DESCENDANTS OF CYRUS Travels through Everyday Iran
We know the current political narrative: Iran is dangerous, full of terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. But Christopher Thornton here tells a different story: one of good food, liberal-minded people, beautiful architecture, and a country with a history spanning over seven thousand years that’s been influenced not only by the myriad cultures spanning Central Asia but also by Europe and the West.
Descendants of Cyrus introduces readers to ordinary Iranians living lives far different from what is shown on Western television. Thornton takes us through the cities of Iran, where he encounters robust, barely hidden black markets filled with American movies and music; sees the women of Shiraz explore modern fashion and beauty products with no fear of reprisal from a weakened regime; and meets the students populating the university town of Hamadan, where a generation of activists is finding its voice.
Thornton draws from the past and present alike on each stop of this fascinating travelogue, using history to inform his conversations with citizens from all walks of life. Unexpected variety comes to light, embodying surprising religious and ethnic diversity, intellectual curiosity, a thirst for Western culture, and the desire to live a modern, secular life.
A firsthand look at one of the least understood and yet most politically signif- icant countries on earth, Descendants of Cyrus taps into the hidden pulse of a culture and a generation that promises to reshape Iran in a way few Westerners can anticipate.
Christopher Thornton is a professor of writing at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked as a special correspondent to the U.S. State Department’s International Information Program, writing feature stories on Arab and Muslim life in the United States for the department’s website. His essays on Iran have also appeared in the Atlantic, Michigan Quarterly Review, Commonweal, and Confrontation.
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Murderous rampages prompt a young psychologist to decide to make a device that will detect disturbed individuals before they run amok. He starts a project that quickly grows and is funded by government and corporations. He falls in love with one of his colleagues and after threats and crises they commit to each, other and to finding a way to stop violent madness.
State of Rage is a 247 page novel in paperback with a price of $25.00 ISBN 9389690218 through Cyberwit Publishing. The Kindle version is $2.99 Available through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, c0ntact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and his published books include 25 poetry collections, 9 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 1 collection of his one-act plays. Published poetry books include: Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker (Winter Goose Publishing. Forthcoming: Learning Curve and Ignition Point). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations, Blunt Force, Transitions and Mortal Coil (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Temporal Dreams and Redemption Value). Earth Links and Too Harsh For Pastels (Cyberwit Publishing: Forthcoming Severance). His novels include a series ‘Stand to Arms, Marines’: Call to Valor, Crumbling Ramparts and Raise High the Walls (Gnome on Pigs Productions). Acts of Defiance, Flare Up and Still Defiant (Wordcatcher Publishing. Forthcoming: Until the Bell and Pirate Spring). Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. State of Rage Cyberwit Publishing. His short story collections include: A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). The Big Match and other one act plays (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Collected Plays of Gary Beck Vol 1). Gary lives in New York City.
Cyberwit Publishing seeks to publish the best in poetry from novices to established poets. Our published Anthologies and Journal Taj Mahal Review have poems that are sensuous, picturesque and impassioned. The poems reveal a fine combination of human elements of romance and the mystic & everyday realities. Cyberwit has published a myriad of new poets, and an increasingly large number of collections of verse. The significance of Poetry has not declined, and the 21st century seems to be the Golden Era of English Poetry. The name of Cyberwit is known to readers in several countries. www.cyberwit.net
To the outside world, psychology student Evelyn Jackson has a perfect life, but her secrets threaten to rip away everything she loves. Desperate to find a solution, she returns home, only to find an even more devastating secret: her long lost friend from childhood, Caroline, has slipped from reality and has been labeled the town crazy.
Eager to help Caroline and to avoid dealing with her own crisis, Evelyn is drawn into the dark world of abuse and neglect Caroline has endured all her life. Evelyn braves the perils of Caroline’s schizophrenia and discovers the ugly, dangerous side of real-life mental illness her studies haven’t prepared her for. Shaken but determined, Evelyn attempts to draw Caroline from the horrors of her own mind, eventually revealing the pain and shame that has held her in the clutches of depression for months.
Dragged along an emotional rollercoaster, Evelyn is forced to find strength she never knew she had, but if she can’t save her friend from her pain, she may lose Caroline to suicide and herself to a lifetime of regret.
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ANGEL EDWARDS -LUST UNFILTERED BY LOVE
‘Lust Unfiltered By Love’ is Angel Edwards second book of poetry. A musician by profession, Angel’s musical influence weaves its way into each poem with an intrinsic rhythm that glides the reader both gently and rambunctiously across the dance floor of Angel’s creative mind. There is a vibrant mix of emotion permeating the pages with love, sex, lust, sorrow, hate, loss grief and finally acceptance resulting in fully grasping the lust for living. Imagination if the playground of the mind and lust is the underlying emotion that brings all things to fruition as evidenced in the pages of this vibrant evocative book ~ Candice James, Poet Laureate Emerita, New Westminster, BC CANADA
ANGEL EDWARDS - TALES IN THE DREAMS GARDEN
Angel Edwards’ first collection of poems. Tales from the Dreams Garden, is a delightful and mysterious read. Her work draws on her extensive musical background. This is exemplified by her use of cadence and breath that imbues each poem with narrative and subtle rhythm. Repetition is cleverly used along with spare and beautiful imagery. ~ Jude Neale author of “A Quite Coming of the Light”; “Splendid in Its Silence”
This is a book by a musician. There is a lyricism and sense of harmony in the flow of the words that almost has you singing along, beating out a rhythm on your knees, reaching for a hand to hold, reaching for a guitar. Angel has created a land of dreams, a place of melody and beauty. In this place, whatever the hardship that has been faced, the pain bravely endured, there is always the summer, the warm nights, the stars and the ocean. Join Angel as she takes you through the forest of yourself to the ocean’s edge. There, she will leave you alone but knowing that with her words to guide you, you will always be able to find a way to get back home again -~ Alan Hill, Poet Laureate, New Westminster, BC CANADA
A few years ago, I had the chance of getting acquainted with Fabiyas MV’s poetry, and it staggered me. It has been a while, and still his poetry holds my interest and makes me reflect upon the foibles of the humankind.
Fabiyas is not a poet of sweet words and soothing verses. If that is what you are looking for, you’d better steer far away.
He is the poet who crossed the road from fantasy to reality, expressed poignantly in the sudden wake up call of the poet when he drove into the concrete wall of the real world. Although fantasy shimmers, the real world holds pain, blood and existential truths, and the pull of all of those is stronger than the dreamy quality of the imagination.
The constant of his poetry is the ugly face of reality and its uncompromising truths. He does not hide behind the fantasy of inspiration but looks and digs through the misery of daily life because his world is rough, piled up with cut and dry truths.
Facing the life as it is with open eyes and mind, it is no wonder he developed a certain obsession with what lies beyond death. He visualizes it both in the animal and human world, noting the decay it brings. However, in my opinion, he sees death as a sort of soul and mind liberation. It opens the soul toward various possibilities and existence planes, but at the same time, it reveals mysteries hidden in plain sight. He sees life as a light between misty ends, between what has been before and what will come after. In essence, life seems to be a bridge linking two planes of existence, effacing the unpleasantness of the mundane.
As a result, death represents the only certitude in the human life for the poet. In his quest to identify meanings and realities, he grasps facets of human being merely symbolized by macaque, viper and a rain tree for instance, at the same time pitting the simplicity of the animal, which accepts death with serenity, against the angst of man, overwhelmed by his own weaknesses and incertitudes.
However, the poet doesn’t touch only upon the meaning of death and the possibilities this one opens to the beings, either two or four-legged. He is also obsessed with portraits of various people and slices of life, like the crazy woman on the Kanoli Bank, in Diverse Shades of Insanity, the fisherman, prey of the monsoon, in Monsoon Turbulence, or the hunchback boy, in A Hunchback Boy from Manayur.
Fabiyas peruses the soiled world of people’s vices and the consequences of their actions. He clinically watches a parade of younger or older people going through the grinding wheels of their existence.
The poet invites to reflection and meditation. He opens gates and shuts down illusions. Nothing is wrapped in pinky hues, but everything is shredded to the bare bones of mankind’s features.
His poetry should wear a warning sign: “Read at your own peril – life in its stark nudity. It will make you think and feel. It will awake your conscious and will make you reach a higher plane.”
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GARY BECK - TOO HARSH FOR PASTELS
Too Harsh For Pastels is a 100 page poetry book in paperback with a price of $15.00 ISBN 9389690226, through Cyberwit Publishing. The Kindle version is $2.99 Available through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, c0ntact: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDERS M. SVENNING - LIFE AFTER SCHIZOPHRENIA
Life After Schizophrenia breaks down the theory, or thought form schizophrenia into many different levels starting with the opening essay which is titled, "Schizophrenia: Real or Imagined." The science known as ontology which delineates the bases of existence is a device used to further scrutinize schizophrenia from the oblique angle of those diagnosed, or as put in the book misdiagnosed as per misconstrued symptoms which are spiritual or religious in origin.
Individuals many times are taken against their will to mental health offices and even institutionalized for deviant thoughts which are in turn verbalized and which are in all of actuality the subconscious surfacing and in effect initiating pansophism in the individual which is as C.G. Jung has put it the ultimate objective of man as an individual and as a whole.
The hindering of pansophism and even corporeal atonement with one's subconscious is perpetuated through the misplaced faith systems of many a mental health professional; and within the pages of Life After Schizophrenia lies the collinear processes of the how and the why regarding the so called schizophrenic thought form, its prevalence, and its transforming into hysteria, but also incorporates the causation of supposed schizophrenic ideas on individualistic, societal, spiritual, and even religious levels.