Prose by Fiction

Posted Wednesday, 10/28/20

Torn Bits & Pieces is probably my least-known book mainly because it's a collection of poetry I've written over the years. I'm not a poet, not by a long shot. However, there are times I feel the need to jot down something poetic, hence my collection.

Some of the poems are in relation to my fiction novels. For example, the eight-lined Collective Obsessions is the same-named counterpart for the Collective Obsessions Saga (writing as Deidre Dalton).

"Intro" poem to the Collective Obsessions Saga. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

I recently finished Bloodlust (book #2 in the Bloodline Trilogy). One of the main characters in Bloodlust is named Kirk Lester. He's a bit of a slime ball, but also a poet. The fictional character "writing" the poems began as a blank slate, somewhat akin to a block of bland cheese. I wanted to give him a tangibly unique trait as I developed him, thus a fictional poet was born.

Kirk Lester's gift with prose also emphasizes multiple traumatic events in his life, as if his spurts of creativity were inspired by diversity and outright insanity.

Blood of My Father is from the upcoming Bloodlust:

"Blood of My Father" poem from "Bloodlust" by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

To that end, there are fourteen new poems stemming from Bloodlust, all of which will be added to Torn Bits & Pieces in due course. I created them on the fly - some are short, others longer - and all in relation to the fictional storyline.

I would like to make clear that Bloodlust is not a book of poetry, but rather a 400+page fiction novel sprinkled with smatterings of poetic prose written by one of its angst-ridden characters.

There might also be a few "overflow" poems that find their way into Blood & Soul (third and final book of the Bloodline Trilogy), which is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Irish Eyes: Torn Bits & Pieces

Tags: Bloodline Trilogy; Collective Obsessions Saga; Torn Bits & Pieces