Featured Poet: KYLE DANIELS

EMBRACE the WAVES of LIFE Photo Credit © Coached Success Embrace the waves of life – Poem by Kyle Daniels. I wrote this poem for the person who has been hurt and wounded by life, and no longer allow themselves to let their guard down. Imagine waves coming to shore, some waves are going to … Continue reading Featured Poet: KYLE DANIELS

Book Review: ‘Streaks of Trance’ by VATSALA RADHAKEESOON

Book Cover Art © Vatsala Radhakeesoon Book Review : ‘Streaks of Trance’ Author: Vatsala Radhakeesoon Reviewer: Don Beukes Linktreehttps://linktr.ee/Don_Beukes Photo Credit © Vatsala Radhakeesoon   Publisher: Steve Cawte/Imspired Streaks of Trance     In this unique collection of poetry, including Haiku as well as an eclectic art collection, Radhakeesoon certainly succeeds to put the reader … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Streaks of Trance’ by VATSALA RADHAKEESOON

NEW BOOK RELEASE: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi*Thus Passes the Glory of this World: CITY OF DUST

Book Cover Art © Janine Pickett Available from Amazon Dedication I dedicate this book to any of you who has ever been marginalised because of your culture, religion, race or sexual orientation. This is for those of you who exist in the shadows, the misunderstood, the dismissed, the forgotten ones. - Don Beukes City of … Continue reading NEW BOOK RELEASE: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi*Thus Passes the Glory of this World: CITY OF DUST

ODYSSEY TO REVERIE:GLOMAG NOV2020 with RAQUEL SORIANO GIL

Photo Credit © Raquel Soriano Gil 🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨 Odyssey to Reverie Un sitio de esos – I sometimes yearn to languish endlessly in a place devoid from strife pain sadness hate jealousy and materialism in this ever increasing chasm called humanity where heightened emotions create toxic divisions leading to splitting fissures of boiling emotions so I … Continue reading ODYSSEY TO REVERIE:GLOMAG NOV2020 with RAQUEL SORIANO GIL

ICARUS RISING – VOLUME 1:New Book Release by Don Beukes

© Cover art by Luke Borrill   I am happy to announce that my second collection of poetry has been published by Alien Buddha Press and made a reality by Red Fox. This unique ekphrastic collection is a result of close collaboration with artists from South Africa, America and the UK. Most of the poems were … Continue reading ICARUS RISING – VOLUME 1:New Book Release by Don Beukes

GlomagMarch2022- My Name is TABRAHS ALUG

© Esteban My Name is Tabrahs Alug   Occupied – My tribal cultural homeland invaded segregated splintered invaded burned splintered infested terrorised despised overcome fragmented hated shredded shunned infiltrated smothered deleted trampled bullied punctured blinded damned cursed outnumbered dissected dismissed dehumanised fractured by war- mongering bloodthirsty soulless vacuous self- crowned tsars obsessed with leaving bloodstained … Continue reading GlomagMarch2022- My Name is TABRAHS ALUG

April : Writer/Poet of the Month – Don Beukes

Inaugural Featured Writer published by Vatsala Rahdakeesoon.

Vatsala Radhakeesoon Poetry, Prose, Translated Works

Don Beukes is a South African, British and EU Poet and writer. He is a Poetry Chapbook Reviewer at The Poetry Café. He has written Ekphrastic Poetry since 2015 collaborating with artists internationally. He is the author of ‘The Salamander Chronicles’, ‘Icarus Rising-Volume 1’ (ABP), an ekphrastic collection and ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ (Concrete Mist Press). He taught English and Geography in both South Africa and the UK. His poetry has been anthologized in numerous collections and translated into Afrikaans, Persian, French, Kreol (Mauritius) and Albanian. He was nominated by Roxana Nastase, editor of Scarlet Leaf Review for the ‘Best of the Net’ in 2017 as well as the Pushcart Poetry Prize (USA) in 2016. He was published in his first SA Anthology ‘In Pursuit of Poetic Perfection’ in 2018 (eBook) (Libbo Publishers) and his second, ‘Cape Sounds’ in 2019 (Gavin Joachims Publishing Cape Town). He is also an amateur…

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Voices of Freedom

Immersive and inspirational!

The Calling

First Poetry Music Audio Recording “Voices of Freedom”
-(Trying to add slide show)-
Voices of Freedom -21

Dancing without a name
She was naked in her silence
Stone, statues, salutations
Desires from a Hellenistic waterfront
Ancient scriptures reveal hidden sources
Among firey chariots and beat up taxis
Neon lights flicker to the rhythm of abandoned youth
In a Holy, Glory brought on by the Atomic age

Birds swell like waves in the evening sky
Lighting fires of brilliance, in the skulls of men
Heroes fall like mad children
Women dine upon wine and gold
Winter months take Persephone’s hand
And fear takes refuge upon the land
Freedom of expression is lost in Cancel Culture News
We must break the shackles of Adversity
Tyranny, Irony, Authoritative Views
With a New Generation if we are to continue

*(matthew bowers)* ~93
©2021

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LET LOVE LIVE:Glomag Feb2022

© Glory Sasikala Let Love Live The fragility of humanity surely should result in an encompassing loving fraternity where all are welcomed tolerated and supported no matter your religion caste beliefs or even your sexual orientation in this ever expanding global nation. Let love live daily in your heart mind and soul even when dark … Continue reading LET LOVE LIVE:Glomag Feb2022

Thin Ice

A must Read!

The Calling

Electrical nuance

Skating on a rift
A fine line between
hallucination, pain
and party
Lost in an array of
consuming moments
physical needs
blind desires

The rush and pull
a whipping boy a slave
to yourself and substance
A hostage to Pervetin
Crystal shards blind
Devour essence
And soul screams out
In agony cast aside
And thrown
Into a pit of
Black vipers

Laughter
guilt
greed…
Interchangeable
middle names
Your true identity has
faded, some time ago

Electrical nuance enters
your blood stream
In these few moments This
is where you define “Life”…

Chasing
Ghosts
Dragons
down slippery slopes
Only coming
Up for air
To the promise
Of Mr D

Chasing
Ghosts
Dragons
down slippery slopes

Silver refection catches
the taste of fire
Metallic taste buds
Desert tongue
Strange things
Strange thoughts
Secret sexual escapades
that will be taken
to your grave

Cold
numb
empty
Hollow burden
weighing you down

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Translation Services by Vatsala Radhakeesoon for 2022

Vatsala Rahdakeesoon is providing a Translation service! Check it out!🙏

Vatsala Radhakeesoon Poetry, Prose, Translated Works

Dear Authors/Poets,

I’m back to my translation services for 2022.

If you wish to have your poetry chapbooks, poetry books, children books (prose and poetry) translated from
English to French
French to English
Mauritian Kreol to English
English to Mauritian Kreol
please feel free to send them to :

vatsfrankness@gmail.com

Translation Fee: $0.06 (Rs 2.58 Mauritian currency) per word

Translation of Individual poems may also be considered . Please send a minimum of 5 poems if you wish to have a small number of your poems translated.

Payment Method: PayPal

Looking forward to working with you.

Thank you in advance,

Kind regards,

Vatsala Radhakeesoon
Poet/Translator

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

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Queen Amanirenas

Beyond the Single Story

“At the death of her husband, Emperor Teriqetas – who died in battle”(Face to Face Africa), taking the throne in the the Kingdom of Kush, Queen Amanirenas would go on to become one of the most well-known female rulers of the ancient world. She was the most famous “Kandake” out of the four female queens who ruled in Kush. Amanirenas is known as the queen with one eye, since her fierce military determination led her to lose it in battle (History of Royal Women). In addition to her known war tactics, she goes on to negotiate a treaty with the most powerful male ruler at the time, Augustus Caesar (Lisapo ya Kama).

Queen Amanirenas (Illustrator Unknown; Image Courtesy of facetofaceafrica).

Her Rule

During her rule, the Roman empire was expanding and conquering various territories such as Britain and Cleopatra’s Egypt. The Romans quickly…

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Phillippa Yaa De Villiers

South African iconic author PHILLIPPA YAA DE VILLIERS

Beyond the Single Story

Phillippa as a young child.

Phillippa Yaa De Villiers is a South African poet and performance artist. She was born in 1966, at the height of apartheid, as a “mixed” baby. Her mother was black African from Ghana, and her father was white Australian.

Phillippa in the second row, third from the left, attending a predominantly white institution.

Phillippa was adopted by the physical anthropologist who examined her. She was identified as “Mediterranian” so no one would be suspicious of her true Mixed identity. In her one-woman show “Original Skin,” Phillippa describes her life story. She describes how her parents constantly denied she was “coloured” to suspecting neighbors, busdrivers, or passerbyers. Phillippa grew up believing she was monoracial white. However, she wrestled with experiences like being rejected from the “white” bus and being told to wait for the “coloured” bus on the first day of school.

Phillippa…

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GLOMAG January 2022: Together*Tesame*Ensemble*Juntos

© The Artists Known as ZIONORA Together•Tesame•Ensemble•Juntos     A Father’s Prayer – Beloved children of mine, whilst I’m not there with you all the time Please know you occupy my every breath my every thought, my whole being - Tell yourself – I am strong. I am brave. I am kind. I matter. I … Continue reading GLOMAG January 2022: Together*Tesame*Ensemble*Juntos

WOMEN MUST WRITE

Highly inspirational!🦋

Rachel Katy Martin

I have created this blog some time ago now and since then I have been thinking about what to generate as a first post. Then today, I decided to stop my fruitless cogitations and to just put words down:

Pick up your pen, and write. Breathe into your writing. Writing is your voice embodied. Create. Dance. Weave magic. Cast spells.

I stared at the blank screen for some time. Then as if by magic, ideas started swaying and swinging in my head as my hand rose to move to the beat of the words.

Write. Write. You must write. Women must write.

I have always wanted to write. I remember how as a child, I aspired to become a great author, of publishing a novel, of being recognized worldwide. I would close my eyes and visualize myself on a podium, speaking about my novel, and being applauded for it. But…

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