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.
Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia, I greedily swigged from your rich calabash of poetry, the same way I do to woodfire -made traditional millet beer with that natural scent of freshly baked bread, diligently brewed by willing, committed hearts and motherly peasant-earth eking hardened but passionate hands. The beauty of our African village lifestyles. Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia, your poetry is an embodiment of a myriad of voices and messages that matter most to humanity. Humanity had since experienced the horror of death and have incessantly groaned under the burden of sorrow for so long. Thus, we are serenaded by this blood-warming confessional poetry that tackles the subject of love with the inner depth emotion and belly pit passion. Here seasons of death are overtaken by scents of love blooming like petal of roses in our once grief- filled heart boxes. This love verse massages and bandages broken hearts to want to reconcile their tattered feelings for a renewed love life, mesmerizing. You are multi-gifted and not limited to one subject matter. Your torch bulb poetry reflects on human expectations, worries, anxiety, love lost, love found, lives lost and lives lived. The heroine in you remains resilient and uses poetry to speak on matters of the current life-threatening pandemic, the menace of the COVID 19 with its cantankerous triplet’s quarantine, lockdown and death. The set poems are outstanding, prolific and serenading. Readers can spiritedly slide into a dance trance and get trapped in mystic realms of holy poetic tongues. Aluta Continua- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
The reader will find many questions and few answers, and that is because life is a constant quest. The reader is then afforded a chance to think, and in doing so, possibly empower the self to a better human. Topics range from why divisions exist between races, to the vagaries of injustices as recorded by history. The great theme of being in mortal man ruling kin with the hands of self-appointed god-head raises the question of morality and truth as presented by those with an agenda other that general good to all. Love, whether for fellow man, Country of deity are themes that preoccupy many a poem. The motif of the Bridge which this book borrows so generously from, is symbol of the interconnectedness all there is in our world. From past eternity, through history and movement of people to belief systems that pit one group against another. The book asks for the reader to engage his/her mind in a renewed manner. There is hope for humanity even at the worst of times. Nancy Ndeke is an avid reader who writes as much. Nancy draws her writings from both observed living and personal experiences. She is a child of nature by the fate of birth having been born and bred in a rural setting before climate change vagaries became a reality. Through school and travel, her eyes experienced the wholeness of the other enriching her further. Her work experience in was ravaged countries further brought to her the sad reality and tragedy of wars-( Blurb by NANCY NDEKE)
“The WOMAWORDS press June Edition is to be edited by our Poet Laureate and USA Associate to the WOMAWORDS Hall of Fame, Jamie Dedes.“The call is open to women poets from May 20 through June 20.“Ten poems and poets will be selected from the submissions, which should include a short third-person bio of thirty-to-sixty words and your photograph.“Submissions to be forwarded to BOTH Mbizo Chirasha firstname.lastname@example.org and cc’d Jamie Dedes at email@example.com”.