The poetry collections catalogued by IS A ROSE PRESS are metaphoric bombs sneezing harsh realities of life and word bayonets coughing out blunt complexities of human world . This poetry is political graffiti and cultural hieroglyphics scribbled onto the war- tired DNAs and being carved unto hypocrisy -bleached mindsets of human existence . This poetry is imagery rinsed in satire . It is beef roast of metaphor dipped in mouth-watering lyrical sauce of verbal prowess . This poetry catalogue is pork chop of irony dip- fried in oil -pans of nerve-tilting rhythm .This poetry is real poetry .IS A ROSE PRESS publishes poetry, poetics, experimental writing, hybrid, cross-genre and other work. We are a cooperative editorial board of writers in the virtual world. Submissions are by invitation only at this time. So far IS A ROSE has since published prolific voices like acclaimed Gary Lundy , Prof DeWitt Clinton , Poetry Chef Michael Dickel , fast risingJennifer Juneau' and more- (BLURB by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
This a Time of the Poet Republic 2021 NewYear Present to Prolific Wordsmith and Publishing Maestro . Lundy partners with Poetry Chef Michael Dickel at IS A ROSE publishing gig . IS A ROSE has since catalogued hallowed literalists and pen -slingers that includes Professor DeWitt Clinton( In By a Lake Near a Moon: Fishing with the Chinese Masters, a collection of 114 poems) . And so many other poetry writing gems . Gary Lundy has a myriad of his thought-provoking and mind- jamming versifications published by several journals ,magazines and webzines in United States of America and abroad. The rarity of his voice is nerve-wrecking ,the depth of his verbiage is trendsetting and the psychical vintage is profoundly astounding .I managed to graze through raving reviews of his chapbooks( When Voices Detach Themselves) and I got entangled into the prowess within , the dexterity abound is catalytic enough for me to write up a literary arts prescription of this great poetic luminary stationed at IS A ROSE publishing center. This profile instalment serves the vital purpose of inspiring other established and rising poets from across the world and also a profile AD lead for you fellow readers to get know of the existence of IS A ROSE publishing gig and the literary legends behind this great literary arts and book publishing stable -( 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)
The newest collection of poems (October 2020) is a book length poetic adaptation of 114 poems in Kenneth Rexroth’s 1971 publication (New Directions) of his One Hundred Poems from the Chinese.Poet, editor and publisher Michael Dickel (Is A Rose Press) and his team worked on developing a stunning presentation, with a world book launch scheduled from Milwaukee on Nov. 11, 7:30 pm CST. “By a Lake Near a Moon: Fishing with the Chinese Masters” was a delight to work on, especially as I had spent many previous years developing Holocaust response poems, some short and some very long. I admit I was looking for something to help cleanse my old spirit of such dark times. Perhaps I can send a flyer from the host, Boswell Books of Milwaukee. The next book project is accepted for possibly late 2021 or early 2022, newer poems under the working title, “Hello There,” a collection of mixed poems from years ago, and a few months ago. I hope these three newer books will add to earlier books based on Conquistador narratives, primarily translated Spanish narratives. Who knows what’s next, or if there will be a “next” in these Covid-19 times.