Stephen J. Groak


A collection of devotional poems dedicated to Paramahansa Yogananda.

The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in Boston, Massachusetts, aboard The City of Sparta with the mission of bringing the sacred technique of Kriya Yoga to the West. This collection of poems is dedicated to Paramahansa Yogananda and his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Through the dynamic interplay between memory and imagination, Stephen J. Groak explores his colourful childhood in 1970s West Auckland, New Zealand, in a collection of twenty-seven stand-alone short stories. With Nigel Sorenson as an alter ego, the author experiments with POV in a hodgepodge mixture of voices and tales that chronologically gel together like the English-style breakfast bubble and squeak—a meal traditionally made on a Sunday morning from the leftovers of the previous evening’s roast dinner. From childhood loss, terrifying visits to the primary school murder house, Huckleberry Finn-type adventures with sister-mate Helen, discoveries of American fast food, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and women, Bubble ‘n’ Squeak offers a poignant and humorous portrait of a Kiwi country boy’s coming-of-age Down Under.

Every big dream requires a leap of faith.

This is the story of a Kiwi elf named Yvette (her friends call her Yve) who lives on Rakiura/Stewart Island–the third largest island in New Zealand. And this little elf has a very big dream…

The great wish of her heart, of her mind, of her soul
Was to join St. Nick’s team at the frosty North Pole.
But how does an elfish lass follow her dream?
With a smoldering passion, and a will full of steam.

New Zealand is a long, long way from Santa and the North Pole, but Yve is determined to join St. Nick and his eight reindeer…and this Christmas Eve, her wish just might come true!

©Stephen J. Groak

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