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"An exciting story about a girl and her father who escape slavery. . . . Works well as a story and also as a lesson in African-American history." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
THE TITLE: At the age of seventeen I discovered T.S. Eliot's poem "The Wasteland." The only part of the poem I could relate to was about "Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante." Four of the tarot cards are invented by Eliot (Drowned Phoenician Sailor, Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks and the Lady of Situations). Having invented my own Drom Ek Romani cards as part of my heritage, I could appreciate his imaginary cards with their mystical names. My first poem explains each tarot card and the second one details the Drom Romani although I make no claim to be a "famous clairvoyante." The other poems are a patchwork of subjects including tributes to Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and other writers of music and poetry.THE POEMS: With the exception of several free verse poems, the others are a mixture of Shakespearean Sonnets, Terza Rima, Rima Royale, and, well, more sonnets. The poetry forms are very confining yet I attempted to make them all-encompassing in their little world. When writing the 22 sonnets for the Drom Romani I began speaking in rhyming iambic pentameter in my dreams. Does that make me a poet? I hope so. Failing that, a sonnet a day keeps senility away. I am hoping that whatever your age, you find enjoyment in my poetry.
As Patrick stands on the gallows, knowing he should have left town days ago, he find his thoughts conflicted. Why didn't he leave? What was keeping him here? Is there help coming? Feeling insecure for the first time in years, Sally finds her farm under attack. Her adopted girls turn to her for security, but where can she find security for herself? Thomas, a young man who came to town for an apprenticeship, finds himself involved in plots that he wants no part of. His choices seem few, help and become someone he hates, or avoid them and ruin his future. They all must learn that the best intentions can sometimes hide the darkest passions, and sometimes chaos has an agenda all its own. A Wolf in Patchwork Clothing is a thrilling novella to ease the reader into the grim story of the Patchwork Horror series.
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