“Culture” is, anthropologically and strictly speaking, a definition of the whole of the Way of Life of a Society, not only of a marginalized or sanitised and unchallenging corner called “The Arts”.
Since my childhood, in the 1950′s, the “community integrity” of especially Western society, of the “extended family” and the creative, self-reliant village/neighbourhood has progressively disintegrated with our many competing and isolated egoisms.
“The New Renaissance” is about much more than a literary-artistic movement but for the overall healing and reconstruction of our societies and their planetary environment.
Almost all the elements of this much needed socio-economic and cultural re-creation have emerged in the spiritual, new age, natural health, community-creation and green movements since the 1960′s & 70′s: however, poetry and the related Arts (such as Music), liberated by surrealism and rock-n’-roll, from traditional conventions in the 1950′s & 60′s, since those decades of early promise, appear to have been either neglected, ghettoised or to have become ‘stuck’ in the ‘ranting’ or cynical ‘negativity’ of knowing what one detests, but not knowing what one, more positively, values & aspires to.
In our magazine we will not react to this by seeking to ‘escape into a romantic faerie tale’, but will seek to strike a wholesome balance between ‘angry protest’ and the beauty-&- beatitude of our divine creation that many lose sight of amidst crises, poverty & suffering!
Now, however, in this dawn of the promise of the New Mlllenium is re-emerging the inspiration for the New Renaissance movement in poetry, music and literature as currently manifest in “The Order of Wandering Bards” (born from England & Macedonia) and The Partners Writing Group (based in Middlesex, England), together with our own, as above, with initial imput from Shelley’s Hellas and Blake’s Albion. We, here, reach out, to the rest of the World, for your participation.
Visionary prose writings can be included, at our discretion, as extracts, in our “Reviews” section and we will, also, be able to use visionary paintings etcetera, as visual contributions to our pages via the Computer-scanner, with poetry as our priority.
Thus, we welcome poems on such themes as: peace, freedom, social-& -political justice, social comment, spiritual, psychic & religious experiences, communing with the Creator & Creation, healing prayers & invocations, ‘new romantic’ interpretations of classical myths & legends (e.g. those of ‘Orpheus’ or the ‘Holy Grail’) or whatever may be your own dream!
All styles are welcome. There are no set limits on the length of each poem. What matters is their motivating spirit!
Poets are invited to send in, with their work, a concise profile of themselves, their concerns or their autobiographies and, if they so wish, we can add their addresses to their work, as printed, should they seek to be contacted by sympathetic souls!
We are especially interested in News and Information about Community Projects which involve Education-for-Harmonious Living or shared Artistic Creativity, such as the Etopia project near Nafpaktos on the Gulf of Corinth in Greece.
We, also, welcome free-exchanges of journals or of mutual publicity, by arrangement, with other ‘cultural periodicals’ such as feel that they share the essential spirit of our initiative.
Choice poems in other languages (French or Greek) can be translated if we feel that they are of merit, otherwise poets in other languages (e.g. Russian) will, themselves, have to make their own translations of their work into English to their own Satisfaction.
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Original foundation at Bougie, Algeria 1949, contacts disrupted by the Algerian Civil War in the 1960′s, re-established at Toulon, France, in 1989 by Ludovic, one of its three original co-founders & continuing to evolve!
A quarterly, international journal for engaged poets of the New Millennium with a positive, utopian, spiritual & holistic social vision for humanity & the Planetary Creation of which we are a part, as its trustees & custodians, in the spirit of Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Blake & Allen Ginsberg.
Co-founding poets; David Allen Stringer & Dr Emmanuel Petrakis, Members of the “Planetary Council” of the “Universal Alliance “.
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A PERSONAL SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN VERSE
OF A VISION QUESTER
SOME SELECTED POEMS, SONGS, CHANTS, PRAYERS & MEDITATIONS
IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER FROM 1963 TO THE YEAR 2000
BY DAVID ALLEN STRINGER
60 poems (and prose poems) etc. in 36 pages, including 3 colour reproductions of the author’s paintings as plates, a special cover design by the author and a diagram indicating the Phoenix Symbolism of Life, Death & Rebirth in relation to the Sephiroth of the Qabalistic Tree of Life
Price: £7.00, 12 Euros, $15 US or equivalent, including P & P
Is Poetry Ever Dead (1993)
Is poetry ever dead, as dead,
As the paper from which it is read,
As the poet wrote it, long ago,
Songs From and For the SpiritWhom we have framed in past history?
The poem is most alive for the poet,
In its inspirations moment;
the poem is most alive for those who hear,
when, for them, it becomes the inspirer;
The poem is never dead, for it is within
Breathes the poets spirit, though his body be gone.
Nor can the bardic tradition die,
Only the bards’ voice and name changes,
Homer and Yeats are alive as I,
in this time is nothing, for poetry resides
In the Spirit Power Pillar of the Tree of Life
That reaches up to the crown, Our eternal Spirit,
We are the channels for its messages, not,
in the end, our name, but the poem itself that matters