Fae Corps Party Room, Interview with Ivor

Today I had a live interview with Kat from Fae Corps Publishing to help promote my new book “Tullawalla”. The show was mostly a Question & Answer interview, and me reading a couple of poems. Below I have attached the video Link for you to click onto … I hope you enjoy the show 😄🌏




Ivor Steven (c) March 2021


“Who Hears Me”

I am thrilled to announce the publication of my poem ‘Who Hears Me’ at Spillwords Press today, and would like to thank the team at Spillwords for their continued support of my poems. Please go and visit their fabulous magazine, by clicking on this link >> https://spillwords.com/who-hears-me/ and maybe click-on the like button 🤍 for me.

WHO HEARS ME

My ears are funnels
But I do not want to hear
The voices

My lips do part
But I do not speak
The words

My knees do bend
But I cannot sit
While I can still stand

My eyes are open
But I do not want to see
My shadow falling



Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

A World Apart, Side by Side in Heart

G’day Phily Kerri, .. oh with a tissue box nearby .., I’ve read your lovely article, .. your words warm heart … and as always your presentation is superb ((Hugs)) 😀😍🌏

Don't Let the World Bring You Down

It has been a REALLY long time since I have written anything here, but I figured what better time than now. Tomorrow, my Aussie Uncle Ivor’s book, Tullawalla, will be released which includes illustrations of mine!! Actually, since he’s in Australia, the book launch is there today. A world apart, side by side in heart. We both are so beyond excited and I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of his very first book. I’m lucky to have such a creative, kind soul to call my family. We have a special bond and I just love him to bits! 

It’s hard to believe that’s it’s already going on two years since my Aussie Uncle Ivor’s visit to the US. He stayed with my Aunt Reeny and Uncle Dennis for awhile before staying here for a few nights. His time at our place is a time I will always…

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My Sunrise

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla


Tomorrow is “Book Launch Day” and today I’m presenting a favourite poem of mine that just missed out on making the cut for my Book.. This nostalgic piece speaks for itself as to why the words stay close to my heart…


My Sunrise

I have walked a thousand lonely miles

Looking for her everlasting smile

Gradually scaling Ararat’s steepest cliff

There, sipping from the grail’s cup of youth


I have travelled to the edge of time

To find the final word of rhyme

Where my sunrise soared into the sky

To recapture her last goodbye

Then I crawled on my hands

Searching for that broken line in the sand


I have dug myself a hole, deep into space

To join her spirit and grace

Releasing my star into the universe

And I awoke, to write more of this verse





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

By the Water’s Edge, (“Tullawalla”)

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla


Today I’m presenting an old poem referring to ‘Tullawalla’, at a time when my wife had not long passed and I was in between abodes, living with my older brother at the old family Homestead.



By the Water’s Edge, (“Tullawalla”)


I am in this isolation cabin

Like a big mosquito larva

Ready to burst

Surrounded by sand and sea

And a river mouth

Tidal and free

And I share my daily bread

A share for you, a share for them

Thoughts of you

And I gaze down upon our garden mayhem

And I see your broken lily stem


I am tangled in this cocoon

Like an angry dragonfly

Waiting to break free

Surrounded by watergrass and weed

Tea-tree and dunes, far as the eye can see

And a garden bed

Grown from seed

And I share my weekly menu

A share for you, a share for them

Thoughts of you

And I stare down upon a fallen brave

And I see your empty bower cave





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Throwback Friday, Sorry for You, by Ivor Steven

I tried to ‘reblog’ this article from the “Go Dog Go Cafe” site, but it wouldn’t work for me, so I have reconstructed the post for my site…

Today I am presenting at poem I wrote 12 years ago….. when I was feeling guilty about my capabilities as a carer. I’m posting here, and thinking someone in a similar situation may read these words. Please do not feel guilty or inadequate, you’re not failing, and there’s really only so much that is possible. You’re not alone in having these insecure feelings, and please understand, us carer’s all go through these self doubts and confusing thoughts.

Sorry for You

Sorry I was not always there for you

I am sorry for your life of misery

I am so sorry, for writing this unhappy story


I could not find your holy grail

That sacred cup of water to cure the frail

Sorry I could not help or heal you

I am sorry for your life being wrong

I am so sorry, for playing this wordless song

I could not find your holy grail

That sacred cup of wine to cure the frail

Sorry I did not travel every path for you

I am sorry for your life’s that is lost

I am so sorry, for holding this worthless cross

I could not find your golden grail

That sacred cup of blood to cure the frail

Sorry I could not be stronger for you

I am sorry, for your world that could not be

I am deeply sorry, for walking on an empty sea

I could not find your silver grail

That angel’s vessel of purity, to no avail


My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla






Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

About the Author

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla



About the Author: Ivor Steven

Ivor is a former Industrial Chemist who, at 30 years old, became a plumber until his recent retirement. In September 2000 he suffered a stroke and started writing poetry as part of his rehabilitation process, to help regain his communication abilities. He has had numerous poems published in on-line magazines, and anthology books by publisher’s such as: Vita Brevis, SpillWords, Drabble, Wolff Poetry Journal, Festival of Poetry, Slasher Monster Magazine, Fae Corps Publishing, Free Verse Revolution, Red Wolf Journal, and Prolific Pulse.

He is an active member of the Geelong Writers Inc. and many of his poems are published in their annual Anthologies. In August 2019 he was appointed as a team member/barista with the ‘Go Dog Go Café’ on-line blog/magazine group.

Between the years 1983 and 2012 Ivor was also the primary career for his wife, who suffered from the severe MS illness, and his devotion to her is evident throughout the poems in this book.

And below is a self-portrait poem I wrote 3 years ago…


Looking at The Mirror


I see an oldish bloke, who likes to write poetry

Personal topics and our world’s society

Why don’t I try to write a bigger story?

Flash fiction, and there’s enough for a book

Am I too afraid to really look?

All my poems are quite shortish

Like last year’s birthday cake wish

Maybe I’ll say, “I’m far too lazy”

I can’t tell them, I’m a bit crazy!!

Nor that I’m a mad Lord of Wizardry


Best I turn the mirror, for another view

They want to know about me and you

I see a bald-headed man, just like my dad

And that’s not at all bad

I always said, if I grew up

To be half as good as my dad

I’d be very happy and proud

And well ahead of the crowd

He was a kind and thoughtful man

I suppose I’m honest and lend a hand

I see, I’m showing my age

My journey has torn many a page

And it’s not that I’m overly sad

My veneer shows everyone I’m glad

I’ve lived my promise, for better and for worse

And I loved my job, a carer during her curse





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Finality

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla

“Finally” there is only a few days to go before my book is launched on the the 30th of March, and appropriately today I am presenting my poem “Finality”, and this is another poem that I left out of my book “Tullawalla”

Finality




We will all travel life’s journey

There’s reality in the end, a concluding count down

Finality occurs, not a shadow of doubt

Sooner or later we must retire, and work no more

Old tools are laid to rest, gathering dust

There is a time when we have to say goodbye

To that special one’s, sad crying eyes

Suddenly life propels us to pass our friends lives

The people we knew dwindle to a few

And beyond the lies earth slowly dies

We the custodians failed to see overcast skies

Our belief’s shriveled inside religious sleeves

The jealous and greedy are yet to eat their last supper

I hope tomorrow’s future is better than today’s veiled ways

And yesterday’s trials, become the healing castle’s final say





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Five Shades of Grey

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla

Today here is another poem, that didn’t make the final list, and was ‘cut’ from my new Book “Tullawalla”… Maybe I thought the poem “Five Shades of Grey” was not substantial enough .. !!


Five Shades of Grey


Daylight turns into night

Ravens scatter in mid-flight

Dark clouds overlay

Five shades of grey

Thor’s hammer roars

His spark of fire, soars

Fiercely a flaming bolt strike’s

Piercing frightened psyches





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Leaning Against the Wind

You have to be skillfully quick

To catch sight of the wily wind

Gone, in the flicker of a candle wick

The wind is here and gone in the blink of an eye


A crafter blaster, invisible and streamlined

We stoically lean against the air’s ghostly tricks

And blindly await the haunting to be reassigned

The wind is here and gone in the blink of an eye




Ivor Steven (c) March 2021