Limited edition, hardbound, 112 pages.
Audio CD included.
($20.00 + shipping through PayPal)
A Certain Age has won
Honorable Mention in the US national WRTIERS’ DIGEST 23rd Annual Awards for a self-published book in the category of Poetry.
In a blog post entitled OUR BEAUTIFUL BRAINS
on October 21, 2015
Author Hilary Custance Green
reviews two books, one of which is A CERTAIN AGE:
“When I arrived on holiday in Chicago this summer my daughter handed over the three copies of the book I had ordered from the poet Cynthia Jobin. I find it difficult to describe the pleasure with which I sank, jet-lagged, into bed that night and opened A Certain Age. I am not an orderly poetry reader, I started with the last poem,”Acknowledgement” which made me laugh out loud, it is so perfectly judged a final comment – but I can’t give away the joke.
This poetry is both accessible and yet also of the highest intellectual standard. Cynthia knows about, and plays with, poetic forms, metre, rhythm, rhyme etc. She handles language with delicacy and certainty, yet all the machinery is hidden, we can sit back, read and listen. I do mean listen. The cream of this publication is the enclosed CD of Cynthia reading her poetry. If you doubt for a moment that you would enjoy this, just try “Weblog”, for something short and funny, for an observation that hits the spot. One that moves me to tears does not have a recording, so you must read it–“Without You the Cat.” I could go on. She writes with humour, insight and tenderness about the humans and animals in her life, and with heart-aching clarity about grief.
There is no way, in this brief overview that I can do justice to contents of A Certain Age. Go see, read, listen for yourselves.
The book itself is a treat to look at and handle; the cover, utterly appropriate, is of a tulip past its prime and yet fascinatingly beautiful [little diversion: years ago I saw a photo of an 80-year-old woman throwing a javelin and it reminded me of an ancient Greek sculpture].”
[Hilary is the author of three books (SMALL RAIN, UNSEEN UNSUNG, and BORDERLINE) and is currently preparing for her publisher the manuscript of her new non-fiction booK, SURVIVING THE DEATH RAILWAY: A POW’S MEMOIRS AND LETTERS FROM HOME. She blogs at Green Writing Room, here on WordPress.]
Review: Cynthia Jobin is my second favorite poet. I am particular about poetry. I’ve read all the classics. The poems I’ve reread for 40 years were written by Edna St. Vincent Millay. I recently found Cynthia Jobin. Finally, a second poet whose work speaks to me. Actually, she speaks for me. She writes what I think, but never put into words. Her poetry is intense and causes introspection. I am personally touched by the images she forms in my mind, from the past to the present. It is an emotional read, remembering moments from my life and things I am staring in the face today. Cynthia Jobin uncovers raw spots, but it isn’t a lonely feeling, it is comforting to know that this intelligent and accomplished woman also saw the world, people, and life like I did and do currently. I realized that I am not alone but in good company.
A CD is included with the book. Cynthia could make a career of recording books on CD. Her voice is delightful. The inflection perfect. The poetry stands alone, but I bought for listening. Turns out, I read and listen to it.
P.S. Loved the beautiful handwriting on the package, Cynthia, and I wished I would have asked you to sign my copy. When I opened the book, I saw you had. I’m delighted.
There are several reasons why an author might choose simply to go straight to a printer, and publish his or her own work. Among them are: (1) it may have been rejected several times by trade publishers, but the author has faith in it and wants to see it in print; (2) it may appeal to a limited audience only; (3) the author wants to retain both artistic and legal control over the work.
Some famous poets and writers who self-published: Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Beatrix Potter, Edgar Allen Poe, T.S.Eliot, Carl Sandburg, D.H.Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, Henry David Thoreau, e.e.Cummings, Rudyard Kipling, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost….
Comments and brief reviews welcome below….