Amazon Kindle - Barry Kibrick www.barrykibrick.com
5 out of 5 stars. Den the Pen Does It Again!

Barnes & Noble –Nook-
This book of poetry is a labor of love. It seems as though there is no poem untouched in this collection by the author's deep and soulful passion for life and experience of loss. Honest and artfully crafted, DenthePen's work seems to be a reflection not only of his own life, but the lives of every reader. Definitely worth the $6.77. I'd pay more.

Amazon Kindle - Melissa
Excellent collection of poems! One of the best authors ever! I would recommend this book to any and everyone I know! 5.0 out of 5 stars A great perspective on the real truth in life. I have read all of Den's books of poetry and there is a depth and a passion you can feel on every page. One of the best poets of our time. It will refresh your heart while giving you plenty to think about long after you have finished reading. It is something you will enjoy reading again and again. I recommend this book to all ages.  

Amazon - Carolyn
A great perspective on the real truth in life. I have read all of Den's books of poetry and there is a depth and a passion you can feel on every page. One of the best poets of our time. It will refresh your heart while giving you plenty to think about long after you have finished reading. It is something you will enjoy reading again and again. I recommend this book to all ages.


Second anthology 2007



Estlin, Staples & Ernst, Apr 1, 2006 - 268 pages
Poetry on love: Romance Friendship Spiritual - Christian.

Den the Pen is an evocative poet, a insightful observer, a sage counselor and a skilled apologist in this, his artistic magnum opus on love, friendship, Christ, and the nature of being.

His latest edition of "Love: the Greatest Thing" at first promises (by the title) to the uninformed passerby to be a collection of mawkish love poetry from one lover to another. And granted, it is a book of love poetry--but it is anything but sappy. This is not the cloying kind of love confined to the North Carolina coast of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

This love that Den the Pen writes of is holy, heartbreaking, purifying, and painful. It is all-encompassing, all-forgiving, merciful, sacrificial, and honest. It is the omnipresent love of Christ.
He reveals the greatest foibles and achievements of humanity--the moods, the nature of existence--without becoming trite or preachy, but commiserating and celebrating with the reader as if they were old friends.

This transcendent Christian poet--influenced stylistically by the poet e.e. cummings, lyrically by John Coltrane, and spiritually by the theological great C.S. Lewis--has developed from these incisive creative mentors a unique style and an earnest voice.

Everything he writes is seen through the lens of Christ's love for the world, but he does not maintain a shallow veneer of blissful ignorance so common with preachers of the "Prosperity Gospel." Den the Pen ruminates on change, homelessness, apathy, loss, and hopelessness with such wisdom and compassion that it becomes difficult not to give him a hug through the pages of his book.

Every piece is deeply personal and provides a glimpse of the prodigious soul that pens each poem with joy. He writes fondly of old friends, excitedly of new ones, empathetically of the troubled and lost, exquisitely of past and present loves. He advises without condescension, asks questions with humility, challenges assumptions, and laughs loudly at the absurdity of life with his sense of humor deeply threaded throughout every line of his work. If you pick up a book this year, poetry or otherwise, make it this one.

It is worth your time, and you may come out on the other end seeing clearer, laughing more, and loving harder than you ever did before. And that feeling, that gift of the author's to change a life with a simple turn of phrase, is just another manifestation of the love of Christ.



“If you like the ‘beats’ and other poets who tell the truth, give Den a try.
In his words, ‘‘everyone is welcome inside’’ and he means it.”
Lisa Rollins, Editorial review - Amazon.com

LIKE COLTRANE and GIBRAN BLENDED
If you need a break, or better yet a vacation from the vicissitudes of life, "Love, the greatest thing" is your travel agent. Author Den the Pen has created an anthology of poems, letters and prayers dedicated to those great mysteries that college age people talk about late at night and early into the morning hours. For one moment, imagine the blended free-form mind of Khalil Gibran and John Coltrane bringing together maturity and idealism; spirituality and science; love and friendship. You'll read "Love, the greatest thing," one bit at a time like an unfiltered glass of pinot noir where the smaller the sip, the more the savor. George Mack, Editorial review - Amazon.com

LOVE MORE
If you missed the first edition of Den the Pen's Love: The Greatest Thing, never fear! The second edition is back with even more love, and more TO love!  

Pick yourself up a copy and feel your heart expand as you read through Den's poems as he shares his generous view of the world and his fellow man with you, the reader. You can't walk away from reading this book without thinking more deeply about how you treat others, how you show God's love to people you meet on the street, and what it means to really be someone who follows Christ. Challenge your beliefs, change your thinking, and LOVE more!
Lisa Rollins, Editorial review - Amazon.com

“The Journey of One is a great adventure through the body, mind, and soul.”
Gordon McClelland - Hillcrest Press


from the author...

This book has more than fulfilled its purpose. It was declarative, entertaining and made readers ask of themselves, “What do I think?” “Your poetry moves my heart to God,” one reader said and over the year I ‘worked’ it in the market place, two constant, re-emerging ideas came forth in peoples comments. The first was a particular word. Individuals kept using ‘beautiful’ to describe what they had found. I’m so glad about that. Putting a little beauty in this world is a good thing. The second was about a particular person, and they weren’t of the literary arts; but of the musical arts. Many people, independent of each other, said in some fashion or another, that they ‘heard’ John Coltrane in my poetry. Now I’m no John Coltrane, but the fact that the arts were breeched, that a person ‘heard’ Mozart in a painting or ‘envisioned’ a photograph when listening to Bach, was a lovely, mystical voice affirming that the expressions of the human intellect, heart and soul often transcend their artistic medium. Joy!


First anthologly 2003

“These poems belong to the transcendentalist constant which is the essential quality of American Literature.”
Roger Asselineau, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Letters & Literature, the University of Paris, the Sorbonne


The first three volumes of poetry, known as "The Big World of Love" series 1990 - 2000

“I was hooked from the first poem. Classic. Sensational!”
Andrew Carroll, The American Poetry And Literacy Project


A novel by Den the Pen 1986

B A C K

A Poetic Observation and Literary Critique
by Brian Nixon, Dr. of Philosophy

Onions and Giant Steps
http://onionsandgiantsteps.com/