Wide-ranging and polyvocal, an/other pastoral questions what we imagine to be the boundaries between humans and nature.
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Mainly written in exile, while Patrick FitzGerald served as a full-time revolutionary, Epitaphs and Dreams vividly expresses the thoughts, emotions, situations, passions and challenges in the life of a liberation cadre. Struggle themes are artfully threaded through the inner-life of a lively and engaged intellect. The author is at once the militant, the romantic, the analyst and the sardonic observer - the poetry ranging from the delicate and lyrical to powerfully directed narrative cadences.
Heap of Stones is a selection of forty poems from two decades of AE Ballakisten’s poetry, many written while in his twenties. The book opens with a pledge by the poet; that his poetry will always reflect his “true word”. Indeed, the poems have a bold honesty; they are a powerful reflection of the human experience and range in emotions from anger and heartbreak to hope and contentment.
The poems contained in this collection are warm and sincere and filled with soothing hope. In her dedication, the author refers to her poetry as a ‘small beacon of light’ for ‘anyone suffering from the physical weight of depression’. The words seem to float up through a limpid pool.
AE Ballakisten returns with his new anthology of Poems, Talking to a Tree. His debut anthology Heap of Stones garnered plenty of critical praise and public appreciation and Talking to a Tree is already showing signs of following in that tradition.
Talking to a Tree asks the crucial question of mankind through the poems that make up its contents: “Is this really how we want to live?” In a range of voices and poems, the book surveys the state of humanity revealing the themes of conflict and decay. In his words we can clearly see the fear of the poet that we are rapidly eroding our humanity and threatening our already fragile world.
Wounds & Wings is a collection of poetry that charts the transformation of a wounded woman as she heals and begins to find her wings, after the end of an abusive marriage.
When abused woman the world over reach a juncture, and a decision is made to abandon abuse, each woman is made to carve her path to salvation. Bilkis does this sublimely in Wounds & Wings, a transfixing recounting from discomfiture to triumph. It permits the reader admittance to recovery and happiness.