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Publisher:  Rose Shell Press ISBN-10:  093453649x Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 1993


These poems express a hope for a peaceful world

--This poetry, concerned with racism, violence, famine, war, ecological pollution, greeds and madness and every sort of exile, finds itself coming to rest every once in a while in New York--at the United Nations. There's a wonderful balance on the political side of Dr. Gill's poetry. It is undeceived about difficulties, yet it surges with transcendent hopefulness. It's neither pathetic nor sugary nor naive. As in Whitman, there's a freewheeling Hegelian mysticism....
(from the Introduction by John Gorman, Ph.D., a widely published poet & associate professor in Literature at University of Houston-Clearlake, Texas, USA

--Gill's poems are not difficult to comprehend. One can relate to his anguish, his desire for all of mankind to work together and basically get along..... The collection is a cry for peace...
(Jagjit Sharma in STAR INDIA)

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Songs for Harmony by Virginia Love Long. First appeared in Poetcrit, India, July 1997
Stephen Gill speaks best for himself, his creeds and beliefs, in his poetry. His voice is a universal tongue, striking immediate response, from Canada to Bombay. Consider the following, by way of introduction: I Am Still A Man I am a Christian but before that do you know what I was? I am a Panjabi but before that who was I? Why do you look so strangely? Neither Christian nor Panjabi when I entered the world. I was only a man don't look sternly. I am not fanatic or blood?thirsty. I am just a man like you or anybody. Gill's poetry centres upon urgent concern: racism, violence, famine, ecological pollution, wars, greeds, madness, each form of exile, and builds periodic nests in New York-- at the global apex of the United Nations. From page to page, from one poem to its successor, he persists in urgent call not to arms, but to the need to disarm and weave central harmonies. From a small Canadian city upon the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Gill concentrates his artistic expertise from nation to farflung cultures to distant peoples, drawing them into a common harbour: Hands linked like brothers walking side by side like twins in the light dusk or dark though blind-folded yet bound in a design let us go. Directing one another let us march to embrace that dove before we die. Gill's scalding portraits of aggressions and the inevitable results sting deeply to the soul's centre. "If There Be Third World War" combines the far?sight of last century's Tennyson with the too?plausible prognostications of contemporary authors recounting the inevitable results of today's war games. Most importantly, Stephen Gill's poems are a shining testament of religious faiths put into daily practice, disregarding demonitional falderals. There is no reason a poet cannot also be a holy person, and Stephen Gill is most certainly that unique artist. Should any sceptics doubt, instantaneous conversions abound in the sequences titled Trilliums, another brandname for superior haiku forms, seldom performed as facilely as by this Occidental poet/priest : In the sea of politics harmony trapped in the torrents of racism. War: to buy the blossom of a mother for slaughtering of another. Garbage heavy with empty bottles and posters of promises--- election is over. In the deepening fog trees disappear birds still sing. Global peace and social concerns are the primary themes of Gill's work, which is why his poetry has traversed global literary circles and continues to gain appreciative audiences. Author of twenty books, including novels and literary criticism as well as poetry, he continues his chosen path as torch?bearer for humanity at its artistic best. He presently holds the post of chief delegate to represent the World University for Canada.

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Reviewed by gagan 1/22/2003

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