Viviana Fiorentino is a versatile migrant literary bird born and bred in Italy and now living in Belfast, Ireland . The griot in Fiorentino has mastered the art of word activism. He subject lines are deep with both sense of belonging and miseries related to nostalgia. Her rhythm packed and lyrically correct versifications are tensely confessional. Confessional poetry is the usual soul food to the audience and is closely linked to psychical and spiritual matters, something to do with memories, experiences, identity, history, traditions, realities and complexities of life, with a clear assertion that life experiences can be both rosy and gloomy. After reading more carefully and listening attentively to her voice, you pick her love for humanity, her quest for the rain of freedom, her passion for those thrashed by lashes of poverty under the steel yoke of racial hegemony , shrieking in dust ridden hovels of stigma, choking in dungeons of rejection , those roasted in hot pans of abject sufferance by toxic politics and those with souls stewing dumping sites of moral decadence. Every verse carries rain clouds, promise, sunrays of hope and sometimes gloom, paradox raises its ugly and beautiful head in most of her versifications. This set of poems is a testament of belonging , the beauty of life, the ugliness of it thereof ,nostalgia and the love for human freedoms by the distinguished poet using artivism to for and about the plight of refugees ,exiles and other vulnerable human communities. Viviana Fiorentino is a distinguished scholar, acclaimed humanitarian, advocate for human freedoms and hallowed poet. Greetings to all Scholars, Poets and human freedoms in Italy and Belfast. Together We Rise-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Jennifer Juneau,I grazed through your amazing poetry, reading your verses is like drinking the best matured and diligently brewed grape wine. It is like walking in a wonderland where the metaphors of the moon shine to the land tormented by the horror of death , where the moon-light wipe tears off grief broken faces , your writings are the milk tightened udders of a well fed cows, the imagery is the illumination of sunlight to the earth once strangled by pandemic, racial stigma and lack . Your dexterity is mesmerizing. Your literary exhibition is a marvel. Your lyrical prowess is prolific. Iam yet to read such wonder, your dictionary is both scholarly and organic. I believe fellow writers, editors and publishers also contend with my conclusions. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly mesmerized to celebrate prowess, dexterity and excellence. This is extraordinary talent. Dear world drink from the literary rich- land of this godly gifted personality accomplished poet, acclaimed writer and high-ranking artist. Salute- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Kenya and Kenyan poets remain our literary arts cordial friends. I cannot exhaust to account names. The likes of author Omwa Ombara, Waithera James, Jerusha, Tigress Nancy Ndeke and more more comrades. Young Poets like Jina, Biko Iruti, Kenneth Kay. The list is endless. The Brave Voices Poetry Journal and the WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS October issues are to be guest edited by Versatile, prolific, acclaimed and widely published Kenyan Poets Michael Mwangi Macharia (Brave Voices Poetry Journal) and Kananuh Jerusha (WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS). The duo are literary combatants and word maestro with their extraordinary verses written all over social media walls, online poetry journals and global print anthologies. They are gifted with the requisite credentials to handle both the heat and pressure as to be experienced during their guest editing tenure of service. This special blog message seeks to introduce the GUEST Editors of the October Journals . These Guest Editors have been featured and profiled at TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC CENTER and the AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN respectively . We also introduce October thematic areas and Submission guidelines.
Maturity carved onto the bone and marrow of the micro-poems by Poet Lumpkin illuminates the readers soul, the verses evoke the spirits of reason. The lyrical dexterity is mind tilting. The mini poems are golden rimmed with reason , they shimmer with the glow of wisdom. Real poetry provokes thinking, ignites mental boxes for debate and is always turgid with meaning. The imagery is vivid and the diction profoundly economized. The verses of the luminary poet Canadian Kenneth Lumpkin are fatty baobab canopies pregnant with succulent fruits of wisdom and reason. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC celebrates excellence and literary prowess with prolific poet, acclaimed writer and distinguished educationist Kenneth Lumpkin. ALUTA CONTINUA- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
WORD is a force and within its etymology, has a force as mysterious and mythical as the cycles of life presented in a woman’s body. Womanhood is a tribe with two sides that push and pull, drawing in and drawing out to balance between the physical and the ethereal. A woman is a S/WORD, slashing self-preservation to indulge creation into the path of continuity. Her voice is a lullaby that soothes kings before they wear crowns of authority and high handedness. Her voice of a weeping window burying her soldier sons. She is the hearth that feeds life a protective shell to glimpse its first experience of all earthly journeys. To discount a woman is to discount nature’s benevolence in its ever giving nurture. To disparage a woman is to spit at the hand of creation that give so much grace to a creature that births itself and other. In cerebrating womanhood, great poetry was birthed. No one can judge the emotions and wisdom within the words neither can accurate value be stamped authoritatively upon any piece, for all without fail deliver a universal truth about the plight of women in their journey of holding their divine portion in sustaining and carrying on the mantle of living. Great voices that speak ‘womalingo’ from WOWAWORDS recent entries delivered from their hearts and to other hearts. Ten pieces that speak as internationally as music does in its varied tones, tunes and crescendos from Caroline Akui of Kenya, Nelani Goonawardena from India and Anya Wikramanayake Sri Lanka, Colombo. Together We Rise –( Blurb by August Edition Guest Editor , Nancy Ndeke)
Legendary Writer and renowned Poetry Artist Richard Modiano, your poetry sizzles with the richness of ripe grapefruit growing out from the vast fertile lands around the great river Gariep. The incessant dance -inciting beat throbbing from your rhythmic verses is like ritual song passionately sung by motherly angels from the inner depth of San Fernando Valleys. The realities and complexities of living trends in human society as presented in your poetry set is a correct signal of how you as a doyen of truth speaks spiking truth against wrong revolutions and warped mentality. Your literary consciousness awakens us from the deep slumber of wrong life terrains and teaches us to walk so righteously. Your submission is a poetic baptism of our wretched earth gripped by the hard grit of paradox. Your head pricking spiking truth is revolutionary. And your loyalty to the poetry kindred is unmatchable. In this your prolific set of your poems have dedicated to another great wordsmith Rob Plath and acclaimed Writer Danny Baker. Wonderful. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC People are seized with great pride and are fervently tickling with profound joy that you agreed to be featured and profiled on this our up and rising digital Writers Centre. We are proud to publish great poetry and the rich profile of multi-gifted, award winning, internationally acclaimed, distinguished Artist and Legendary Poet Richard Modiano. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Your diligently baked poetic lines transcending from biblical allusions, patriotism, spirituality, ideology and reason. All these thus the essence of a true poet. Lyrical Dexter, Isabel Bermudez, you roast diction into soul -fulfilling verse, the same way Xhosa women diligently make frikkadels out of sunflower oil and dough. In those Xhosa homes, when every dawn you hear frying pans hissing with cooking oil from caressing torment of wood-fire baking frikkadels. Your poems are fulfilling and your lines are fat with reason and rich with consciousness. Your imagery is profoundly vivid and is deliciously sumptuous like beef -roast in Masai kitchens. As a willing reader, a keen consumer of your excellent art of words like we do to well-matured red wines and road runner-village chicken roast. Am contended with the extent of artistic prowess and amount of creative excellence. And I have no doubt that a host of other readers share the same positive reader conclusion with me. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC continues to maintain its artistic relationship with Colombian Literary Arts Community by featuring the prolific educator, internationally adored artist, film maker, widely published poet and multi-award-winning author Isabel Bermudez- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Veteran Poet David Leo Sirois, you are not only wearing your poetry robe but you have also donned a teaching garb. Your poetry carry that verve of moral instruction. Your thought provoking biblical allusions and head tilting imagery are a refreshment of social consciousness . Iam thoroughly wowed by your choice of diction and the word economics thereof places you into the class of extraordinary English page poets , a special mention to Robert Frost and TS. Elliot . As such ,I have again picked and pocketed from your metaphoric fruit tree, some literary wisdom of John Donne , Yeats and Keats , the metaphysical poets . Your hybrid fusion of traditions , your own ingenuity and modernistic writing is mesmerizing and fulfills the consumer , the reader the way original fruit juice does to ever gormandizing kindergartens , And then followed by a loud belch there after , a natural signal of fulfillment and satisfaction. We continue to imbibe your verses of wisdom and graze through pages with that willing keenness of a new lover , we greedily gormandize your moral instruction and social consciousness like monkeys fervently shelling peanuts in feilds of promise or like bees passionately drinking sweet honey from the hive of plenty .TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is honored to feature and profile above all excellence and prowess in the personality , international renowned spoken-word arts curator and acclaimed literature hub producer Poet David Leo Sirois
Your verses are sickle spikes of truth, their marrow is satire and their bone are metaphor. The DNA is dexterity carved on the plaque of literary prowess. The skull spanking lines profoundly sparkle like porcupine barbs from the resilient glint of sun rays. Antonia, your poems bury rags of misery, red- eyes of nostalgia, pricking thorns of quandary and grinding stones of grief in deep belly pit emotional parody and mind tilting word play comics. Poet Antonia Alexandra Klimenko uses the lyrical vintage and verbal bravado to speak history, death, loss, identity, pain and belonging. Her philosophical verses are socially, spiritually and politically fulfilling. Her poesy is original, confessional and is born out of a labyrinth of highly psychic charged thought processes. Another unique nutrient in your writing is our hybrid, they have symptoms of spoken word and page poetry. The depth in meaning and flexibility of reason qualifies the poems to be adapted into bestselling short films, cinematographic. Reading Antonia Alexandra Klimenko is a lifetime achievement, you get fulfilled with the art-tainment within and infotainment abound, you might beat an African djembe for ritual poetry dance. Antonia Alexandra Klimenko is a multi award winning spoken word artist and an international acclaimed page poet. She is the current Poet/ Writer in Residence of Spoken Word Paris , an illustrious poetry reading and performance organization in Paris, France. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is wholesomely proud to publish Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, our first legendary poetry artist from France to grace our TIME OF THE REPUBLIC space. We continue to promote a diversity of ideas, tolerance, creativity, inclusivity and exclusivity. ALUTA CONTINUA- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Before social media, it would've taken twelve lifetimes to meet the writers, activists and peace-makers who've come into my life. That is as true for this unexpected collaboration with Mbizo Chirasha and Time of the Poet Republic, as for the Canadian poets and storytellers who responded for this very special issue.
Even if we weren't featuring themes of Tolerance and Peace-building, it would still be necessary for this collection to feature writers as varied as this country itself. And so, I went everywhere I could, asking Indigenous, People of Colour and writers from our vibrant LGBTQ2+ community for their words. Soon, the poetry, followed by prose, began to arrive, from the West to the East coast, and the cold far North.
Our first offering came from Calgary, Alberta poet Lori D. Roadhouse Haney, and it was immediately clear, within a single line of verse, that this issue had the potential to be bring us to our knees with grace.
Juan Ramirez, meanwhile, calls all who will listen to participate in a social re-Genesis, while Dew Williams brings us into the realities of her Indigenous-Canadian life, through the simple act of drawing her teacher a picture, and then drawing it again. And again.
Our youngest storyteller, nine year old Raelynn, carries with her the hope that our next generation is already as gifted and inclusive as anyone who's been spilling ink for decades. Hers is a talent that needs to be supported in the literary arts, and we're proud to do that here.
We have a sonnet. We have a poem about the human mathematics of war. The Poet Laureate of the Yukon has graced us with two selections, while yet more poets of note than I can mention, including first-time authors, award winners and a contributor with 17 books to his name, have poured out their pens to speak peace and love and heartbreak to a listening world.
I have no diplomatic status, but I have nonetheless anointed one honourary Canadian in the person of Iraqui-American, Pulitzer Prize nominated, Pushcart Prize winning poet, Faleeha Hassan. Although she's made America her home, Faleeha embodies the deepest, best, shared belief of our two countries: that an immigrant is as Canadian, is as American, as anyone whose great-great-grandparents were born here. With that belief in contention in the nation she's adopted, we welcome her into this collection with gratitude and love.
Then...then there's Patrick Friesen
Patrick (of no known relation to myself) is a Mennonite writer who needs no introduction to Canadian writers and readers. A pioneer of writing about the culture and religious tradition into which he and I were born, a generation apart, this poet has been shortlisted for our country's highest literary honour, while clearing a path for writers like me to speak truth into and outside of our communities. If you missed it at the top of this page, scroll back before reading on. Turn on your sound and hear the voice of the poet himself. In this graciously-given video, Friesen's words are punctuated and amplified through the extraordinary musicality and production of his son Niko Friesen. We couldn't be more proud and grateful to them both for allowing us to present this gift to you.
Dear readers: Thank you for spending the following time with us in Canada. In choosing the order of works, I tried to tell a story.
Darcie Friesen Hossack