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Welcome to WITHIN THE SHELLS Calligraphy Poetry & Block Print Art Book

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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 at the Chaucer's Book Store (upper State Street); TECOLOTE BOOK STORE (Montecito) or THE BOOK DEN (downtown). The Book Den can also ship directly to you via their secure ordering website:

OR - please order WITHIN THE SHELLS from this website, and have Rick Sawyer, the author,  custom sign & dedicate the book to you or to someone you think may enjoy poems, art and stories from the 1961 to 1972 era -  experience the Coastal California settings of Midland School, the beach scene and Cowboy Surfing at The Hollister Ranch, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes and many more- - -

WITHIN THE SHELLS - Calligraphy Poetry & Keys to the Verse

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About the book and Us


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


  The artwork & illustrations throughout the book - WITHIN THE SHELLS  -- were created in 1972 by the author (except where noted). Rick's carved linoleum block prints were re-inked, printed and scanned for this  paperback version.

Many drawings throughout the book were also created by the author. 

Rick Sawyer

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

or call 805-680-7425.

Books usually ship via USPS - basic media rate - within 48 hours of payment received. For orders of 5 or more books, there is a 10% discount on total price. For Book Store Orders, please call to discuss the publisher's further discount. 


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FIRST READING AND SIGNING on 4/21/18 at Tecolote Book Shop, MONTECITO VILLAGE Santa Barbara, CA

    We love Poets and those who appreciate creative writing, so feel free to call me during normal business hours and ask questions about the      WITHIN THE SHELLS book.  


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