Saturday, March 07, 2009

MC Spotlight: Liquid Lunch

I am proud to present my first book of poems titled, Liquid Lunch. (A thought: Hey, this is the first MC spotlight that is about me!) Anyway, it is a collection of Blues-Inspired poetry that I have put into a chapbook. The chapbooks have not arrived yet, but I am expecting them any day now. Where did the idea come from? I got the idea of putting together a Blues chapbook from my good brother and writer Geoffrey Philp. In essence, he told me that I had accumulated a good amount of blues poetry that I should consider sharing with the rest of the world. So, I took the poems that I had already written, added a few more and voila! Thanks, Geoffrey. The current book cover is not as colorful as the one you see because of the paper used; the picture above is for advertisment. Besides, I wanted to display my friends wonderful work. It was done by a fantastic graphics designer, artist, and good friend Marilyn Gates Davis.

Info about Liquid Lunch:

As some of you know, the term liquid lunch refers to a lunch that consist of alcohol as the main course. Back when I was a sailor in the US Navy, my comrades and I would sometimes choose this as a way to "pick up" the day. I called this chapbook that because I envision it as a quick "pick-me-upper." My hopes is that it will lift your spirits and inspire you in one way or the other. The poems are based on little of everything: my life, my imagination, my grandfather's life. By the way, my grandfather is the young man you see on the right. This image is from a photo of him in the US Army, 1944. Today, he is 90 years old and living in North Carolina and yes...he still enjoys a little liquid lunch now and then.
I will post information about the pricing and how you can get a copy soon. As always, thanks for all your support. Peace~

Big thanks and all the love to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and my wife who is always telling, "put it in a book Bess!"


Babz Rawls Ivy said...



You ought to tweet this! Shoot I will tweet it...get the prices up and ready :)

So happy for you! You are such a tremendous talent!


get zapped said...

Congrats, Bess! I'm delighted by your concept and the love and life you've put into this chapbook of poetry. A delightful discovery on a sleepy Monday.

Anonymous said...

I am SO happy for you Stephen! Congrats! Yes, please do get us the pricing and most importantly how we can get copies for ourselves and our loved ones!!!

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thanks. Your book looks great too. Can't wait to read it.

You're too kind. Thank you so much for the wonderful words and support. You're a good blog friend. God bless you. I will post that information this week.

Thank you. Yes, I had a late start this morning, but the day is shaping up! :)

Thank you and good to see you. How have you been and how is the family?

Rethabile said...

She's right, "Put it in a book, Bess." And you did. This is cool.

I didn't know the term "liquid lunch"

Anonymous said...

So proud of you Bro!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Good that you listened to my Sis too:-)

Stephen A. Bess said...

:) Yes, she's a good woman. Thanks, brother.

Thank you, sister. It's about time. This will force me to promote my work. How have you been? I haven't seen you around.

Anonymous said...

WOW...congratulations Stephen i'm so happy for you. That's so great,i would definitely be interested in purchasing a copy:)

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Stephen, so well done. And love the photo of your 90 years YOUNG Grandfather.

My Dear Dad is most definately 78 years young. We are currently having wonderful and very funny food conversations on the phone.

On Sunday I got a call from him, very happy and excited - he'd tracked down a vital link if his Dad's family history. Has mnade so much fall into place, especailly his Dad's Father's enigaration to NZ.

I've rambled way to much when your's are the celebrations.

ANd to be celebrated - Where do I go on the interweb to buy a copy, dear Stephen. And special love to Ratu for encouraging and then putting up with you.


Thank you for your recent visit and Blessings, Michelle in NZ

Mickle in NZ said...

Yes, I know - PROOFREAD Mickle

the prisoner's wife said...

wow. CONGRATS!!!

i think all of you are pushing me to do what i really want (write). can't wait to get my SIGNED *hint, hint* copy LOL.


Anonymous said...

I have been good,very busy. Have I told you I got engaged? I do not think I did, sorry about that. It was only a couple of weeks ago. No wedding plans anytime soon though. Too many other things that must get done and paid for before a wedding can start to be planned. (I was not sure whether to write this today, per this is your good news day, not mine. And I do not want to take any of that goodness away from you!) Family is all good. Thanks for asking. I am trying to stop by more I just seem to run out of day. How are you and your family doing? I sure cannot wait to get a copy of your book-- The Prisoner's Wife has a great idea, a signed copy would be great!! :) It is funny how I have never met you in person, yet I feel like I know you so well...The modern technology is a wonderful thing when used properly!

Stephen A. Bess said...

That would be much appreciated. I'm looking to send it all over the globe. Thanks, sister.

:) I like your rambling. It's all good. I will let you know when and where very soon. Thanks as always and I appreciate your sharing about your Dad.

Most definitely! You have to put your work out there. We are waiting. Thanks and you will get your signed copy for sho'.

No, this is great news! Besides, good news goes well together. You don't steal the thunder you become the rain or the lightening and we storm together. :)Congratulations. Yes, I feel I know you too. I like how you said that, "...when used properly." Peace and blessings~

Anonymous said...

You need to let us know how to get a copy :-)

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading Liquid Lunch. Will check back to find out when and where it's available.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Most definitely. Check back with me on Saturday. How have you been?

Hello! I will do that. I hope that you and your family are well.

Lyrically speaking said...

Ok, i'll be in NY so tell me where I can cop my copy over there while i'm out of town next week...i'm thrilled beyond words for you. Congrats again!!

Stephen A. Bess said...

Most definitely. Thanks! :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Blues-inspired poetry! Sounds cool enough to be put to music. Do you know a musician?

Now, about the book on African-American history, art, everything...that I'd suggested...with photos, your poetry...

A. said...

WOW! So exciting. Congrats to you Stephen!

Black on Campus said...

Congratulations! This is such an awesome achievement. Can't wait to buy it.

Anonymous said...

:-) !!!!

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