Running on Fumes

A Collection of Poetry, Vol. 1

Poetry - Inspirational
126 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2013
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Author Biography

Author Alicia Winski, of Seattle, was born and raised in Southern CA.
Having lived many of her formative years in several beach areas such as
Venice, Playa del Rey and Malibu, California, she developed an early affinity for water and often incorporates that affinity, along with her love of music
and color, into much of her writing.

Despite the fact that she grew up in a writing atmosphere, Alicia never aspired
to write herself, dreaming instead of a singing career. In fact, when palm reader
predicted a future in writing for her, Alicia spent her teenage years studiously avoiding the vocation. However, the gypsy's prediction came true years later when Winski found herself picking up a pen in a struggle for lucidity after a long struggle with panic disorder developed in 2002. She has yet to put her pen down.

Her work has been featured in numerous publications, and her first poetry collection, "Running On Fumes", was published in early 2010, with a second
collection entitled "Naughty Girls Dream In Color", set for release sometime in
early 2013.

Winski, along with Executive Editor/Author & friend, Apryl Skies, is an editor with Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House.Together, Skies & Winski have brought to the literary table, eight titles, including two Amazon's #1 best sellers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

“Fine lines define/this road map etched upon my face/a highway of information/ stored in each and every turn.” Thus begins the title poem of Alicia Winski’s "Running on Fumes." The lines to which the poet refers are hard-won truths, shared with a gritty passion and honesty that makes this collection nearly impossible to put down. If you read these poems and find yourself asking questions like “how did she know?” and “who let her inside my life?” you are not alone. The experiences of which Winski writes so insightfully are truly universal. From 'Looking Glass': “I‘ve given little to the men who/ would love me and/everything to the men who would not.”

Although nearly all of the poems in this unflinching collection are penned from a feminine, first-person point of view, their scope is not limited to female experience - the pain and frustration they convey will resonate with male audiences as well. Men of all ages will find either their pain or their behavior (or both) on these pages; there is ample fodder here for self-examination and reflection. These poems are raw, unmasked indictments, from which no one is immune. In the course of her journey from abject despair through heartbreak and disillusionment to eventual acceptance, Winski addresses all of the demons that have preyed upon her and calls them by their rightful names, even when she must reveal her own weaknesses and vulnerabilities in doing so. "Running on Fumes" is a poetic exercise in courage and an inspiration to anyone making the journey from pain to wisdom.