ANNOUNCEMENT! The Silent Balance

Hello beautiful World,

How are you all today? Hopefully enjoying the beautiful gift of life we have all been given?

So, today I have a big announcement! The completion and publication of my second book, titled ‘The Silent Balance’. This book is the collected works of my Waka poetry over the last year. It contains over one hundred Haikus, Tankas, Chōkas, Bussokusekikas, Katautas and Sedōkas. It is physically available through Amazon and Create Space, although the eBook is currently still in the works (Formatting Issues). You can click here to take a look. It is only a short book, so to encourage sales for reasons stated below, I have kept the price as low as I can. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.


I was very privileged with this book in several ways. Firstly, is for the stunning cover image, designed by my gorgeous and talented fiancé, Willow Stancombe, who has a very beautiful eye for stunning photography. Thank you baby, it means so much that you support and help me. I will be working with Willow again on future endeavours that are currently in the ideas phase.

Secondly, I had the opportunity to work with my wonderful friend Nickie Shobeiry, who is a fantastic poet and journalist from Exeter, England. She contributed to the completion of all the Katautas within this book, and through her unique and beautiful voice, challenged and furthered my own words. If you don’t know her already, I highly recommend that you check her work out here. But, I thought I would be generous and include a couple of our collaborations here for your viewing pleasure.

Riverside train ride,
school girls, conductors and me,
locking eyes by accident.

Hitchcock waits for crows
to flock under noir spotlights,
are we strangers after all?

•••••••••••••••••••••

Fog on the kitchen
window, your loved fingerprints
lasted longer than you did.

Dissolved with fate, they
look towards what may be, free
horizons in crystal glass.

Thirdly, and most importantly… This book is dedicated to my younger brother, Nicholas. Who, for a long time, has been a great inspiration to me and has unknowingly helped me through some very hard times because of his strength and courage. He is truly a beautiful soul (and an unbelievably talented cook!). For several years Nicholas has battled his own demons in the form of severe depression, anxiety and OCD. He still battles these and through doing so shows a tremendous fountain of strength that he is often unaware of. Two years ago he finally came out to me about his sexuality… not that he needed too, because I’d always known, since he was very young. But for him this was a huge achievement because of his fears of what people may think, especially those close to him. He had no need to worry though and I couldn’t be more proud of him than I am over this.

Over the last few years, he has grown and “blossomed” into the biggest diva I’ve ever met, and he is so much happier for it. He is also in the process of setting up a support group, Light in the Closet, for the LGBT community in Warrington, England, where his rainbow reaches. This group will give support and a shoulder for any young adult, who like him, suffers as a result of people’s ignorance towards them. This also extends to those who are friends and family of the LGBT community. It is a fantastic thing he is trying to accomplish and he is a star for doing it! They can currently be found on Twitter (@LightCloset). So, in support of this, any royalties that I make on sales of this book (after Amazon and the tax man take their cut) will be given to this group to help with its formation and running, or another LGBT charity of his choosing. It’s the least I can do to show my brother how much I love him. I wish him and those involved with this all the luck in the world and my full support.

Sexuality and gender is still a touchy and taboo subject, even now in the twenty first century, but should this still be the case? Have we not advanced enough to see that love is love, no matter who it is for? I have seen many posts around social media sites in condemnation for the lives that people choose to live. This is such a shame and as a species we really need to start maturing. This is one of the reasons that I have decided to, in my own way, show that ignorance is not a suitable excuse for bigotry and intolerance anymore. And for those people that say “God hates gays” and that it is condemned in the bible… well… If this is the case then your God is a fake! Any celestial being that gave us all the gift of life, would not then condemn good people for loving those they choose. Any that does is no true God. God is love and beauty and life, no matter of sexual orientation or gender identity, race or religion. We all exist and are here, let’s make the world a better place for all life, not just our own. And as a species, through our humanity and humility, show that we have earned this remarkable gift.

And on that note, I will leave you to whatever is occupying you on this wonderful day.

My love to you all.
Phen.

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18 thoughts on “ANNOUNCEMENT! The Silent Balance

  1. Huge congratulations to both you and your brother. What a wonderful thing he is doing (and you for supporting him via sales of this book). It’s made me all the most excited to show my support and pick up a copy ASAP. Best of luck with it!

    1. Ah, thank you, that makes me very happy to hear. He has been a huge influence on me, and has done so much to support me, this is the least I can do. I hope it lives up to your excitement 🙂

      1. More like when I’m not so distracted, and have a little more fulfillment as far as a job is concerned, but I’m trying to stay positive. You’re doing great though 🙂

  2. Johnny Ojanpera

    Good job on the book, Phen. It looks great! I am totally with you, and stand in solidarity with you and your brother. I agree it’s a shame that so many people have something to say about things they either fear or do not understand. Love is love.

    1. Thank you, my friend. There are so many more important issues that we need to deal with as a species, but people would argue over who can love who. Some times I really don’t understand people! Thanks for the comment 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Ben. That means a great deal, you are still a huge influence for me, and I find myself going back to your poetry often! Your words are missed on WordPress, I hope you return soon. I’m glad you like the cover too, I was hoping to invoke the idea of ‘the silent balance’ with it, so kept the lettering in small case. The image is stunning, I’m very thankful to Willow for its use. Take care, my friend. I hope we can collaborate again soon, and life is going well for you.

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