There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it. -Gustave Flaubert Just on the other side of the window from where I write, it is cold. Here in the early half of February, in what's considered a northern part of Canada, even though there's more of the country above than … Continue reading WordCity Monthly. February 2021 Issue6
Two Reviews by Tina S. Beier This novel is wonderful. It has the perfect blend of historical detail, emotional depth, and action/intrigue. The novel is set in the mid-1500s, on the island of Malta, during military aggression between the Ottoman Empire and the Knights of St John. The story features some battle scenes but … Continue reading WordCity Book Reviews. February 2021 Issue6
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).
JAMBIYA KAI is an undeletable and powerful South African Voice. Her diligently woven multi-genre/hybrid writings are unmatchable . Her poetry is marrow-tight revolutionary. Short stories are broken denims of sisal and torn cotton garments artistically knitted together to evoke our psychical pots with that rarity of mind-storming suspense and heart-stroking imagination. Jambiya writes hybrid essays that are tucked in straight uniforms of naked truth . Her metaphors rebukes political thuggery , economic thievery , social rot and moral decadence . Bullets from her pen slice open corrupt double-bellies of injustice and tyranny-busting saliva of her ink strangle to death devil-angels of dictatorship in Africa and abroad . Her poetry is life , tolerance and freedom, rot , decay , scars rolled in paradoxical imboza. In this mind -jamming instalment , TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC feature an amazing set of poems by a long serving , resilient member , literary arts revolutionary and revered of the land JAMBIYA KAI . Happy 2021. Together We Rise -( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA) .
he VIRGIN OF SAROVA is a psychical -raving , emotional-rattling and fast -paced traditional narrative spiritedly penned by fast rising Kenyan storyteller , Writer , broadcaster and educationist ANNE NJENGA . The surprises , twists within turns coupled with ever -mounting conflict , decadent grip of patriarch , hypocrisy , dark romance and unmatchable humor is silver-water crystal clear indication that Njenga is undoubtedly one of the great promise of the African story . She tells the story with the drama of a rock rabbit and the verve of lightening jolt . This powerfully- packed short story reveals grim experiences under the grinding grip of patriarchy - ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Megha Sood , Your poetry is a spiderweb of bone-marrow truth coughed out of decades of resilience and resistance .And sneezed from years roasted in sizzling pots of literary consciousness and psychical revolutions . The verbal vintage and pit-belly poetic depth signals unmatched dexterity of a pen-slinger cum griot graffitiing proverbial psalms on rough mats of the rainbow. Metaphors tidily polishing our evil -gripped earth with calamine of reason and lotions of wisdom from the stench of mental snoring .Poetry that walks again dead men into life .Your boldness transfigures our somber world into sobriety .Rhythm that resurrects sleeping souls to sing along and jive to the reverberating beat of the coming dawn . Your poetry is a sacred blessing gifted to Kings from ancient epochs onto modern times . Psychical prowess , verbal dexterity and the heart -thudding rhythm are triplets dictating the literary vitality of this nerve-wrecking but mindboggling poetry submission. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in archiving and profiling an globally acclaimed anthologist , poet extraordinaire, Hallowed Digital Poetry Artivist ,Proflic Curator and Poet Megha Sood .This is dope.( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it.-Gustave Flaubert Welcome to 2021: Year of the Vaccine. To say that we are all aching towards a time when the Covid19 pandemic has been lifted from us, and the shroud of solitude and loss … Continue reading WordCity Monthly, January 2021 Issue #5
Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it.-Gustave Flaubert When we decided to create an Autumn and Winter Holiday-themed issue of WordCity for December, we had hoped to gather together a celebration of as many religious, cultural and seasonal offerings as possible. … Continue reading WordCity Monthly, December 2020 Issue #4
Reza Raza, your poetry is drips the paradoxical honey of maturity. As we walk through the beehives of promise, we are embraced by the fortune of long time - fermented verses of wisdom. Your highly spirited versifications creatively dipped in your brilliantly simplified dictionary are a testimony of your writing dexterity and psychical prowess. Your destiny is a golden castle of literary stardom. Raza, you are a gigantic voice, speaking freedom and renewed promise of the great land of Bangladesh. Your artistically stubbed verses are succulent with wholesome reason concocted with the beauty of lyrically –rimmed subject matters. This poetry instalment is an infotainment and didactic blessing to humanity. Your land remains rich with the treasures of poetry craft and wordsmithing as planted by you and your fellow bards .TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly prided in archiving such an illustrious voice birthed and bread from the paradoxical land of Bangladesh in the name of distinguished translator, highly rated wordsmith and widely anthologized poet Reza Raza-(Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Kabedoopong Piddo Ddibe’st , your poetry are footprints dipped onto the dew beaten village path during ancient country dawns. Your verses are metaphors inscribed on the back of rainbows new and old. Your poems speak time, are timeless and they seize hearts that lived and thumped through long struggles and unfounded freedoms. Your words are fingerprints of long gone matriarchs and departed patriarchs that imbibed wisdom from ancient millet gourds of home. You are a voice crying in the wilderness of beautiful Uganda and must be collected to be carved onto the literary DNA of this African poetry generation for the present and future of educational instruction .You remind me of pioneers of traditional poetry , revolutionary griots Agostino Neto , Frank Chipasula , Jack Mapange , Niyi Osundare , Chenjerai Hove , Carlos Chombo aka Thomas Sukutai Bvuma, Okot BibiTek , the Ugandan- African grandmaster of African traditional verse . The beat in your poetry tinkers on to the roof my heart cave like a village drum throbbing from a distance, its echoes reverberating beyond red hills of home. The aroma of your mature, heavily fermented poesy attracts the poetry famished nostrils in academic walls, reading rooms, university lecture –rooms and those yet to be born. Aluta Continua! (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)