To go along with my blog of the same name https://trustmeitwillbefun.blogspot.com/, I have a new poetry book entitled “Trust Me, It’ll Be Fun” (West Virginia poems, Book 2) now available. Here’s a description of the book: West Virginia is a beautiful place. Go back to wild and wonderful West Virginia in these new poems from award winning poet, LB Sedlacek. Visit the radio telescopes, the Greenbrier River, Hillsboro WV, Beartown, Marlinton WV, and take the old logging train up to Whittaker Station, and more in these place poems. Plus take a detour to nearby Washington, DC on another poetical journey with the author.
“I’m No Robot” a new poetry book published by Cyberwit, March 2021.
“The Blue Eyed Side” a new poem novel published by Cyberwit, November 2020.
The Things to Do with your Dog poetry series continues with this new offering … This poetry book was written on the way to Florida for Spring break. We went to a place we’d been before – an island near Yulee, Florida. We drove through South Carolina and Georgia to get there. The weather was great – I liked getting up to see the sunrise – it was spectacular. The south offers many opportunities for interesting travel adventures. Thanks for coming along with us for the ride!
Poems from the Fountain of Youth to Amelia Island, fishing by the lake, orange juice, all travel poems to and from Florida!
“Happy Little Clouds” published by Guerrilla Genesis Press!
There is a beach patrol at the place where we normally visit the beach. There are no lifeguards. The beach patrol consists of one guy riding an ATV up and down the beach. He only seems to be patrolling during the summer season which begins at Memorial Day and ends at Labor Day. The ATV is red. It leaves wide tracks in the sand. Beach Patrol by LB Sedlacek
My first full length collection of neighborhood type poems and more. Published by Cyberwit in February 2020.
Poems all about trains, Wild West outlaws, and snow, and other odd subjects. Check it out here: “A Train Tale and Other Poems”
Asheville, NC is a beautiful place. For those of you who have never seen pictures or have been there, it’s nestled in the mountains, and probably best known for that house that is America’s largest home.
What else is there about Asheville, that creates such a draw? It usually enjoys all seasons, and is cool all year long with exceptions being winter and summer. It’s scenic. Is there anywhere in Asheville without a perfect view? It’s got a vibrant downtown and Arts scene. There are eateries galore with microbreweries and stores aplenty.
There’s outdoor sports, museums, art events, and historical spots you won’t want to miss. You can do something different every trip!
Asheville aka AshVegas is a place you may want to never leave!
Here’s a little book of poetry of mine. It’s called “Star Maps.” It was published by Lucidity Poetry Journal. Poems are about maps, luncheons, dogs, the holidays, basketball and purses and more! It’s only $2! (If you live in the US, I will mail it to you for free. You can email me for an email invoice or you can snail mail me $2) Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a copy! (I’ll even sign it for you!)
“The Adventures of Stick People on Cars” published by Alien Buddha Press
“It turns out LB Sedlacek is one of the most prolific writers of our time. I hardly had time to finish breakfast before two more poetry collections slipped into my omelet. In her latest, The Adventures of Stick People on Cars, you’ll be surprised how much flesh a stick figure can have. These poems, physically thin on the page, are wide with sentiment and even experiment. Take the marriage of what could be separate poems in the blended lines of “Magnificent Bully” as two seemingly separate stories collide together in an almost ekphrastic euphoria. In The adventures of Stick people…, you’ll miss LB’s dad right along with her. You’ll turn every page before your first cup of coffee becomes nostalgia. Watch out for bears.” Rick Lupert, author of Hunka Hunka Howdee! and God Wrestler: A Poem for Every Torah Portion
New poetry book – “I am happy to announce this morning that “The Adventures of Stick People on Cars” a poetry chapbook from LB Sedlacek is now available. 85 highly amusing pages of poetry. Cover art from Red Focks”
Review of “The Adventures of Stick People on Cars”: from Wayne F. Burke –
“I thoroughly enjoyed this collection by LB Sedlacek, a poetess both playful and inventive in her usage of language, as well as an experimenter in form. In beguiling and, no doubt, hard-earned, conversational style, she makes stringing lines of poetry seem an easy task. Listen to a few lines of “Room Copy”:
“The Architect of French Fries” published by Presa Press
“L.B. Sedlacek writes with a keen eye, catching the slightest details of daily life and depicting them with the power of classic odes and elegies. Her poems skip and dance, meditate and sing. They also feast. Food centers this collection, tying it together in a tasty stew. In one of my favorites, “Cotton Candy Headline” poor children go to a ballgame and plead for concessions. Other poems view life through the lenses of moon pies, dry cereal, and coconut husks. All of these captivate and force the reader to take a closer look at the world.” —Ace Boggess
Pocahontas County, West Virginia is the subject of the poems in this book. The book is divided into Winter and Summer with poems about how different this scenic spot is up in the wilds and mountains of West Virginia. Poems visit Slatyfork, the Radio Astronomy Center, winter sports, and more. This is your outdoor guide to poetry (with a little bit of indoors thrown in too) to life in this part of West Virginia!
- Ebook: Pocahontas Doesn’t Live in Pocahontas County
- Book: Pocahontas Doesn’t Live in Pocahontas County
POETRY IN LA, 2: LA VS LA
Return to more poems about LA, Lenoir Area, in this second book featuring poetry from the Facebook page, @poetryinla. This time poems cover our local arts scene such as our murals and the famous Dirt Circle (“Across the Grain” sculpture by Thomas Sayre.) Poems go back in time to what our area was originally known as “Tuckers Barn” and to days of local raw honey and homemade molasses, the old Blue Bell plant and Lenoir High School. Current outdoor sculptures as well a local popular fresco get a nod in this second book, a sequel to “Poetry in LA – Only in LA (LA Poems)” published last year, 2017. There’s also a follow up to the poem “Hibriten Mountain” from the first book with the new poem “Mill Mountain to Hibriten Mountain.” If you enjoyed the first book “Only in LA,” you’ll want to read the follow up book with the new poems, too!
HOW TO BE A LIFEGUARD IN 12 EASY STEPS
It’s not easy to become a Lifeguard (or for me becoming one again.) Here’s my poetical trip into the world of Lifeguard school.
FROM FINISHING LINE PRESS:
WORDS AND BONES
“Words and Bones” from Finishing Line Press. “You’d never think a skeleton is a complete person. I would have said the same thing about a poem until LB Sedlacek‘s “Words and Bones” came along. It’s a work which truly strips its poems down to their bare bones with all the un-necessary words nowhere to be found, leaving a manuscript of complete and wonderfully brief pieces…” ~Rick Lupert, author of “God Wrestler”
The book is $13.99. Include $2.99 per copy for shipping and handling. Please mail all orders with a check payable to Finishing Line Press at PO Box 1626 Georgetown KY 40324 or order online: Order “Words and Bones” by LB Sedlacek
OUT TO LUNCH
More poems about adventures in Washington, DC at Eastern Market, a Nationals baseball game, Pete’s Diner, traveling to and fro by train, the Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, Union Station and more!
This is a chapbook with travel poems from a recent trip to the North Carolina coast, Ocean Isle, Sunset Beach, Bald Head Island, and to the popular South Carolina beaches, Myrtle, North Myrtle, Cherry Grove. It’s adventure I seek whenever I take a trip. Some of the adventures are mainstream and well some are not! The best part of planning is not to make a plan! That’s how you have the best adventures! It’s great for me to just be by or near the ocean, the water and the sounds of the waves are so soothing. Please join in this new poetical ocean adventure with me! Reading from “Constellate” on Sunset Beach
INFRA DIG (IT’S A CHEMICAL LIFE)
“Infra Dig” is my very first all electronic chapbook about pools, chemicals, the Inauguration, Art, moving, pets, birds, you name it, it’s probably in this chapbook. What I mean by it being all electronic – for me – is that I composed it originally on a tablet without ever using paper! The neat thing about poetry is that it can take many forms and it can be composed almost anywhere. It’s an adaptable art! From “Fried Pickles and Fries” – “My friends know I’m a / vegetarian / there say it out loud / and elongate the syllables / vegetarian / they don’t mind / I get quizzed all / the time on when I / became a / say it even slower now / vegetarian / when I didn’t eat vegetables / when I was a child / except / black eyed peas, corn / lima beans / and pickles / (vegetarian)…” From “Moving Trucks and Champagne” – “There’s a van, a truck, an SUV and a moving truck with stuff lots of stuff / you’d expect to find couches, chairs, boxed up food, blankets, pillows, / sheets, toilet paper, pans, pots, jackets, sheets, wall sized paintings, / sculptures. The paintings and sculptures are made by the new owner of the new house, a trailer with a porch added on and a / back room added on out in the country by a river. / The river rocks are round and smooth and large. No lizards in sight. It’s too cold outside. / The water is as cold as ice….” From “It’s a Chemical Life, Part 2” – “I smell like chlorine / I can’t wash it out of my pores / The head lifeguard says the water’s crisp, clear / He straightens the pool deck nearly every day / He says he swims when it’s not busy / My eyes burn from chlorine even with goggles…” From “Playing Electric Guitar” – “I went to see a stranger a man I’d never met he couldn’t leave his apartment / wears orthotic shoes can’t get out much he wanted to do business with me (my / day job business) I drove twenty miles to help him out when I stepped into his / warm small apartment with a living room walk-in kitchen bedroom bathroom my / eyes didn’t seize on decorations or the lack thereof or on family pictures of kids / grandkids or medications spread out on the dining room table and durable / medical equipment to keep him alive my eyes seized upon guitars a blue electric / guitar and a burgundy electric guitar on stands in the living room I told him I take / lessons in a guitar group….”
Poems and Short stories by poet, author, critic, editor and publisher, LB Sedlacek.
“Hey Astro!” contains all brand new poems about my family’s annual trip from North Carolina to Florida. We do have some adventures! On this past trip we revisited Legoland, Cocoa Beach, Savannah and traipsed through the wilds of South Carolina on the way including a non-stop at South of the Border. Have you ever been to South of the Border? Then, there’s a poem in this book just for you!
Excerpt from “Hey Astro!” – from the poem “Surf Zombies”: “…surfing zombies / with brains intact / with speech intact / but they can’t use either one / no / bro / it’s / against the zombie surfer code…..”
Excerpt from “Hey Astro!” – from the poem “Lake Eloise”: “…butterflies and fishermen / standing in idling boats / talking about the odds / the lack of results / no catch no fish / a lake as vast ….”
Some of the poems in “Hey Astro!”: “It’s Bo Time,” “Welcome to Florida,” “Night Swim,” “The Dinosaur Store, Part 2,” “Putt Putt and Gators,” “Where Orange Juice Comes From,” “Florida Toll Roads,” “Georgia Pecans,” “River Street – Savannah,” “I’ve Never Been to South of the Border” and more!
MARS OR BUST
In her latest collection of poems, LB Sedlacek takes us to Mars and back via Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. “Will we be able to go to Mars/And back/Return/From Mars…” “The Pirate House/In Savannah/Was where pirates/Met and/Conspired to steal/Everything when…” “Legoland/Lego/Land/(say it with an Irish accent)/Lego land…”
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a spy? It’s easier than you may think. Find tips and tools in these poems on becoming the best spy ever! Remember always keep your options open! E-book
DISTRICT OF CONFUSION
(The Washington, DC poems)
These poems were written April 2012 and they are one poet’s return to Washington, D.C. They were written on this particular trip back to visit Washington, D.C. where I lived for many years.
THE CAT AND THE CARROLL A. DEERING AND OTHER NORTH CAROLINA POEMS
The Cat and the Carroll A. Deering and Other North Carolina Poems” is a book of selected poetry about North Carolina featuring the title poem and the “The Footprints of Nathaniel Batts.”
Other selections include: “Two Arrows And A White Doe,” “The Ballad Of Frankie Silver,” “Laura Foster,” “Blackbeard’s Swamp,” “Walking Into The Sun,” “Third Shift In A Furniture Factory,” “Sleeping In A Hammock,” “Mist Of The Blue Ridge,” “The Legend Of Nags Head,” “Cloud Painting,” and “Mountain Roots.”
From “The Footprints of Nathaniel Batts”: “The ghost of Nathaniel Batts wanders Albemarle Sound — / appears only on stormy nights / shuffling through the surf, as the seagulls / help him search for his lost love / who’s canoe sank in a storm on the way / to his island – with fields, orchards, / and trees and a lone house / where he lived and died as the first settler who came and stayed in North Carolina….”
From “Blackbeard’s Swamp”: “Legend tells that Blackbeard / landed here / near New Bern / and that / his ghost still / walks the swamps / of eastern North Carolina / leaving bloody footprints”
From “Walking Into the Sun”: “Walking; late sunset; North Carolina. / The red bricks mute the sun’s glare. / The asphalt exhales at every street corner. / Cats and dogs play in the streets before / running to their homes in this / Southern town where the Blue Ridge Mountains / rise all around.”
TUESDAY IS WEDNESDAY, VOL. 1
From my former poetry blog “Tuesday is Wednesday” comes the first volume in a compilation of a variety of works including social commentary and environmental poems. Plus there’s Route 66 haiku — here it is!
RED HEADED ESKIMOS
My sixth collection of poetry, “Red Headed Eskimos” explores a variety of subjects often dark and surreal. A vast array of poems covering religious themes, science fiction, social commentary to light adventurous works. Also, works tend to delve beneath the surface, exploring what you know is there but may not want to admit. 28 poems. 53 pages.
From “Burning Ice”: “The meeting of velocity and humidity — / won’t be fodder for erasers or / chalkboards or for teachers with / apples. When the ruler touches / the skin, it is simmering.”//
From “The Cement Oasis”: “Out on the patio in the sun’s glare / A procession of painted bodies / With skins of different hues / Sandwiched together. In hot oils / And tropical scents they lounge. / The sunglass stare / Is practiced with pride — / Near pools without water.”
From “Gravity Fueled Gasoline”: “Friday at noon the parking lot, / fast deserted especially near the back, / cars pour out into ant lines of traffic, / green, yellow, red the colors of freedom.”
Learning to be a Poet? Want to refresh your poetical skills? Check out the ebooks or books below!
The fourth ebook in the popular series just for poets continues with “Active Duty!” Are you a poet? Is it tough surviving life as a poet? Do people still look at you funny when you say you are one? Do they want you to write toasts for their weddings or love poems? What does it mean to be a poet? In this offering, you will learn that “Yes, You Are a Poet!” Plus more on being a performance artist, persistence, how to refresh your poetic skills, and use poetry to help others. Plus there’s the bonus of more Secret Poetry Weapons – skills to keep your life up as a poet (no matter what you may or may not do for a living!)
From Chapter 5: “Persistence: “Is it hard to be a poet? Oh yes! How many people look at you funny (that aren’t writers or poets themselves) when you say you are one? Besides the fact, you won’t find many readers of it anyway they will wonder just what it is you do and then the next inevitable question will be do you make a living with it. You have to live, breathe, eat, sleep poetry to be a poet. If you don’t know what that means, are you living up to your true poetical nature?”
THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 3: BACK TO BOOT CAMP
The Poet’s Survival Guide series is back with a part 3, a new offering for 2012. In this guide for poets, get back to the basics to sustain your life as a poet. Improve your odds. Create your best poems. Figure out which way to go: electronic or paper. Branch out and get your poetry fix while creating and maintaining new and tried and true ways to continue your career as a poet.
Excerpt from Chapter 3 “Poet or Poetry on the Side?” — Getting to a place where poetry isn’t just on the side for you will really help you grow as a poet. It’s easy to compartmentalize portions of your life and maybe you have to do that to survive (no writing a poem while you’re taking an order, life guarding, helping a customer select a lawnmower, speaking in a lecture hall, etc.). If you aren’t able to be a poet all day (or all night) long, then it’s a good idea to find a way to connect to poetry in a way that works for you.
THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 2: IN THE TRENCHES
“The Poet’s Survival Guide 2” features more of what you should know and do to make a living or a part-time living writing poetry. Featuring 11 chapters on how and where to sell your poems. Includes PR tools that you can use to promote your work plus innovative ways to make some bucks selling your poems. Also includes Secret Poet Weapons plus links and resources.
Excerpt from Chapter One “Ways to Sneak Poetry Writing Time Into Your Day” — “Just like the title says, if you want to get time to write your poetry and you are not a full-time poet then you will have to find time to compose your poems somewhere somehow. If you are a student or teacher, you can do it at breaks. Same if you have a job where you have breaks. But depending on how prolific you are or how disciplined you are at starting a piece and picking up and finishing it at a later time, 5-15 minute breaks may not work for you. I find myself squeezing works in during my morning commute. Right now my commute averages 10 minutes so that gives me little time to complete anything.”
THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO WRITE AND MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR POETRY
Contains 17 informative chapters for new or established poets trying to earn and make a living with poetry. Poetry journals and magazines are well known for paying in copies, which is nice if you like most poets enjoy reading. However, this doesn’t pay the bills. If you are able to explore all forms of the craft, your odds increase as to your likelihood of getting published … and paid! The Poet’s Survival Guide will give you an insight into the tools you need (and probably already have) to make a decent living or a fair amount of extra income at writing poetry or writing in forms similar to poetry. Includes links to poetry marketing, poetry publishing and other writing resources. The readers who buy poetry and/or just read it are few and far between, but there is a market for it out there. More importantly, there can be a market for you as a poet in your own home town. Plus there are other ways you can use your skills for writing poems to earn money with poetry related writings. The nice thing about poetry is that the investment of time and work for the poet or writer can be much less compared to something like a novel or screenplay which can take years to finish – not to mention how much longer it can take to get them published. People who read poetry tend to make up a diverse audience which means they also tend to be widely read. Why not take your poetry and parlay it into other writing venues besides poetry as well as into paying poetry publications?
From Chapter 6 — “POETRY CHAPBOOKS”: “There are several ways you can go about having a chapbook published. There are several options available such as chapbook poetry competitions, chapbook poetry publishers and self-publishing or printing your own chapbook.”
From Chapter 8 — “YOUR POETRY WEB PAGE”: “The content is up to you, but the internet is a great promotional tool that every poet should take advantage of simply because it is instantly accessible to anyone with an interest 24 hours a day.”
From Chapter 12 — “POETRY WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES”: “If you’re an experienced poet and have taken some classes or maybe have a degree in poetry, then if you’re comfortable teaching others you can hold your own workshops or classes.”