Literary genius Sylvia Petter spiritedly walks onto the podium of fame carrying poetry candle-lights
Sylvia Petter is a prolific chronicler and seasoned wordsmith of our times. Her razor-sharp blood rippling verses are characterized by economized diction and mind-tilting word play. Then readers are eased by the precision, simplified verbiage and the mind- box rattling reason within her poetry. Such artistic traits amount to literary prowess. And Sylvia Petter is a word culture torch bearer deserving a legendary walk through onto the writer’s podium of fame without amount of hesitation, doubt or restraint. The chronicler, observer, poet and artist in Petter marries humanity, transitions, currency , history, merriment, wonderment, satire lyrical prowess and paradox. Her verses are easy to read but grindingly difficult to digest, readers must be gifted with a profoundly discerning mental eye. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC takes pride in profiling this great extraordinary literary luminary, multi- award-winning poet and prolific writer Sylvia Petter. Petter also sits in the Word City Monthly editorial team as the Fiction Editor. She is the author of a prolific novel All the Beautiful Liars. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Lady, are you wearing L’Air du Temps?
Will you cover the breast of discord to pay for a peek from under your blindfold?
The sword is heavier than you thought when you first took on the job. Then, the scales almost balanced; you held them in one hand.
Published in 2005 in Cadenza, Offshoots VIII and Ex Tempore.
In the tang of winter warm and summer cool, the taste and smell of crumbled cinnamon, the gentle brush against the velvet grain, his backhand stroke of sprinkled golden down grazed her nape to hold her firm and long.
His hand slipped guided by a finger cool and teased down the heart folds of her spine.
She closed her eyes and took his honeyed strength knowing she must drown in the nutmeg taste of him.
—- Published in 2001 in Ex Tempore and in 2003 at Mind Caviar. It also appeared online at Fictionaut.
The Tourist Visa
“The North Pole is melting
so where do we go?”
“Why, off to the Jungfrau,
she’s covered in snow.
I’ll call myself Rudi,”
the last reindeer said,
“and we’ll fly down to earth
and just park our sled.”
“But what about visas?
They’re sticklers, I hear.
We can’t say we do chimneys
and spread loads of good cheer.”
“No worries, Santa,
as tourists we’ll go.
You’ll clip your whiskers
and I’ll turn off my glow.”
“But the gifts from the North Pole,
so many, so fine?”
“We’ll get us a laptop
and send them online.
Then we’ll sit in the sun
surrounded by snow
and your beard will grow back
and I’ll turn on my glow.”
And so on the day the North Pole dissipated
Santa and Rudolph to Schweiz relocated.
Third prize in the 3rd Annual Poetry Competition ‘Christmas in Switzerland’ run by Bergli Books, Basel:
Black skirts slit
in the buzz,
the cacophony of
the seduction of
on the lookout for
My head spins
in the fuzz
of Millennium tools
and I long for
the still of the desert
before it is littered
with the husks
Published in 2001 in Ex Tempore, Geneva.
Sylvia Petter ,Austrian-born Australian now based in Vienna, Austria, after 25 years in the Geneva area where she worked for a UN specialized agency (ITU). Trained as a translator in Vienna and Brussels, she came to Geneva via Helsinki to work at a Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. She started writing fiction in the 90s and at 60 got her PhD in Creative Writing at UNSW in Sydney. Her debut novel, All the Beautiful Liars, was published in the UK in March 2020 just before her 71st birthday which she celebrated with her family in Sydney. During the prolonged lockdown stay there, she revised her second novel, Ambergris. Her short stories have been published widely online and in print and in her collections, The Past Present, Back Burning, Mercury Blobs, and Consuming the Muse – erotic tales, as well as in German in Geflimmer der Vergangenheit. She writes short, long, serious, sexy and fun, and is now working on flash fiction compendia.
Mbizo CHIRASHA( Time of the Poet Republic Curator) Author ofa Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology. Associate Editor at Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal. Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine. Poetry and writtings appear in FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .
An Internet-based Word Arts Culture and Writers Center- Archiving theme-based Digital Poetry Collections , Profiling Iconic Poets, Exhibiting Legendary Writers and Hallowed Artists .The Center hosts and publishes Word City Monthly(an Internationally acclaimed , a multi-genre monthly, publishing flash fiction, poetry, short fiction, folktales, book reviews, interviews, literary arts news and global opportunities. Word City Monthly is headed and edited by the highly versatile and profoundly spirited storytelling revolutionary, Commonwealth Prize nominated Canadian Author Darcie Friesen Hossack This Center is founded on the values of promoting word culture , diversity of writing ideas, dialogue, literary arts exchange and cultural and racial tolerance among other matters. TIME OF POET REPUBLIC was founded by UNESCO-RILA Affiliate ARTIST. Freedom of Speech Fellow PEN-Zentrum Deutschland, 2019 African Fellow (ihraf.org/international-fellows). September 2020 University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme Guest Poet/Discussant. Author of LETTER to the President(2019) and acclaimed Literary Arts Activism Projects Diplomatie, Mbizo CHIRASHA.
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