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“Poetry is, to me, the grandest artifact of the human mind. And M. B. Powell captures perfectly our primordial human drive to love—pure, urgent, and eternal.”  ~ Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist, author of Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray
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 “These poems demonstrate the French medieval courtly tradition has survived into the twenty-first century. Appearing in the early twelfth century in southern France, the rhetoric of romantic love has remained alive and vital during the intervening centuries in the Western World. The search for the meaning of romantic love continues to be part of the human psyche.”  ~ Deborah Nelson-Campbell, Professor, French Studies, Rice University, and the co-editor of The Legacy of Courtly Literature:  From Medieval to Contemporary Culture (2017)
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 "M. B. Powell has cleverly crafted a collective weave of words and emotions and placed them at the altar of the reader’s mind.   Two Neutron Stars Collide is a marriage of formal poetry and personal emotion delivered in Triolets.   Powell’s natural eloquence, evident throughout, smoothly transitions the many faces and moods of love into a mind masterpiece painted with the brush of a seasoned heart.”
~ Candice James, Poet Laureate Emerita, New Westminster, BC CANADA, member of the the Writers Union of Canada and author of 15 books of poetry
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 Despite its brevity, the triolet is tricky—an eight-line poem where three of the lines are more or less the same, and where another line also repeats, requires a rare verbal dexterity. Fifty-two triolets, affecting the reader not only individually but also as they tell a moving love story, create a sequence here that is a tour de force of formal technique.” ~ Anna M. Evans, author of Under Dark Waters: Surviving the Titanic (Able Muse Press, 2018) and editor of Barefoot Muse Press