Raw Thoughts: A Mindful Fusion of Poetic and Photographic Art

· The Raw Thoughts Series Book 1 · PHiR Publishing

About this ebook

RAW THΦUGHTS is a compelling and mindful fusion of starkly emotive poetry and black and white film photography. Each successive poem-photo pairing (each 'raw thought') builds on an underlying philosophy that compels us to assess and adjust what and how we think with the aim of improving our lives and by extension, the lives of those around us.

National Book Award and Griffin Poetry Prize Nominee. Select poetry from RAW THΦUGHTS was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

“A splendid journey of pain and passion, light, discovery and flight, beautifully told in poetic and photographic imagery.”

DAVID WOOD, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of WHAT HAVE WE DONE and BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD

“Casey offers us a new transformative experience in RAW THΦUGHTS. Each amazing photo-poetic construct is not just a set of images and words, but a therapeutic medium that touches the depths and heights of the human experience.”


“RAW THΦUGHTS takes the reader on an introspective and mindful journey of growth and redemption. Through poignant images and beautiful poetry, John Casey offers his readers a new approach to mindfulness, self-reflection, and spirituality.”

JANNELL MACAULAY, PHD, Lt Col USAF (RETIRED), Mindfulness Advocate and Leadership & Performance Specialist

“In RAW THΦUGHTS, John Casey gives us a glimpse into the heart and mind, melding both in a search for hope. His poems furnish the words, and the photography of Scott Hussey shows us the magic of the combination. Together, the poem-photo fusion delivers an ethereal duet of meaning worth exploring.”

SHERYL NELMS, author of 21 published collections of poetry and four-time Pushcart Prize nominee

About the author

JOHN CASEY is a novelist and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from New Hampshire. His first novel, Devolution, was released in 2019 and is book one of The Devolution Trilogy, a psychological spy thriller series. Evolution was released 13 May 2021, Revelation followed in December 2022. Casey authored Raw Thoughts in 2019 as well, a compelling and mindful fusion of poetic and photographic art that garnered nominations for the Griffin Poetry Prize and National Book Award. PHiR Publishing released the sequel, Meridian: A Raw Thoughts Book, in June of 2021. Casey is the co-author of The Barn: A Mystery Novella. His poetry has appeared internationally in numerous literary journals and magazines.

A Veteran combat and test pilot with a Master of Arts from Florida State University, John Casey also served as a diplomat and international affairs strategist at U.S. embassies in Europe and Africa, at the Pentagon, and elsewhere. He is passionate about fitness, nature, and travel and inspired by the incredible spectrum of people, places and cultures he has experienced in life. 

Scott Hussey has worked in the photography industry for over 20 years. His photographs have been published globally by the BBC and have appeared in numerous regional, national, and international publications. His approach to photographing his subjects is best summarized by Aristotle: "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

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