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A Unique Experience for readers - -

You're invited to the Within The Shells Earth Day Event on April 21st 2018 at 3PM by Tecolote Book Shop - Upper Village Montecito.. Rick will read some poetry & prose selections and sign his new book in the large outside patio under the Oak Trees - Refreshments Served - Free to all - Sponsored by Tecolote Book Shop - Questions - call Rick at 805-680-7425

Within The Shells' Poems are easy to read and share with your family and friends - -

The Author created all the calligraphy writing and unique artwork in the early 1970's. Custom designed carved block prints and the calligraphy symbols are showcased throughout the book. 

WITHIN THE SHELLS is available in Santa Barbara, CA and THE BOOK DEN store will ship directly to you via their secure ordering website:

OR - -  you can order books from this website, and have Rick Sawyer, the author,  custom sign the book to you or dedicate the book to someone you think may enjoy Poetry and stories from the 1968-1972 era -  Midland School + Beach scene and Cowboy Surfing at The Hollister Ranch... and some stories from Mammoth Lakes come alive with each page

WITHIN THE SHELLS - Calligraphy Poetry & Keys to the Verse

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About the book and Us


The WITHIN THE SHELLS poetry is written in the author's personal styled calligraphy handwriting with special ink pens.  The poems were originally collected in 1972, and have now been reprinted in the 2018 paperback book version.... Each Poem has a corresponding prose/memoir page that helps the reader understand the unique words & phrases written and the author's lifestyle in the 1961 - 1972 era of Coastal California.  The 2018 edition of Within The Shells has 230 pages.


  The art work in WITHIN THE SHELLS was all created in 1972 by the author (except where noted). Rick carved linoleum blocks and hand inked prints of those various designs that have now been reprinted in the 2018 paperback version. 

Rick Sawyer

   When you purchase WITHIN THE SHELLS from this website, you are buying directly from the author, Rick Sawyer. WITHIN THE SHELLS is a self-published book by Sterling Eyes Press, owned by Rick Sawyer and  located in Santa Barbara, CA. If you want the book signed to a specific person, Rick can accommodate the request by email or phone call. If you have questions regarding WITHIN THE SHELLS please feel free to emailthe author at

or call 805-680-7425.

Books usually ship USPS - basic media rate - within 48 hours of payment received. For bulk orders (5 or more) shipping can possibly be reduced. Call to discuss 


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FIRST READING AND SIGNING on April 21, 2018 at Tecolote Book Shop - MONTECITO VILLAGE

    We love Poets and those who appreciate creative writing, so feel free to call me during normal business hours TO ask questions about WITHIN THE SHELLS and visit me on Facebook AT Rick Sawyer. Thanks  805-680-7425  SANTA BARBARA, CA.


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