Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Fictional House I Would Like to Live In


    I finally got to start reading the current Atlantic magaine. I always start with the last feature, which is a question asked of various famous or knowledgeable people April's question concern fictional houses and which one people would choose to live in:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/04/q-which-fictional-house-would-you-most-like-to-live-in/554111/

     Not that I am likely to be asked for an answer to this or anyone other question, but it got me thinking in which one I would like to live.

     My choice is Weatherbury, the house in fictional Wessex created by Thomas Hardy in his fourth novel, Far from the Madding Crowd. But I cheat a little. I picture the manor house more from the 1967 movie than I do form the book. But I suppose that's all right.

    The house is up for sale, but I do not have the four million dollars. Too bad! I would love to investitigate all the room, walk the lovely grounds, and find a good pub or two nearby even though there is a brewery on the premises.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335057/Want-live-Far-From-The-Madding-Crowd-Dorset-mansion-featured-1967-film-classic-Thomas-Hardy-novel-goes-sale-4m.html

   If I were to live in the UK, I would live in the West Country, and this certainly is the right location.
But I like where I am now, and that's what really matters.

     

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Still plenty of time to order your pre-publication of my fourth book of poetry! You have until April 26, 2018. Thanks! Share the news! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Over Half-way there- pre-publication sales of "Saluda Reflections"


    Thanks to all who have placed their orders for Saluda Reflections  from Finishing Line Press!

    Thanks to all who are considering, or who will later buy!

    https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

Finishing Line Press
PO Box 1626 Georgetown KY 40324

     For international friends/readers I understand that shipping and handling could be costly.
  
I am optimistic about reaching the required number (only 27 left) to ensure shipment on June 22, 2018. When that happens, the book will be available on Amazon, and the usual vendors. 

Pre-publication sale ends on April 26, 2018


Monday, March 26, 2018

Recording from "Saluda Reflections"

Here's a sample from Saluda Reflections, coming out in June 2018 from Finishing Line Press:

https://soundcloud.com/arthur-turfa-1/sounds-from-saturday-evening-1

Here is where you can order a copy of the book:

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

Friday, March 23, 2018

Two Books Available, One Now, Another Coming

    I am incredibly blessed to have one new book out right now and another coming in June.

    Gemini comes from a local press, Broad River Books. With its appearance I am more firmly connected to a vibrant poetry/arts scene in and around Columbia, SC, and the entire state as well. Ir's a wonderful feeling!

    https://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Arthur-Turfa/dp/1942081170

     Saluda Reflections will be released in June from Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY. I will join many other fine poets internationally, but mainly from t

he USA, whose works can be found here. My book is in pre-publication order, which means you go to the link and order on line. You can also send a check to the address given.. ($14.99 plus $2.5o shipping/handling). That is in US currency; ask the publisher about exchange rates and overseas shipping. If all goes as planned, June 22, 2018 will be the shipping date.

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

    Do not hesitate to ask me anything you wish about the books, ordering, or whatever! Thanks!

   As always, the stunning cover art is from Carol Worthingron-LEvy, a long-time friend and artist. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How to send a check for "Saluda Reflections"

If you prefer to pay by check, here's the information. Thanks!

(Please mail all orders to the Finishing Line Press address below or order online at www.finishinglinepress.com)

Please send me ______ copy(ies) of Saluda Reflections by Arthur Turfa, at $14.99 per copy plus $2.99 shipping.
Enclosed is my check (payable to Finishing Line Press) for $__________

Name                                                                                                                                       

Address                                                                                                                                   

City/State/Zip                                                                                                               

Please send check or money order to:    Finishing Line Press
                                                                        Post Office Box 1626
                                                                        Georgetown, KY  40324

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

One right now, one later


If you have time to enjoy some poetry, or to make a gift to someone who does, here are some links for you!

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

Pre-publication orders being taken until 26 April! Shipment 22 June!


https://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Arthur-Turfa/dp/1942081170/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Available right now!

Thanks!

Monday, March 19, 2018

A good weekend for sales

Two ways to order a pre-publication copy of Saluda Reflections!

Sales open until April 26, 2018, shipment planned for June 22, 2018!

Thanks so much! contact publisher for foreign currencies and shipping! 

Please send me ______ copy(ies) of Saluda Reflections by Arthur Turfa, at $14.99 per copy plus $2.99 shipping.
Enclosed is my check (payable to Finishing Line Press) for $__________
 
Name                                                                                                                                       
 
Address                                                                                                                                   
 
City/State/Zip                                                                                                               
 
Please send check or money order to:    Finishing Line Press
                                                                        Post Office Box 1626
                                                                        Georgetown, KY  40324



https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Warning: This is a Partisan Post


   If you have read any of my poetry or posts, you know that I am originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region. Although I moved from there 54 years ago, my accent, sports preferences, and ethos come from that region.

   When I was younger, the area was a Democratic stronghold. ?my family was rock-ribbed Republicans. When we moved to the Philadelphia area, I was even chairman of the local Teen-Age Republicans. I considered myself a liberal Republican; such a thing does not even exist, and has not for some years.

   I changed my views, and am a proud Democrat. so did my area of Western Pennsylvania. But that changed last Tuesday. Democrat Colin Lamb, Marine veteran, eked out a narrow win against the incumbent Rick Saccone.

   Every so often I sued to be asked by people why I was a Democrat, given that I am a Lutheran pastor and in the military (now a veteran). Without meaning to, Saccone answered that question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYp9q3QNaQ

   Being a Christian means ascribing to the Ecumenical Creeds, not a political platform. He, and others, elevate a secondary concern to ultimate status (as theologian Paul Tillich would explain it. ) I am proud that the voters of the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania rejected him and his views. While these special elections may not carry the same weight as a by-electio
n in the UK, they have assumed more importance over the years here.

   PA 18th, I am proud of you'uns!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Donora, PA, again in a poem

A now-dying mill town procides my poetry.

https://soundcloud.com/arthur-turfa-1/sounds-from-saturday-evening-1

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Another way to order "Saluda Reflections"






Here is another way to order Saluda Reflectiuons! Thanks!



Finishing Line Press is a fine firm that does a lot of business. They require a set number of copies purchased before the press run. You can do that through April 26. If they have 55 copies purchased, then the presses run for June 22 shipment.

    Saluda Reflections is not available anywhere else until shipment. I am happy to sign your copy later, or give you a signed card to insert in it. 

    Thanks for your support, friendship, for sharing this information, and for supporting my literary endeavors! I cannot tell you how much this means to me. 

(Please mail all orders to the Finishing Line Press address below or order online at www.finishinglinepress.com)  -Bookstore, then Arthur Turfa

Please send me ______ copy(ies) of Saluda Reflections by Arthur Turfa, at $14.99 per copy plus $2.99 shipping.
Enclosed is my check (payable to Finishing Line Press) for $__________

Name                                                                                                                                       

Address                                                                                                                                   

City/State/Zip                                                                                                               

Please send check or money order to:    Finishing Line Press
                                                                        Post Office Box 1626
                                                                        Georgetown, KY  40324

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Closing in on three weeks

     I am picking up a buzz about the book! Pre-publication orders still being taken for Saluda Reflections, Finishign Line Press.

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

Monday, March 12, 2018



   On Saturday I read an outstanding poem on Poem-a-Day. It was by Lucie Brock-Broido. the brief biography stated that she had passed away earlier this month. Now when I read her, it will be with sadness.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/10/obituaries/lucie-brock-broido-inventive-poet-is-dead-at-61.html?hpw&rref=obituaries&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/how-can-it-be-i-am-no-longer-i

Saturday, March 10, 2018

https://whispersinthewind333.blogspot.com/2018/03/k.html?showComment=1520686508518#c2194627680101131730

Alexandrines...check out the community and submit!

And this reminder!

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thinking About Recording Some Poems on Soundcloud


    To whet everyone's appetite, I intend to select one or two poems from my new book and post them on Soundcloud.

   
Re-publication orders now being accepted:

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

"Saluda Reflections" Pre-Publication Sale

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/saluda-reflections-by-arthur-turfa/

Cover art will be uploaded soon. Finishing Line Press is a fine company. Prior to the press run, 55 copies need to be ordered. I appreciate any help you and/or others can give. If you have questions about the book, or problems with the website (which I doubt would be the case), please let me know! Thanks!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Deckle Edge 2018 was awesome

https://www.facebook.com/ArthurTurfaPoet/?hc_ref=ARSTP2t2C-xKQAIuv4CjV_WNWou5mqRFhX5xsBTaPgkVD6P32Oh-N4I3Qb8q3OPchlw&fref=nf

What a day! So much to talk about!

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