Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes" by Brine Books Publishing

Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes:
Brine Rights Volume 1
by Brine Books Publishing

Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes is the name of the first of many volumes for the upcoming Brine Rights anthologies. It is the delicious food for the hungry one’s mind which includes poetry, alongside some short stories, contributed by Nick Armbrister, Debra Ayis, Garry Beck, Lizz Brady, Henry Brasater, John Cassells, Paul Chapman, David Funk, Sid Gustafson, Bob McNeil, Melanie Mills, Andy N, Marc Nash, Amy Piner, Rachna Saxena, Paul Toth, and Saira Viola.
One of the partners and owners of the publishing house, Chris Brine, mentioned that he had helped to create this edition to give opportunity to bring more attention to various important issues through the use of literature and poetry. Brine Books Publishing's previous books won numerous readers' hearts and it's their hope that everybody will find a very special place on their shelves for Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes.
Much like all of Brine Books Publishing's other publications, some of the profits from Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes will go toward charities that help with human rights issues around the world.

Inside is a collection of poetry and short stories that eloquently tell their own woeful tales on social and human rights issues that are important to that particular poet or author. There are numerous poems from an assortment of authors that skillfully show their own emotional connection to such problematic conditions in the world.
From poetry inspired by the troubles surrounding the imprisonment of Pussy Riot in Russia, which shows the government’s distaste of freedom of expression, to the adoption of a child forced into extreme conditions within India. There are stories and poetry for nearly everyone’s own important issue.
And of course this is only the first volume. Brine Books Publishing hopes to bring you, the readers, many more as authors provide them with more material for your thirst for new stories, new poetry, and new ways of looking at the dark places within the world around us.

Red Fish Blue Fish (Memory of a Gold Fish) by Dave Funk

Don't spend too much of anything on time gone past
Frequency is higher and the shorter it last
Pseudo simple partners go angry on their way
When I wouldn't hear about
The Good Ol Days
Always want to revel in
The Beloved Good Ol Days
Yes Kodachrome memories
They slip away too soon
All loved God and country
And dreamt of reaching for the moon
So Red White and Blue
That it never got lonely
Unless you were Black
In a room for whites only
So don’t look so pained
When I feel the need to say
It wasn’t all that great
In the Good Ol Days
Well a Man was a Man
In his castle he was King
He paid up all the bills
and drove a car with chrome and wings
And every women was a princess
fulfilling her three wishes
of a Maytag and a Speedqueen
And perfect spot free dishes
Isn't that just dreamy?
Is that what she would say?
In your picture perfect version
of the Good Ol Days
Does patriotic pride well up when you say
Oh say can you see
What was the Good ol Days
When gay wasn't safe
and gay wasn't pride
and the only gay right
was shame and suicide
The cities were all safe
from illegal immigration
But the only Natives here
were put on reservations
In the Good Ol Days
You better work for your wealth
Cause if you can't afford it
You don't deserve good health!
So welcome to my memories
is what I hope to say
When we close our eyes
On these, Our Good Ol Days.

Writing poetry isn't easy and, using the poetic form to testify to the social injustices of the world from rape to child hood poverty in Vegas, is a daring and bold accomplishment. Gathering voices from around the world, Brine Books has included powerful work from writers as diverse as Chapman, Viola and Toth. It is an eclectic mix of writers who each have a compelling story to tell. [...] A truly worthwhile collection featuring unique and upcoming writers of all genres.

From the Publisher
We are an activist publishing company that is established as a partnership by a husband and wife in Ontario, Canada. The mission of this business is to bring awareness for serious human rights issues around the world, all while raising funds for non-profits and charities whose purpose is to better the world.
Our main purpose as a company is to find ways to better the world through the use of literature and poetry. We feel that if we fail in this mission then we fail as a business, so we will not give up on our goal. The release of our books and the profits that we raise are meant for this very purpose.