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Book Review: CoffeeShop Blues - Writers Musicians Poets & Artists


The International literary arts journal, “CoffeeShop Blues,” has really come out of the corner swinging. The 156 page book doesn’t really fit in any general category. It’s not a magazine, even though it has a few advertisements. It’s not your usual literary journal, although it does contain different genres of writing. It’s not truly an anthology, although it does contain different writers. And it’s not truly a book, although it will be listed in both the library catalogues and book sellers’ lists. It seemingly defies all logic.
Let me start with the advertisements. In the letter from the editor, Jeremy Frost writes that none of the advertisements have been paid for. Being a brand new independent press, he and his partner, David Stewart, have outlined that a new edition will come out every six months. That may make one think that it’s a literary journal or magazine of some sorts. Based on the size alone (6”x9”), you will walk away after looking at it feeling dumbfounded. The literary journals that I’m accustomed to seeing are much smaller, and the magazines are much larger.
The first edition of “CoffeeShop Blues” grabs hold of the reader and starts them on a whirlwind tour. This journey takes the reader across the world in a very unique fashion. Each artist is introduced with a map of their location, a bio and links on how to get a hold of them.
The first stop is in the Philippines where you’ll meet Edwin Cordevilla, a renowned romantic poet. As a matter of fact, he is one of the last of his kind. His resume itself could be considered a ‘lifetime achievement award.’ But, his poetry will leave you breathless. Next, you’ll travel to the United Arab Emirates where Sheikha A. gives you an in-depth look into the minds of women in the region, putting a face to help you understand the similarities and differences of a culture that most know nothing about.
Robert Natello steps up to the plate next. A proven spoken word artist on the stage and a poet on the page, Natello won’t disappoint. His writings are a documentation of his life and the times that make him who he was and now has become. His pen is true to life. And, I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.
After that you’ll head back across the sea and into Asian, taking a break in Taiwan. Jeff Hwodzecki brings you down into the streets of Hsinchu where at times the sounds around remind you of some smooth jazz. A picture of how it feels out and about immersed in the nightly routines of the city.
Then, maybe you get a bit hungry and need to take a lunch break. Why not follow Nathaniel Schellhase Hvizdos through fifty days of lunch breaks in Northern Virginia? Nathaniel serves it up with a side of his own artwork. At times it may make you laugh, at others it may have you questioning if that could ever really happen. But, that’s the beauty of writing. It can leave you in the lurch. Debbie Keller comes up toward the end but really belongs with Cordevilla because of her beautiful romantic style.
From India comes Koyel Mitra. Her style of writing I have only come across in ancient Persian translations of poets. While sometimes her writings are a bit religious others you’ll find are about women’s issues in a marriage they feel uncomfortable in. Lennart Lundh has four pieces of flash fiction that demonstrate his remarkable writing ability.
You have some incredible musicians being listed in the book as well. You have Sam Gunderson. A blues musician located in Alabama who has played stadium venues with some of America’s greatest. His latest album, Dirt, should have just been released.
Next, there is Lucy Malheur. She has just released her latest album, Vintage, and is extremely well known for her past ones. Her picture graces the cover of the book. She has at least three older albums and is currently touring in Europe.
All of these artists are extremely personable. There links can not only be found in the book, but also on the www.Coreopsis.gs website. Go in and check them out. CoffeeShop Blues can be found on Amazon.com, Amazon.UK, and now on Kindle.
Oh yeah. Last but not least, there is Eric “Mobius” Morlin with both art and poetry. He’ll leave you questioning, Are There Zombies in Heaven? 

Amazon.fr: CoffeeShop Blues: Writers Musicians Poets & Artists 

Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine


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