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· Fractured Legacy

· Dire Salvation

· Hard Cache

· Peace Corpse

· Patriot Schemes

· Hidden Impact


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· Reimagining The New Year

· Procrastination

· Balancing Act

· Intelligent Life

· Clan Reunion

· Your Words Reach Me

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· Paradise Improved

· Cute!

· A Random Thought

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· Neff Novel Praised on Goodreads

· Midwest Review: Neff Impressive, Highly Recommended

· Amazon Top Reviewer Praises Charles B. Neff's FRACTURED LEGACY

· Neff's Thriller Highly Recommended By Leading Blogger

· Neff, Fractured Legacy, A New Thriller

· Island Books Celebrates 40 Years on November 3

· Seth Gordon on Neff's New Thriller

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Charles B, Neff Adds Third Poem in Cycle Exclsively for AD Members

6/13/2008 1:49:00 PM

by Charles B. Neff


First Guest is the third of eight poems that were written over many years, starting in a distressing period of my life and reaching – gradually, finally – new understanding. I didn’t plan the individual poems as a coherent collection and didn’t realize the story they told until I recently read through a number of older poems. Those poems felt like preludes to newer ones, revealing, in concert, what was really going on inside me. Though much occurred in my life before the first poem took shape, and though I am still very much alive, I call this collection: Lifecycle. At very least, it traverses the circular path of one of the most significant cycles in my life so far.
A new poem will be added for each of the next five weeks.
The previous poems in Lifecycle are: Half-Alive and Second Skin.

 

First Guest
 
 
 
Cruel May. Snow,
Refusing to thaw,
Relishes its grip.
 
A tree, barren still
Under brazen blue,
Awaits first greening.
 
My numbed heart,
Forgets the feel
Of fire within
 
And doubts
That human warmth
Can kindle it again.
 
It knows
That apologies
Ring hollow,
And promises
Have failed before.
 
Last chance?
Try trust.
Let deeds
And promises
Speak for themselves.
 
Make room
For patience,
The first guest.

 

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More News by Charles B. Neff

· Neff Novel Praised on Goodreads - 3/12/2015 6:30:00 AM
· Midwest Review: Neff Impressive, Highly Recommended - 11/21/2014 1:27:00 PM
· Amazon Top Reviewer Praises Charles B. Neff's FRACTURED LEGACY - 9/14/2014 7:23:00 AM
· Neff's Thriller Highly Recommended By Leading Blogger - 9/1/2014 9:57:00 AM
· Neff, Fractured Legacy, A New Thriller - 5/30/2014 7:22:00 AM
· Island Books Celebrates 40 Years on November 3 - 10/25/2013 7:30:00 AM
· Seth Gordon on Neff's New Thriller - 6/9/2012 6:27:00 AM
· DIRE SALVATION, Neff's New Thriller - 6/2/2012 10:46:00 AM
· Neff Poem Wins Local Contest - 5/6/2012 6:39:00 AM
· Cym Lowell: Five Stars to HARD CACHE by Charles B. Neff - 1/7/2011 12:54:00 PM
· Midwest Review Praises Neff's HARD CACHE - 11/9/2010 7:18:00 AM
· HARD CACHE: Good Read Says Author/Reviewer - 10/28/2010 8:21:00 AM
· Top Amazon Critic Lauds HARD CACHE by Charles B. Neff - 10/17/2010 8:10:00 AM
· Two Great Reviews for HARD CACHE by Charles B. Neff - 10/7/2010 8:37:00 AM
· Pulitzer Winner Lauds Charles Neff's Thriller, HARD CACHE - 8/27/2010 7:13:00 AM
· Neff;s HARD CACHE: Full Distribution Available, Marketing Campaign Begun - 8/22/2010 8:55:00 AM
· HARD CACHE, Neff's New Thriller at the Printers! - 7/2/2010 7:05:00 AM
· Charles Neff Completes New Thriller, Adds a Poem - 6/19/2010 6:26:00 AM
· Pulitzer Winner Rave for Charles B. Neff's Thriller, PEACE CORPSE - 6/11/2010 6:58:00 AM
· Writer’s Digest: Neff’s Peace Corpse “EXCELLENT” Across the Board - 2/26/2010 3:47:00 PM
· Flash! Philadelphia, 3/11 7pm EDT, Charles B, Neff on WNJC - 3/6/2009 6:59:00 AM
· Flash, Greater Miami, 2/28 WWNN, 8:30pm EST, Neff Interview, PEACE CORPSE - 2/25/2009 7:05:00 AM
· K-Talk, Utah, Maxon Show, 2/26, Neff Interview on PEACE CORPSE, Thriller - 2/23/2009 8:29:00 AM
· 5 Stars from Midwest Review for PEACE CORPSE, Charles B. Neff's Thriller - 2/22/2009 12:14:00 PM
· Flash! CT, NY. WICC Interview 2/5, 3:30 EST,Neff and PEACE CORPSE - 2/2/2009 2:42:00 PM
· 2/2, Central Indiana, WILO, Charles B. Neff and PEACE CORPSE - 1/27/2009 7:36:00 AM
· ATTN: WY, CO, NE, SD. Neff/Chaffin on KGAB Jan. 13 am - 1/10/2009 11:02:00 AM
· January 21, Charles B. Neff To Read and Sign New Thriller, PEACE CORPSE - 1/9/2009 11:38:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Commits a Revolutionay Act - 10/31/2008 3:38:00 PM
· Charles B. Neff's Thriller, PEACE CORPSE, Featured In NY Review of Books Ad - 10/26/2008 10:30:00 AM
· PEACE CORPSE, a New Thriller by Charles B. Neff Designated Editor's Choice - 10/4/2008 10:17:00 AM
· Charles B Neff Posts Final Poem in a Series Exclusively for AD Members - 7/18/2008 8:36:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Posts Seventh Poem in Series Exclusively for AD Members - 7/11/2008 8:11:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Posts Sixth Poem in Cycle Exclusively for AD Members - 7/4/2008 7:17:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Posts Fifth Poem in a Series Exclusively for AD Members - 6/27/2008 10:03:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Posts Fourth Poem in Series Exclusive for AD Members - 6/20/2008 6:19:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Posts New Poem for Series Exclusively for AD Members - 6/7/2008 9:58:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Begins New Poem Cycle, Exclusive for AD Members - 6/1/2008 9:33:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff Thanks AD Co-authors, Announces New Poems - 5/6/2008 9:57:00 AM
· Charles B. Neff's Poem, "Learning" Chosen for New Students at Delaware Tech - 4/20/2007 11:29:00 AM
· ATTN: Night Owls Charles Neff March 14 Interview on WILO Indiana - 3/5/2007 7:03:00 AM
· Seattle Author/Artist Gives 5 Stars to Charles B. Neff's PATRIOT SCHEMES - 1/25/2007 5:47:00 PM
· Caught Up in the Spirit, Charles B, Neff Sends Greetings to Fellow Authors - 12/25/2006 7:36:00 AM
· Hip Hop and Patriot Schemes - Charles Neff Interviewed on Voice of America - 12/12/2006 6:49:00 PM
· FLASH! Charles Neff and PATRIOT SCHEMES on USA Radio Net, early Dec. 12 - 12/7/2006 1:56:00 PM
· Dec, 13, 4:20pm, Neff Talks PATRIOT SCHEMES on Las Vegas Radio  - 12/4/2006 8:15:00 AM
· Independent Reviewer Likes Charles Neff's PATRIOT SCHEMES - a lot! - 11/30/2006 4:48:00 PM
· Rave Comments for PATRIOT SCHEMES, Charles Neff's Political Thriller - 11/26/2006 8:01:00 AM
· Fun from beginning to end" , Charles B. Neff's Novel, Patriot Schemes - 11/14/2006 3:52:00 PM
· Charles Neff Interview with Jordan Rich, WBZ, Boston, 2 am November 4 - 10/31/2006 9:51:00 PM
· Charles Neff on the Rick Barber Radio Show, 10/ 31 (Pacific) and11/1 elsew  - 10/30/2006 11:56:00 AM
· Charles Neff Book Reading on October 25, Mercer Island, Washington - 10/8/2006 9:28:00 AM
· Charles Neff on Radio for New England Night Owls and Phillys Driving Home - 10/7/2006 10:32:00 AM
· New! Charles Neff's PATRIOT SCHEMES, Kudos from Roger Corman and Bob Cousy - 9/26/2006 10:14:00 AM
· Writer's Digest Reviews like Hidden Impact - 1/11/2006 10:30:00 AM
· Flash! Neff's HIDDEN IMPACT listed with Janet Evanovich on Amazon.com! - 8/2/2005 8:50:00 AM
· Artist, Author Reports on HIDDEN IMPACT - 6/18/2005 8:33:00 AM
· HIDDEN IMPACT called a Must Read - 6/13/2005 8:32:00 AM

Books by
Charles B. Neff



Fractured Legacy

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Dire Salvation

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Hard Cache

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Peace Corpse

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Patriot Schemes

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Hidden Impact

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