Balboa Press Announces Release of 'New Love Poems' by Terry Benczik
Fresh, brave and all brand new, "New Love Poems" (published by Balboa Press) by New Brunswick author Terry Benczik is a concept book about the stages and varieties of love, from the love between two people, to learning about self-acceptance, to the love of humanity and the divine.
"This is a book that speaks to the range of emotions we all experience when revealing our most cherished and treasured feelings," says author Terry Benczik. "Love can be funny, sad, touching and tragic. It can also be joyful and ecstatic. But, it's rarely something ordinary, and even then, it's a gift."
"New Love Poems" explores a side of love that's rarely told through modern poetry. Chapters such as Attraction, Longing, Hope and Higher Love connect readers to something very deep inside themselves. "Many of us were brought up reading traditional poetry written for a different age and time. I respect those books. Yet, I felt it was time that love poetry had a modern take reflecting what we are all experiencing now.
Praise for Benczik's poetry from Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series, and inspiration for "Inspector Morse," "Inspector Lewis" and "Endeavour "on PBS:
"She somehow manages to suffuse a tender charm over both these aspects of our mortal experiences, both the weeping and the laughter. I'm sure it is her aesthetic sensitivity which I find so appealing - that gentle power, that verbal elegance, that poignant memorability, which characterizes her poetic achievement."
"If you're looking for truth in life, it's not in the experiences; it's in the feelings," Benczik says. People who have shared my poetry with others, from counselors to clergy, have told me that these poems provide a doorway to discussion, communication and emotional intimacy. I hope to explore this subject my whole life."
"New Love Poems"
By Terry Benczik
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 164 pages | ISBN 9781452575223
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 164 pages | ISBN 9781452575216
E-Book | 164 pages | ISBN 9781452575230
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Terry Benczik has enjoyed a lifelong love of poetry and writing. At 24, she was hired as a full-time staff news writer for CBS News, writing for Nightwatch and later for The CBS Morning News. After CBS, a desire to make a difference brought her into government service, working in offices at the World Trade Center (WTC). She was part of a team that won the New York PRSA's Big Apple Award for its work with international media following the WTC bombing in 1993. Her narrative about her 9/11 experience was chosen for the Library of Congress' American Memory exhibit. In 2007, she won a silver medal in Poetry.com's International Poetry Contest.