Hey, Kilgore, I loved the title of your book New Poet Tree “Rising from ashes”. It sounds so spiritual and like a self-talk about dying and again rising. It’s spiritual in the sense because it can also be linked to coming to light from darkness. A kind of an awakening!
At the outset let us congratulate James for many of his Prose and Poetry also being published in several other publications which is mentioned in this collection. James; we look forward to many more coming your way, and adding many more books to your writing collection.
At the outset, let me congratulate Professor Rathore on the inclusion of five of his poems in Indo-Australian Anthology entitled “Dancing the Light” which came out in January 2020. He had sent me the book and I have enjoyed reading the poetry therein. It indeed is a proud moment for him and all his readers as well. Sir, this is your masterstroke!
Reading the title of book at the outset inspired me to go through the pages; randomly at first and then page by page. I must say, Neal, “the pleasant feelings indeed are mutual”, as you said.
David Stone is a Surrealist in the school of Salvador Dali, painter of, among other things distorted, melting clocks. But also a writer whose Surrealist Literature includes Hidden Faces (by Salvador Dali, translated by Chevalier). He is found amongst the writers Federico García Lorca, Arthur Rimbaud, Antonin Artaud, and Andre Breton. a style of art and literature developed principally in the 20th century, stressing the subconscious or nonrational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects, unexpected juxtapositions, etc.
Firstly, Maha Zimmo describes the intent of her long journey to Canada. More than anything else this book is a Memoir. Memoir has been around since ancient times. Perhaps Julius Caesar born 100 B.C., died 44 B.C., who wrote and depicted his personal experiences about epic battles, was the first memoirist. The memoirs by Julius Caesar were : The African Wars, The Alexandrian Wars, The Civil Wars, The Gallic Wars, and The Spanish Wars. These narratives were written and published annually during or just after the actual campaigns, as a sort of “dispatches from the front.” Memoir serves to preserve history through a person’ eyes. It is of course, also an autobiography, and a Feminist auto
I feel Mr Rathore has a penchant towards Beverages, in general. His “Romance over Coffee” is just mind blowing. Hmmm…the smell of coffee has already entered my nostrils! So far, I have never come across a Writer who has written anything on Coffee. It’s a good combination of prose and poetry. It’s through his poems I have come to know the various types of coffee – “Rose, Cupid, Sizzling, Hearty, Moon-blanched, Hearts, Rose Blooming”, etc. A wide variety indeed! Just an imagination- if some Entrepreneur takes up his idea to offer this variety to the public. Now that will be an awesome business especially for the young as well as the middle aged and the older people. I
James Piatt offers a bejeweled imaginary and yet simply real world in his poetry; the portion of a grander scene that many of his works convey, his detail of each scene reminds me of the scope Jean Paul Sartre, the existentialist author of Nausea and The Sleep among other works, brought to his novels. And so he contrasts in Hovel of Sand, the ”bloody sand, scarlet carpeting” under the soldiers knees with the “dull, adobe bricks” and the smell of the devil’s breath with “the acrid aroma of death” :
In her collection of poetry “Flotsam of a Restless Mind”, Malini takes on the difficult subject of life circumstances that create sexual ambiguity; a women clearly possessed of gender identification that even provides marriage and offspring, forced by the shock of abandonment to assume the role of principal breadwinner and champion of spouse, child and thus family.