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of the viscera under the blood-coated muscle that is the text.” – David McLean, author of Cadaver’s Dance “Carstens goes places you don‟t want to follow, but, inevitably you do (and for the better). This is poetry, rich, full and brimming with life, even that wrought from the darkest corners.” – Jack Henry, author of With The Patience Of Monuments “Crudely Mistaken for Life is a tour de force of poetic skill that you won‟t put down until the sun is coming up and your tears are spent and the bottle of Patron next to you is bone dry.” – Diana Rose, Write and Radio “Straight talk, boiled down from experience, with the fat of fancy skimmed off the top. That‟s what we‟ve got here. Carstens gets it – he doesn‟t waste time with the flowers; he digs in the dirt, about six feet down, to the root of it all.” – R L Raymond, Pigeon Bike Review Epic Rites Press
Crudely Mistaken For Life Poetry by Wolfgang Carstens 93 pages $15.50 + $4.50 shipping ISBN 978-0-9811844-6-3 Available in Canada at epicrites.org, or by addressing 240 – 222 Baseline Road, Suite #206, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 1S8
Crudely Mistaken For Life
Crudely Mistaken For Life by Strathcona County resident Wolfgang Carstens was released by Epic Rites Press in March 2010. “Crudely Mistaken For Life was a take tomorrow for granted, today for life is book written in 2009 – when DEATH granted, this hour, this minute – we started hunting down my family and take it all for granted! We stumble too short friends and transforming them into through life like sleepwalkers! The to waste memories. 2009, for me, was a year underlying theme of Crudely on the wrong jobs, marred by death. I don‟t think death Mistaken For Life is about this death the wrong relationships, is an „obsession‟ with me, although the wrong ideas. that happens long before our bodies it‟s something that‟s never far away decompose and the worms arrive. soon enough in my thoughts. Most people view My book, if it‟s anything, is like Jim you‟ll be planted death as something that negates life. Morrison screaming “Wake up! You on the wrong side For me it‟s the opposite – death is can‟t remember when it was! Had of the grass. what gives life value. It‟s because we this dream stopped?” die that we should embrace life fully – Wolfgang Carstens if you‟re looking and completely – because after all, for a foundation stone there is an Acme safe waiting for all “Crudely Mistaken For Life is upon which to rebuild of us; we never know when or where stunningly evocative. Be careful here it is: when you pick up this book, you it will strike. In my book I talk remember that you must die. might not be able to put it down.” about Annie, who was ninety-two – Tony Moffeit, author of Luminous years old when she died. I also be ruthless Animal in the choices you make, mention Stephen, who was in the company you keep, murdered when he was eighteen “Inside these pages you will find in the pursuit of happiness. years old. The mistake most people some truth, maybe yourself. I‟ll make is in taking tomorrow for trade $15.50 for that any day.” live to the point of tears. granted, like the young poet in my – Scot Young, The Rusty Truck poem „blotting out the sun.‟ As soon (you haven‟t much time) as you start taking tomorrow for “This book grows on you. Enters granted, you are, in a sense, already your blood. This is compassionate, dead. Most of us, sadly, live our carefully crafted poetry fascinating to lives like this. We take our friends read and worthy of detailed study.” for granted, our loved ones for – George Anderson, Bold Monkey granted, ourselves for granted; we take Brochure designed for Epic Rites Press by Elizabeth A. Soroka. More information at elizabethasoroka.moonfruit.com.