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)
Today at TIME OF THE POET Republic we celebrate poetry with prolific Poet, Professor DEWITT CLINTON. A great man of letters, distinguished literary arts doyen. Iconic and Acclaimed Poet. Professor Emeritus and dynamic wordsmith. Time of the Poet is greatly humbled to feature this versatile and vibrant. Man of Letters whose merits are beyond common reach. PROLIFIC. Professor Clinton's poetry is weaved with great tact, requisite zeal coupled with verbal dexterity and artistic prowess. The verses are turgid with reason while the rhythm is nothing less than captivating. His writers’ profile is elephantine, he swigged Canterbury tales to the dregs, dinned Shakespearean sonnets, munched the Metaphysics chocolates and the refreshing beverage is Paradise Lost and Langston Hughes protest becomes his dessert. ICONIC. Thank you greatly Distinguished Professor for affording us this literary platinum opportunity to the poetic wine from your wonder palm wine tree of artistic stardom. Let me hasten to note that this set of poems were previously published by Be-zine , Arts and Humanities as founded by our Poetry Tigress G JAMIE DEDES and Co- Edited by our Poetry Chef MICHAEL DICKEL during a collaborative April month gig. SALUTATIONS. by our Together We Rise – Blurb by TIME OF THE POET Curator, Mbizo CHIRASHA.
Wholesomely, NOTHING REMEMBERS is a paradox of life, death and resurrection as seen in seasons of life ,in the aging , as seen in the sunrise and sunset, so EVERYTHING REMEMBERS that becomes in the paradox of Michael Dickel’s NOTHING REMEMBERS. My argument is there is nothing called nothing, even void is full of something even if that something is emptiness. Nothing Remembers is a deep paradox of existence and non-existence, or nonexistence in existence. NOTHING REMEMBERS , the title is a complex analogy of the world found in Michael Dickel’s poesy and that is artistically synchronized by the visual art oil painting Angel of Time, which is the cover jacket of the , remember time depicts age and agelessness , existence , spirituality , memory and hope . All these factors are captured in NOTHING REMEMBERS. When you remember an incident , the first flicker of your memory is TIME , so the use of the visual art ANGEL OF TIME on the book cover synchronizes presentation , literary swag , artistic dexterity, reason ,morality and depth of detail ,etiquette, personal experience ,travelogue and deep personal reflections.