John Casey • Novelist and Poet
Meridian is John Casey's second Raw Thoughts title. In much the same way as its prequel, Meridian was artfully crafted with compelling and visceral snapshots of the heart, mind, and soul in accordance with an underlying philosophy that suggests positive change is possible if certain steps are taken. Each poem within is symbiotically paired with a photograph (a 'raw thought'). By degrees, the book charts a path from darkness and confusion to a place of enlightenment. If and as they relate to each step along that path, the reader can attempt to analyze, understand, and revise not just their thoughts, but the way that they think. Knowledge gained from the resultant awakening can free the mind to interpret the world more accurately.
Meridian addresses analysis and improvement of thought in a manner that is less emotive and more refined than in Raw Thoughts. It offers an approach that is cognitive to an extent that most people will not instinctively endeavor to pursue. This is a distinction that lends itself naturally to a next-level pursuit of clarity and personal growth.
Photography by Scott Hussey
"Meridian is an emotive introspection of life itself, filled with rhythmic poetry that demands thoughtful dissection of its true nature. Accessible and deeply
rooted in humility, John Casey’s follow-up to Raw Thoughts gracefully delivers an understanding of the true meaning and value of our existence.”
“In Meridian, John Casey and Scott Hussey tap into the depths of untempered emotions while challenging our conceptions of reality. The reader is drawn in, voyeuristically, to an entire spectrum of life’s untamed circumstances.”
“Meridian triumphs in its ability to capture the human experience with perfect balance of image and written word, heart and mind, shadow and light, vice and virtue, despair and resilience. I did not expect to be so emotionally impacted by its seamless photo-poetic dance, all the while challenged to reflect on what it means to be truly alive.”
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FROM THE AUTHOR: The poetry in Meridian is 'accessible', with enough figurative language and imagery to placate the serious poetic enthusiast. This is intentional, as it is not targeted specifically at the MFA-touting echelon. The reader is everyone.
"MERIDIAN is an emotive introspection of life itself...that delivers an understanding of the true meaning and value of our existence."
- RYAN KOVAKS, author of The N.M.E, The Profound, and I considered You