GUY CRÉQUIE. In this book the author proclaims the beauty and variety of our planet. His promenade includes verbal paths of nature, humanity, culture, love, war, violence, terrorism, peace and human diversity. He has poetized the many places he has traveled and invited his readers to accompany him as a UNESCO messenger and opera singer throughout the world for five decades. He dissects the evolution of the present world and its rise of populism and fanaticism which has caused death and sorrow and destructive war. He anticipates the need for a rebirthed humanity, awakened by education and social awareness, based on values that promote peace and harmony. Here we find an artist, Guy Créquie, an inveterate philosopher, who has something vital to say to mankind through his poetry and who also has gifted the book musical links to his memorable with his musical opera tunes.
GUY CRÉQUIE. Dans ce livre l'auteur proclame la beauté et la diversité de notre Planète. Sa promenade inclut des chemins verbaux de la nature, l'humanité, la culture, l’amour, la guerre, la violence, le terrorisme, la paix et la diversité humaine. Il a poétisé les nombreux endroits qu’Il a voyagé, et a invité ses lecteurs à lui accompagner comme messager de l'UNESCO et chanteur d’opéra dans le monde entier depuis cinq décennies. Il dissèque l'évolution du monde actuel et sa montée du populisme et du fanatisme qui a causé la tristesse, la mort, et la guerre qui destructrice. Il anticipe le besoin d'une humanité enlacée, réveillé par l'éducation et la conscience sociale, basée sur des valeurs qui favorisent la paix et l'harmonie. On retrouve ici un artiste, Guy Créquie, un philosophe invétéré qui a quelque chose d'essentiel à dire à l'homme à travers sa poésie et qui a aussi doués les liens musicaux du livre à sa mémorable avec ses airs de l'opéra musical.
WILLIAM KHALIPWINA MPINA - The poems in Shadows of Death and other poems epitomize life in the developing countries like Malawi. The selection of poems in this book represents a celebration of Africa’s culture as perceived by the author. They portray life as the natives and others live it and continue to live, creatively painting a picture of what does exist in the ‘Dark’ Continent. They commemorate the distinctiveness of Africans as regards to freedom and economic development. They are a torch that exposes how the ailing economies in many nations may not recover from their state of unconsciousness any time soon. Major themes include poverty, death, abuse of power, HIV and Aids, love, lies, corruption, liberty and disloyalty.
The book is a demonstration of the poetic road the author has travelled over the years while visualizing shadows of death in Africa.
HILARIE ROSEMAN - We are all boat people in Australia, except for the indigenous Aboriginals who are only now being respected and included, hopefully in a legal way, into our culture. For us who came on boats from Ireland, we still retain some of the hurt from 600 years of occupation by Britain, and the dependence on a little drink at the pub to make it all go away. Dealing with the hot potatoes of the past, and the new issues of the present, multi-culturalism, terrorism, and climate change everyone needs all the help they can get. And you will understand that this information should be freely available, and also freely taught to enable us all to live together in peace.
LIDA SHERAFATMAND - Lida Sherafatmand is known as a painter, but over the years her poetry has been published in several anthologies and books. Born in 1977 in Iran (the old Persia), she experienced a childhood during war time under the newly formed regime of the 1979 revolution. Her birth city, Khorramshahr was completely destroyed in the bombardments at the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980's. At the age of 15 Lida discovered the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through Amnesty International, and she saw this declaration like an opening door to a more humane world, where people can be respected regardless their nationality or culture. Her paintings focused on human rights issues were published by major bodies such as Amnesty International, UN, UNESCO, and many non-governmental organisations. Her more recent art works appear on numerous art and cultural journals internationally. Lida is based in Malta.
GREG MCBRIDE, editor - With Innisfree 10, we continue our series of Closer Looks at the poetry of an exceptional contemporary poet, this time with a generous selection of poems from the books of John Koethe.
By LISA DEVINNEY. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes is a book of responses, in poetry, to God’s precious Word. They are arranged in such a way as to encourage the reader to be daily in the Word of God, seeking His wisdom, comfort, conviction and encouragement. Daily time in God’s Word will never be wasted time. And these short devotionals are a great way to take just a moment of each day to redirect the reader’s gaze back to where our help comes from…the Lord.
By TAMMY VARNER HORNBECK. Each thought, each breath….each step is an act of faith. I live out my faith in my writing. I talk to God in my poetry. I pray to God in my poetry. I laugh, I cry, I rant, I rave. Everything I do in life I do first with pen and paper. “100 Steps In Faith” is the result.