Storm of Roses

Title: Storm of Roses
Series:

Revised Edition
A Compilation of Poetry and Short Stories

Synopsis

Originally published in 2006, Storm of Roses, winner of the Best Books National Book Award in Poetry and an award-winning finalist in the "Indie Excellence 2007" Book Awards in the Poetry category, has been updated to incorporate revisions of select short stories, making it an even more tantalizing collection of literary art.

With bold musings about pleasure, pain, life, death, anger, spirituality, nature, compassion, fantasies and daydreams, this compilation is a provoking celebration of wisdom.

Within these pages, E. Tara Scurry delivers an intense and enchanting debut assortment of over 90 poems and 11 short stories written when she was between 7 and 23 years old.

A unique take at poetry and story-telling, Storm of Roses fluctuates convincingly from dark to sunny and violent to serene. Exceptionally captivating, it’s a gathering of pieces for the tenacious and resilient.

Content Rating

Dark Ø Ø Ø
Sunny Ø Ø Ø
Romance Ø Ø Ø
Violence Ø Ø
GSM (Gender and Sexual Minorities) Ø
Culturally Diverse Ø Ø

Tentative Release Date: December 2019

Praise

“They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. With a title like “Storm of Roses,” it’s hard to tell whether E. Tara Scurry’s first book of poetry is meant to be dark or sunny. But perhaps that’s the point.”
- The Silver Spring Gazette

"She has a very promising literary career ahead of her!”
–USABookNews.com

"She has touched my life."
– Debra Gaynor, Reader Views.com

"Young poet catches readers by ‘Storm’ by Monica Hogan"
-Editorial Review, Staff Writer, Silver Spring Gazette

“E. Tara Scurry is a bright, new and upcoming author. Storm Of Roses is a great balance of internal conflict and reality. This book will make you wrestle with your own beliefs!”
– Squire Servance, Staff Editor - Duke Journal of Gender law & Policy

“This book is going to make it to the bathroom. That's where my serious reading is!"
– Dennis Jr., M.D.

"Your book amazes me. For a young girl you run the gaunt of emotions. Your knowledge of love...which I am an expert in; my marriage was a beautiful one - your simplicity ("Sad Faces"), your depth of feelings throws me as an older person - How did you get there so soon? However, theology, we come from different places. For me, peace comes in life, not death. This pervading thought for me didn't take away from the brilliance of your writing."
– Muriel Rains, Florida


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Excerpt

THE ESSENCE OF GOD

The image of God
is
The uniting of man and woman
Why do we call Him “He”?

You are masculine and feminine
You have a child
You are the holy family
The Father, the Son Jesus, and the Mother Spirit

The Father does not spare us His commands, anger, and punishment
The Son is our friend, speaking and walking with us
The Mother lays her hands on our flesh and gives peace to our souls

The Father
Jehovah
Gives us the rules of His house
He explains and is clear, we
often wish to discount those rules most difficult
especially about tithing and fornication
But there are no excuses for disobedience
He answers our questions with truth and provides for our needs
He is strong, powerful and jealous
He demands respect and constant praise
He is a warrior, He is a protector
He is King
The Father has vision of the big picture
He desires to give what is best for you to have
He says “No, Yes,” and “Not now” out of love
If you rebel, you regret

The Son, Jesus
Is our friend
He tells us when we are wrong, when we smell and when
We are dirty
He is pleased with complete honesty
When we are not honest with our symptoms and sins
He knows his advice will mean nothing, and withholds
Until we confess
Jesus hears our daily prayers and testifies to the Lord
When you stray from the Father’s house
The Mother sends the Son to go fetch you
Jesus is hurt when you leave his side,
He is your friend who misses and worries about you
He gives you one hundred, then asks for ten back
So that he may give you two hundred, then ask for twenty
When you fight with him, he is the first to forgive
He is your conscious, keeping your from temptation and sin
He does not want you punished
by The Father’s rod or drenched in The Mother’s tears
Your best friend died so that you may live
He sacrificed his life, suffered false witness and torture
So that you may truly know what true friendship is

The Mother,
Grace
Comforts and gives encouragement when we are weak
When our strength is dead
The Mother never gives up on her children
She is the epitome of forgiveness
The Mother monitors us as we sleep, eat, and play
Nurses us when we are sick or when our flesh is fading with illness
She patches us up when we hurt ourselves
Scolds us when we hurt others, compelling us to apologize or forgive and
To ‘say it like we mean it’
The Mother coaxed you back into the Fathers house
when Jesus brought you to His door
when you rebelled and were reluctant with shame
Come back home, child...your Father will forgive you,
He will punish you, because We love you,
He will teach you the way, so you don’t stray,
Come now, I can love you no more and no less,
She is Gods Grace, affirming and giving
She praises us, spoiling us with Blessings we never deserve