The Alchemy of Then – Review by Sharon Frame Gay


Many thanks go out to Sharon Frame Gay for this incredible review! I’m truly honored 🙂

“Jim Bates recalls moments in time with poems that lead you through the door of his imagination into such memories as summer mornings, classrooms, icy ponds and building model airplanes. From childhood loss, to adventure and joy, he explores emotions we have all experienced. Some life lessons are hard. Others are magical. Each poem stands on its own, yet when read all together, the author blends each piece into one another seamlessly. As he reflects upon baking oatmeal cookies with his mother, our own memory banks open and we withdraw events from long ago. We, too, want to help stir the cookie dough. We, too, reflect on the fine line between life and death when a young boy falls into a lake, and conjure up our own ghosts. And we, too, can enjoy a simple day cast in a simpler time. I did not want this book to end. Tonight I will pour a cup of tea, and remember…”The Alchemy of Then”. Alchemy indeed, as Jim Bates casts memories into gold.””

Published by Jim Bates

Here are Jim's publications: Resilience, a collection of twenty-seven short stories, was published through Bridge House Publishing in February of 2021. Periodic Stories, a collection of thirty-one stories, was published in March of 2021 by Impspired. Periodic Stories Volume Two, a collection of twenty-six stories, was published in July 2021 by Impspired. Short Stuff, a collection of thirty-two flash fiction and drabbles, was published July 2021, through Chapeltown Books. Something Better, a dystopian adventure novella, was published in July 2021, by Dark Myth Publications. Dreamers, a collection of thirty-six short stories was published in March 2022, by Clarendon House Publishing. Periodic Stories Volume Three - A Novel was published in May 2022, by Impspired. All of his publications are available on Amazon or through the respective publisher.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Big Confusing Words

Poetry and fiction not intended for the masses — Sam M. Phillips

Shortness of Breadth

Kerri Writes

Writer, pursuing what she loves to do

Julie C. Eger

Wisconsin Author - Books Available Now

Academy of the Heart And Mind

Welcome to a world of emerging writers.

Gary Bonn

Writer, Editor, Illustrator, Artist

Words Spill Out - Poetry

Ann Christine Tabaka - Poet


Written by Ella Etienne-Richards

From The Funeral Birds To As The Crow Flies

The ongoing journal of a Gothic storyteller and nature lover.

Thoughts Become Words

Miscellaneous Collection by Gretchen

Orca, A Literary Journal

A literary journal with a speculative accent. We feature writing from around the world, with an emphasis on imagination and superb language.

A Million Ways


The Cabinet of Heed

literary journal

Maria Donovan

facts and fiction

The Garden Visitor

Lovely gardens to visit - with Kathy Sharp

the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors

%d bloggers like this: