As do the souls of Men reflected on their actions and words in this arena of the incessant flow of the River of life that answers to humanity. From the land of the Brave (USA) and other accolades from history, comes James Coburn, a world acclaimed master story teller in verse. From the heart of Africa, the cradle of man, is the great griot black poet Mbizo Chirasha who has remained a fugitive from his home country of Zimbabwe for his courage and bravery in daring to question the leaderships in office about corruption and human rights abuse. What a twosome!! To read through their incredible book, METAPHORS OF THE RAINBOW, is to be invited to a surgical room where injustice is being addressed by un-apologetic poetic surgeons with no visible anesthesia, with microscopic detail. Sharp metaphors, drilling imageries and the prowess of a river smooth, sure and guaranteed knowledge of its power, delve deep into the social tumors of injustice as it’s stared at and condemned in classical hyperbolic phrases that ring into the readers ears long after putting the book down. Experience in the field of fighting injustices in human rights related situations, has birthed incredible verses that resonate with each man’s wordsmith excellent recital. That this book is dedicated to world poets of resilience, resistance, human rights crusaders and social justice advocates goes to showcase art rising to the fore of leadership in writing to right the wrongs that plague societies and individuals in our world. Come sample the awesomeness of the rainbow rich in its bitter sweet array of verses. A must read for all (Nancy Ndeke Author of A Bridge to a Bridge Through a Bridge)
Samuella Conteh is a highly spirited literary voice in Africa . She is a well-polished gem and creative representative of her great land of Sierra-Leone. Conteh has grown from being a human rights activist into a globally respected and powerful literary voice. She has taken activism, truth and advocacy onto the page for purposes of freeing humanity through the word. And as you know in the beginning was the word. Amazingly, the Conteh is both a spoken -word artist and a page poet. Her writings are dipped in misery, dishonesty , betrayals ,negating personal experiences .Her versifications are mirrors exposing hypocrisy , life realities and complexities and hardships humanity face in the daily lives .The griot in her sanitizes the corrupt –ridden earth with truth. Most of her writings boldly voice for human freedoms, human rights, social justice and freedom of expression. The earth – shaking rhythm, the lyrical prowess and reason are a testimony of her literary greatness. Prolific is her first name, dexterity is her identity and truth is her surname. Conteh is a widely published and multi-award-winning author. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is dipped in diversity of ideas, dialogue among civilizations, togetherness, networking and connectivity among communities. We are grateful to exhibit the extraordinaire talent in the person of high ranking human rights activist, acclaimed poet and distinguished literary arts curator, SAMUELLAH CONTEH – (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)
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.
Iconic story-telling Artist Rosella Laeng presents an intriguing cinematographic collage wittingly touching complexities and realities of life. The vivid interrogation of death, depiction of identity crisis, realities of womanist-feminist lifestyles, projection of political imbalances and racial inequalities within the American terrain and most probably the entire world. The films carry within them traces of comedy, dents of tragedy, glints of faded of promise and harsh realities on matters of identity. Rosella Laeng is a prolific storyteller, short film writer, documentary producer and social media expert currently plying her trade expertise with Pulp_pit Magazine in United States of America. We are featuring a set of three short films namely, Puppets, Jenny Carolin, Egg Donor Artist and La Reina Del Grito. We are proud to present our first film profile here on TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC with Acclaimed Social Media Expert, Distinguished filmmaker and prolific storyteller Rosella Laeng- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Her skull digging reflections turn mental tables upside down. She has discovered her on literary style like a gold mine- prosaic poetry. Stories tucked in her golden verses are told with the rhythmic precision of a sculptor and they are carved wittingly not for just for the pleasure of the reader but to usher positive … Continue reading Kenyan Writer Jerusha rises up to literary stardom armed with a revolutionary metaphor .
ROKIAH HASHIM spews hard to swallow truth to power to unrepentant warlords and, architects of decadence, demagogues of violence. Her rib- pricking verses are scythe spikes rattling consciences of supremacists wielding iron muscle to humanity. Her satiric hymns jabs into the pseudo-revolutionary evil-hardened flesh of war bandits butchering the earth day and night. HASHIMs defiant pen the spit of promise and that raw verve of boldness. Her poetry is revolutionary, it is blessed with simplicity, verbal dexterity and lyrical prowess. ROKIAH HASHIM enjoys a long-lasting writing activism career, A Malaysian Poet Writer and Human Rights living in exile and always in search of human purity, justice and peace. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is proud to feature on its digital mats the Iconic Poet, Prolific Writer and Distinguished Human Rights Defender ROKIAH HASHIM – (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
I am wowed by the verbal dexterity. The lyrical consciousness is intriguing and the imagery is captivating. Alverez is a mesmerizing storyteller and a prolific poet. The Poet dishes a sumptuous literary toasted bread and a poetry refreshment and it is difficult to resist. The scintillating rock guitar string rhythm within, pounds our heart caves like the echo of an African drum throb. It raves our mental- roofs with the verve of unexpected summer whirlwinds. The legendary poet in Alvarez is a traveler, a chronicler and an unapologetic surrealist and has mastered the art of realism. I do not want to spoil the broth. Let me say we are proud to feature the internationally celebrated Poet, Accomplished Writers Projects Curator, Acclaimed Literary Publications Editor and Award -winning Author CELIA LISSET ALVAREZ- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
When I was thirteen my English tutor told me I was gifted and a prime candidate for a PhD Literature/Poetry. I loved John Donne’s dirges, Blake, Poe. I like artists Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandinsky, Frida Kahlo, Dali, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and the Pre-Raphaelites. In the main, paintings and poems that told allegorical stories, often had mythological or classical themes and took me as a reader into alternative realities. The idea that art and poetry were symbiotic associations of one another appealed to me. I wasn’t interested in poets like John Betjeman or artists like John Constable, I had a definite leaning towards the more Surreal, Abstract, Symbolist art and often the dark works of Otto Dix and Arnold Boecklin were a source of my fascination.
I was beginning to display very strong signs of rebellion and refused to do what I was told to do by everyone. I remember writing a poem “Spaceage Depression” when I was thirteen and for a young girl to write as I did was the aftermath of much unspoken suffering and the precursor to a wild, tumultuous and extraordinary life! I remember my mother showing my grandfather what I had written in that poem and instead of saying something they both just stared at each other with very wide-eyes. It was like time stood still and it is a memory I have never forgotten. Many years later, before my mother passed on, she read a lot of my work - and I recited to and for her - she would always be silent and at the end I recall her saying “You don’t know how good you are – do you?”
So my “mental box” or “heart cave” came into the world pre-programmed with a soul that had already been here many times and had many lives before and as life went forward I realised I wasn’t like a lot of children and I tried to “fit in” but most of the time it didn’t work. I became quite a loner and would walk for miles and miles alone as a teenager and had a spiritual relationship with Van Gogh at that time. Really, why would anyone want to bother having relationships with humans when there are human spirits already transitioned and calling out for my company! I found the spirits much more exciting and interesting as they had a full life on the planet before departing and those who committed suicide were always my best friends!
“La tristesse durera.” (The sadness will last forever) VINCENT VAN GOGH
The WOMAWORDS and BRAVE VOICES June Edition are marked with success, diversity and the exclusivity. The Guest Editors that included G Jamie Dedes, the WOMAWORDS Poet Laureate and Francis Otole, the Brave Voices Associate in Nigeria did a sterling job, the submissions turnover was superb and the selections were excellent. Salutations to the pen-slingers, wordsmith and great poets who took their time to submit to these great editions in June 2020. Your contributions are marked in the book of poetic life. We thank you profoundly. We take opportunity to introduce new in coming GUEST EDITORS of both BRAVE VOICES AND WOMAWORDS Journals.