Egret and the Mysterious Light – Free Download

Click here to download a PDF of a free and complete story from Egret the Elephant: Volume: 1!

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Perfect for a bedtime story and reading homework. Go on one of Egret’s very first adventures in this free introduction to the Egret the Elephant series!  Egret is a 5 year old elephant who loves to dance, especially under the moon. She loves her family, friends and adventures. The series is beautifully illustrated and told in verse to aide in language development and capturing the imagination of the young and young at heart.

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Join us at one or both of the readings and presentations by Akiva J. Savett and his brilliant work, Preservation

Join us at one or both of the readings and presentations by Akiva J. Savett and his brilliant work, Preservation

Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 PM
Winston Churchill High School
11300 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
Hosted by the WCHS Educational Foundation

Sunday February 9th at 9:00 AM
Beth Sholom
Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Brilliant Poet and Advanced Placement English Literature Teacher. he has been publishing poetry for over 10 years and his work has appeared in a variety of prestigious literary journals. Savett is also a chronic sufferer of Crohn’s Disease and a committed father and husband. Much of his work is interested in opening the sacred; in each poem, Savett discovers and frees the luminous trapped within the chaos of his life. In the midst of his struggles with surgery, mortality, and the contingencies of parenthood, his voice shines brightly from the firmament of young and dynamic American poets. Below are some Amazon reviews for your review.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Think You Don’t Like Poetry? Read This Book!
By Ali G on August 28, 2013
Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase
I’m so thankful to have read this collection of poems. Mostly, I read novels and short stories, with the occasional book of poetry thrown in only if it comes highly recommended. One of my friends at college told me to read this because Savett is her former English teacher. I can’t believe how much I loved it.

In poem after poem, Savett plays with language in surprising and ingenious ways, but he always gives the reader some accessible entry into meaning. Whether having a catch with his son, playing hide and seek with his daughter, visiting an old friend near the Gettysburg battlefield, or even flirting, tongue in cheek, with religious conversion so he can learn the names of trees and birds, Savett’s poems are about everyday experiences and moments so many of us have stopped paying attention to. Some of the most powerful poems in the collection are about his experiences with pain and chronic health issues. Though never named in the book (his amazon author page mentions Crohn’s Disease), references about and responses to illness provide a thread which ties this collection together—language and the book itself serve as preservation for Savett. In paying attention and displaying such a mastery of language, Savett is also preserving the fleeting precious moment and people he meets and loves. This book is short (it’s a poetry chapbook) but incredibly sweet, and I look forward to reading more from him in the future. He is one of the few poets (Stephen Dunn, W.S. Merwin, Billy Collins, Kay Ryan) I will try and keep up with. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Billy Collins Would Be Proud 
By Haroot H. on August 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
In an interview with the PBS News Hour, two-time Poet Laureate Billy Collins was asked about the idea of making poems “accessible.” He responded by saying, “I think accessible just means that the reader can walk into the poem without difficulty. The poem is not, as someone put it, deflective of entry. But the real question is what happens to the reader once he or she gets inside the poem? That’s the real question for me, is getting the reader into the poem and then taking the reader somewhere because I think of poetry as a kind of form of travel writing.”
Savett’s collection successfully invites the readers into his poems. It is at this point of “entry” that his imagery guides the reader on a multi-sensory journey of daily life. However, instead of settling for mundane commentary, Savett challenges us to see and feel what we normally take for granted. If, as Collins so eloquently states; poetry is a “form of travel writing,” then Savett’s Preservation takes us on the simplest and most rewarding trip of all: a refreshing look at the people, moments and places that compose our existence.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The mundane made luxurious
By Naomi R Kieval on August 20, 2013
Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase
The author’s love of the English language is evident from the first pages. Each poem presents an almost “stream-of-consciousness” account of daily life. These snippets of life as displayed in word-play and metaphor reveal much of the beauty of a life made up of family and naturalist spirituality; the author’s health, family concerns, financial constraints, and more are on full display. The verse feels at home amid the early modern poets, beatniks, and absurists. Echoes of Ginsburg and cummings are clearly heard as well. Savett’s Preservation is an impressive collection, and a great entree into modern free-verse.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Seriously beautiful
By Steph Herold on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase
The poems in this collection are complex enough to sink your teeth into, yet also beautiful enough to read once and appreciate. Sprinkled with literary and medical references, the way Savett conveys a sense of awe in each poem surprised and delighted me. Some lines are so perfect they will slay you: “we are more like pencils / where each day scratches / us away / than pens, intact, / but leaking words” and others will have you cracking open your computer to google (who’s Tiamat again?). I felt like I was playing hide and seek with these poems, sometimes getting a glimpse at their meaning, sometimes searching and searching. Even if I couldn’t uncover exactly what I thought the poems meant, they evoked that ineffable feeling you get when you’re reading something good and you allow yourself to get inside the feelings of the poem instead of trying to pinpoint what every word signifies. A really refreshing read–looking forward to many more!

Corey Feldman

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Writing update

I know, I am still working on the final edits of Kristallnacht. I have a couple areas that are bugging me. Nothing huge, time consuming or structural. Just nit-picky stuff now that the story (or this part of it) is out of my brain and on virtual paper. I keep rereading it while fixing the silly typos my copy editor caught. And btw thank G-d for copy editors! Maybe someday I will be able to afford one for my blog and my (in my own head) pithy and humorous status updates. Anyway, I have noticed a few patches I don’t love. e.g. In the Prologue set circa 1989, which is the only part of Kristallnacht not set on November 10, 1938. There is a lot of dialog with Alex Kagan. But even for an extremely precocious 4 (almost 5) year old, intentionally written wise beyond her years, she just didn’t sound enough like a four year old. As I happen to have an extremely precocious 4 year old (5 next month), also wise beyond his years, I started really listening to him. Let me rephrase that as I always listen to him.  I spent some time studying his sentences and was blown away by how far I missed the mark. She sounded too much like an adult. This is more than a little embarrassing to realize as someone with a background in child development, teaching, a writer with a children’s series with a 5 year old protagonist, and a father of a child the same age. So that obviously needs some tweaking.

I tried but couldn’t get in the mind space to tackle it today. I did, however, make some progress on my new children’s series which is my collaborative project with my kids. I really love where this is going, but I have to admit the collaborative part while often fun, rewarding, and completely amazing, is just as often frustrating as hell. I am a fairly quick writer. I loved working on Egret. I’m not by any means finished, but with only 2 published and another 6 to 8 more books still waiting in the wings, its not a priority. But I knocked out the first 8-10 books (depending how I split them) in a very short period of time, often writing for hours on end. It is the same way for my, heavy on the Kabbalah, Urban Fantasy series. The bulk of the Sexton and the Reaper and Kristallnacht were done in a couple major writing sessions. But with this new series, most likely titled Bobby and Samara, Wizard Apprentices, to keep it collaborative I can’t write like that.

At less than a month short of 5 and (OMG) 4 days short of 7, Elijah and Joshua just don’t have that kind of attention span. It is totally understandable but frustrating since I have already mapped out several books in my head and I see this series having solid commercial potential in the 5-11 age range. But I can’t lose sight of the fact I started this as a learning opportunity, based on Elijah’s request. So I need to get better at 1. Slowing down and letting them be part of the ride. 2. Remembering that at *almost* 5 and 7, I can’t push them beyond what they can handle or it will lose its value as a learning tool and could likely turn them off to the entire process. 3. It is okay to take this one slower, after all I still have the Kagan series to fill my hyper focused writing sessions.

So on a bit of a tangent, I am not sure which will come out first. This new series, or the book in the Egret series where we meet her best friend, also named Samara. Samara is the name planned for both Joshua and Elijah until we counted to eleven on their sonograms. I am curious (if any has bothered reading this far), since the series are so different with one Samara being an elephant and the other a 7 1/2 year old girl… Egret targeted at pre-school/early elementary and the other solidly elementary with only advanced readers, on the younger end, likely to be able to read it on their own… Does anyone see an issue with my using the name Samara in both series? I mean other than the obvious psychological one that child number 3 (this time a daughter) is not in my cards.

Posted from Potomac, Maryland, United States.