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Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

Toronto, Canada

Rob Taylor is a California native currently living in Toronto. He is the author of The Irreducible Primary: A Dialogue on Nature, Spirituality, and the Human Condition.

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I am an author, poet, and photographer; a California native, now living in Toronto. I am also a Marine Corps veteran, former law enforcement officer, and a two-time cancer survivor. I maintain a disciplined vegan lifestyle and adhere to an intense physical training regimen.

Over several decades, I have traveled to numerous countries and experienced many cultures including Japan, Okinawa, Belize, the Philippines, Mexico, England, Scotland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, and Israel.

My spiritual journey began as a young child, full of questions and observations, and spanned fifty years through present day. I have participated in and examined nearly every religion and spiritual methodology. I'm the author of The Irreducible Primary which is available at Amazon, all other eBook sellers, and major book retailers throughout North America. My second book, Noesis, is nearing completion. 

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Noesis

An Eighty Poem Journey into Spiritual Relativity

Noesis is a socio-spiritual based collection of poetry that challenges our attitudes toward current global issues related to politics, religion, government, and society.

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Synopsis

Noesis is a collection of eighty poems (23 originally from my first book) that explore spirituality in the context of human conduct we observe every day, through direct participation, or via our five senses. Each poem will manifest some form of energy within the reader depending on individual perspectives.

The poetry does not speak of anyone in particular, but each reader will identify with some aspect of the poem. In a spiritual context, poetry is an expression of the soul for both the writer and the reader. It's only the point of view that changes.

The value to the reader is enhanced if my previous book, The Irreducible Primary, is read first. This is because a mindset is established that continues to resonate with Noesis. Of course, reading the first book is not a prerequisite.


Outline

The poems will not be structured into chapters. Instead, the poems will flow from one to another between short, relevant original quotes. The quotes will always occupy the facing page to the poem.

I think forewords can be beneficial to a book. A neurosciences academic wrote the foreword for my first book. I have a couple people in mind to write the foreword for Noesis.  I will write the introduction.

Below is an example of the structure.  

Table of Contents

Foreword                                                                             

Introduction                                                       

Poems                                                                             

     The Remnant                                          

     Recklessness                                                               

     Distant Mirage

     Toil

     Dormancy

     Emancipated

     Tranquil Waters

     Whispers

     Cataclysm

A total of eighty poems will be included.

Audience

While this book is written for everyone, those most receptive will be spiritual seekers, social activists, environmentalists, nature advocates, academics, those who have become dissatisfied with religious dogma and government ineptness.

Demand for spiritual books remains high and competitive with other popular genres.

K-Lytics (http://bit.ly/2BiDkWc) published the KDP top 2015 genres in daily sales volume.

  • Romance (6245)
  • Science fiction and fantasy (3871)
  • Teen and YA (2170)
  • Religion and spirituality (1650)
  • Children’s (1033)

According to Bookstr (http://bit.ly/2BgrhZb), overall sales revenue ranking for 2016 also indicates the continuing demand for spiritual based reading.

  • Romance/Erotica - $1.44 billion 
  • Crime/Mystery - $728.2 million 
  • Religious/Inspirational - $720 million
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy - $590.2 million
  • Horror - $79.6 million  


Promotion

The following promotion strategy is anticipated for Noesis

·     2-week Book Pre-Launch Promotion   

            24-hour eBook giveaway via Twitter and email campaign

            Daily blog entries with book teaser videos

            Daily Twitter, Facebook, email, and Instagram ads and videos

            Daily YouTube book teaser videos

            Third party (paid) Twitter and email campaigns

            Start third-party book review campaign


      60 day Post-Launch Marketing 

            Daily blog entries with book teaser videos

            Extended third-party book review campaign

            Third party (paid) Twitter and email campaigns

            Daily Twitter, Facebook, email, and Instagram ads and videos


       6 Month Promotion Schedule 

            Daily Twitter, Facebook, email, and Instagram ads and videos

            Third party (paid) Twitter and email campaigns

            Daily blog entries with book teaser videos


Professional Editorial Book Reviews   

Also, there will be eBook promotion events that include leveraging both of my books in combination to increase exposure and sales.

Competition

Competing books (both spiritual poetry and spiritual non-poetry) that discuss similar aspects of spirituality are as follows:

·       The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle, Publisher: Namaste Publishing (August 19, 2004)

·       The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz, Publisher: Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing (November 7, 1997)

·       The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Dalai Lama, Publisher: Publisher: Avery (September 20, 2016)

·       The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now, by Thich Nhat Hanh, Publisher: HarperOne (June 6, 2017)

·       The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, by John Brehm, Publisher: Wisdom Publications (June 6, 2017)

·       The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, by Stephen Mitchell, Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (January 25, 2011)

·       A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings, by Coleman Barks, Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

·       Small Stones from the River: Meditations and Micropoems, by Kat Lehmann and Subhashini Chandramani, Publisher: 29 Trees Press (July 8, 2017)

The primary difference between my writing, and many competing books, is the direct and sometimes uncomfortable method by which I address spirituality and human conduct. The human species has an immense responsibility for balancing all aspects of creation, but the dynamics of that responsibility are not sufficiently understood.


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Transformation

My inner dialog is restless

For peace stays distant while

The winds grow cold


I am aging and struggle

With neglects to nature as soul

Retreats to ten mountains


Thoughts surrender to

Silence and words of ancient

Ones who walked this path


Transformation hesitates

On my hindered consciousness

I am not a butterfly


Dust

I ponder winters past, but

Seasons are vague as fine dust

That never settles and each


Drifting particle carries

Fragments of light until the

Inevitable scattering by

Stoic winds, reminding me

Of wildflowers and my own fragility

Before I scaled Ten Mountains


Retrospect

Quantifying bliss we

Postulate happiness and

Depict successes


With cold-hearted

Dismissal of mass child

Starvation lingering


Like an unwanted

Afterthought for time

Is better spent


Defending dogs and

Such although our children

Pose higher value as


A cheap labor option

Which can be problematic

For supply is often


Undercut by demands

To fill expanding growth

Of sex slave markets


And only those

Under twelve will qualify

To service predatory


Cowards who stalk

The innocence of youth

While in retrospect


We question what could

Have been done differently to

Better hide our disregard


A Hidden Place

My soul is mounting

A counter-insurgency to

Overthrow passé dicta


Of Implied covenants

Vainly erected in liminal

Spaces of a failed


Détente where arrogant

Frauds would exile nature to

Subservience and force


The closure of ancient

Doors that once invited me

Within a hidden place


To contemplate the

Sentient montage of inferred

Futures heretofore never


Dreamt except in visions

Of genius by bohemian minds

Immune to sanctimony


Borderlands

Governments tangle with

Palettes and canvas rendering

Depictions of démodé


Borderlands that compel

Illusions of freedom while

Shrewdly marketing


Servitude as patriotism

Where free speech is only

Free when subjected


To suppressive scrutiny by

Soi-disant moralists who drive

The mocking chants against


Those not so convinced the

Charades of equality should be

Tolerated as agreeable norms


When our minds and dignity

Are surrendered in allegiance

To colored rags with a


Commanded reverence usually

Reserved for gods, as though such

Symbolism is not perishable


Toil

Ancient ways speak

Of future times, never

Closer than a moment


Elusive as the

Mirage that beckons

Me with treasure


But my idleness

Hinders entry to

The denary existence


Now I take the vows

Of toil as though

I were a samurai


Benevolence finds

Me and I am no longer

My own adversary






  • Update #2 - Paladin Feb. 19, 2018

    Sharing another poem from Noesis.

    Paladin

    I have met darkness in a

    Life burdened by prevailing

    Intrudes of accumulating

    Doubts that precipitate

    Pretentious eternities and ...


  • Update #1 - Level 6 Pre-order Reward Feb. 16, 2018

    I am posting the Level 6 metal mounted poster so it can be viewed prior to the pre-order.

    This is a beautifully mounted photograph from ...


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  • Michael Hessel
    on Feb. 16, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

    I do not often buy books but I love your work. I eagerly anticipate the arrival of your books! Keep up your great outlooks and insights.