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Fade into Focus, Focus into Fade - Nick Armbrister


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Fade into Focus, Focus into Fade
by Nick Armbrister

UK price: £7.37   US price: $13.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 140
ISBN: 0-595-41035-9
Published: Sep-2006

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Contemporary poetry on various subjects from poet/writer Nick Armbrister for an uncontemporary world

Book Description

This is Nick Armbrister’s first volume of poetry from his ten years of writing (1996–2006). It contains both old and new poems on several types of subject matter—from life and love to Goth and war. The poems express his views and his creativity; his love of Gothic music, aircraft, the written word and weird girls inspire him and the end result is here. He wrote his poetry while in a variety of moods. Volume 2 will follow in the future with more of his poetry.

Nick has always been drawn to the weird and wonderful, and his poetry constitutes his small addition to this. The poems are simple and lasting, and make a graphic and often startling impact that cuts like broken glass.

About the author

Born in Oldham, a Lancashire mill town in 1971, Nick Armbrister lives near London. Has many interests include writing, studying history, military aviation, current affairs. He loves Gothic music and metal, likes the 1980s for what is was (trash decade!), loves tattoos and wants more; he likes pre-Raphaelite art, loves anything Gothic, and enjoys reading Elizabeth Hand’s books. Nick has worked in various jobs from baking to forklift truck work, and wants to give all of this up to be a full-time paid writer. He was first published in 1996 when his first poem was published about Alanis Morrissette. Now he has over 70 poems published and a short story. He loves subcultures and the people who belong to them.

Review of Nick Armbrister's poems:

War. The mind of Nick Armbrister is a mind of war. War everyday. Every breath. Every sentence. His work is dark and real. Poetry that is not for pussies. It is verse for those who want the truth about the human mind. The disease, the despair, the carnage filled hell that is life. Armbrister pulls you deeper into his world with every word and you will be changed. He will leave you ready for war even in times of peace. The citizens of London, Manchester England better watch their asses because Nick is on the loose and he doesn't give a shit about writing stuff that is commercial. All he cares about is pain, suffering, crazed humanity, and about getting down in the trenches and pistol-whipping his readers with devastating blows of reality. Reality that this world has lost. But not for long. Read Nick Armbrister and prepare for Armageddon.

---Andrew C. Zinn, author of
The Truth Behind The Eyes.

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The following review of Nick Armbrister's poetry collection FADE INTO FOCUS: FOCUS INTO FADE has appeared in The Supplement, Issue 33, March 2007:

Nick Armbrister should be a familiar name to regular readers of our magazines, his poetry having been appearing in them regularly over the last five years. Well, this year marks ten years of being a published poet and he has managed to celebrate in style by getting this collection of his excellent poetry published.

In a way, it is difficult to provide a meaningful review – having published so many of his poems (and I recognise a couple in this vast collection) I think you can take it as written that I quite like his work! Nick’s poetry will not be for everyone – he is often dark and gothic, some of his poems deal with mature themes or include language that not all will want to read. But, he is no angst-ridden teenager, his poetry displays depth and maturity. But, it’s not all dark and dreary in Nick’s world – Dream Sunlight expresses the urge to get away from it all, whilst Endless Summer expresses delight in the joys of summer (“A time of blue skies and cold beer / in pubs in the country.”) tinged with nostalgia (“We may grow older but we’ll / never forget the times we had”). A fascination with aircraft is a common theme of his poetry.

Rookery takes us to visit the home of the Brontës: “These birds have nested here for years, ever since the Brontë sisters lived and died at Howarth. / I hear the rooks cry and I know it is the same cry Anne, Emily and Charlotte heard so long ago.” Nick covers a multitude of subjects.

Given that Nick experiments with different styles of poem on a variety of topics evoking so many different emotions, I believe that almost everyone will find something that resonates with them in this collection. He sees the dark underbelly of the world but counterpoints it with hope and warnings about falling into the same traps.

If you have read his poetry, you already know whether or not you want to buy this. If not, you could do worse than receive an introduction to his work with this volume. With so many poems, it is also good value for money (not one of those collections with one five-liner a page!). Highly recommended! 

                                    DJ Tyrer, The Supplement, Issue 33, March 2007.

Also by Nick Ambrister:

Skeward Images            
by Nick Armbrister

UK price: £7.00     US price: $12.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 116
ISBN: 0-595-45456-9
Published: Jun-2007


The second volume of contemporary poetry on various subjects from poet/writer Nick Armbrister for an uncontemporary world: startling and imaginative themes and images.

A Nation In Flames: Short Stories WITH A GOTHIC, MILITARY & SF FLAVOUR                    

UK price: £6.00      US price: $10.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 118
ISBN: 0-595-47889-1
Published: Nov-2007

Startling stories with a Gothic flavour in the tradition of the Hammer House of Horror movies! Vampires, death, pain, darkness, war and a bit of hope combine to make these stories gripping and memorable.

Her Name is Hope - Life Force
by Nick Armbrister     

UK price: £9.98    US price: $18.08
Publisher: LULU
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 258
ISBN: 978-1-4092-3279-7
Published: October-2008

This is Nick Armbrister’s third collection of poems and his fourth book. It has poems that didn’t make his first two collections due to a variety of reasons.