 degrees Celsius.

And it's Easter Sunday.

Easter is a time of the year when Mother Nature fully awakens from her winter slumber. Nature doesn't wake up from her deep sleep instantly, but rather she takes time in stages to come back to life.

To me, the very first sign of spring is March 1st, the first calendaristic day of spring. The winter months are over, and March is the month that officially marks the beginning of spring.

Then the daylight saving hour comes along during the second weekend of March -- in North America at least. We move the clocks one hour ahead to make a better use of the daylight. Now we SEEM to have longer days, the afternoons are sunnier now, and we have the opportunity to be more productive and to accomplish more during the bright hours of the day.

The Equinox on March 21st is the next step that Nature takes when changing seasons. She is more awaken now. The days and nights are now equal, ready to start their summer dance.

And finally, Easter. The time of the year when Mother Earth is fully awaken. The time of the year when the trees and flowers are in full bloom, when spring is finally here in all her warm and blossomed splendor.

May the miracle of Easter fill your heart with love and peace, and may the Easter bunny bring you lots of joy and happiness this year. Wishing you and your dear ones a wonderful day of hope, renewal, and blessings.

Happy Easter everyone!
Photo credit: Google Images

Friday, March 08, 2024

POEM: International Women's Day

I wish you to be loved.
To be adored.
To be desired.
To be pampered.
To be beautiful.
To be cheerful.
To be fulfilled.
To be happy.
Not only on women’s day but on any day.
Happy International Women’s Day.


From my book of poetry Sunset in Toronto, page 59.