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)
Eva was born in Xylokastro where she completed her basics studies. She loved journalism by small and attended journalism lesson at the ANT1 School. In 1994 she worked as a journalist in French newspaper "Le LIBRE JOURNAL," but her love for Greece won and returned to her sunny home. Since 2002, she lives and works in Athens.She works as a web radioproducer reading fairy tales at radio logotexniko vima every sunday. Recently she become responsible for the children literary section in Vivlio anazitiseis publications in Cuprys. She published books and ebooks: " I and my other avenger, my Skia publications Saita." "Zeraldin and The elf of the lake" in Italian and in French as well as “The daughter of the Moon” in 2 languages English and Greek. The Moon Daughter published by Ocelotos 4 times, received best reviews for author's writing and writing style.She is a member of the Unesco Logos and Art Group, of the writers of Corinth, of Panhellenic Writers Association. Also her work is mentioned in the Known Greek awarded encyclopedia for Poets and authors, Harry Patsi, page 300.Her books have been cleared by the Ministry of Education of Cyprus.Eva’s recent work includes: "The water Amazon fairy called Myrtia" ,illustrated by Vivi Markatos, dedicated to a girl that become handicap after a sexual assault and the translation of stories of Lafcadio Hearn, "Fairytravel with stories from Far East", an idea that she worked more than 6 months illustrated by MsNtinaAnastasiadoy, very known sculptor and sumi e painter in Greece.
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)
Sue Burge, your poetry is a concoctional beverage - mix of protest , literary sanity and lyrical dexterity . Cinematographic imagery and satire -sweetened reason are rich ingredients to flavor this diligently brewed mind-drumming versification . The poetic refreshment tastes paradox as the lines are creamed by peanut -paste of praise and marmalade- jam of protest. Verses are thoroughly simple in presentation , the meaning is grindingly psychical and the reason is hard to grind . The poet is a seasoned chronicler serving her readers with bitter sweet paradoxical morning soups , throat scalding metaphoric crank, nerve- jamming and mind spinning metaphor spiced beverages. The Poet in Burge versifies boldly about daily life matters , love , anger , hope , promise ,polarity , hypocrisy ,unfairness , ignorance and savagery .Her poetry defines and describes life and all that surrounds us as humanity . TIME OF THE POET REPUBBLIC takes pride in publishing a distinguished creative writing scholar, internationally renowned poet, hallowed storyteller and literary arts projects curator Sue Burge . Together We Rise-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Moaen Shalabia pens grief -laden poetry depicting harsh realities of human struggles . His versifications are memoirs of death , war , psychological pain and emotional torture. The poems are in sync with the ghosts of war and mass exoduses in that land permanently haunted by unwinding bickering , political hatred and religious polarity . The passionately weaved imagery casts somber experiences of refugees of war suffering from both soul -shelling religious and class stigma in lands far away from their birthplace . It is a gory tale told by survivor of decadent moments and sorry times. Moaen Shalabia is an internationally renowned poet , his nerve -shredding and mind- jamming writings are fit to be patched among other great voices on podiums of literary stardom . The poet , writer and chronicler is widely published , translated and profiled around the globe. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC celebrates the birthday of this multi-award-winning luminary with a profile feature article of his English and Malay poetry, profile and book covers. Our determination is to exhibit excellence , prowess and dexterity as we feature this great literary giant, Moaen Shalabia.
Darcie Friesen Hossack, my revolutionary literary arts activism twin sister. Your creative vibe is nerve -shredding and the verve of your prowess is extraordinaire. In a short space of just two months, you have accomplished a decade long accomplishment. Your tenacity mesmerizes, your resilience is revolutionary. Your mental box is a red honey- beehive blessed with dripping sweetness of positive literary consciousness and artistic glory. Your heart -cave is a pot frothing with ingredients of diligence, excellence, dexterity, prowess, love, tolerance, creativity and positivity. Revolutionary sister, your star is rising and will never dim. You are a trailblazer, a pacesetter and a trendsetter. I believe in singing the beauty and the prowess of legends as they walk on this clay earth. Among other comrades, I salute Poetry Chef Michael Dickel, Producer Emeritus Thomas Block, Poetry Tigress Nancy Ndeke, The Zine Team and BeZine publication, and the indomitable literary arts lioness Jamie Dedes, Acclaimed Editor Michael Rothenberg, Publisher Lola Thomas and the Diasporan family. All Brave Voices, Poets, readers, supporters and friends from around the globe. Despite mounting challenges. We keep writing, we keep resisting and representing. This my profound dedication and pit belly gratitude to the elephantine of work, you are doing at Word City Monthly. Darcie Friesen is the Associate Editor of TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC and Managing Editor of WordCity Monthly .A prolific and widely published around the word. Hossack is the author Mennonites Don't Dance . Aluta Continua!!! Revolutionary Sister Darcie Friesen Hossack. Together We Rise- (DEDICATION 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.
Her simplified verse is deep, as it raves the core of the inner of marrow and then cuts through our COVID 19 hardened mental boxes to reawaken of consciousness. Her pen spits metaphors carefreely. Rouweler was born with a poetry golden spoon stuck on her tongue, baptized and sanctified by the incense of word culture. Hannie’s poetry interrogates history, lifestyles and the political moments. Her vivid imagery depicts cultural diversity, human excitements and stereotypes. In some instances, the poet is nostalgic of the peaceful past that was endowed with promise, hope and harmonious routine and as the present ridden with sorrow, laden with grief and disease infested. The poem AGAINST TIME is a prolific story told and written with the style of poetry. These lyrical dexterities presented in this versification qualifies Poet Hannie Rouweler into the Poetry Defenders Hall of Fame, already Rouweler is a staunch defender of poets, their rights and their writings. This submission is both in English and Dutch.TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is proud to be associated with dexterity , excellence and prowess in the personality of Internationally acclaimed poet , editor and publisher emeritus Hannie Rouweler-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
The Brave Voices August Edition is such an amazing platform for young but resilient poetic griots , solemnly holding on to their faith and remain composed to face the AFTERMATHS with due diligence despite the hellholes of the COVID 19 pandemic. writings boldly articulates inspirational messages of hope and courage to adapt to the new normal .In this installment , ten poems were selected; the bigger number of poems is from the hosting country Botswana and the other six from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda As the editor for this month I would love to thank all contributing poets who responded to this great call and give salutations to those who made it to the top 10 and encourage that we hold on together in these difficult times of the COVID19 menace as we face the realities and complexities of the new normal . As a poet I take it that poetry is a powerful medium to express our feelings with for attaining freedoms and that it is a formula to connect the mind, spirit, soul and other humanity realms. TOGETHER WE RISE-( Gorata Ntshwabi Brave Voices August Edition Guest Editor and Brave Voices Botswana Associate)
I have read poems dressed in hot gowns of political metaphor. Most verses are fat with protest as Juvenalian satire is always carved onto the plaques of resistance as word-slingers spew resilience against unending earthly struggles. Poet Georgette Howington creatively changes the regular political narrative, she confidently struts onto the literary podium and her earth poetry dons green imagery. The rarity of her subject- lines is profoundly astounding given the current trending settings of pain yawn and groan. Poet Howington delves onto a unique but a special theme of environment and soil sciences. A multi-gifted wordsmith, environmentalist and conservationist. Her dictionary is in sync with natural life . We interdependent and interconnect to both earthly and water ecosystems. They play a pivotal role in our lives and we profoundly attach more value to them. Poems by Howington are gems of green revolution and glints of climate consciousness. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC embraces diversity of ideas, cultural tolerance, inclusivity and creativity in the personality of distinguished environmentalist, agronomist and green earth revolutionary poet Georgette Howington- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).