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Keep This Quiet! IV: More Initiations by Margaret A. Harrell

Saeculum University Press
$18.95, paperback / $6.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-0983704591
April, 2016
Nonfiction: Memoir / Spirituality
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"A book of wonder-spirit, ghosts, hope, mysticism, mystery. If you ever had instincts, premonitions, or felt you are out of place or feel you know things-that there is a whole world beyond, there's more magic in this world than there's supposed to be—I feel this book is for them. Especially if you're in the last one third of your life and think, 'I want to unlock the mysteries, I want some answers, I'm not done.'"
—Alice Osborn, author of Heroes without Capes

"Margaret Harrell's blending and merging the whole of a human being and beyond into the cosmos is astounding writing and what a lifetime Journey she has taken to arrive to this book. She is working with a whole new and different combined East-West and Middle Paradigm."
—Suzanne V. Brown, former VP, Exceptional Human Experience Network

"I've always found Margaret Harrell's writing wonderfully relaxing and well thought out. Keep This Quiet! IV is no different. I can just pick it up and slot myself in comfortably. With each book I find myself getting entwined in the words . . . The life . . . The emotion. The education. The peace. Her work allows me to breathe and feel."
—Martin Flynn, owner of www.hstbooks.org

In Keep This Quiet! IV: More Initiations, Margaret A. Harrell dives deeper into the multidimensional world of visions, computer-PK (mental influence over the computer), divine guidance, Carl Jung, and science.

The story takes place in the ’90s in Tienen, Belgium, where assorted parapsychological phenomena accompany the death of her housemate. Quickly checking in with Hunter Thompson, she winds up at Owl Farm, then returns to her Flemish base. Initiations welcome her back and she goes further onto her path, which spans spirituality and science, Hunter Thompson, and the Indian guru Dhyanyogi-ji, whose tradition of Kundalini Maha Yoga she is initiated into. Many traditions join hands, to make “a book of wonder—spirit, ghosts, hope, mysticism, mystery,” writes Alice Osborn, author of Heroes without Capes.

Harrell is a three-time Fellow at MacDowell Colony for artists. After working three years at Random House in New York City, she married a Belgian poet, Jan Mensaert, and lived a decade in Morocco, then took a sharp turn into spiritual growth.

In Zurich she studied at the C. G. Jung Institute and had a dramatic "Confrontation with the Self," or as Jung termed it, "Confrontation with the Unconscious." Her "Love in Transition" series burst at the seams to absorb the jolts in consciousness that followed. In 2001 she moved back from Belgium to the U.S. and wrote her four-volume memoir, the "Keep This Quiet!" series—which begins with her experiences with Hunter Thompson as his copy editor for Hell's Angels and their romance and long-lasting friendship.

Her Belgian-poet husband and the enigmatic, brilliant, NYC poet/essayist Milton Klonsky round out the trio of influences she focuses the "Keep This Quiet!" series on. Currently she also continues to edit books, teaches meditation courses designed to enhance individual potential and self-discovery, and is a cloud photographer.

Exit, pursued by a bear: poems inspired by Shakespeare's stage directions by Joseph Mills

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941209-36-3
April, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"What an inspired collection! The lines between reality and the stage, between life and art, between past and present—they're all blurred into an exciting whirligig of poetry based on Shakespeare's stage directions. You don't have to be a Shakespeare nut to fall in love with this collection."
—Robert Lee Brewer, author Solving the World’s Problems and editor of Poet’s Market

The clock striketh

If exiting you feel the same
as when you entered,

go to the box office
and demand a refund,

run backstage
to where the actors are
removing makeup,
and stand in the doorway,
an accusatory ghost,

keep the ticket stub,
so you can explain
your account is unbalanced,
you’re owed those hours

because that’s the contract—
part of your life in return
for being changed

and maybe Death will listen,
after all he too was there,
as he is at every performance,
in the back, taking notes,

A professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Joseph Mills holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. He has published sixth collections of poetry with Press 53. His book This Miraculous Turning was awarded the 2015 Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and his collection Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers was called “a must have for wine lovers” by the Washington Post. His poetry has been featured several times on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and in former U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser's nationally syndicated newspaper column “American Life in Poetry.” In addition to his volumes of poetry, he has researched and written two editions of A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries with his wife, Danielle Tarmey. He also has edited a collection of film criticism A Century of the Marx Brothers. He has degrees in literature from the University of Chicago, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California, Davis.

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