Official Publication!

I am excited to announce the official publication of my first book!

“Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is officially available for purchase in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

This book features a collection of fifty poems reflecting personal growth in my aspirations, relationships, and understanding of my life.

Please visit the following link on Amazon!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey to publication through following my blog, providing feedback and cheering me on! Also, thanks to all my friends and family members who are celebrating with me on this very exciting accomplishment!

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Sarah Ritter is a writer who shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her first book Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

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Mountain Biker’s Paradise

As I ride through the trails on my bike defying death
I take a look at my life and realize there’s so much left
‘Though I’ve been blastin’ and laughin’ so long, that
Even my mama thinks that my mind is gone

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Sarah Ritter shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her writing has been featured on CT Working Moms, Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar.

Her first book “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

The book is available as an audiobook on Audible!

The book is available to purchase in person at Burgundy Books in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and That Book Store in her hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Sarah Ritter is also a contributing poet to the “We Are Beat Anthology” by The National Beat Poetry Foundation and the “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review” published by Local Gems Press.

If you are would like to order a signed and personalized copy of either book, please order from Etsy or e-mail me at sarahritterwriter@gmail.com

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National Beat Goddess Anthology

I am so honored that my poem “Courage of a Nurse” has been accepted for inclusion in the National Beat Poetry Anthology “Goddess.”

Goddess: Raising Consciousness Through Spoken Word

The National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. is celebrating the month of March 2020 during Woman’s History Month, with spoken word, poetry, prose, words, dance & song. Come celebrate the women in your life in a positive way by showing support for women everywhere & the arts. This will be a positive feel-good day. People of all ages are welcome to come join us. Mirror Mirror Interactive PhotoBooth Experience will be on hand to capture your memories made that day. Books will be available for sale and signings.

The event will be videotaped by Paul Richmond. Light Refreshments will be served. Event is free but donations to the Karma Jar are much appreciated. Open Mic.

This book, published by Local Gems Press, will be launched on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Beekley Community Library.

Where: Beekley Community Library, 10 Center Street, New Hartford, CT 06057
Date: Saturday March 7, 2020
Time: 3:30pm- 5:30pm
Hosts: Debbie Tosun Kilday & Shaw Israel Izikson

 

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© 2019 Sarah Ritter. All Rights Reserved.

Sarah Ritter shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her writing has been featured on CT Working Moms, Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar.

Her first book “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

The book is available as an audiobook on Audible!

The book is available to purchase in person at Burgundy Books in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and That Book Store in her hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Sarah Ritter is also a contributing poet to the “We Are Beat Anthology” by The National Beat Poetry Foundation and the “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review” published by Local Gems Press.

If you are would like to order a signed and personalized copy of either book, please order from Etsy or e-mail me at sarahritterwriter@gmail.com

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Reflections on 2019

As the final hours of 2019 tick down to the beginning of a new year, I can’t help but marvel at all the wonderful experiences of the past year. The year 2019 marks the year that one of my greatest dreams came true: I published my first book. Consequentially, as an unexpected bonus, this experience also led to me being published in two other poetry anthologies. I can’t explain the level of happiness this has brought me.

However, when I really think about 2019, my favorite memories of this year were when I would share the exciting moments of accomplishments with those that mean so much to me.  I remember the moments I shared with those I love that I clicked “publish,” the moments I received notification that my writing was accepted for publication and all the moments I received a notification of an important milestone. I also will never forget the support of those who asked me to autograph my book for them, those who came to my book readings, and those who celebrated even the slightest milestone with me.

When I really think about it, the experience of being published led to even more amazing experiences I had never even really considered in all my daydreaming of being published. While writing, editing, publishing and promoting my book, I met so many other amazing poets and authors. I loved meeting other writers, hearing about their journeys, and having conversations with others about our shared passion for writing. It continuously amazes me how many people are willing to help each other succeed in a small market where each writer is struggling to be noticed.  

In conclusion, when I think back on 2019, it was a pretty great, amazing year. It was filled with diligent and steadfast work leading to the witnessing of a final product of which I’m proud of.  It was filled with so, so much love and support. I will never forget all the love and support I received from those who I love and care about me in return. I realize that not everyone loves poetry, or even (if I’m being honest) likes my writing, but the love and support I received in the past year from those who recognized how much writing means to me… is what made 2019 special. And for that, I thank each and every one of you for an amazing 2019. 

Sincerely,

Sarah Ritter (Writer, Poet, Published Author )

 

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The Forbes Library is hosting the Straw Dog Writers Guild‘s Sixth Annual Author Showcase for new authors. Join Sarah Ritter and many new authors as they present sections of their books. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Sarah Ritter shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her writing has been featured on CT Working Moms, Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar.

Her first book “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

The book is available as an audiobook on Audible!

The book is available to purchase in person at Burgundy Books in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and That Book Store in her hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Sarah Ritter is also a contributing poet to the “We Are Beat Anthology” by The National Beat Poetry Foundation and the “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review” published by Local Gems Press.

If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of either book, please e-mail me at sarahritterwriter@gmail.com

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Catch Fire

Somewhere between
The calendar page with our first date circled
And the marriage certificate with the fancy official seal
Lies piles and piles of papers and documents
To-do lists with only some items crossed off
Unpaid bills with both our names
Schedule of appointments and events to rush to
Calendar of planned visits and holiday gatherings
Applications and submissions to the dreams we chase
Somewhere underneath all that paper
Lies the persistent glowing embers
Of the spark that started it all
So let’s light a match to all that paper
Let it all catch on fire
We’ll fan the flames with the wind from our own rush
Watch as they grow hotter and higher
As we return to the warmth our own fire
Un-smothered by the weight of paper

© 2019 Sarah Ritter. All Rights Reserved.

This was written in response to the #Novembernotes challenge: Day #19: Catch Fire by The Neon Lights

In response to November Notes Writing Challenge by Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies, and Nicole Hartley

Sarah Ritter shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her writing has been featured on CT Working Moms, Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar.

Her first book “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

The book is available as an audiobook on Audible!

The book is available to purchase in person at Burgundy Books in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and That Book Store in her hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Sarah Ritter is also a contributing poet to the “We Are Beat Anthology” by The National Beat Poetry Foundation and the “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review” published by Local Gems Press.

If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of either book, please e-mail me at sarahritterwriter@gmail.com

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Just Recreational

Am I the puff between your fingers after work?
Your glass of wine to help you sleep
Am I the sarcastic joke you say with a smirk?
The delicious secret you love to keep

Am I the rush of adrenaline to pump you up?
Your pep talk when you are lacking confidence
Am I the one you call when you need back up?
The answer to doubt when you’re on the fence

Am I the one you think of when the stars come out?
Your craving when you feel sensational
Am I the connection you’ll miss after a fallout?
Or am I to you, just recreational?

© 2019 Sarah Ritter. All Rights Reserved.

This was written in response to the #Novembernotes challenge: Day #18: Recreational by Aaron Krause

In response to November Notes Writing Challenge by Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies, and Nicole Hartley

Sarah Ritter shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her writing has been featured on CT Working Moms, Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar.

Her first book “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

The book is available as an audiobook on Audible!

The book is available to purchase in person at Burgundy Books in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and That Book Store in her hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Sarah Ritter is also a contributing poet to the “We Are Beat Anthology” by The National Beat Poetry Foundation and the “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review” published by Local Gems Press.

If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of either book, please e-mail me at sarahritterwriter@gmail.com

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A Lonely Soul’s Smile

For the longest time, I couldn’t smile
Like my face did not have the strength
To lift the monumental weight
Of the corners of my lips

As if my jaw was wired shut
Fastened in a tight line
By the age-rusted screws which
Refused to turn or twist

Then, when I had looked away in silence
In one uncalculated moment
You placed your hand on mine
And said “I’m sorry you feel lonely”

Suddenly, I was no longer
Just telling you my story
Because in one instant
I felt the heartache of your story

Because you now understood
I no longer existed as an isolated soul
Amidst the chaos of strangers
Barricaded from the rest of the world

For one brief moment
I felt linked to your weary soul
Enveloped in a cocoon of sympathy
Without premonition, the miracle occurred

I felt the tug of my cheek
As it ever so gently pulled at my lips
Without foresight or warning
I realized a soft smile was budding

Your single touch so simple, so pure
Managed to crack my stone face
A smile slowly and subtly revealed
Letting forgotten warmth and hope flood in

As I let the tickle of contentment
Loosen the muscles of rigor mortis sadness
I saw how each our own paths of loss
Traveled tracks of a different train

But I realized that you and I
No matter how different
Well, we’re not alone at all
In fact, we’re quite the same

© 2019 Sarah Ritter. All Rights Reserved.

This was written in response to the #Novembernotes challenge: Day #16: Your Soul by Hippie Sabotage

In response to November Notes Writing Challenge by Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies, and Nicole Hartley

Sarah Ritter shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her writing has been featured on CT Working Moms, Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar.

Her first book “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

The book is available as an audiobook on Audible!

The book is available to purchase in person at Burgundy Books in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and That Book Store in her hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Sarah Ritter is also a contributing poet to the “We Are Beat Anthology” by The National Beat Poetry Foundation and the “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review” published by Local Gems Press.

If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of either book, please e-mail me at sarahritterwriter@gmail.com

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Casualty

Call me a casualty
This label is all that’s left of me
Call me a casualty
This was always meant to be

No one sees the bubbling anger
As I lie collapsed in the dark
Suppressing the rising screams
Threatening to explode into shards

My heart is shattered in pieces on the floor
Amidst the collecting pool of my tears
Because everything that has come true
Evolved from my deepest fears

Time to sweep up the fragments of my heart
But I know no one can do that for me
I’m trying to forget the war I’ve been fighting
Instead, I see the hollow shell of who I used to be

Because now I live in silence
I barely exist in the facts of the present
The past is a blur, the future invisible
No satisfying way for me to vent

All the light and color is gone
My favorite songs have played their last chord
I hear the bubbling of anger ready to blow
My soul’s windows are now covered with boards

My heart is in pieces on the floor
Salty tears collect in a pool
As I drown in my own destruction
Slowly acknowledging I am a fool

So go ahead and shake your head in disgust
Walk away from what’s left of me
Ignore the shell of who I have become
Call me a casualty

© 2019 Sarah Ritter. All Rights Reserved.

This was written in response to the #Novembernotes challenge: Day #15: Casualty by Hidden Citizens

In response to November Notes Writing Challenge by Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies, and Nicole Hartley

Sarah Ritter shares her feelings and experiences on the blog “Sarah Ritter’s Revelations… A Collection of My Poems & Short Stories.”

Her writing has been featured on CT Working Moms, Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar.

Her first book “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon!

The book is available as an audiobook on Audible!

The book is available to purchase in person at Burgundy Books in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and That Book Store in her hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Sarah Ritter is also a contributing poet to the “We Are Beat Anthology” by The National Beat Poetry Foundation and the “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review” published by Local Gems Press.

If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of either book, please e-mail me at sarahritterwriter@gmail.com

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