Above the Surface
by Rachel Archelaus & Scott Keeney
A fairytale of two characters reflecting off each other to find out who they really are. It is a fresh twist on an ancient story of interconnection via a journey above and below the surface.
Through a mix of prose, poetry, and illustration the authors draw us into reaches of their own mythical landscape.
“A lyrically poetic literary experience that is both visual and cognitive, Above The Surface is one of those volumes of illustrated verse and commentary that will linger in the mind and memory long after the slender volume is finished and set back upon the shelf…Very highly recommended…”
– James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Small Press Bookwatch
What I love so much about “Above the Surface” is that it is as if the authors have written a poem you can crawl into and curl around. It is an illustrated parable, whose colorful artworks are like a beautiful, comforting quilt. This book is an ancient mirror in which you get to see yourself as if you were kaleidoscopic. The book is dreamy, reflective, and full of surprises.
I’ll give you a hint of this book’s magic, okay?! This line: “One day she received a package from the moon.”
If you’re someone who wants it all spelled out for you, A to Z, in a been-there-done-that kinda way, this book might not be for you. (There’s no ho-hum here!)
But if you long for something fantastical and outta-the-box, it’s for you.
Listen, this book won’t be the same for you as it was for me. You’ll find your own pathways and your own wide skies in it. But I suspect what all of us readers have in common is that feeling of being transported. Get your seatbelt on and enjoy the adventure! – Sherry Richert Belul, Author of Say It Now
“Brilliant prose and insights! Above the Surface truly transcends any style of book. Is it a short story? Yes, Is it prose? Yes, Is it transformational? Yes. Should you buy this? Yes!
When I read Above the Surface and I was pretty sure I did it wrong….because I read it backwards. I started at the Hummingbird’s insights and then followed my curiosity backwards through the book. The power of the last page drove me to discover the story and insights behind it. Fearing that I had missed the magic by reading it that way, I paused for a day and then read it forward.
I discovered an unfolding story that allowed my brain to take a vacation and my soul to absorb the wisdom directly. So beautiful and inspiring. Loved it both ways.” – Jean Berry
“The images are luschious and divine! 🎆🎨🎆
And all natural and spirity!!!! 😍😍😍🌈🌈🌈
Rachel’s book is a journey through the elements both within us and outside of us!
It asks that you dissolve into the earth, air and sea to observe the uncovering of a mystery!
With each adventure she embarks upon you are invited to feel into abstract images that tingle in your spirit, guiding you to a deeper realm within 🌿
There is so much beauty and life in this book!
It is a doorway into what life is like as a spirit here on Earth, at once solid, physical, human and in the same instant flowing and ethereal! 🌈” – Sophie Lisa Beresford
About the Authors
Rachel Archelaus experiences life as a multidimensional being. She is a prolific artist, writer, and the founder of the Intuitive Art Academy. She is the author of Intuitive Art: How to Have a Two-Way Conversation with Your Higher Self.
Scott Keeney is the author of Sappho Does Hay(na)ku and Early Returns. His poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Mudlark, New York Quarterly, Poetry East, and elsewhere.