My Heart Whispers Of Poetry Publication

What a week it’s been! I’ve shared stories about my cats, my granny and my love of dressing up, all the while managing (barely) to watch Rafa lose his match at Wimbledon as well as witness the spectacular crash and burn of one Andy Murray. One or two of us have shared running commentaries on this sorry subject, so I know I’m not the only one whose week has been one big balancing act.

As for the World Cup, I’m amazed at how prolific football (as we Brits call it) has become in the States.  When we lived there, my boys played on soccer teams but I don’t think the World Cup was mentioned once.  Seems things have changed since I left.  I will restrain myself from mentioning England’s performance, but I will say well done USA!  Moving swiftly on…

It is fitting then, I think, to be able to end the week on a high because I have some exciting news to share with you, which is to say that two of my poems have been published in an anthology!  It hasn’t sunk in yet and I can’t quite believe it!

Heart WhispersCompiled by my blogging friend Russ Towne, Heart Whispers is available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Russ has worked incredibly hard to bring about this beautiful compilation, described in this way:

“An anthology of nearly 100 poems selected from over 20 modern poets. Poetry that isn’t just read, it is experienced. Such poetry can remind you of the greatness and goodness within yourself and others. When one listens to the whispers of their heart, lives can be transformed, beauty is created, healing happens, connectedness occurs, and kindness prevails.”

For those of you who might be interested, Michael over at M. Zane McClellan (Poetry Channel) shares his production of the beautiful preview video of Heart Whispers (only 3 minutes long!).

This is the first time, ever, that I’ve had any writing published in a book, and I am truly honoured to have my poems appear alongside so many wonderful, talented poets, a couple of whom are fellow bloggers and friends.

Thank you so much Russ for making the publication of this beautiful anthology possible.

But none of this would have happened if it wasn’t for you, my dear friends (and family!) who have given me the confidence to go this far with my writing.

I was so scared the first time I posted a poem here, thinking I would be laughed out of blogland, but instead you have given me the best gifts a writer could receive – the space for creative freedom, the breathing room for the raw expression of some of my deepest and darkest thoughts, and the inspiration to explore forms of poetry I didn’t even know existed.

On top of all that, you have given me the courage to keep going.

So I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Who would have thought that all those years ago on this date, barbecuing on a beach with my children and watching fireworks somewhere on the Central Coast of California, that on this 4th of July back here in the UK, I would be blogging about my first ever poetry publication?

Life can bring hardship, pain and loss but it can also bring joy, hope and the realisation of long-held dreams.

View  of overlooking the hills of Los Osos, California, Spring 2013.  (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

View from the heights of Los Osos overlooking Morro Bay, California, Spring 2013.
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Finally then, in remembering those precious family gatherings from a distant past, I wish all my dear American friends today a very Happy 4th of July.  I celebrate with you on your independence day and raise a glass to a star-spangled future for us all.

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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90 Responses to My Heart Whispers Of Poetry Publication

  1. Brava, Sherri!!! clapClapCLAP
    This is wonderful, exciting news, and the cover is very attractive and appealing. I love the title. Celebrate, you published poet. Get out the champagne (and the costumes, too, if you want)–this is your time to shine! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha! Yes, bring out the bubbly and dress-up and celebrate, and cheers to you my friend…how perfect that I get to share this with you as one of my poems is my Aubade which you inspired me to write. How exciting is that? Thank you so, so much dear Marylin 😀

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  2. Congratulations. dear Sherri. Such wonderful news for you. You must be over the moon, and I’m so happy for your success. 🙂 xx

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  3. Heyjude says:

    Well done you! What a happy day this must be. It always feels so good to have your words published. You must be feeling so proud of yourself, and deservedly so! Now you need to produce your OWN book of poetry – you know you can 😉

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    • Sherri says:

      It all happened so fast as I wasn’t expecting the book to be published until August so when Russ said it was already out I wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible! I am very excited about it all and thanks so much Jude. Now, deep breath, yes, I would very much like to publish my own poetry book…let’s see what happens 😉 xx

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      • Heyjude says:

        You have some great poems Sherri. Add a few choice photos – voila! Look at Blurb for self-publishing though there are many others.

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      • Sherri says:

        You have always been so encouraging of my poetry (and my photos!) Jude, and that means such a lot. I will take a look at Blurb as I do have a few ideas rummaging about in my mind, whilst trying to get my book written….ha!
        Catching up now just finished watching the men’s final. Did you see it? Feel quite drained now, a great final but after all the disappointment of the past 2 weeks, I ended up rooting for Federer..so of course he lost!

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  4. quarksire says:

    awesome :0 happy 4th 2 U an urs 🙂 frum Q

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  5. HOW ABSOLUTELY, WONDERFULLY, FANTASTICALLY EXCITING!!!!! 😀
    I’m thrilled for you, Sherri! Congratulations. (Confetti thrown here!)

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  6. thirdhandart says:

    Congratulations Sherri! Your poetry (and stories) so deserve to be published 😀 Cheers!!!

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Theresa, you have always been such an amazing encouragement to me and I’m thrilled to be able to share this news with you and everyone here. It still hasn’t hit home yet… 😀

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  7. jennypellett says:

    Marvellous! So happy for you – how exciting. Enjoy it all. Hope it sells well too – what an accolade. Hooray!

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  8. Many, many congratulations Sherri, that’s absolutely wonderful news! I’ve ordered my copy so I’ll look forward to reading your poems 🙂 Get the champagne out!

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh how lovely Andrea, I hope you enjoy all the poems, thank you so much! Haha, yes, how appropriate to bring out the champagne, any excuse and what a perfect excuse this is. Cheers to you and everyone here, so grateful that I am 😀

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  9. TanGental says:

    Given it is Le Grand Depart demain matin (as they say in Harrogate), I say ‘Chapeau, Sherri’ (or perhaps, just this once, Cheri) for you poetry success. Hope it is the first of many.

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  10. So happy for you Sherri! I feel that this is just the start of many wonderful things to come!

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  11. mumblypeg says:

    Congratulations Sherri. This is just the beginning. Wonderful news. So proud of you. Lots of love xxx

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  12. Out-STAND-ing. Congratulations, Sherri. I see you smile and your face glows. Awesome. ❤

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  13. YOWZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh Sherri, I’m sooooooooooooo happy for you! DFD and I are doing the happy dance for you! Hugs and Kisses to you! We’re sending a bottle of bubbly(or two) across the pond!
    The sun is starting to set and I hear explosions in the distance. Thank you for your July 4th wishes! xoxo

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    • Sherri says:

      LOVE IT!!! Oh Jill, I love yours and DFD’s happy dance and I’m joining in right now! I’m loving the bubbly too (of course!!!) and here’s to the perfect excuse to celebrate…cheers and thank you so, so much my friend, got the hugs and kisses too 🙂
      I hope you had a super July 4th too and that the party lasted into the weekend…we do love a good party don’t we? Any excuse…woo hoo!!! 😉 xoxoxo

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  14. bulldog says:

    Great news about the book … now when are you going to do your own????

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank so much Bulldog and somehow I knew you were going to say that!!! But…and I promise you…the book is being written and I do have plans to publish my own poetry book at some point too…watch this space 😉

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  15. Mabel Kwong says:

    Congratulations, Sherri! That is such wonderful news, you must be ecstatic. For many of us writers, we don’t write to get published but to share (among many other reasons), and when we do get published, it’s just a bonus on top of why we write. So happy for you, this sounds like the start of your writing journey and I won’t be surprised if you get published in a book again. Happy 4th, kick back and relax 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Mabel. I never expected in a million years that any of my poetry would ever see the light of day, never mind published here on my blog as I have done with some of them and then included in an anthology, published in a book, so this is a real thrill. I have to keep pinching myself! I hope you are having a super weekend 😀

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        Keep pinching yourself, but keep writing too! The work you share here is always so touching, I would read it all if I can. One day you’ll get your own book out there, Sherri, I know it. It’s just a matter of time and I can’t wait to get my hands on it 😀

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      • Sherri says:

        You are so kind Mabel, and your encouragement means the world. I’m honoured that you enjoy reading my blog so much, thank you very much. I am working on my book and on days when I am paralyzed with self-doubt, all the wonderful support you and everyone else has shown me spurs me on every day 😀

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  16. Dylan Hearn says:

    Many congratulations! That’ wonderful news and very exciting. So how many copies are you planning to buy for friends?

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  17. Applause, applause, applause! Congratulations. Enjoy your success!

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  18. jenniferkmarsh says:

    Aw dear Sherri P, congratulations!! 😀 And it so well deserved ^^ Surely this is the start of your publishing career, and we will soon see you in the best-sellers chart 😉

    Ha, yeah, I think it’s best not to mention England in the World Cup 😉 The USA getting further than us in the competition is a bit of a kick in the teeth, considering they don’t really care about football. But well done to them, anyway! They deserved it more than we did, clearly.

    It is certainly crazy where life can take you. Crazycrazyyyyy. But it’s all part of the ride, no?

    Keep shining, dear light! 🙂 x

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    • Sherri says:

      Well, the best-sellers chart would be very nice, right there next to you my dear 😉
      The World Cup has been a bit of a disaster…I’m going to sound positively ancient here but why can’t it be like 1966 when England was a ‘real’ team? We haven’t won since then, have we? And to think, they made nothing like the money these players make today…
      Life is crazy Jenny Jen Jen…life’s rich pattern! Thank you so much for your lovely, kind wishes as always…and your sweet, bright light illuminating the way 🙂 😀

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  19. Steven says:

    We’re much better off cheering for you than we are the England team, Sherri P! SO pleased, many congratulations indeed. One step closer to Richard and Judy…!! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha! Well, I thank you very much JG for all your lovely kind wishes and wonderful encouragement, as always…really means so much you know…and you know that I’m expecting you to set up the interviews with Richard and Judy when I take you on as my agent, so I hope you have a nice suit at the ready… 😉 😀 🙂

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  20. restlessjo says:

    Magnificent! 🙂 I shall go there promptly and read. Well done, lovely lady!

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  21. Oh Sherri. How wonderful and how well deserved. This is just the start my friend. A wonderful end to a busy week. Have a great weekend. Cheers XD

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much my friend! What a week it’s been for us both and I hope you are still celebrating your wonderful success with your graduation! Since the day you first came over to my blog and encouraged me so much with you kind words about my publications to date, I have valued your input, feedback, insight, and amazing support so very much. Not to mention your friendship. Means such a lot…
      Having a lovely weekend thanks (drained after watching Wimbledon’s men’s final though!) and hope you are too. Onward and upward to a successful writing week ahead for us both! Cheers to you Irene 😀

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  22. Congratulations Sherri… It is an honor to walk beside during this beautiful journey. Much peace and light to your heart ~ Linda

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    • Sherri says:

      Hello Linda! Thank you so much for your kind words, and I too am honoured to share this amazing journey with you! Blessings to you – Sherri 🙂

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  23. Lovely post, great news, gorgeous photos. Thank you, Sherri, for your 4th of July wishes. But moreover, bravo for making it to the anthology. Great ending to a busy week. See you soon.

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    • Sherri says:

      How kind of you Evelyne, thank you so much, I greatly appreciate it! I hope you had a super July 4th and I look forward to seeing you soon too 🙂

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  24. mijo1947 says:

    Well done – being published is sure to spur you on to even greater things! Best wishes

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  25. Denise says:

    That’s brilliant, very well done, Sherri!

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  26. Pat says:

    I’m so happy for you, Sherri. I know how much this means to you and so well deserved. You’ve got talent and the universe is showing you. Congratulations, my friend, and know it’s the first of many more to come. 🙂

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  27. Ste J says:

    Many congratulations on being published!!! This pleases me greatly.

    On the football thing, Seattle Sounders were averaging crowds of over 40,000 that last season so it really is kicking off, so to speak. I look forward to it getting bigger and to catching a game or two over there.

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    • Sherri says:

      I’m really glad Ste J, thanks so much, that’s really nice to know 🙂
      Ah…sounds like another trip back to the States for which you are saving, as you mentioned? Exciting… 😉

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      • Ste J says:

        I am hoping to be back over there in a few months…finances are a tad tight but that shouldn’t stop me…all that tipping though. blimey that’s a culture shock.

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        • Sherri says:

          I hope you get to go when you want to …and yes, that tipping business is a huge culture shock. I lived there almost 20 years and I never did get used to it.. 😉

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  28. Congratulations on having your poetry published!

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  29. prior says:

    woo hoo – congrats on the book – I also watched the vid- and even though my book list is already a bit long, I think I may just have to splurge on this later this summer – to support the efforts – but it also looks really good! and poetry books (when good) can be enjoyed again and again – and so I will keep you posted.

    and thanks for the nice comment on my blog – 🙂 made my day – and even though I am taking a blogging break til labor day – I am still checking blogs while out and about – and oh Sherri – we were out driving somewhere when I saw your “dress up” post and I was LMAO – it was so fun – esp. the red glasses and the b & w dress. just fun. so I will still be around – I just wanted a break from posting – and wanted to change things up a bit.
    ❤ TTYS ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…well, it means a lot that you would take the time to come over here Y when I know you’re taking a break. Thanks so much, really love it when I know that somebody enjoys my posts and gets a good laugh too, haha 😀 Also that you would think about buying the book, so kind of you. I’m still in shock about it!
      I got the red glasses and the b&w dress at a joke shop, it’s supposed to be a 60’s outfit. All I needed was the knee-high white boots but couldn’t find those, more’s the pity, LOL!
      Enjoy your summer days mon amie and see you soon 😀 ❤

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  30. Lisa Reiter says:

    Congratulations Sherri! That must feel deservedly fab-u-lous! And I’m glad you perhaps have cause for a glass of champagne to celebrate despite the various sporting catastrophes in tennis, cycling and the football! Lisa xx

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much Lisa, very kind of you! It does feel pretty good, I have to admit and yes, haha, love that, finally a good excuse to crack open the bubbly despite all that has gone on before… 🙂 Cheers!! 😀 xx

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  31. Congratulations Sherri! Sorry I’m late to the party – wonderful news though – your lovely words published in grand company too. 🙂 XXXXX

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much dear Jo….never late…the party is still going, never stops, haha!! Still can’t believe that something I wrote is in a book…with so many awesome poets. How the heck did that happen? 🙂 ❤ xxxxxxxxxx

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  32. SO MANY CONGRATULATIONS AND HUGS COMING YOUR WAY!!!! I am very happy for you, Sherri. 🙂

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