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My newest books are: Journey through the Power of the Rainbow Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black; and THE RIVER OF WINGED DREAMS. In addition,the year 2014 marks the 6th anniversary of ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love with the artist Luther E. Vann.

I'm currently working on several important projects, including a second edition of The American Poet Who Went Home Again. My other titles include the novel Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World, a book that I also hope to publish as a graphic novel. In addition, I have had the honor of serving as an editor for the Civil War Savannah Book Series published in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. The first titl...more

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem ...
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The Bridge of Silver Wings
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The Wisdom of W.E.B. DuBois
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I Made My Boy Out of Poetry
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Elemental: The Power of Ill...
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The River of Winged Dreams
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Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry (Reference)
3 chapters   —   updated Jul 02, 2014 08:11PM
Description: “Journey through the Power of the Rainbow represents a condensed compendium of literary efforts from a life dedicated to transforming the themes of injustice, grief, and despair that we all encounter during some unavoidable point of our existence into a sustainable life-affirming poetics of passionate creativity, empowered spiritual vision, and inspired commitment.” ––from Journey through the Power of the Rainbow
Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Vol. 1 (Nonfiction)
2 chapters   —   updated Aug 22, 2012 10:45PM
Description: Working table of contents for 42 titles included in collection of essays, articles, and conversations.
Collected Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black (Poetry)
3 chapters   —   updated Nov 24, 2010 01:52PM
Description: Three modern classic titles in one.
The River of Winged Dreams (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 31, 2010 06:24PM
Description: What began as "Songs of the Angelic Gaze" in the summer of 2006 continued the following year as "The Bridge of Silver Wings" and developed even further two years after that into "The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009." Whether readers describe it as a conversation between one author’s pen and his sense of an angel-populated cosmos, or a modern interpretation of literary voices such as Kahlil Gibran’s and Rainer Maria Rilke’s, this great adventure through dimensions of soul and letters now moves boldly forward as the volume entitled THE RIVER OF WINGED DREAMS.
ELEMENTAL: The Power of Illuminated Love (Arts & Photography)
10 chapters   —   updated May 08, 2010 02:02PM
Description: Almost two decades in the making, ELEMENTAL is a book of more than 60 brilliant color reproductions of images by the Artist Luther E. Vann, whose work is on exhibit at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia, from April 16-Aug 17, 2008. In addition to Vann's art, the book features corresponding poetry by Aberjhani along with insightful essays on the artist's work and life.
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Aberjhani Aberjhani said: "The samples I have of read of Rosy Cole's writings on Red Room and elsewhere (try Google Books) have led me to conclude she is an author with an exceptional talent for capturing the hidden nuances of history and presenting it in living flesh and bloo...more "

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"From Dedicato Samuel: “What exactly is guerrilla decontextualization, why does it matter, and how did you come up with the concept?”

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"HomeDawg AskN: “You were born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, and there are some important books dealing with the city that have your name associated...more "
Index entries indicating the titles of books, poems, articles, or other works in which a quote first appeared are followed by an abbreviation of the title of the original source in parentheses. The source key is in the front section of the book ju..." Read more of this chapter »
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Our love was born
outside the walls,
in the wind,
in the night,
in the earth,
and that's why the clay and the flower,
the mud and the roots
know your name.
Pablo Neruda
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“Our lives are our mythic journeys, and our happy endings are still to be won.”
Terri Windling

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message 50: by Richard

Richard Thank you for your kind comment. I have always had trouble concentrating on one area, as many people do in their studies. I think that knowing a little bit about many different subjects makes life much more interesting!

Aberjhani Thank you to the Goodreads staff for hosting the book giveaway competition for Journey through the Power of the Rainbow Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry and also to everyone who signed up for a copy. We could not accommodate every single request but I am happy to congratulate those who won. There's talk about putting out a hardback gift edition so maybe there will be another giveaway as well. Thank you again. In addition, the paperback is now available through Amazon and other outlets.

message 48: by Nouf

Nouf Alfadl Thank you Aberjhani for sharing some quotes :)

message 46: by Richard

Richard That last quote was a good one. Thanks! :)

Aberjhani Richard wrote: "Aberjhani, Thank you for accepting the friend request!"

Likewise Richard--Thank you for the gracious invite.

message 44: by Richard

Richard Aberjhani, Thank you for accepting the friend request!

message 43: by Liane

Liane Spicer Author-Poet, greetings from the Caribbean! Thank you for the Goodreads connection, and looking forward to your reviews and recommendations!


The poetic eloquence that some of U.S. President Barack Obama’s critics viewed as a major weakness in 2008 is now widely acknowledge in 2009 as a principle strength. Couple that with the controversy that overboiled in regard to poet Elizabeth Alexander’s inauguraton poem, Praise Song for the Day, and it would appear that poetry is taking on a new and elevated status in the global cultural village. That having been said, it was my own honor recently to enjoy an interview chat with poet, author, and playwright Vanessa Richardson. Please allow me to invite you to enjoy it at this url: http://thecertainones.blogspot.com/20...

Also, I haven’t had a chance to chat with inauguraton poet Elizabeth Alexander just yet but you can find my review of book, Body of Life, right here–– url: http://authorsden.com/visit/viewartic...


message 41: by E.A.

E.A. What a wonderful trailer, so inspiring. Thanks for the invite.

Heavenlypeachgarden Happy 2009 to you

message 39: by Sara

Sara Merry Christmas, Aberjhani!!!! :)

message 38: by Chase

Chase Von Aberjhani,

Hey Brother, and good to connect with you here as well:) I was thinking, you still have an interview open to do with Judy you know:)

Hope you can find the time

Love and light to you brother

And thanks for the connect here also

Chase Von:)


I'm still finding my way around here, so I want to see if this works:)

Chase Von Interview's Aberjhani


Heavenlypeachgarden Dear Poet
Have a great all Hallows
best wishes to your family


message 36: by Michele

Michele thank you that book sounds cool Michele

message 35: by Michele

Michele thanks

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Michele Cool picture and thanks for the ad, Michele Marchetti
Looking for pt/ft help nationwide

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As the author of several novels, including “Margaret and David: A Love Story,” and the brand new memoir “Misdemeanors and Felonies,” Louisiana writer Jerry Bolton is someone who knows more than a little about worthwhile literature. Therefore, his review of the novel Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World is one not to be missed at:

message 32: by Kelly

Kelly Moran I just wanted to say thanks for the interest in my book. New author here just trying to spead word! THANKS!!!
Kelly Moran

message 31: by Jeremy

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Heavenlypeachgarden HAPPY NEW YEAR!

message 29: by Jeremy

Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

message 28: by Jeremy

Jeremy Hi Aberjhani!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

Heavenlypeachgarden I am sorry that you could n ot get the link, thankyou for the book recommendation, here is a song for you


Heavenlypeachgarden Have a great christmas or if you do not celebrate that have a great winter

message 25: by Kaza

Kaza Great to hear from you!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and are getting some writing time in, too!
Luv, Kaza

message 24: by Jeremy

Jeremy Thanks for the kind words, Aberjhani. They mean a lot to me.

It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with the written word. I'm happy to hear it.

Here's wishing you the best in all aspects of your life.

-Jeremy :)

message 23: by Jeremy

Jeremy Hi Aberjhani!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

message 22: by Jeremy

Jeremy Thanks for the friendship, Aberjhani! Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools. :)

Heavenlypeachgarden Aberjhani

Thankyou for asking to be my friend here I wish you all the best for this winter I hope you like this



message 20: by Patrick

Patrick Doyle Hello Poet-I-Am. Thanks for adding me as a friend.
I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with you.
Have an adventurous day.

message 19: by Kim

Kim Thanks for inviting me to join your friends list. I'm enjoying the community of Goodreads and am being inspired to read even more. I'm slowly getting my bookshelves added and slower yet in adding friends. All in good time...

message 18: by Jo

Jo Wow! Thanks for the Benton info. I can think of so meny people to share that with. :)Jo

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Jo I am glad to have you on my friend list. I marked your books to read and will get back to you when I read them. I was a government brat, 21 schools, 4 cc, and 2 universities. You beat my record. Also expert at moving and I have been to Harlem in '76. Have a great day:) Jo

Heavenlypeachgarden Thankyou for your message I did enjoy reading it
I hope you are having a great time with reading. family and friends

message 15: by Mahsa

Mahsa Hi Aberjhani...Thank you for your comment...You know I saw one of the best profiles in this site, in your page...Yes, most of the Iranian like Rumi and of course Ferdousi, do you know about him and his great book, Shahnameh?...
I love book, this is my best friend in this full of lie world...Would you please advise me some good books?...I love learning new things, so I wanna know, what does your name mean?...My name means "like the moon";)...

message 14: by Amy

Amy Likewise, Aberjhani -- I look forward to checking out your site!


p.s. I'm from Stone Mountain!

Heavenlypeachgarden Hello and best wishes thankyou for adding me

starry night
paint your palette blue and grey

look out on a summer's day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils

catch the breeze and the winter chills

in colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they'll listen now.

starry night
flaming flo'rs that brightly blaze

swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
Vincent's eyes of China blue.
Colors changing hue
morning fields of amber grain

weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist's
loving hand.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
perhaps they'll listen now.

For they could not love you
but still your love was true

and when no hope was left in sight on that starry
starry night.
You took your life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you
this world was never
meant for one
as beautiful as you.

message 12: by Daniel

Daniel Poet-I-Am, keep writing and writing and writing and Good luck to you. I'll send you a link to my latest book.

Rosemary Thanks so much for your message and the link to creativethinker (a great site). Though I mainly write novels and sometimes plays, poetry and the visual arts are very important to me as sources of inspiration, peace, and insight.

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Gavin Thanks for inviting me to be a friend.

Adriane “Whatever is to save us must reach beyond countries as well as flesh, across oceans as well as minds. This is why Love is more than a fable: because it actually does these things every single day that life enters and leaves this world." My heart strings have been played a sweet song of love after reading this piece. I will not even try to imagine the sorrow you and their mother had to experience at this loss. The love you have for them shows in the fact that you would think about their lives after pampers, toilet training and ABC's. It is amazing to me, being a mother, that heart reached beyond the point of conception and birth to courageously take a sober look at what the world would offer your girls. I have 4 daughters - 2 biological and 2 inherited but all mine: I would pray that life would allow them to blossom into all they could but even if the world doesn't, love will save them. Thank you for sharing this with me.

Adriane You are quite welcome and you are being quite gracious in even referring to me as a writer. I noticed that you have quite a few articles on authorsden, which are some of your favorites? I'd like to read them as well or should I just read them all - Lol!

Adriane "a specifically racist expression of profanity intended to justify the annihilation of a people’s worth" is perhaps the most powerful line of literature that I have read in decades. Bless you for sharing your pain and insight on a time when it was dangerous to even consider doing what you did in true innocence. That word is used so much throughout my family until I am guilty of the fact that it has taken residence in a place within me that bears no pain or thought of shame when hearing or using it. The eye-opener of this piece is far more revealing and demanding of action than most are willing to admit. Thank you for unwrapping a delicate piece of history while enlightening us to make the choice to change the language we embrace and realize that all words are worthy of use. Again, blessings.

Adriane Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your circle of friends. Feel free to let me know of any "good-reads" you may come across. I look forward to reading with you.

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Ebony Farashuu Thank you for adding me to your circle of friends! I look forward to reading your work!

Randall Thank you, and wonderful to be in your circle. MAY the circle be unbroken, by and by, Lord, by and by.

Walter Thank you for inviting me to become a friend! Your reviews will help me select lots of good new stuff....

message 2: by Bryan

Bryan Worra Nice to meet you, looking forward to hearing more from you in the future. :)

William F. DeVault Thanks for joining me, my friend. And thanks for the kind words of support over the past few years. You are an authentic voice.

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