2019 Long Island Poet of the Year and curator of Poetry at the Long Island Fair JR Turek, The Purple Poet, recently reviewed Into That Darkness Peering in her email newsletter. Here is what she wrote:

Into That Darkness Peering

A. A. Rubin, author and Marika Brousianou, illustrator

Gift giving season is upon us and I have a high recommendation for you — gifts for friends and family, literati, connoisseurs of poetics and portraits,

of sketches and verse, of Edgar Allan Poe raven-ing through, and book lovers everywhere.

I have ekphrastic praise for this gorgeous slick-cover oversized book perfect for coffee table, night table, desk, tote bag, anywhere fine books are enjoyed.

Each page is gothic with verse and illustrations, glowing with mystical dark compilations all begging you to join the midnight macabre realms presented.

The illustrations are remarkable companions to the 32 poems and micro-fiction; I pondered on each as to which came first as they meld and mingle so well with each other. 

An enticing tingle of fear tap-danced up my spine. Peering through the veil between reality and the pages of this mesmerizing book, I found myself lingering on each page,

absorbing metaphors that shadowed each poem, revelations that suspended me through five delectable parts: On the Night’s Plutonian Shore, Invisible Things, Dreams Within Dreams, Exquisite Strangeness, and A City By The Sea.

Gift giving season, yes, you deserve one.  You’ll thank yourself again and again, an exquisite collection I will turn to often. 

I love this collection with a love more than love.

Don’t wait – get yours today.

~ J R Turek   poet, editor, mentor, workshop leader

Available in paperback – so gorgeous!, ebook, and Kindle Unlimitted.

Do it – you and your gift recipients will love it!


Marika and I thank Judy for the glowing review, and hope you will check out our book.

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