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For the past two years (2006-2008) The Bridge of Silver Wings has earned a name for itself both as a series of poems published in different e-zines and as a book first published in 2007.
What makes this 2009 edition a special one is the inclusion of five new poems: “Angel of Better Days to Come”; “Midnight Flight of the Poetry Angels”; “Photographed Light of My Grandmother’s Soul”; “There upon a Bough of Hope and Audacity”; and, “What Angels Call a Poet.”
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FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
“The truth is we do not always know how we go from falling off the edge of one cliff to running with determination beside the ledge of another. The Bridge of Silver Wings…is what saves a given soul when that soul no longer has any idea how to save itself.”
A poetic spiritual flight into an exploration of how human beings manage, or sometimes fail to manage, the transition from imminent personal destruction to unaccountable personal triumph.
Angel of Friendship’s Enduring Faith
“Over and above us there’s then the angel playing.”
--Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies (No. 4)
The lights of friendship
shapeshift from tears of jade pearl
to hearts of diamond.
This way of being
is a kind of love that seeks
no fear or evil.
Like the soft twinship
of sisters in Texas spinning
faith out of silk words.
This way of being
peers deep inside beginnings to
safeguard their endings.
Like Tiger Lily
blooming scented prophecies
of soul’s song burning.
In a world made of
battlefields, the dreams we live
too often are slain.
My brother’s journey
in part is my own, therefore
I sing it in peace.
The halo of trust
by its nature is fragile—
effort gives it strength.
My sister’s journey
in part is my own, therefore
I sing it with hope.
Blessed be true friends
in our lives––for with them we
inherit true joy.
from The Bridge of Silver Wings
POSITIVE CREATIVE ENERGY
“Aberjhani’s positive energy is so strong it not only converts his own darker moments into creative output, there’s plenty left over to help other[s]… with an uncanny ear for what works in writing and a formidable background in literature, he has spotted future award winners and bestsellers at a rate that many psychics would envy.”
--CREATIVE LOAFING NEWS WEEKLY
“Luther E. Vann’s paintings seem to embody the same philosophies that Aberjhani has been exploring through his poetry. In many of Vann’s works, representational figures recline against the backgrounds of rich color, enlightened with halos and peering across the canvas through beams of light. Likewise, Aberjhani’s poetry tackles strong religious concepts and rejoices in the power of spirituality. Together, the two fit together like puzzle pieces.”
--THE GEORGIA GUARDIAN
BEST OF SAVANNAH ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
“Best Poet/Spoken Word Artist Aberjhani: this frequent Connect Savannah contributor is not only a topflight journalist—for example, co-authoring the outstanding Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance—but he’s an acclaimed poet as well, published in ESSENCE Magazine and author of I Made My Boy Out of Poetry.”
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Reader Reviews for "The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009"
|Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
|what is there to say about you ?!? You are amazing~ grace filling words lifted and your gift you give you share speechless
|Reviewed by Aberjhani
|Thank you friends for the beautiful comments and valued support. The experience of writing The Bridge of Silver Wings turned out to be a very special one and I hope the experience of reading it is the same. The words and the work took my pen in directions I never anticipated going but I'm glad I made the journey and am happy to share it through these pages.
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|First I send Salutations to Master Aberjhani, and to all that these letters may read.
THE BRIDGE OF SILVER WINGS is a BOOK that I wish to send to every American home. (If I could I would do that.) Its contents please the soul, enrich the mind ~ and enchant the heart. A treasure that the whole world should share.
May THE BRIDGE OF SILVER WINGS reach the hands of nine million Americans before THE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, 2008... ~ (YES... IT IS POSSIBLE IF WE START PROMOTING THE BOOK NOW by calling our acquaintances and FRIENDS to buy the book! WHY DON'T WE START DOING IT NOW? Let us change the cliché that poets don't know how to sell. LET US MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO SELL (buy) TEN UNITS OF THE BOOK
THE BRIDGE OF SILVER WINGS. Let us change the CLICHÉ NOW. Let us call all our acquaintances and friends and ask them to buy the BOOK
THE BRIDGE OF SILVER WINGS Now. Mother Poet will smile to us!
Much gratitude to Master Aberjhani for allowing this treasure to be released. THE BRIDGE OF SILVER WINGS is a perfect gift for any occasion.
In gratitude and reverent admiration,
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by Michael Guy
|And what a perfect verse to throw such lovely light into this often dark world at Christmas. That excerpt's as pretty a garland on a Christmas Tree as you'll find this year. And this book's gonna get bought, but in my situation it will have to be after Christmas. Then I'll have the man and Poet of 10 years back and the Solitary Singer of today (to compare) PS: you and Luther are some Power Duo!
blessings this season: michael
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|beautiful excerpt-and i love the idea of this book-|