America is famed of its multi-templated DNA of bravery , superiority , diversity , super talents , Hollywood, POETRY and promise . The tumultuous four year iron-fisted rule of Donald Trump was dipped in diplomatic gaffes, political malaise , racial barbarism and moral decadence. And the triumphant but the unanticipated entry of the spiritedly hyped and much-loved political cunning fox Joe Biden into the American political matrix as the 59th president of the land of the brave coughs light , sneezes hope and spits promise unto the consciences of many in American citizenry . The Joe Biden Presidential inauguration on the 20th of January 2021 was stitched by roaring song and dance , the usual tradition military parade , raving topnotch speeches, the American national Anthem , the adrenalin-busting anticipated and long awaited speech by the incoming president. Among those that graced this grandiose presidential gig was the prolific youthful poet laureate of America AMANDA GORMAN currently trending on the digital waves not for gracing the event but for her powerful and mind-raving spoken word rendition . Her poetic voice buried deep in the sands of political history, the blisters of violence , the scars of verbal abuse , the rot of political corruption as characterized by Trump presidency . And thus her poem THE HILL WE CLIMB gave Americans a great promise , the light of hope and rays of resilience as they peep into the future holding on to the leadership talent of the newly inaugurated Joe Biden. The opportunity given to AMANDA GORMAN is a water-tight signal as to how the incoming American administration respect young voices , the power of words , freedom of expression and arts culture. Poets remain a strong voice to shape revolutions and their politics .Aluta Continua , AMANDA GORMAN- ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Ambily Omanakuttan, India is land of plenty .It is the Canaan of words . It is blessed with beauty , talent , creativity and promise. Your poetry touches on a myriad of matters and thus extraordinary . You are the golden gift to the writing and creative community .As I drink from your calabash frothing the literary richness , reason , meaning and life . I was fulfilled and am energized to continue carrying the torch of resilience. Your verses got me cranked up and zoomed into seeing the need for global tolerance . Thus the essence of humanity and living .Your poetry is an interdict against purveyors of death , killers of our co-existence and wanton stranglers of our ecosystem .we are charged to know that , we are creators of our own suffering from the damning effects of climate change , environmental degradation , hate speech , disease , droughts and moral decadence . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC sings with you and is holding your hand to continue purveying messages of peace and tolerance. India ,you are the best . Together We Rise-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
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)
Jon Wesick writes micro -poems, the depth is belly pit and as the beat drums up our heart-caves. Reason within is water-pot tight-filled with mind-tilting metaphors. The imagery is a combative testimonial of defiant ghosts of historical wars fought and lost or fought and won. The set of poems is a memoir of past struggles and legacies. His diligently weaved verses are both bold and militant, readers might be persuaded to come to the conclusion that the poet is a former combatant of war and that his versifications are a prolific recollection of his rigorous experiences in some revolutionary struggle. Poet Jon Wesick pens beautiful but bold verse that identifies with history, the struggles and the cultural past. Wesick is an accomplished poet, widely published author and an acclaimed literary arts projects Editor. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly gratified to profile excellence, prowess and creativity in the personality of great literary arts projects Curator, Published Poet and Distinguished Editor Jon Wesick. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Three years ago I met Ana Pedroso, a Cuban poet who lives in Milan. She worked in the association Poetry is my passion which organizes events with the international artist community in Milan. Straight away we found out, that we were a perfect mixture of working-mentality, she has the Latin spontaneity and I have the German organization. In these three years we have organized more than 50 events in different places in Milan. We brought poetry to strange places like Jazz clubs, fashion fairs, in the courtyards, on the street. The aim is to bring poetry to people who normally don’t listen to poetry. We now are 5 In our team, Betty Gilmore , an afro -american blues poet singer, Rufin Doh a poet, and famous actor from Ivory Coast, Meisam Seraj from Iran, Ana Pedroso from Cuba and me the only European.
James Coburn masters the art of storytelling through verse. His poems bleach the racial misery clutching the land of promise, America. The protest poet treads on unusually ironical and paradoxical tarmacs, he vehemently interrogates the matters of black lives and questions the brutal violence against the black race through resistance poetry. The revolutionary verse-slinger rises beyond the usual and obvious as he puts American dictatorship at task against the background of the wantonly racial killings, with the cold-blooded demise of George Floyd, a callous act that received condemnation and demnation from the everything that breathes on earth. James Coburn speaks sand paper hard truth to power, charlatans and zealots have since become wolves and hyenas in broad light. The consciousness packed poetry is a biblical revelation and re- awakening tutelage to the grief laden and COVID 19 diseased earth gripped by hate, terrorism and racial violence. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is delighted to profile, publish and feature the master of protest and resistance poetry James Coburn. - (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Darcie Friesen Hossack, Letter from the Editor There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it.-Gustave Flaubert I wrote a letter from the editor for this, our first issue of WordCity Monthly. I wrote about the pandemic, and how governments were using it as cover to defund and commit aggression … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – September 2020, Issue #1