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The River of Winged Dreams by Aberjhani
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bookshelves: american-literature, by-gr-friends, poetry, reviewed, southern-literature, 2011-2015
Read from December 14 to 19, 2012

Autographed review copy kindly provided by author and GR friend, Aberjhani.

This is Aberjhani's most recent volume of poetry. The poet explains how the present volume grew out of earlier works, and how the individual pieces were written as if by heavenly inspiration and sometimes by a sort of angelic possession. Thus, the theme which links the material is that of angels.

As I have read his first published work, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry, it may be helpful for me to compare and contrast the two books. They are both intense and packed with meaning. There is still a sense of being mystically connected to nature. The spirituality is still rooted in body, time, place and family, but manages to transcend them.

What I particularly noticed was the commentary on historical events, such as 9/11. There were also tributes to figures in American life past and present, figures as diverse as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Michael Jackson. There is also respectful and loving hommage to fellow poets and family members, such as his father and grandmother; in an age where the young increasingly take the older generations for granted, this is refreshing.

But there are also some differences between Aberjhani's two collections. Whereas the first volume contained a mixture of poetry and fiction, the last one is all verse; many of the poems are haikus. In the earlier book, his vision is expressed in a very raw, powerful way; one has the sense that he will do what is necessary to attract attention to his ideas, even if it involves shocking the reader. In the present book, there is still a sense of mission and urgency; inspired by angels (and let us remember that the word "angel" means "messenger"), Aberjhani still has a message to convey. That being said, the poetry has a more polished and mature feel to it.

Because this was a promotional copy, the print was quite small and squeezed into the centre of the pages. This was a little hard on my middle-aged vision. Thankfully however, readers who obtain a regular copy will find the print larger and easier on the eyes.
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Quotes Richard Liked

Hope drowned in shadows emerges fiercely splendid–– boldly angelic.
“Hope drowned in shadows
emerges fiercely splendid––
boldly angelic.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Now come the whispers bearing bouquets of moonbeams and sunlight tremblings.
“Now come the whispers
bearing bouquets of moonbeams
and sunlight tremblings.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

In an age of bombs guzzling blood, skylarks merge peace with thought and action.
“In an age of bombs
guzzling blood, skylarks merge peace
with thought and action.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

The dancing vortex of a sacred metaphor clashes horns and halos to make wounded music
“The dancing vortex of a sacred metaphor clashes horns and halos to make wounded music set to the tempo of a new era in brilliant labor.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Stars ink your fingers with a lexicon of flame blazing rare knowledge.
“Stars ink your fingers
with a lexicon of flame
blazing rare knowledge.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams


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