Recent Reviews for William Lowenkamp
Of Life and Love (Book) - 6/9/2004 9:04:27 AM|
A recommended read. I, too, am searching for answers to my ponderings of life and love. This seems, even from the excerpt, a remarkable read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences through the pages of your book.
Maria's World of Ecstasy (Short Story) - 6/29/2005 7:34:41 PM
I must admit, I found this "story" quite perplexing. Is there an intended audience? If the author is targeting the young I believe he will be intensely disappointed with the reaction received. I believe the content is badly researched and frankly comes across as written by no more than an inexperienced well meaning frightened parent. From the onset a proud expression of distinguished distance is expressed by the author between himself and the attendees of the “Rage” party. This distance is evident throughout the story in the failures to convey accurate terminology or descriptions which eliminates completely the reader writer bond. “Rage”, surely “Rave”? “Crystal Math”, surely Crystal Methamphetamine or “Crystal Meth”? Free drugs, not likely? Did the author once walk by such a “cynical” party, or maybe sneak a glance through an open window before the “rubber mallet” music had him running to the nearest church?
There is talk of statistics and the lack thereof, yet by failing to provide Maria with any human substance she becomes merely an automaton and her demise a faceless statistic in itself? I believe the subject matter to be of extreme importance with drug abuse an escalating issue in almost every culture. I also believe the morality expressed in this story to be true and authentic, although imprudent and simplistic in delivery. The youth, both abusers and otherwise will see through the transparent lack of understanding on the subject matter and the frightened parents will yet again be mis-educated thus furthering the gap. A noble attempt at a short story, but misses the mark completely hitting instead the misguided journalism target….....
I have never before read any of Lowencamps work but hope it is alot more convincing.
Maria's World of Ecstasy (Short Story) - 6/20/2005 4:21:10 PM
I agree with Sarah's assessment of the story, actually of many of Lowencamp's stories. I do however have to say that this is a short story so character development is going to be limited in any sense. I guess you just have to get Lowencamp's public service announcement style of writing. If you do you'll be treated to some good stories.. A good job overall William..
Dreams of Tomorrow (Short Story) - 6/20/2005 4:02:08 PM
Wow this was good, really well written. The subject matter was pretty dark and more than a little scary, but it's serves as a warning for many women. I hope many more people read and review this; it deserves a serious look. Good job William keep the stories coming..:-)
Maria's World of Ecstasy (Short Story) - 11/28/2003 9:12:22 PM
William Lowencamp's story of a young girl's succumb to ecstasy is a tragic picture of a problem that lures millions every year. Though Lowencamp addresses a serious topic, his story is void of several appealing characteristics of popular fiction.
Lowencamp sorely neglects character development. Maria, despite the potential to become a martyr for anti-drug activists, is little more than a body with a name tag. Dialogue and description would have made Maria a little more realistic. Learning about Maria's dreams, hopes, and relationships would make her more realistic to readers.
The voice the author uses is overstarched and almost preachy. Though he comes across as sincere, his detachment from readers is apparent and off-putting. To draw readers in more, Lowencamp could address them using a narrative voice that is noncommittal or at least omnipresent to the events that happen is this fictional account of a true life incident.
Finally the plot is overly simplified. Girl gets bored, girl goes to party, girl takes drug, girl dies. There is little complexity or event to the story. While Lowencamp's main goal is to record the events and declare a warning, his message would have a greater impact in the guise of an articulate story. Little conscience or conflict is present to convince the reader that Maria didn't really want to overdose on ecstasy.
I really like Lowencamp's story though, because it bears the distinct badge of purpose that a writer must have to be successful. Readers who come across Lowencamp's story must keep in mind that he writes, not for the art of writing, but for the purpose of educating. While his style and format certainly could benefit from adjustment, Lowencamp is an example of a pen that is truly mightier than the sword.
Terrorism 2001+ (Article) - 9/24/2003 9:31:16 AM
In Search of Survival in the 3rd World (Article) - 8/18/2003 10:14:17 AM
Excellent article. I personally would like to see all American funds diverted for our domestic problems, and then maybe every child in this country would have food on the table, a home to come home to, and parent who could have jobs paying 'a living' wage. We've supported the Marcos', Noreiegas' and every despot whose had his hand out. It's time to feed our own. All one has to do is drive on a reservation in AZ and know there are some horrible inconsistancies in the way we treat our own.
A vision (Poetry) - 11/18/2012 9:29:30 AM
Unpardon me but I relent it boldly;
For it is far ahead, if I can be sure of it,
And far it is, that my hallucination be valid,
And hallucination it is, as it should be,
And however, unlike itself, mysterious, unknown, and untested,
So it be foreseen in my tireless search.
The Face (Poetry) - 11/12/2009 8:10:15 PM
a memory from the past does lend our hearts near to our thoughts of today thanks
A Day in the Sands (Poetry) - 2/19/2009 9:31:39 AM
Oh, the stench of war. Great graphic description...blessings...Frances
Mangy Dog (Poetry) - 12/14/2008 10:39:12 PM
Brief encounter, deep message. The scenery seems "barriotic" and
probably far from civilization (as most of our islands are) but thesubject (dog) must have wandered off from its home. He touched you and made you write this, mangy dog that he is.
Gone (Poetry) - 8/7/2008 11:49:49 AM
This is so sad. Losing someone takes a lot out of you. So sorry it happened.
Omegas Blessing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 10:33:45 AM
Watch the stars at night, enjoy the sun during the day, blessings come your way, the universe has so many splendid displays.
Sunset (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 10:32:25 AM
Daughter Kathy down in New Mexico this week bet she is seeing some beautiful sunsets there. I watched beautiful ones in Bermuda with Tom in 1997. They were absurd. Glad I got the opportunity to view them. Always keeping them in my minds. Consoling me now that he has passed on into Heaven too.
The Rose Flower (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 10:30:53 AM
Roses, so sweet smelling, but thorns prick your finger if not careful. I love roses and had 25 rose bushes with 1st husband, none with second Tom, but carried one lone dark red rose in our garden wedding ceremony and still can smell that rose scent at times.
Images (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 10:29:18 AM
Give life to her and see her through the storms of life.
Our Love (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 10:28:39 AM
Lovely tale about love, forever true into old age anew.
Rats in the Celler (Poetry) - 6/8/2008 8:53:17 AM
What are they really doing for us. not much it seems. High gas prices, high medical costs, I now have to pay for prescriptions I need and had no co pay on. Turned me over to another pharmacy consultant without my permission, to get the money out of me. Had to drop some and go with the really needed ones. Are they helping us? NOt that I can see. When will things change. Maybe never so we might as well get used to it. It is a cruel stingy world of men out there and some are governing our country to no avail but to fill their pockets well.
Sunset (Poetry) - 5/11/2007 12:03:33 PM
prettyful form grace and style ! keep it up ! Lilo
You're My Heart (Poetry) - 5/11/2007 11:57:36 AM
so beautiful all of your poetry ! best i've seen for such a long time. Quite refreshing. enjoy your work so much i hope you write forever. Thank you . A fan of you work Lilo
Mangy Dog (Poetry) - 5/11/2007 11:54:07 AM
Lovely i think thats it is a lovely picture of a snapshot into that moment and a very kind thing to do i love animals so that shall make me smile for the rest of the day. Many thanks Lilo
My Angel (Poetry) - 5/11/2007 11:50:48 AM
Thats beautiful short sweet and simple ! Yet so effectiove! keep at it Lilo
Rats in the Celler (Poetry) - 5/11/2007 11:48:14 AM
wow i love it keep it real! Lilo
Our Love (Poetry) - 4/21/2007 5:15:06 AM
lovely short piece
Rats in the Celler (Poetry) - 8/7/2006 4:49:06 PM
Rats in the Celler (Poetry) - 6/14/2006 9:06:25 AM
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO READ SUCH FINE WORK.
I Hope (Ich Hoffe) (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 8:50:25 AM
Our Love (Poetry) - 4/8/2005 8:49:04 AM
Pulse of Life (Poetry) - 3/10/2005 6:08:05 PM
Good poem William and a nice ending. Is there really peace anywhere in life. You make me stop and think about it.
Rats in the Celler (Poetry) - 3/10/2005 6:05:28 PM
I would say this is a very accurate scenerio of the world political situation and even kinder than I suspect it really is. A very good write and made me glad I stopped by to view your work! I look forward to doing more reading while I am here.
Pulse of Life (Poetry) - 6/13/2004 7:34:45 PM
However, I feel that it is important to have done something along the way. That's probably why I'm being kicked off Authors' Den. Anyway, I like the way you write.
Pulse of Life (Poetry) - 6/9/2004 9:08:43 AM
And that's the way it is...one pulse at a time.
I like this one, thanks for sharing it.
Rats in the Celler (Poetry) - 6/4/2004 9:46:06 PM
Cute. I don't believe all politicians are venal and self serving, but certainly many are. Interesting write here.
Pulse of Life (Poetry) - 2/22/2004 12:47:21 PM
A very touching poem well done.
Pulse of Life (Poetry) - 2/22/2004 10:36:58 AM
Thought provoking write, William.
Pulse of Life (Poetry) - 2/22/2004 10:03:02 AM
This was touching William...I love the ending..you make leaving
this earth sound so peaceful....floria
The Face (Poetry) - 2/16/2004 7:17:39 AM
touching...moving...true story?......I liked this poem.
To Love (Poetry) - 2/5/2004 2:12:07 PM
Very profound, digested and burning. I know this to be true.
The Face (Poetry) - 10/17/2003 3:22:34 PM
very good...this is like a snapshot of one particular moment...I also like its softly romantic flavor.
The Face (Poetry) - 10/9/2003 4:37:39 PM
This is so beautiful and romantic! Great write!
Sunset (Poetry) - 9/23/2003 4:31:33 PM
This is beautiful, love the word play/usage!
Sunset (Poetry) - 9/23/2003 11:04:29 AM
Short tunes often say the most! Nice.
In the Woods (Poetry) - 9/22/2003 7:06:29 PM
this is too lovely, soft and sweet... great write
The Crock (Poetry) - 9/22/2003 5:44:49 PM
What a very nice image filled write...good work, I have enjoyed!
A vision (Poetry) - 9/22/2003 8:50:27 AM
O yes. You do write in English too. This is a lovely poem.
I Hope (Ich Hoffe) (Poetry) - 9/22/2003 8:48:24 AM
It is a beautiful poem. I know little German
because I lived in Vienna for six years. Ich Hoffe you also write in English.
Greetings from Atlanta.
The Crock (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 11:15:08 PM
Must be something to see;-)
House of Yesteryear (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 7:00:03 PM
this poem shows everything changes and dies, but tin cans last millions of years.)
House of Yesteryear (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 6:56:26 PM
Lovely imagery, can almost see it!
House of Yesteryear (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 6:19:00 PM
There's sadness in this poem...
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o(
House of Yesteryear (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 5:50:18 PM
Really good write, William. Paints a picture in one's mind!
A vision (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 5:42:12 PM
Interesting!...Some loves can be felt only, but not by touch. Love this write.
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
His End (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 5:22:22 PM
Too sad!...He could find another one...
A well-written piece.
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o(
Moments Apart (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 4:50:11 PM
Beautiful expression, and I enjoyed!
A Day in the Sands (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 4:01:05 PM
Hi Bill, this built up in momentum, the way I approached it, until I realized I was watching a horrible scene to commence.. I just thought it was horrible what goes on in these wars, and I could smell the death, youdescribed well that spookiness that comes with war al
Thought's of You (Poetry) - 8/29/2003 7:07:08 AM
a pretty piece, rich with longing, thank you
Thought's of You (Poetry) - 8/29/2003 4:06:53 AM
i like this poem.
its vivid physical setting
sets off the inner longing
of the narrator perfectly
Perfect Love (Poetry) - 8/23/2003 6:15:17 PM
A nice poem.
Perfect Love (Poetry) - 8/17/2003 4:04:02 PM
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
The Rose Flower (Poetry) - 8/17/2003 3:38:33 PM
Beautiful tribute to the rose! Enjoyed this!
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
St. Croix (Poetry) - 8/16/2003 5:52:02 PM
Never been there, but it sounds lovely. Nicely done work.
Burford (Poetry) - 8/16/2003 1:41:11 PM
Never been there, but tis always tomorrow! :O)
Burford (Poetry) - 8/16/2003 11:40:24 AM
Enjoyable read. Hope to return to England next year. Well done.
Rose 10 (Poetry) - 8/15/2003 5:29:56 PM
Heidelberg (Poetry) - 8/15/2003 4:42:02 PM
Sounds like a nice place! Very nice William!
Rose 10 (Poetry) - 8/15/2003 1:21:06 PM
How very beautiful.
My Ship (Poetry) - 8/15/2003 12:32:07 AM
Nicely done...very nicely done.
My Ship (Poetry) - 8/15/2003 12:24:58 AM
I enjoyed this great write of yours...heartfelt and realistic write....BHUWAN
Omegas Blessing (Poetry) - 8/14/2003 9:36:03 PM
William - super play on words.
My Ship (Poetry) - 8/14/2003 7:12:59 PM
I really enjoyed this because it verbalizes perfectly an experience from my youth.
Omegas Blessing (Poetry) - 8/14/2003 4:57:05 PM
"Omegas Blessing". It is an invitation to march for Justice; a Warning... A message in between every line.
This poem, "Omegas Blessing" was written with a pen that writes with ink mixed with knowledge and wisdom.
"Omegas Blessing" flows simply through the river of emotions to the lake of imagination, where intuition tells the wise to stay put on the side of JUSTICE.
This poem will keep Poetry richer.
I thank You for posting "Omegas Blessing".
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Wintertime (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 6:42:56 PM
This is a beautiful poem.
Wintertime (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 12:13:40 PM
Oh, I know this too well! Don't miss it, either.... great write...
Wintertime (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 11:07:47 AM
Wintertime (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 11:07:12 AM
winter is my favorite season! love this write; makes me think of wintertime in ohio. sure do miss the cold and snow here in texas! :( (((HUGS))) and love, your friend, karen lynn. :D