Book Review: CoffeeShop Blues – Writers Musicians Poets & Artists

International literary arts journal, “CoffeeShop Blues,” has
really come out of the corner swinging. The 156 page book doesn’t
really fit in any general category. It’s not a magazine, even
though it has a few advertisements. It’s not your usual literary
journal, although it does contain different genres of writing. It’s
not truly an anthology, although it does contain different writers.
And it’s not truly a book, although it will be listed in both the
library catalogues and book sellers’ lists. It seemingly defies all
me start with the advertisements. In the letter from the editor,
Jeremy Frost writes that none of the advertisements have been paid
for. Being a brand new independent press, he and his partner, David
Stewart, have outlined that a new edition will come out every six
months. That may make one think that it’s a literary journal or
magazine of some sorts. Based on the size alone (6”x9”), you will
walk away after looking at it feeling dumbfounded. The literary
journals that I’m accustomed to seeing are much smaller, and the
magazines are much larger.
first edition of “CoffeeShop Blues” grabs hold of the reader and
starts them on a whirlwind tour. This journey takes the reader across
the world in a very unique fashion. Each artist is introduced with a
map of their location, a bio and links on how to get a hold of them.
first stop is in the Philippines where you’ll meet
a renowned romantic poet. As a matter of fact, he is one of the last
of his kind. His resume itself could be considered a ‘lifetime
achievement award.’ But, his poetry will leave you breathless.
Next, you’ll travel to the United Arab Emirates where
gives you an in-depth look into the minds of women in the region,
putting a face to help you understand the similarities and
differences of a culture that most know nothing about.

steps up to the plate next. A proven spoken word artist on the stage
and a poet on the page, Natello won’t disappoint. His writings are
a documentation of his life and the times that make him who he was
and now has become. His pen is true to life. And, I don’t foresee
that changing anytime soon.
that you’ll head back across the sea and into Asian, taking a break
in Taiwan.

brings you down into the streets of Hsinchu where at times the sounds
around remind you of some smooth jazz. A picture of how it feels out
and about immersed in the nightly routines of the city.
maybe you get a bit hungry and need to take a lunch break. Why not
Schellhase Hvizdos

through fifty days of lunch breaks in Northern Virginia? Nathaniel
serves it up with a side of his own artwork. At times it may make you
laugh, at others it may have you questioning if that could ever
really happen. But, that’s the beauty of writing. It can leave you
in the lurch. Debbie Keller comes up toward the end but really
belongs with Cordevilla because of her beautiful romantic style.
India comes
Her style of writing I have only come across in ancient Persian
translations of poets. While sometimes her writings are a bit
religious others you’ll find are about women’s issues in a
marriage they feel uncomfortable in. Lennart Lundh has four pieces of
flash fiction that demonstrate his remarkable writing ability.
have some incredible musicians being listed in the book as well. You
A blues musician located in Alabama who has played stadium venues
with some of America’s greatest. His latest album,
should have just been released.
there is
She has just released her latest album,
and is extremely well known for her past ones. Her picture graces the
cover of the book. She has at least three older albums and is
currently touring in Europe.
of these artists are extremely personable. There links can not only
be found in the book, but also on the
website. Go in and check them out. CoffeeShop Blues can be found on, Amazon.UK, and now on Kindle.
yeah. Last but not least, there
Eric “Mobius” Morlin

with both art and poetry. He’ll leave you questioning,
There Zombies in Heaven? CoffeeShop Blues: Writers Musicians Poets & Artists 

Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine

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