The dawn of 2020 rose with rays of promise alongside a dark cloud pregnant with the iron wind .The life sapping and hope scorching iron wind perilously strangled every corner of this our earth of God. It ruthlessly unleashed wings of death onto the brave- land, America , into the oil sodden sand dunes of Persian Gulf to the dreamlands of South America , Trinidad and Tobago , Naracargua and unto the rice fields of the great Mahatma Gandi , the supreme land of India up to the vast rainforests of the Amazon basin , the Brazil . It raved through the British Columbia .The dark cloud and the heavy wind screeched their fart into the holy valleys of Jerusalem, the land of promise into Teleaviv and Gaza Strip. The Iron Wind skidded to a sudden halt in city squares of land that was once ruled by the iron fist of authoritarian fascist Benito Mussolini, into the Roman Catholic capital of Vatican, Italy. Pakistan and Palestine were not spared either, by the virulent Iron Wind. Then into Africa North of Sahara and Africa South of Sahara.
Laura Grevel, You are a brilliant wordsmith sanctified by the incense of paradox, anointed by holy -waters of allusion. Your lyrical standards are beyond reach similarly to a fully ripened succulent yellow mango fruit hidden somewhere onto the apex of mother- tree. Your prosaic – poetry vehemently beat the zenith of our psychical boxes and incessantly rave our blood streams .You roast spirits and their dreams in oil pans of your metaphor .You stew lives and promises in hot pots of burning irony. Your poetry is timeless. Worries, abundance, poverty, light and decay are all weaved onto the seam lines and pleats of your word-smiting. Your metaphors are bold and your voice is brave .Your poetry is a proverbial mix of cultural interpretations, spiritual promise, political meandering, literary dexterity, moral juxtapositions and social decay. It is potpourri of decadent humanity, struggling live hoods, politically veiled freedoms, disguised merriments and unions of conveniences ready to explode .Your poetry is truth carved onto the mirror of paradox and fleecy of irony. Truth that is true and does not sit steadily in the heart caves of many readers. Truth that rattles eardrums of the expectant audience .Truth that coils into souls like worms of anxiety. Truth that wipes the mist of hypocrisy, fogs of conspiracy and clears the dew of sugar – coated but pretentious diplomacy. Iam yet to find such heart pounding whims of truth on this clay earth. Grevel, we are profoundly gratified to archive your creativity , listening and reading your thought provoking poetry. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is humbled and yet excited to be associated with such immense talent, dexterity is not your distant cousin and prowess is disciple (BLURB by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
The literary arts activism community has since been robbed of a selfless ,creative dedicated , resilient literary arts captain and 2019 WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS Laureate Jamie Dedes . A literary arts activism revolutionary , Founding Editor of the BeZine Journal for Arts and Humanities , Founder and Managing Editor of A Poet A Day Zine. Dedes was a staunch advocate of social justice , human freedoms and good governance through poetry and literary arts activism. She was a literary arts partner of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS, Brave Voices Poetry journal . Laureate Jamie Dedes immensely advocated , incessantly influenced and profoundly publicized for the protection and safety of Mbizo Chirasha , Zimbabwean poet in exile. Many of Mbizo Chirashas poems , essays and hybrid writings of his exile life and human justices were wholesomely published onto BeZine and A Poet a Day publications. Through her advocacy the PEN Deauschland offered Mbizo Chirasha a six months Free Speech Scholarship grant in 2020 that helped the resistance poet to continue writing and influence social justice and human freedoms through poetry arts , digital poetry collections and literary arts activism. Dedes was profoundly gifted , resilient , creative and highly spirited. I have decided to write this remembrance message and an eulogy in form of poem below. May your beautiful rest in the warms of the Lord our God Jamie Dedes ( Message by Mbizo CHIRASHA- CoreTeam Member and G Jamie Dedes partner in literary Arts Activism Projects)
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.
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).
hen a wordsmith masters the art of paradox, the lyrical presentation is usually immersed in spirited waters of love, raging waves of protest and heart raving belly pit passion. Greek lyricist and Poet Eva Petropoulou Lianoy masters the art of paradox, imagery sparkles with traces of defiance and is then stirred together with remnants of lost affection, the concoction becomes poetry, real poetry is a beverage we drink and we sleep with our sandals. It is a half rolled imboza heavily clutching on our word -hardened skulls from night to dawn. I drink paradox like we do to profoundly matured Kgalagadi red wine. TIME OF POET REPUBLIC is proud to present the profile feature of the acclaimed Greek lyricist, International recognized Writer of children literatures and Prolific literary arts projects curator Eva Petropoulou Lianoy. Together We Rise (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)
Lіudmyla Diadchenko, your verses are thought provoking, they roast our mental boxes in hissing poetry pans sizzling with fats of imagery and soul gripping biblical allusions . Your beautifully crafted lines speak loudly onto the inner depth of our heart caves , when Lіudmyla Diadchenko, you get transfigured by the power light of the ancient testaments and later again you are reborn by the realms of the renewed testament, your eyes are washed off the dust of the old to see visions of swarms congregants walking side by side with Paul formerly Saul entering the Church ofCorinth , with John the Baptist towards the lower Jordan Valley and walking alongside Jesus Christ into Galilee . The poems carry the verve of spirituality than religious hyperbole , thus the verses have their unique way of raving the inner person to reason . The verbal dexterity and the lyrical prowess in the marrow and bone of the poetry. The writer poet munched and digested Oxford dictionary to pulp , I suspect fries Canterbury tales for dinner and drinks Robert Frost or TS.Elliot as daily beverage . thus now her pen vomits real poetry. Her writings amounts to ingenuity and thorough practice, the result is prowess . Poet Lіudmyla Diadchenko is both a page Poet and SpokenWord Artist . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is proud to present the first Ukraine Poet, a distinguished Festival Poetry Artist, Acclaimed Writer and Literary Arts Projects Organizer Lіudmyla Diadchenko. Her poetry is translated from Ukraine to English by Viacheslav Stelmakh. Together We Rise – (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).