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I Eat My Words
Poetry & Recipes
Book 5 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series

by Sandra de Helen

I Eat My Words is a groundbreaking mashup of poetry and mouth-watering recipes for everything from pie to pasta and beyond. If you appreciate poetry and food, this book will feed your soul - and your stomach, too!

"Sandra de Helen's new poetry cookbook, I Eat My Words, is a groundbreaking hybrid collection, executed with creativity, skill, and humor. In this romp through the worlds of poetry and mouth-watering recipes, the author has created a book that is practical, pleasing to the poetic sensibility, and downright fun to read."
~Sandra Anfang, poet, visual artist, and author of poetry collections Looking Glass Heart; Road Worrier: Poems of the Inner and Outer Landscape; and Xylem Highway

"I Eat My Words is Sandra de Helen's love letter to every reader who enjoys preparing and eating good food and finds sustenance in well written poetry. The concept of alternating recipes with poems is delightfully satisfying as well as sensorially appealing."
~Renée Bess, author of five novels and Between a Rock and a Soft Place, a collection of her poems, short stories, and essays


The World's a Stage
Life in Five Acts
Book 4 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series

by Sandra de Helen

“[A] poetic tour-de-force. . . De Helen’s poems refuse to obey the rules or use their inside voices. By turns pointed, acerbic, poignant, angry, and pensive, the author’s poetic voice is always strong and palpable... Sandra de Helen and her poetry are a force to be reckoned with.” ~Sandra Anfang, nationally acclaimed poet, teacher, and visual artist

In this fourth collection in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series, Sandra de Helen offers engaging and hard-hitting poems spanning the length of one's life. From babyhood to old age, the poems leave an impact and will take readers on an unexpected rollercoaster into the ups and downs in the many decades of life.


Poetry for the People!
Heavy Verse by Sandra de Helen
Book 3 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series

"Can I change hearts and minds? I'm trying."
From "Day 82: Can I Change?"

Sandra de Helen's newest poetry collection is all about changing hearts and minds. This collection of poems, gleaned from many decades of keen observation, show the poet to be insightful and clear-headed yet displaying a sly wit at times. Her musings on justice, politics, women in society, war and peace, racism, the 2020 pandemic, and more will be enjoyed by anyone with a heart.

"This is the day I go for it. Full out, full
stop, no holding back. Plan A all the
way. I'm straightening my shoulders,
pulling in my chin, leading with my
attitude . . ."
From "Today's The Day"

The poems here go all out with attitude and with skillful creation by a poet at the top of her game. As the Rainbow Awards judges said:

"The author wrote with lyrical, beautiful sentences that painted pictures in my mind. Her choices in style and presentation were fabulous."


Lesbian Humor is Not
An Oxymoron
Light Verse by Sandra de Helen
Book 2 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series

As Sandra de Helen proved in her previous collection, Desire Returns for a Visit: Intimate Poems of Lesbian Love, she has a keen ear for language and nuance. The poems in this new volume are accessible and clever while also being insightful. This is the kind of collection you can read over and over and enjoy it fresh every time.

“Irreverent while still relevant. Poignant, pungent, playfully pugnacious and peppered with poultry. Sandra de Helen's light verse (which includes letters to Santa and martians) illuminates the silliest corners of her skylarking sapphist psyche.”
~G.L. Morrison, poet, lover of words, and writer of short fiction



Desire Returns For
A Visit
Intimate Poems About Lesbian Love
Book 1 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series

"[Sandra de Helen's] book of poems is a great way to read a truthful, witty, poignant memoir about lesbian love."
~Judy Grahn, Ph.D., poet, writer, trailblazer

"I didn't need to read beyond the first line of the first poem in Sandra de Helen's collection Desire Returns to know I'd be loving this book: "Wearing makeup is as unnecessary as / painting crickets." What a fanciful imagination. What a cohesive, splendidly ordered body of work.

It's not often I find poems that speak so directly of and to my lesbian heart. Love poems all, even when love kicks and confuses, this poet portrays the lesbian core.

Nor does de Helen speak to lesbians only. The universality of love, erotic desire, heartbreak, romantic struggle, all are here. From the poem "Donations" comes this lovely metaphor: "My pail of dreams has been tipped out." She allows her gentle humor free reign, as in a poem about falling for cast-off lovers.

Sandra de Helen is a fine poet, by turns earthy, erotic, ethereal, funny, a lesbian herstorian, a lover, a beloved. Her poems will be loved as well."
~Lee Lynch, novelist, essayist, short story writer, trailblazer



Last Updated 7/14/2022