Rita B. Rose, this set of poems carries rarity, quest for freedom and resilience. It is spiritedly revolutionary in both presentation and meaning. This freestyle is diligently concocted with lyrical prowess and profound reason as diction is dished out freely without any horse- buckling. The poet, activist and writer in Rita Rose is a free spirit, a liberated morning bird humming hymns for the freedom of the other section of our humanity that is stigmatized and oppressed because of barricades set by cultural stereotypes, unrestrained buckles of political thuggery. Sections of our humanity crucified on the altar of historical barbarism and human savagery. Her writings interdict negative machinations perpetuated by arrogant purveyors of stigma and segregation in communities. Her versifications bravely contest for the dignity of LGBTQ and more over boldly pays homage to the grandmothers, mothers and daughters. Women of valor still living and those long gone to be embraced by the glorious hands of almighty, their legacy is remembered and respected. Heroines of past and present. Poet Rose is a representative of women dignity and sisterly resilience. Her poetry is extraordinary, pregnant with the messages of parity, reason and equity. Today, TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC celebrates diversity, prowess and dexterity with internationally profiled artist, widely published poet and hallowed human freedoms activist Rita B. Rose. Aluta Continua-(Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
An invitation from WordCity Monthly's Editorial Board We're planning to publish two special holiday issues, one in December and the next in April, to celebrate world religions. Christmas and Hanukah are first on the calendar, and we welcome poetry, fiction, flash fiction, essays, memoir and book reviews that pull on the threads of both religion … Continue reading Call for Manuscripts and Poetry for WordCity Monthly’s Special December Issue!
Erma Odrach, in Conversation with Olga Stein photos: Erma Odrach and her father, Theodore Odrach Interview with Erma Odrach, translator of Wave of Terror Introduction Theodore Odrach was born Theodore Sholomitsky on March 13th, 1912, near Pinsk, Belarus (the area was then a part of Czarist Russia; between 1921-39 it fell under Polish rule; … Continue reading Erma Odrach, in Conversation with Olga Stein.
Faleeha Hassan In this month's podcast we introduce you to Ms. Faleeha Hassan. A portrait of strength in the face of dire circumstances, she invites us to feel the fire of a heart that refuses to accept defeat. Sharing her personal insight of life as a single mother, refugee and educator, she teaches us that … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – October 2020, Issue #2, Faleeha Hassan in Conversation with Jane SpokenWord
Jane SpokenWord, Poetry OK I give up ... here's ... My f*cking virus poem in the city of the undead6 ft apartyour cough I dreadyour breathwhere's your maskget the fuck away from meI'm busy not touching grocerieslocked down in my roomas the hero’s work through doom and gloomin the city of the undead6ft apartwe wait … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – October 2020, Issue #2, Poetry by Jane SpokenWord
Nancy Ndeke, Poetry FOR RUTH( A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE) AND ALL THE 'RUTHERANS'. The swan sung, a quietude so plaintive, Oceans picked it up and whipped it to shores afar, Details of humility of a guarantee soldier, Robed in tons of tones of resilience, From ages of flower tribes peripheral tirades, Being seen and unheard, … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – October 2020, Issue #2, Poetry by Nancy Ndeke
Melissa Begely, Poetry Secrets She never knew she was beautiful. As a toddler and through adulthood her sister was cruel to her. She was bullied, humiliated, laughed at, and was told she was ugly and nasty. Her sister recruited others for the purpose of sniggering at and taunting her little sister. She became a quiet … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – October 2020, Issue #2, Poetry by Melissa Begely
Jordan Lide, Poetry In Your Office You were my comfort, the warm arms I trusted, and willingly, I followed you into your trap. You held me close and breathed down my neck. Your hands travelled places forbidden to go. I ignored the red flags that went off in my mind. I craved your attention so, … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – October 2020, Issue #2, poetry by Jordan Lide
Laurel Deedrick-Mayne, Hybrid Mix A note from the editor: Laurel Deedrick-Mayne's novel won first place in the Whistler Independent Book Awards in 2018, a year I was a judge. We're pleased to bring you the short review that accompanied the announcement, along with a new poem that is a tribute to one of the characters, … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – October 2020, Issue #2, Hybrid Works, Laurel Deedrick Mayne