Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems by C.X. Turner and James Welsh – advanced praise and two poems

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. Late July/early August my publishing house Literary Revelations will release a superb book of haiku and senyru co-authored by C.X. Turner and James Welsh and entitled Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems.

I am thrilled to share with you two beautiful poems from the book and the advanced praise we received. I hope you enyoy reading them.

Advanced Praise

“Back in my art teacher days, I used to remind students when they were having difficulties that art was fundamentally an act of play. This artistic playfulness is just what we find in Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems. Turner and Welsh dive deep into their subjects. Exploring every angle and defining every tint and shade along the way. With both broad brushstrokes and intimate details, these two poets paint the beautiful experience of their haiku worlds.”

Bryan Rickert
Editor: Failed Haiku Journal of Senryu
President: The Haiku Society of America

“In one breath tender and poignant, in the next stark and arresting, this collection of short poems is a journey of discovery through an evocative series of moments in nature. It is an exploration of that yearning to glean meaning from the chaotic lives we all lead.

There is a deftness to the poems in this selection, a lightness of touch that beckons the reader inside, leading them gently to the deep meditations and thoughts waiting behind the words.”

Joe Woodhouse
Editor: Wales Haiku Journal

“Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems, the stunning new collection by C.X. Turner and James Welsh, is a must-have for your shelves. These thought-provoking haiku and senryu left me breathless.”

Roberta Beach Jacobson
Editor, Cold Moon Journal and Five Fleas (Itchy Poetry)


I look out to sea
and see an ancient story
told in shades of blue

unsure of direction
I float my dreams

Please stay tuned for more news.

Literary Revelations Spanish Feature

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Building Sandcastles – Front Cover Reveal

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Gabriela Marie Milton
2022 Pushcart Prize Nominee
Publisher, Editor, Award Winning & #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

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34 thoughts on “Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems by C.X. Turner and James Welsh – advanced praise and two poems

    1. Thank you my dearest Monica. It’s a great book and I am proud to be the publisher.

      1. That’s what I “thought” you meant. That YOU were publishing it. Did you just become a publisher? Good for you!!

      2. Thank you, hon. Indeed I have a publishing house and a literary journal. This is our third book. Anyway, that does not mean I do not write anymore 🙂

    1. Susan dear I appreciate this more than you could imagine. The work of these two authors deserves to be read. The book has also a few beautiful sketches. You will enjoy it. Thank you again 🙏🌸🌹❤️

  1. Congratulations to them both and to you too at Literary Revelations Gabriela. Your two samples of their writing were very impressive…I vibrated to them both immediately! Good luck to you all and you must feel so proud to be offering this unique collection to the world..

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words hon. They mean so much to me. They are really talented writers and wonderful people. I am delighted and proud to work with them.
      I love you hon. I am grateful for your support and for your big heart. Thank you so much 🙏❤️

      1. Thank you Gabriela and all my love to you..You have a big big heart too… You help so many talented people be known, by publishing them, supporting them..You are a beautiful soul.❤️ Please delete my 2nd comment..I am glad this one did not slip through the cracks:)

  2. Hi Gabriela, I left a comment this morning and I don’t see it. ould you check in pending or spam.I sometimes worry my comments are not getting through. 🙏

    1. Thank you so much Basiliki. So great to hear from you. I hope everything is well with you.

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