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Earthshine - November 2007

  • Issue Number: Volume 1
  • Published Date: November 2007
  • Publication Cycle: online

Earthshine does not just claim that poetry can save humanity, it believes in the beauty of poetry and its innate ability to bridge the gap of understanding between different minds. Its simple yet attractive crescent moon design will lure curious and not-so-curious readers to their side.

These first eleven poems explore diverse themes such as time, memory and awakening. In the last stanza of the first poem, Mario Susko speaks to the dilemmas of the human soul: “but I saw my body cast out on the sand, / my mouth wide open, a seagull, about to pull / something out, looped off screeching when I / raised my hand, a senseless gesture, the soul / long gone, indifferent to time and memory.”

The poems in this first offering have a rhythm, meter and descriptive identity all their own. When Martin Jervis, in “The Other Side of the Taj Mahal,” portrays the tourists staring at the Taj Mahal, you too notice that their “Shaking heads sweat vanishing cream. / Eyes are magnets pulled towards / Irresistible forces.”

In the final poem “Oak” by Don Thompson, not only is humanity alive but nature as well: “I’ve seen the wind spend hours up there / Turning those little pages, / Now & then coming upon phrases / So eloquent, so wise / They take its breath away.”

Earthshine’s poems inspire, question and bring the inanimate to life. They are rich in language and present a unique philosophy and narrative. You will persist in turning the virtual pages of this online journal, eager in discovering its new and powerful truths.

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Review Posted on May 07, 2008

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