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From the Mundane to the Magical, a Lifetime of Poetic Moments is a culmination of poetic works by an author who has written poetry for almost fifty years on all facets of life: from birth to death, from the simple moments of eating ice cream on the floor to the post rumblings of injustice and war, from seeing the world from the highest clouds to hearing voices from the deepest oceans, from places stateside to worldwide, from love found to love lost, from frustration to a place of peace, and from the mundane to the magical.

These works are the product of a woman whose life is infused with the diverse events and culture of her time. Chappell shares with us her intuitive perceptions and feelings, her most private moments experienced in this world, and as well, the effects that the world has upon us over a lifetime. In the year Chappell was born, 1953, there was a wide gulf between almost certain death and the truly amazing and uplifting. It was the year that President Truman announced that the U.S. had developed the hydrogen bomb and the first nuclear test went off in Nevada, then the Soviet Union announced it had the bomb and Eisenhower promptly created the U.S. National Security Council to expand and maintain nuclear weapons in case of a Soviet attack. Aspects of this are heard in Chappell’s works, No Warning, The Battle, and The Searcher.

The world was also making major discoveries, inventing and creating. The UNIVAC 1103 become the first commercial computer to use random-access memory, and Chappell writes about it in her poem, Computer Kid. That year Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine, and later Chappell writes The Desire to Heal. Watson and Crick announced their discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule, and Chappell writes about DNA in her poem Father’s Day. Also that year, Jorgensen had the first successful transsexual surgery, Hefner published the first issue of Playboy magazine, the first censorship board was formed, and Kinsey and Pomeroy came out with their second report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Chappell’s interest in sexual behavior and the underlying sexual secrets found in Thelema are what led to her doctorate in human sexuality. Her sexual explorations are brought to life in such taunting works as Spell of the Morning; Anniversary in Rejoicing; My Nubian Queen; One, Two, Together; Our Flowing Rapture; and Soul of the Sensuous.

Also appearing for the first time that year was Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, the first Bond movie, Casino Royale, Miller’s The Crucible (in which she later performed), Walt Disney’s Peter Pan, and the first color television went on sale. Those shifting worlds of perception are written about in Chappell’s The Fault of Faith, Enlightenment, Ode to the Shroom, and Emerging.

It was also a good year for women. Jacqueline Bouvier married Senator John Kennedy, Elizabeth II was crowned Queen, Jackie Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier in a Sabrejet vehicle, and Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell wowed the crowds with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Chappell speaks of the gifts and the plight of women in The Jerusalem Wall, A Puja for Babalon, A Woman’s Lament, and The Late Chance Meeting. That year Albert Schweitzer was given the Nobel Peace Prize, and later Chappell shares the joy of peace in her poems Pastoral Bliss, A Peaceful Repose, and A Moment of Peace.

Her works are not only reflections of her feelings on politics, religion, life and death, but also on real places from her world travels. From her works Home in Alaska, to the wilds of Mexico with Afternoon Escape and Yalapa, from Scotland with The Swans of Queens Park to Rome with The Silent Stones, and from Paris with Parisian Impressions and Thailand with Patpong Girls to Greece with Kioni of the Ionian Sea, Chappell weaves a spell of both intrinsic beauty and the underlying essence of these places.

Chappell’s poetry is not only diverse in topic, but style. Some works you will read are of the carpe diem style, about living for the day, or the idyllic and pastoral. She also uses classicism, lyricism and romanticism, and sometimes employs the use of enjambment verse, the refrain, rhyme royal, quatrain, ode, ballad and epic poetry. Most works rhyme with a specific meter, the iambic pentameter being most common, but she also explores free verse so that her thoughts and feelings are most clear and unhampered by strict presentation. Santa Maria Maggiore is an excellent example.

This is not just a poetry book, it is a window that sometimes opens onto the world of who Lita-Luise Chappell was and is, and reveals a modern woman who is able to interpret the world poetically. Fortunately for us, she shares her thoughts with an open mind, insightful truths, and a real beauty of the heart.