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From Both Sides of Creation by A. J. Mittendorf

From Both Sides of Creation

Poems of A. J. Mittendorf

by A. J. Mittendorf

Pages: 128

Dimensions: 6 x 9

  • POETRY - Canadian
  • POETRY - Subjects & Themes - Inspirational & Religious

Type : Paperback

ISBN : 9781628710021

Price : $14.49

Type : Hardcover

ISBN : 9781628710038

Price : $22.99

From Both Sides of Creation is my first professionally published
collection of poetry. The poems within are a mixture of free verse and more
traditional rhymed, formulaic poems, such as sonnets and roundels and discuss a
broad variety of topics. The collection is divided into two major sections
based on Genesis chapter 1, verse 1: "In the beginning, God created the
heavens and the earth." The first major section, then, is "heaven,"
which offers poetry that discusses topics that we might consider to be sacred:
heaven, hell, creation, judgement, life, death, prayer, sexuality and sin. The
second section is "earth," which includes poetry that discusses
topics of a more secular nature: art, science, history, mythology, life, death
and human nature.
While I consider my poetry to be of a more light-hearted nature compared
with many other popular writers these days, I am not opposed to using darkness
as a tool when a topic requires it. As a result, there are some poems that do
delve into darker ideas, such as date rape and even murder, in one case. You
will even find one or two "naughty words" in the secular section.
Rest assured, however: I discuss these heavier topics from a Christian perspective;
they are a part of reality, though, and I try to keep my poetry—even the more
fantasy-oriented poetry—grounded. Still, because of these darker topics, I do
urge parents to familiarize themselves with the poetry in this collection
before allowing younger children to read it on their own.
But I do not want to leave this summary there. Please understand that I am a
light-hearted person, and prefer to write poetry that is more light-hearted
itself. As a result, I hope that you will find my work overall to be the kind
that leaves you smiling or, at the very least, leaves you thinking, "Gee,
this Mittendorf guy is a bit quirky." After all, how many poets write
poems that poke fun of their own last names? How many poets rewrite biblical
passages into limericks? How many poets will write sonnets that make fun of
Captain Hook, Pinocchio or topics like time travel? If you’ll please pardon me
for quoting . . . me, I shall summarize my own poetic philosophy: "If
you’re not smiling when you read my stuff / then I’m not doing my job well
enough." It is my goal to bless my readers. I want to leave you smiling,
smirking, snickering, snorting or simply drooling with laughter. Please enjoy
my poetry and be blessed by it.

For 25 years, A. J. Mittendorf has taught English to high
school and college students in both the Unites States and Canada. While he has
always loved creating with the written word, he didn’t begin writing in a
formal capacity until age 30, and he now enjoys writing and publishing poetry,
essays and short stories. Most recently, two of his short, non-fiction stories
were included in a volume assembled by celebrated Canadian author, Stuart
McLean: Time Now for “The Vinyl Café” Story Exchange, published in 2013 by
Viking-Penguin Canada (Toronto).
     In addition to
writing, A. J. is an accomplished double bassist and music arranger, and an
actor, often presenting his own poetry as miniature works of drama. He
presently lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

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