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A poet is a societal surgeon, whose poesy, identifies, diagnoses , proscribes and acts accordingly. His/her words are the scalpel and the sutures to expose, extract and treat the tumor that has been affecting and afflicting the social standing, the character , the stature and the integrity of the society beyond boarders. The tumor that has inflicted acute pain, threat to life, corruption, disfiguring and abject sufferance is then exposed for what it is. A poet is an experience of a society, he /she cannot be weaned off his/her social proximities, political dwellings and sensibilities, historical experiences, anthropological, archaeological, cultural and spiritual identifications. The poet is part of the whole, but to effectively lender a fair bit of whom he/she is, must stand on principles of Truth through the lenses of metaphors and Pays this truth in lines, whether society applauds or frowns. That’s the cross of a poet.

 

POMPEIISHOCK

I write this from storm clouds
tumbling over a mountain
like ghostly echoes of its
famous volcanic eruption.
I saw them whip by
the train’s window
and decided to ride
them, slipping out of
the passenger car unnoticed
just when you stopped my heart.
The rain of sound would form
meaning with lightning and thunder
if I had not fallen under the spell

 

In opening the sizzling pot menu of his latest poetic gourmet NOTHING REMEMBERS Michael Dickel’ takes us to Pompeii .THE RETURN TO POMPEII an intriguing political, anthropological, archeological and spiritual verse that embodies almost all patches of humanity. Pompeii is a story embedded in history  coupled with
anthropological richness , human loss , wonderment and  spiritual demise. The city of Pompeii is famous because it was destroyed in 79 CE when a nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted, covering it in at least  6 meters of ash and other volcanic debris. The city’s quick burial preserved it for centuries before its ruins were discovered in the late 16th century. A victim who perished in Pompeii after Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. … That’s because between 15,000 and 20,000 people lived in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the majority of them survived Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption

 

 

Take me back to fields’ wheat grown and golden…

Take me back to hot ovens in the kitchen

, the scent of hot bread

 

 

The poet, chronicler cum Jewish cultural patriot is nostalgic.   His pen remains  the heritage of his Jewish people. Michael Dickel as a poet of Jewish decent carries the DNA of resilience, spirituality, traditions and cultures that have stood the test of time and grind of millenniums.

BREAD

Bread is the metaphor of life that comes from wheat which grows from the soil;  the soil that made the flesh of men, and that some day, shall lay claim to it. The repetition of the phrase “Take me back” in the poem FOLLOWING  is a symbol of completing a circle which embodies birth, birthright ,identity ,growth change and death. Both the  poet is the poem are prophetic. They foresee the future  generations retracing back to their roots and yearning to  identify with the light that their forefathers carried. The poem FOLLOWING is a revelation that awakens the current generation to embrace that which was of light, life and identity. The poet, chronicler, cultural patriot  protest to be returned  to   realities and complexities  that shaped him from tenderness into maturation  . The  Poet in Michael Dickel  carry in his  DNA the spirits of his land .Golden Wheat  is the soul  and the food of yesteryear and of today’s generation. My argument remains that  EVERYTHING REMEMBERS than NOTHING REMEMBERS because the DNA never forgets ,it flows in everything that is life and it is generational, revolving  and evolving  in and out of generations .

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Michael Dickel is a master of moral instruction and  a tutor of spiritual  consciousness through   paradoxical literatures ,his versifications  are undoubtedly didactic . I REMEMBERED DREAMING  is  vastly a motif  of the connection  of the seen realm and the other world , higher power. As you may know, dreams are vehicles that carry our consciousness, aspirations , inspirations, fears, ambitions and experiences. Dreams are search rooms where we commune with the higher powers for purposes of awakening . Dreams like poetry question ,advise, seek  and inform.

 

 Vacant nights besiege us,

Nothing more than a dried orange peel found in a kitchen corner

 

 So we thatched our lives together

And slept under rising planets and a cyclic moon.

We hiked where we could and found springs from time to time.

 

 An acacia provided scant shade when we chose to sit

 

This satirical   free verse I REMEMBERED DREAMING mirrors the paradoxical nature of life. The poem is prologued  by  doom , gloom ,loss  and death and then epilogued  by verses dawning   streaks of hope and silver rays  of promise to the reader ,because life feeds on death and death feeds life. It is between those extremes that life thrives. Michael Dickel’s poetry is gourmet of sour and sweet as depicted in the seasons of ordinary life is a wonder to the mind that thrills in poesy and it’s potent mission of informing.  His poetry passionately carries us from the muddy spring of confusion to the pinnacle   of promise, we drink the beverage of hope and breathe the refreshment of enlightenment after all.

 

 

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A good writer poet is a good reader as well as  a traveler , keen observer, foraging in the  jungles of wide spaces and exotic lands capturing knowledge as  the hunter of wisdom, that Michael Dickel is. He is not limited  to the images of the spirituality  and confines of  Jewish traditions. His best teacher in this case is nature in its natural habitat. His verses take us on a voyage  to Minnesota,  to familiarize  the reader, the learner , poetry suitor  and his audience with geese , a free range  , amazing bird and the geese are  a tourist attraction  seductively attracting both  the old and young , rich and poor  in varying seasons .Through written word ,he has immortalized a Geese phenomenon. The mastery of language and the versatility of detail in his poetry justifies his broader understanding of the world  and everything dwelling in  it.

 

This year they return——–

The men’s wrinkles further out, his trunk still tall,

,the women slips on shit, her laughing a bow string release

Now she will say,——————– we have become familiar with the geese

 

Geese are birds that practice a classic example of leadership, as famously seen in the V –formation during migratory times. They have a great sense of family and loyalty. This is in tandem with Jewish family tradition of Michael Dickel ,our man of letters. Every year Michael Dickel  and his family visit Minnesota  ,Great Lakes to  commune with the Geese ,because his family traditions are synonymous to the  Geese communal loyalty , classic leadership skills and sense of family .The strong takes care of the weak, the speed of the weakest member is factored by the rest of flock.

 

 

 

 

Slid into darker and darker suits, drenched now

Slippery and shiny as the lights sparked

Into orange , as their existential moods-warm, cold, yet friendly,

,all at once. This life sentence

Punctuated by red tail lights and white headlights

 

We seek solace and comfort, but settle for a few short nods”

 

 

A day being  an illusion like reality, life is defined by the activities .The poem AT THE END OF THE DAY  is  a  throb of protest. The poet  is wearing the jacket of  a city laborer, the personae’s day is  defined by activities, emotions and his reactions to life . He bemoans the dullness and the  grayness of being attached to prison of city life.  The laborer is protesting  for freedom , for diversity . The poem is somber and pessimistic . He never enjoys the fruits of his sweat , the flow of time and  the  dance of hours into days . He is closed somewhere in the dungeons of misery, his human wings are clipped by  a  demanding system. A system  that he cannot change ,  the system was set before his existence and it is robotic, he  is yearning for  freedom , this poem is  vehemently protesting , the diction is simplified while the detail is deep and reason is extraordinary . The hypocritical, the pretentious and cosmetic nature  of city life , the  exotic  and fakeness , how demeaning . His approach to life issues is mesmerizingly philosophical and stunning the dictionary dexterity is beyond extraordinary.

 

 

 

The humanist poet   and lover of life in Michael Dickel  pays respect  to the late  IRWIN GOOEN. His tears are verses that wet poetic pages with grief and tribute to a man who lived his life to the fullest, a man of versatility , dexterity and great responsibility , Irwin Gooen.

 

The door closed , Clouds cover the moon

His fountain of words evaporates  off the wall

Where he wrote them,

The wheels have fallen from the truck

When his  friends find him , they lay him on the stone he carved

 

And  the dust returns to the earth

As it was, and the spirit returns to God,

Who gave it,

Kohelet 12:7

 

The poet and the poem mourns every gift ,career ,talents and choices ,the highs and lows in men. A versatile   artist and extraordinary human  Gooen .   His life was revered/integrity, which means gifts were divine and the burial was lavish, signified by   spiritual opulence, Jewish cultural rites and human reverence.  Poet Dickel pays respect to this man important to humanity, his artistic glow is excellent, his life was worthily lived and experienced .Above all , with   this poem ,Dickel  mourns the death of human gift ,the death of every choice and death of every career.

 

“Irwin Gooen ONEONTA _ Irwin Gooen, 82, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2010. Irwin was a photographer, writer, outdoor educator, environmental and peace activist, community volunteer, movie buff, canoeist, actor, rock critic, latke maker, road man, and gadfly. Stoner and jailbird. Jewish Taoist: The last of the Cosmic Cowboys. To be buried on the Shoggi Boghi property which he stewarded, and which has been put into a Wildlife Land Trust. A farewell party to be held somewhere downs the line”  Excerpt from Google News.

 

The last verse pays tribute to wholesome power of the Almighty,  and  the poem rings with  biblical connotations and rimmed by spiritual reverence . Signifying the Omni-presence of the Lord , the giver of life and its gifting’s and the taker of them all. Irwin Gooen  is every man ,whichever he chose in life or whichever part chose him in life. In the same wavelength, In his  poem Dust to Dust Michael Dickel refuses to buy the confusion that when man die  ,he will die forever . Dickel believes that the deeds and the spirit of man will always be retained after death, eternity.

 

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Wholesomely, NOTHING REMEMBERS is a paradox of life, death and resurrection as seen in seasons of life ,in the aging , as seen in the sunrise and sunset, so EVERYTHING REMEMBERS that becomes in the paradox of Michael Dickel’s NOTHING REMEMBERS. My argument is there is nothing called nothing, even void is full of something even if that something is emptiness. Nothing Remembers is a deep paradox of existence and non-existence, or nonexistence in existence. NOTHING REMEMBERS , the title  is  a complex analogy  of  the world found  in Michael Dickel’s poesy and that  is artistically synchronized  by  the visual art oil painting  Angel of Time, which is the cover jacket of the  , remember time  depicts  age and agelessness , existence , spirituality , memory and  hope . All these factors are captured in NOTHING REMEMBERS. When you remember an incident , the first flicker of your memory is  TIME , so the use of the visual art  ANGEL OF TIME on  the book cover  synchronizes  presentation ,  literary swag  , artistic  dexterity, reason ,morality  and depth of detail ,etiquette, personal experience ,travelogue and deep personal reflections.

 

 

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Poet Writer MICHAEL DICKEL is a man of today and a blessing for tomorrow.Michael (Dickel) Dekel has authored six published books and chapbooks (pamphlets) of poetry and short fiction, and published over 200 individually published poems, short stories, and non-fiction pieces, in addition to book-reviews and academic articles—under his birth name, Michael Dickel. His next book will come out summer 2019 from Finishing Line Press (https://tinyurl.com/y3684acu). For Fisher Features, Ltd, he wrote a successful NEH film-development grant and the script for a documentary film on Yiddish theatre. He works as a freelance editor for publishers and individual authors, co-edited Voices Israel Vol. 36 (2010), and served or continues to serve as an editor of one sort or another for several print and online literary periodicals. He has taught writing, literature, and English language in higher education in both the U.S. and Israel. Michael publishes an online blog-Zine (https://MichaelDickel.info/). He is the past chair of the Israel Association of Writers in English. He holds a Bachelor’s in psychology, a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry concentrations), and a Doctorate in English.

 


 

Review Essay MBIZO CHIRASHA

 

MBIZO CHIRASHA is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival( ihraf.org) , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly .Featured Writer Poet Activist at The Poet A Day(https://jamiededes.com/). Contributor to Bezine of Arts and Humanities(https://thebezine.com/).The Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Curator of MiomboPublishing Blog Journal(https://miombopublishing.wordpress.com/). Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Co-Editor of Street Voices Poetry triluangal collection( English , African Languages and Germany) initiated by Andreas Weiland in Germany. Poetry Contributor to AtunisPoetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT was released by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on Amazon.com and at is featured at African Books Collective. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online

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A Literary Activism Republic  for Literatures of Resistance , Freedom of Expression and Protest Poetry .MIOMBOPUBLISHING was founded and curated by Mbizo Chirasha , Literary Diplomatie, Creative Arts Projects Curator, an Internationally Published  Poet , Essayist , Writer , Arts for Peace Catalyst and Human Rights Defender  from Zimbabwe.

 

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