A collection of nature poems expressing the author's insights and existential experiences related to the magical intelligence of nature.
This is the story of a boy taken into another dimension, into another world, to help them solve a mysterious problem. The author dedicates this book to cosmic kids, to youngsters all over the world, inviting them to fly into skyland, into the real world of magic and wonder. For ages nine and up, up and away.
"Artist Max Redfire of Woods Hole has penned a book for children and for
adults who refuse to give up their childhoods. A great novel
to read aloud or enjoy alone."
Cape Cod Times
"Jeremy West" is a magical tale about a young boy who enters another world."
Marilyn Rowland, www.notesonthearts.com
"The story that unfolds is truly magical, carrying readers
young and young at heart to fatastical places. If you long
to encourage your young reader to travel to a time where technology
takes a backseat to imagination, or you'd like to connect
with your own sense of wonder, join Jeremy as he falls into
Garlic Toast is a spicy description of the Sicilian ""Always
show respect"" but entering ""Eristic Avenue: Walking alone/
Without compliance/ Without fear/ Into Freedom/ Softly hidden-
Poet, writer and artist Max Redfire of Woods Hole has a unique
item on his resume: he performed in more than 200 dinner theater
presentations as Don Vito, the Godfather in "The Wedding of
Mario & Mary." That's the basis of the first, autobiographical
portion of this new book. Part II features three dozen poems
by Redfire, such as "Peekaboo!": "Separate yourself/From all
that isn't,/Dreamworld,/The mindless illusion/Of a fixated
reality,/And seek/To become/That which is,/Wakefulness,/Contextual
consciousness,/Rhythmicity,/In the lush gardens/Of this cosmic
Cape Cod Times
"Top-flight poetry." Melanie Lauwers, "Wealth of Words,"
Cape Cod Times
"I keep the book next to my zabuton and when I sit to do TM
each morning, I read a poem. Then I close my eyes and focus
on the images. They become my window onto transcendental meditation."
David W., Jackson, CA.
"His poems are very strong in images," presented by Reference
Librarian Jill Erickson on Mindy Todd's "The Point,"
Cape & Islands Public Radio
"The Zen Of Water" describes the power of water in terms of
its yielding quality, showing us that, unlike ourselves, bound
in the world's desires and expectations, water is without conscious
effort and is endlessly free to flow, and thus teaches fulfillment
by example, since it possesses no ego or sense of self." Esther
M. Lieper, "Esther Comments, The Winners-- April 2002 Poetry
"His stringing of mystic images is the gem of his poems, connecting
humans, Mother Nature and the universe as one multidimensional
living organism." Joe Gouveia, "Finding The Kernals In Zen Popcorn."
"The poems are multidimensional and can be interpreted on several
levels. They are evocative, and they are thought-provoking."
Marilyn J. Rowland, "Zen Popcorn:Poetry and Art by Max Redfire,"
"In a land called Woods Hole, deep within the island known
as Cape Cod, there lives artist and poet, Max Redfire. We are
delighted to present some of his fine work here, and we thank
Max for sharing his magical words with us." Steve Dacri, "Abraca
"One book of poetry in particular to consider is Zen Popcorn
by Max Redfire." Marty Tulloch, "Shopping in the Arts on Upper
"Like his artwork, his poems have a fresh openness and honesty,
a sense of looking at the world through new eyes every day."
Debi Boucher Stetson, "Painterly Poet,"
"The Zen Of Water" is the most beautiful poem I have ever
read." 12 year-old boy, reading the author's poetry bookmarks,
Falmouth "Arts Alive" festival
Water does not resist,
Thus it is never harmed.
Its power is enormous
Because it is true to its nature.
It always returns to itself.
It finds its essence
By forever letting go.
It is constantly enriched.
Knowing neither sorrow nor joy,
Its ecstacy is eternal.
Because it does not cling to itself,
It permeates all living things.
When all things die,
It teaches us fulfillment
By letting go of ego.
Max Redfire (First Prize, Writer's Journal," National