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).
Performance Poet Nicole Peyrafitte your dub verse is mind raving and lyrical gymnastics are scintillates lowly spirited readers to resurrect themselves to activity. Your poetry heaves with heart throbbing rhythm, that of a dense canopy of papaya tree dancing on the passing wind and as well dangling with ripe yellow ready to be give us Vitamin C. Your art is mature and provokes the world to rise and see dots of darkness in the sun as such to realize patches of dirty on the undergarments of the moon .Your philosophy concocted imagery raves and cracks our mental boxes, like how stray tendrils of marijuana smoke spirals into the nostrils of a saint, a nonsmoker and wrecks his brains to speak to himself or herself. Mind boggling. Thus, the power of your voice is extraordinary. You are multi- talented , you juggle from philosophy into protest into resistance as you spew hard protest vitriol into the deadly , death itching eyes of heartless dare- murderers who killed and surrendered Georges Floyd s life onto the devil in cold blood .The poem about the painful death George Floyd is a hymn sizzling with grief and heart-wrecking pain .You are a humanitarian poet ,you hold revolutionary shield ,your poetic license and scythe of truth , your imagery to defend peace and freedoms that are subjected to bloodletting cruelty and life demising violence . And this has since plunged our earth, our world into a golgotha of death. Your resistance message is not only for the hushed murderers of George Floyd, it is a revolutionary signal to all those who thrive on spilling human blood for purposes of power, barbarism, revenge, savagery and retrogression. Lastly, your action-packed performance poetry video reflects the amount of energy and the emotion in it carries the extent of seriousness of matters being addressed by the showcase. Nicole Peyrafitte you are poet par excellence, an extraordinary voice to come out the world. Your hybrid mix of both page poetry, spoken word poetry, French and English language versions is a symptom of diversity of talents, cultural tolerance and inclusivity. POWERFUL. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC prides in profiling excellence, prowess, creativity and diversity of ideas- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
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)
Acclaimed Translator and Artist MIROSLAVA PANAYOTOVA has since joined on global audience building strides with Bulgarian prolific poet and writer VIOLETA BONCHEVA . Panayotova have been translating poetry and writings of poets from across the globe and in this installment , she has adapted poems by another Poet BONCHEVA from Bulgarian into English in order to reach international readership . Both of them are prolific and artistic personalities and have published widely across genres.PANAYOTOVA-graduated from Plovdiv University, specialized in Bulgarian philology. She has have published poems, stories, tales, aphorisms, essays, criticisms, translations, articles and interviews in periodical and collections. Panayotovas poetry booksincludes: Nuances, 1994, God of the senses, 2005, Whisper of leaves, 2017, Green feeling, 2018; two books with stories: An end, and then a beginning, 2017, The path of love, 2018; two eBooks: Laws of communications /aphorisms/, 2018, Old things /poetry/, 2018. She an ardent a member of the Union of the Independent Bulgarian Writers and a member of the International Association of Independent Writers “Sodrujestvo”.VIOLETA BONCHEVA is the author of the following books:”Wet Etude”, poetry – published by “Izblik” 1990.”Mirror“, poetry – ed. Litforum, 1995 “Invited moment, poetry” – ed. Palmyra ”, 1998“History of the disease”, prose – ed. “Silver Lion”, 1998“There will be no farewell”, poetry – Kota Publishing House, 2005 The Big Sombrero, bilingual, for children – Palmira Publishing House, 2003VIOLETA BONCHEVA is the author of the following books:“Wet Etude”, poetry – published by“Izblik” 1990.“Mirror”, poetry – ed. Litforum, 1995 “Invited moment, poetry” – ed. Palmyra ”, 1998“History of the disease”, prose – ed. “Silver Lion”, 1998“There will be no farewell”, poetry – Kota Publishing House, 2005 The Big Sombrero, bilingual, for children – Palmira Publishing House, 2003 “In the navel of the moon”, poetry, bilingual – ed. Domino, 2007 “Contemporary Mexican playwrights”, collection, translation, electronic – ed. “Liternet.bg”, 2010. TIME OF POET REPUBLIC is rooted in the values of Diversity , Inclusivity and Creativity . We feature English poems by Writer VIOLETA BONCHEVA as translated by Poet , Artist and Translator MIROSLAVA PANAYOTAVA-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
When grazing through lush poetry thickets of Accomplished Canadian Poet Norman, you are sure to be hugged by biblical allusions, lyrical consciousness, patriotism and the promise of life. Chad Norman is a Canadian Wordsmith carrying within his soul caves, a country of his birthing, the land of his dreams, the land of his cultural revolution, the land of his freedoms, Canada. His poetry is unique, enlightening and refreshing. His tightly knitted verses are a concoction of optimism, doses of love and droplets of promise and the resultant is moral consciousness, freedom and belonging. NORMAN is a well-traveled and internationally acclaimed Canadian Poet. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is proud to be associated with this International acclaimed Writer, prolific Poet and Spoken Word Maestro CHAD NORMAN. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
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
To state or chant ‘BLACK LIFE’S MATTER’ is not to say other lives don’t matter, it’s a reminder that four hundred years and counting, black lives didn’t matter enough. Not during the dark era of slave trade and its horrors on the African, not after slavery ended and blacks were left holding the short end of the stick. Economic deprivation, educational biases, color bars, institutional discrimination, where law applies selectively has had outright demonization of a people based on their color.So blacks were pushed against the wall of discrimination one more time and they snapped. The best so far out of a bad situation is that the movement is no longer about black. It is a race issue. And black skin, brown skin, white skin and all other hues in between are waking up to the horror of the black man’s burden on racial prejudice and accompanying monstrosities of infamy, where unarmed men die at the hands of law keepers instead of being protected. The human race is waking up to the disastrous truth of racial profiling where a man is a suspect because of his color. The human race is waking up to the questionable values of former slave masters holding dignified positions on streets and parks across Countries as honored statues. The human race is waking up to the truth that there are still deniers of the history and continuing terrorizing and even killing of black people.That the core agenda of BLACK LIVES MATTERS remains the integrity of human values based on its diversity, global recognition of said values, empathy for the final struggle for liberation against these idiosyncrasies, restoration of justice and internationality of those same human values goes to speak to a change whose time has come.The BLACK LIVES MATTER movement has so far demonstrated non-violent protests and civil disobedience to speak their needs against all the above shows the world that theirs is a cry to belong as men and not a war against a group or groupings. Let the men and women of goodwill who recognize humanity as one human race, continue to speak out in letters, poetry, dirges, contributions, videos, as Global Poetry response is doing- #BLACKLIVESMATTER , A GLOBAL RESPONSE( Guest reviewed /blurbed by African Poetic Lioness NANCY NDEKE)