Linda Imbler


Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include two self-published works, “Big Questions, Little Sleep,” and “Lost and Found.”  Soma Publishing has published her two e-book collections, “The Sea’s Secret Song,” and “Pairings,” a hybrid of short fiction

and poetry.  Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at

Mondsüchtig (Lunatic)



What is the sound 

of starvation?

When the flames of expression

die in the grate

When your tangle of memory,

like twisted sheets,

strangle on a bed of thought

The weapon of your tongue

now dulled

If words come from thoughts

and thoughts make the world

will you now expose

the unexpected guise

of the lunatic

within your sphere?

your grand optimism to still the world

with your single word


lies dead on the ground

as millions of voices rise above yours,

all of them asking others

“what can I do to help?”



The Hunter of Words



I was never a predator

until I discovered books.

Like the last call at the bar,

I tell myself I must finish

the current chapter

before closing the cover’s door.

My reader’s attitude never grows jaded.

Every re-read of Pinter’s Betrayal

is more bitter than before.

Each revisit to Narnia,

a fresh slice of Heaven’s sweet pastry.

For too soon the pulse of life is stilled,

And while, many say that at worst,

death is a nothingness.

I disagree.

At worst, it’s a place without books.