How does art inspire art, event/exhibit

L.R. Berger joins several artists and 3 other poets in exploring how art in one medium inspires work in another medium.

This question is interesting, and as most artists understand or appreciate, the possible outcomes enliven an essential creative culture, and there is plenty of evidence of this throughout art history.

As with an “ekphrastic poem” being inspired or stimulated by art, this creative inspiration can expand into or across other disciplines that can go beyond verbal description. What endures, hopefully, is an inherent sense of freedom dealing with ideas, having an abstract non representational quality, figuratively, surrealistically, and realistically, or as any imaginative, metaphorical form that stimulates or emotes.


Maine Writers push out

Deerbrook Editions has published Maine writers for going on 20 years. This video gives a short hit on each author and shows book covers. Go to Deerbrook Editions for more info, or to order a title, and remember, shipping is free in the USA.


A stack of new and recent titles

DE titles spines

Lots of new books


Here we are in “a post-truth world” . . . a complicated world of media outlets, on the air and online, where rhetoric, jargon, imagined conspiracies, lies and deception permeate, leaving us to weed through with our educated mind and common sense, in search of bits of gnosis. 

Lovers of poetry and literature in general, weed no further. There is nothing pretentious about work that is made with a love of creativity, essential observation and experience, and full with imagination.

Deerbrook Editions has a pile of new and recent titles, some which might fit into your idea of “arts and entertainment.” Because we know that there are many generations and types of readers with varying tastes, we offer most titles in a quality preview form on, and most of these are embedded on book pages on the press Website.

Then if you find something interesting, remember that shipping is free in the USA. 

Poem videos by Martina

Martina’s husband makes decent videos of her reading from Never Completely Awake, her recent book from Deerbrook Editions. Here are two of them. Martina lives in LA.



Is there any shouting above the waves?

Issues regarding social media that go both ways on ROI and the ease of use to a point of sale that are not inherent in the platform but compare poorly does make for great content. It could be the same for a “paywall” or the subscription register for major newspapers and magazines. It all seems rather out of reach for “long tail” indies, since exposure is all we can expect from the web if we are not a giant merchandising web site. So every bit of marketing help we get makes the gears turn. I remain positive that one day an idea will take off, but I don’t hold my breath. Sometimes only reading about what the so called experts are thinking and giving us insights for keeps me thinking that I am still in the game. I still have my doubts while I try to implement an initiative without a task force or even a writer. Finding a good proofreader and copy editor can make a difference in presentations as long as a budget holds up. Believing that a message finds an audience is also unpredictable. Does just raising a voice or attaching a gimmick or bonus  equal shouting above all the noise, and the Web has a lot of noise and a lot of merchants. Even publishers, since almost everyone on the Web can be considered a “publisher” have to step back and think, “am I going to look too trendy doing this, or, is giving in to trend what it is all about?” Maybe integrity will leave us standing, after the electric dust settles, when the pieces of pie start falling from litigation and deal making, who will be there to catch the scraps from the giants table? (After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.)

Some media and marketing folks are doing good things while putting out their decent content. They should get the work and they should be applauded.

Read about the comparisons of Facebook and Amazon and you decide if it should be an issue? Visit these media and smart marketing creatives and try not to worry about trends.

And check out this Platform.