MIOMBO – GENE BARRY is a multi –talented literist , poet of distinction and distinguished Arts Therapist from Ireland .He is a renowned literary arts teacher ,Page and Spoken word expert and has graced numerous literature ,poetry and book festivals across the world . MiomboPublishing is excited because the Icon Berry becomes the first Irish to be featured in this blog journal since its inception. So this is a special feature for a special literary legendary Gene Berry. His bio summary speaks volumes about his literary endeavors and prowess throughout the years. Gene Berry is a master in using art as a form of therapy, humanity and healing and he has been using poetry as a medium of therapy among other projects. Alta Continua. For submissions and other creative vibes contact Curator MBIZO CHIRASHA at firstname.lastname@example.org. TIME OF THE POET PROFILES SUBMISSIONS ARE BY INVITATION ONLY.
BURING THE WOLF
When fear’s icicles took the reins again,
Jane clutched down and
bedded herself into her innocence.
She let her hair grow, removed some,
installed a voice of comfort and
in this place she met herself.
She admired this person,
in fact, she loved her a lot
and donated a conveyor of hugs.
From the drawer beneath her
little girl’s bed,
she removed the rainbow of toys
and dusted them down.
She began to play,
to joy fill the obvious.
A tsunami of pleasantries
engulfed her emotional department
as her past fell apart.
When she tired from activity,
she filled sheets with words,
beginning with her future.
In her garden she planted
the happiest childhood,
the safest adulthood. She smiled.
She weeded out monsters and
fed smiles to the broken-hearted,
reaping compassion hourly.
When morning’s arms held her,
little Jane cloaked herself
in the music of safety.
THE THICKET SPEAKS
My father wore an almanac of disapprovals
his maimed mother had dressed him in.
No mornings, evenings or seasons, just
publications of self rejection dusted daily
that clung like distasteful dogshit.
Tabulations from his submerged heart
perpetuated an unspoken unhappiness
the beautiful man could not be rescued from.
The heave from his disregard commuting
him to a concealed replica called a wedding.
The consecutive years set seven sets of ears
to his mother’s finely tuned ensemble,
his successes decked in photographs
and words unacknowledged; the unused
howling emotions buried with his father.
At the largest funeral in our neighbourhood,
the one he spent a lifetime dreaming about,
one of Dad’s admiring teammates told me
that he was the bravest man he had met,
he’d put his head where you wouldn’t put your boot.
Sing to me Dad from this thicket of peace
and love and safety you now call home,
speak to me of the gallant portraits they’ve
festooned your heart and mind with.
Tell me, how do you feel.
GENE BARRY is an Irish Poet, Art Therapist, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist. He has been published widely both at home and internationally and his poems have been translated into Arabic, Irish, Hindi, Albanian and Italian.Barry is founder of the Blackwater Poetry group and administers the world-famous Blackwater Poetry Group on Facebook. Barry is also founder and chairman of the Blackwater International Poetry Festival.As an art therapist using the medium of poetry, Gene has worked in libraries, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, with Narcotics Anonymous, Youthreach, retired people’s groups, Alcoholic Anonymous, asylum seekers and with numerous poetry groups.Gene has read in Australia, Holland, Kosovo, England, St Lucia, Scotland, France, Belgium and Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, NY and Massachusetts. He has been the guest poet at numerous Irish poetry venues. In 2015 he was chosen to represent Ireland at the inaugural Rahovec International Poetry Festival in Kosovo. That same year he was the guest poet at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in three US states. In 2019 he will be reading in America, South Africa, Australia, Romania, Malta and Holland.Barry’s chapbook Stones in their Shoes was published in 2008. In 2010 Gene was editor of the anthology Silent Voices, a collection of poems written by asylum seekers living in Ireland. He additionally edited the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Blue Max Review and Inclusion as part of the Blackwater International Poetry Festival.In 2013 his collection Unfinished Business was published by Doghouse Books, a collection that has been critically acclaimed. In 2014 he edited Irish poet Michael Corrigan’s debut collection Deep Fried Unicorn, and the anthology fathers and what must be said. In 2015 Barry edited The Day the Mirror Called and MH Clay’s book son of fred.His third collection Working Days was published by Authors Press in 2016 and his fourth collection, Flaking the Rope will be published by Nixesmate in the US in January 2019.Gene has had a number of short stories published and is presently editing his first novel.
EDITOR /CURATOR MBIZO CHIRASHA Recipient of PEN Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant (2017) Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized Writer, 2017 African Partner of the International Human Rights Arts Festival Exiled in Africa Program in New York.2017 Grantee of the EU- Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund. Resident Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe, Originator of Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. African Contributor to the Table of Words Demer Press International Poetry anthology edited by Hannie Rouweler in Netherlands. Solidarity Member of Global Alliance for Politics and Arts. African Participant to the 2014-2020 World Poetry Almanac Anthologies series in Mongolia edited by Hadaa Sendoo. Co-Editor of German Africa Bilingual Collection with German International Translator Andreas Weiland in 2016 (http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html).