QUOTES, INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS

REVIEWS

 

 

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Nodz 9m on Slipping Away

This is so beautiful 🙂 I remember one poem of Robert Frost on this, “Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening. God bless

 

“The imagery here was wonderful, it really caught my attention! Fall is my favorite season, and your descriptions of that were especially lovely.”

 

  • Dr. Karen Moriarty

 

Regarding all of Ann’s Books:

As a former teacher of English and creative writing, I approached the reading of Ann Johnson-Murphree’s work with real enthusiasm. Poetry is not a wildly popular genre in this day and age. However, I have always enjoyed it, partly because it can be consumed in bits and pieces and at any time of day or night. This book did not disappoint. I consider poems the poet’s personal journey of heart-soul-and-mind. This collection of poems is about Southern living, tragedy, death, and memories. The poet-author’s background as a child who grew up in northern Alabama, a sharecropper’s daughter who farmed for his living, colors much of her work. I enjoyed the flow of her writing, her style of combining prose and poetry, and her reflecting the imagery from her earlier memories in vivid terms.

I recommend that you bhttps://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=256820279&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_picERVIuy and read this book. It is priced well — to entice the potential reader to venture into the realm of poetry. Ms. Johnson-Murphree enjoys, above all else, sharing her love of writing with others who will enjoy it, understand her better, and share her personal journey.

Karen Moriarty Author of “Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy” [about the incomparable Michael Jackson]

 

  • Carl R D’Agostino( DAG) “Carl R D’Agostino” (Miami, Florida)

 

“Thought provoking poetry, I follow Ann Johnson-Murphee on her blog. Her poems often push me to read them two or three times. If any reader does that, then the poet and the poem are successful”.

 

  • Colleen M. Johnson Gasi “Read & Review!!” (LATHROP, CA, US)

 

“This writer is extremely talented with words, the arrangement and in verse. She see’s beyond just the normal sight we see in life and reaches beyond pulls the essence from that beyond and brings it to us in her beautiful poetry”.

 

INTERVIEWS

 

Nailah Robinson Goss

, Chicago Books Examiner

May 14, 2011 –

A.J. Johnson is becoming one of my top favorite people. She loves everything about writing. What’s even better than all that is she is a beautiful artist of the English language. A friend of mine, Wordslave Magazine editor Jonathan Rosewell from Chicago told me about her, and she agreed to do my first interview.

Nailah – When did you first discover that you were a writer?

A.J. – The desire to be a writer begin at about five years of age. I grew up in northern Alabama, my father was a sharecropper who farmed and my mother worked in the local cotton mill. My caretakers were my Native American great-grandmother and an African-American woman, both great storytellers. Instead of playing like most children, I sat at the feet of these elderly strong-minded individuals listening to the stories of their lives. Summers’, I would be taken to my fathers’ sister, in Birmingham Alabama; it was she who introduced me to a library, and to her circle of friends that included local writers, artist and politicians. She encouraged my imagination with the gift of my first journal, which I filled with stories. Nonetheless, with adulthood I became a closet writer with my desires to create remaining clandestine until only the past few years when I begin to pursue writing short stories and poetry.

Nailah – Who are your influences?

A.J. – My greatest influence in creating a short story or a poem is the determination to validate and keep alive those many people who gave me their stories for safekeeping and the promise too, “always remember”. Many writers and poets have influenced my growth toward trying to become a writer through their lives, and their work. Faulkner, Capote, Fitzgerald and Harper Lee. Later in life, I discovered the warm and comic Grace Paley; I will forever treasure an autographed copy of “Grace Paley – The Collected Stories”; the vivid poetry of William Carlos Williams; the strong poetry of Phyllis McGinley, and the world’s most exciting women, Maya Angelou.

Nailah – What are you working on?

A.J. – A story based on a southern family than spans five generations, it is turning into a saga.

Nailah – What inspired it?

A.J. – It begins with some fact-based reflections of the stories told to me as a child by my great-grandmother. In the story as the generations of families intertwine, it evolves into a story about their reason for existence, the good, the evil, the hopelessness, the greed, the challenge and survival.

Nailah – What would you like your readers to take from it?

A.J. – That it is possible to survive that which tries to destroy the spirit and that it is possible to find joy in grief. A work of fiction or poetry many times speaks beyond logics; life involves situations, places, and eras. Life is much like gossamer threads running through a tapestry; you know it makes the tapestry beautiful, but you may not know the reason why.

Nailah- Thank you so much for this A.J. I’m so happy we have a great professional relationship, and I’m even happier that you said yes, and took the time out of your schedule to sit down with me. You are a beautiful person.

 

Author and Editor of Wordslave Magazine – Jonathan Rosewell

 

Jonathan – When did you first discover that you were a writer?

A.J. – The desire to be a writer begin at about five years of age. I grew up in northern Alabama, my father was a sharecropper who farmed and my mother worked in the local cotton mill. My caretakers were my Native American great-grandmother and an African-American woman, both great storytellers. Instead of playing like most children, I sat at the feet of these elderly strong-minded individuals listening to the stories of their lives. Summers’, I would be taken to my fathers’ sister, in Birmingham Alabama; it was she who introduced me to a library, and to her circle of friends that included local writers, artist and politicians. She encouraged my imagination with the gift of my first journal, which I filled with stories. Nonetheless, with adulthood I became a closet writer with my desires to create remaining clandestine until only the past few years when I begin to pursue writing short stories and poetry

Jonathan – Who are your influences?

A.J. – My greatest influence in creating a short story or a poem is the determination to validate and keep alive those many people who gave me their stories for safekeeping and the promise too, “always remember”. Many writers and poets have influenced my growth toward trying to become a writer through their lives, and their work. Faulkner, Capote, Fitzgerald and Harper Lee. Later in life, I discovered the warm and comic Grace Paley; I will forever treasure an autographed copy of “Grace Paley – The Collected Stories”; the vivid poetry of William Carlos Williams; the strong poetry of Phyllis McGinley, and the world’s most exciting women, Maya Angelou.

Jonathan – What are you working on?

A.J. – A story based on a southern family than spans five generations.

Jonathan – What inspired it?

A.J. – It begins with some fact-based reflections of the stories told to be as a child by my great-grandmother. As generations of families intertwine, it evolves into a story about their reason for existence, the good, the evil, the hopelessness, the greed, the challenge and survival.

Jonathan – What would you like your readers to take from it?

A.J. – That it is possible to survive that which tries to destroy the spirit and that it is possible to find joy in grief. A work of fiction and even poetry many times speaks beyond logics; life is situations and places, and different times. Life is much like gossamer threads running through a tapestry; you know it makes the tapestry beautiful, but you may not know the reason why.

 

QUOTES

 

Aquileana aquileana.wordpress.com/x apdmont@gmail.com 200.117.80.53 Ann..I found your poem captivating and touching … I loved the last verses as they show us a state of mind in a raw way . The first four verses are absolutely marvellous… The metaphor of existence and time as an hourglass is perfect. Best regards Aquileana 🙂 Do Not Weep for Me, but Understand My Pain
Joe Bradshaw iamforchange.wordpress.comx smplman1215@yahoo.com 50.141.71.0 I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way… I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it!http://artisticlyxpressedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/awards-and-shared-gifts/With love, Joe
carolahand carolahand.wordpress.comx carolahand@gmail.com 66.216.251.173 Ann, these are such lovely poignant memories with beautiful imagery of wind and leaves and “a web around your heart.” The Hour is Late
Silva Avanzi Rigobello silvarigobello.wordpress.comx silva.rigobello@gmail.com 94.165.39.188 Your words and you thoughts are always so beautiful. And the same is your painting, dear Ann. Mesmerized
Mike aussiemandias1.wordpress.comx aussiemandias@hotmail.com 110.232.244.37 Picturesque pastoral poetic pleasure – very well executed and much enjoyed Ann.
AJ Katib ajkatib.wordpress.comx agw1625@gmail.com 70.208.82.82 This piece is so thorough and encompassing. Every time I read about love and what contradicts it, it ignites a flame of opposition in my chest… This piece allows those that burn blue to rest to a cool amber… Thanks for sharing. Passion Sings…
randomrose randomrose.comx skua888@hotmail.com 122.111.1.233 Gifted you are. To be able to put such deep feeling into words so that I could see and taste the emotion is a beautiful gift. Mesmerized
AJ Katib ajkatib.wordpress.comx agw1625@gmail.com 70.208.82.82 This piece is so thorough and encompassing. Every time I read about love andwhat contradicts it, it ignites a flame of opposition in my chest… This piece allows those that burn blue to rest to a cool amber… Thanks for sharing. Passion Sings…
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