WordSong Poets is one of the most exceptional books of its kind from one of the more exceptional minds ofA Uniquely Brilliant Kind of Literary Memoir
WordSong Poets is one of the most exceptional books of its kind from one of the more exceptional minds of the 21st century, the late Dr. Ja A. Jahannes. It is filled with unique literary insights, powerful wisdom, and compelling profiles of extraordinary poets.
This is brief reference to the book made in the article 5 Ways to be Geniuses Together, Celebrating Ja Jahannes:
Despite the fact WordSong Poets was his memoir, he used it to shine a spotlight on the Lincoln University poets who “speak to history and to the future, boldly, knowledgeably, responsibly.” They included: Kgositsile, Langston Hughes, Larry Neal, Everett Hoagland, Ron Welburn, Gil Scott-Heron, and, of course, himself.
The five stars which I have awarded THE RIVER OF WINGED DREAMS are not shining tributes to my vanity or ego. They are much more like the truest expresThe five stars which I have awarded THE RIVER OF WINGED DREAMS are not shining tributes to my vanity or ego. They are much more like the truest expressions of gratitude for the gifts to my life-- and to that of a growing number of readers-- which I feel the work in this book represents. I use the word ‘gift’ because so often I did not feel like I was “writing” this book at all. It seemed more as if I was casually jotting down notes which someone else asked me to pass along.
I was not always inclined to cooperate when it came to writing the words presented to me but soon discovered I could not concentrate on much else until I did. It was not until later that I developed some sense of their potential value. And even then I would have remained doubtful had not various readers shared with me their experiences of the work.
The five stars are also for the evolutionary journey recounted in the book’s introduction. It remains an extraordinary and humbling one.
Excellent translations of Rumi's superb poetry from someone who has spent a lifetime studying and interpreting the great Sufi poet's works for the intExcellent translations of Rumi's superb poetry from someone who has spent a lifetime studying and interpreting the great Sufi poet's works for the international community. Even those already familiar with the wonderful "versions" of Jalaluddin Rumi's poetry by masterful poet/teachers like Coleman Barks and Jonathan Starr will discover in this "Forbidden" volume aspects of Rumi's spiritual passion and intellectual brilliance rarely glimpsed.
Rosemary Daniell started out as a poet who wrote lyrical verse on nature with such titles as "green frogs" and "black animals." Between those innocen Rosemary Daniell started out as a poet who wrote lyrical verse on nature with such titles as "green frogs" and "black animals." Between those innocent lyrical beginnings, which served largely to hone Daniell's mastery of her craft, and her volumes of noteworthy fiction and nonfiction, A Sexual Tour of the Deep South stands as a singular explosive event in the corpus of her work.
Crackling with the energies of self-liberation via a sudden focused expansion of consciousness, it is a uniquely significant document in the canon of womanist literature. Much of the imagery and details in A Sexual Tour of the Deep South are not for the mild-hearted or overly sensitive. The contents of the poetry swing back and forth between the erotically exceptional and the downright raunchy. One might nearly have expected Charles Baudelaire to compose these poems had he been a politically informed southern woman writing in the 1960s.
Whereas the book can be read with real pleasure on its more graphic levels, it assumes a deeper meaning when the erotic is accepted as a metaphor for the individual claiming all rights to her own being.
as the title indicates, truthfeasting serves a veritable banquet of literary treats, philosophical insights, and soulful observations. ja jahannes isas the title indicates, truthfeasting serves a veritable banquet of literary treats, philosophical insights, and soulful observations. ja jahannes is clearly not a poet inclined to biting his tongue when it comes to sensitive issues, no matter if in regard to race, religion, or anything else. whether examining the nature of living life in the political spotlight, as he does in the death of jesse jackson, or musing on the notion that poets are precious people, his lyrical vision is framed in the unique music of his own illuminated soul. [return][return]an extraordinary bonus in this volume is the informative essay, africa-america: perspectives from brazil and the usa, which was presented as a speech on the 100th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in brazil. [return][return]in addition to being the author of truthfeasting, jahannes is well-known as a playwright, minister, educator, and creator of the critically acclaimed montage for martin, a celebration of the life and work of dr. martin luther king, jr.[return][return]aberjhani[return]author of "encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance"[return]"i made my boy out of poetry"[return]and "visions of a skylark dressed in black"...more