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Publisher:  Bookman ISBN-10:  1594533121 Type: 


Copyright:  August 28, 2004

Tillo13 Enterprises

Tillo13 Enterprises - - along with Bookman Publishing and Victoria Tallman-Freudiger have produced the first work from new author and photographer Andy Tillo a.k.a Rodd Jokre, entitled LifeStorm...

LifeStorm by Andy Tillo is a creative and imaginative testament to love and love lost. Andy opens his veins and bleeds his soul and spirit in the grand tradition of Frost and Poe. This book of poetry is about subjects dear to his heart and he leaves no doubt to his agonizing torment and unencumbered loss. For years, this author has managed to travel the highways and byways of the world and he shares many of these sights with his readers by placing his prints within the pages of his book.

Each poem and prose piece is directed to the objects of his desire and security. All the while, Andy, subjects his own persona to critical scrutiny in a poetic purgatory. Melancholy and sad in some parts, yet with a sense of a glorious sun rising, just over the dark horizon, Andy Tillo takes his readers into a sensitive and articulate world of light and sensory intake.

LifeStorm is a book of modern poetry for the 21st century reader. Poems like "Stuck on Cloud #8", "The Blue Shoe Mystery", and "Did You Know I Watched You?" present new millennial concepts without sacrificing the charm of the Old World poet.

It was once said, "Only a tortured soul could truly be a great artist, poet, or musician," Andy proves this true with LifeStorm.

It's where you were born,
where you grew up,
they're places that you smiled in,
the air that filled your
young lungs.

It's where you met your best
and your worst enemy.
It's from where, you watched your
brother split,
finding love and success outside;
hoping to follow soon.
It's where you watched your sister
fall in love,
and fall to her knees when he left,
but surge on because of your plight.

It's where you saw your family,
falling apart,
for the worst reasons,
and shed tears that still
occasionally fall.

This is the place that you made
friends with so many,
and lost touch with nearly all,
but the ones that you've kept,
will be a friend ‘till the day
you die,
and they will be there to
cry for you
when you leave,
and that's a friendship
that you should cherish
in the deepest sense.

This is the place that you fell
in love,
with the girl that was destined
for bigger and better things,
but she stayed with you,
through a lot of
"thick and thin,"
’cause you made her mind believe,
and her heart weep.
But we weren't meant to keep that
as we both moved on,
and blossomed,
creating and developing
how we both thought we would
in the back of our minds.

There are so many recollections
I'm sure you have about this town.
So many sights and sounds
that'll always stir up a memory,
but you've had your fill of it!
Bust out!

But in doing so,
remember the people that gave you
this chance to see the world,
change a handful of lives,
and to love again!

Some still live in the same house,
have the same life,
and the same view,
that they've always enjoyed.
They may have not had the
the desire,
the hope, and
the dreams,
that come in some of us.

Big dreams
in a small town
won't work.
Sometimes, big dreams in a big town
don't work.
Find the balance,
think big,
live tomorrow, today,
live today,
thinking that tomorrow
might make yesterday
a little nervous!

Warn the friends and family though,
aside from a few strong
you've helped build,
you're gonna get out,
and burn the town...

Professional Reviews

Digi-Tall Review
This engagingly written book of prose is one that you will not want to miss. Andy shares within his book, which will be printed in color and in black and white, photographs that he has taken while traveling around the world. You, as a reader, will be able to read his poetry while peering through The Window of Andy's World. Andy is extremely talented and presents his work with ease, earning praise from writers all around the world. This poet is a writer that will cause you to laugh, reflect and even raise your bar of belief systems.

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Reader Reviews for "LifeStorm"

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/19/2004
Fantastic write Rodd!!

Welcome back...!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 9/18/2004
Very intriguing reviews. The poem itself touched deeply within me because of my own experiences. Perhaps we passed each other on the road :-) Love the descriptions and how you bring strong emotional events into a few short sentences. A message of hope rides all the way through this write even though the reader can also feel the tears. Fantastic write!

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