PRLog - July 14, 2012 - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The startling cover photo of a burrowing owl devouring a fat, green iguana may seem ironic for a book subtitled "Love Poems," but anyone who has been in the throes of an all-consuming romance will identify with the themes of desire, insatiable longing, surrender and ultimately, self-revelation and acceptance.
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Part poetry, part memoir, Amy Beth Katz draws on her extraordinary life experiences, from living in war zones in the Balkans to vision questing in the deserts of the American southwest. As one Amazon reviewer wrote, "The Lizard Thieves is a true and eloquent expression from someone who lives a rich, deep, and multifaceted life. I sense the beauty, the torment, the sensuality, the gritty, the philosophical, the sun and the shadow, and the nature poet at her best. Amy can weave a poem that makes the guts of life shimmer and transform."
The book is divided into four chapters that are cleverly titled to build on the cover photo and theme: "Forked Tongue in Cheek", "Eat Prey, Love", "The Violence of Feathers" and "Swallow Me Holy". The poems are as diverse in style (sonnets; free verse) as they are in subject and mood. "The Wrath of Peas" pays homage -- and revenge -- to the dad who showed his love by forcing her to eat the dread vegetable. "The Frog Prince" is about a date with a self proclaimed sado-masochist turned dangerous. "El Pollo Loco" could have been written by the 13th century Persian/Sufi poet Rumi if they had Mexican fast good back in the day."The Garden of Eden" is an indescribable journey into the mystical reality aborigines and Jungians call "The Dreamtime."
The Lizard Thieves is available through major distributors and Amazon, both
and Kindle versions:
The publisher, Living Dreams Press offers it as an immediate PDF download (no e-reader necessary) on their website:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy Beth Katz, M.A. is a writer, teacher, rites of passage guide, psychic, social activist and realtor. She has lived in nine countries on four continents and specializes in cross cultural relations. For the last decade she has been teaching communication skills to active duty military personnel through the University of Alaska's military education programs. As founding director of The School of LIving Dreams, she leads wilderness-based personal growth and writing workshops across the USA, and serves as an intuitive counselor/spiritual guide. She lives part of the year in a primitive cabin in Alaska: she shares the property with a mama black bear, two cubs and two bull moose. The rest of the time she lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her boyfriend, three parrots and a flock of adopted blue jays.