Cyberwit's best book Adam Donaldson Powell: the Making of a Poet has been released

While trying to comprehend the obscure questionings arising in his heart hungry for eternity, Powell gives a modern interpretation of the Cretan myths in his Collected Poems. Then to find promising signs, he visits the Buddhist temples in Nepal.
By: Karunesh
 
 
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June 17, 2010 - PRLog -- I shall never forget the evening of September 2008 when I met Powell and Russo first time in Oslo, the evening when I by Grace of God talked to these great poets. It was a miracle, almost incredible to meet Albert Russo, the bilingual author, who writes in both English and French, his two ‘mother tongues’.  The occasion was my visit to Oslo in 18-20 September 2008 to attend WORDS - one path to peace and understanding. This international festival was arranged under the auspices of the cultural organization Du store verden!/DSV. The festival WORDS was a grand success due to extraordinary efforts of Eli Borchgrevink, Managing Director of Du store verden!/DSV, Adam D. Powell, Diane Oatley and others.

I am highly obliged to Albert Russo for writing an excelent Foreword to my book. He is the recipient of many awards, such as The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, several New York Poetry Forum Awards, Amelia Prose and Poetry awards and the Prix Colette, among others. He has also been nominated for the W.B. Yeats and Robert Penn Warren poetry awards.  His work, which has been praised by James Baldwin, Pierre Emmanuel, Paul Willems and Edmund White, has appeared worldwide in a dozen languages. His African novels have been favorably compared to V.S. Naipaul’s work, which was honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.  He is a member of the jury for the Prix Européen and sat in 1996 on the panel of the prestigious Neustadt Prize for Literature, which often leads to the Nobel Prize. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet these two finest poets.

The chief characteristics of Powell’s works become clearly defined in his literary criticism. This brings us to a very significant question: What is the importance of Powell as a literary critic? Not being a theorist, Powell doesn’t create schools of theories to analyze the aesthetics of literature. Instead, like Dr. Johnson he "used his criticism for the practical purpose of helping others to better read and understand literature." His criticism of individual poets will guide us in understanding clearly and completely Powell’s own poetry. Powell never adopts "hanging-judge attitude" in his critical essays on poets. The central point at which he is aiming at is described by him in the following manner in his introduction to Critical Essays:

"My main concern is to provide authors of literary works (poetry, short stories, novellas, essays, novels etc.) and independent presses and facilitators of self-published books of quality with a new form of literary criticism: which is informative, which incites debate, which challenges author and reader, and which provides entertainment, but which at the same time functions as a marketing tool and an opportunity for authors to consider their own development and accomplishments from the perspective of another literature." ("Literary Criticism: A Few Introductory Comments.")

Powell admires Albert Russo’s The Crowded World of Solitude, Vol. 2. "This collection of poems denotes a clear and masterful demonstration of quality, breadth of content and form, political and social awareness, mastery of storytelling, a combination of the highly-polished and the "intentionally-raw", and visual, musical and philosophical expressions indicative of the author’s rich multicultural and experiential personal history" (Critical Essays 13).

Powell’s comments about Jan Oskar Hansen (Portugal), a Norwegian expatriate, are very significant. He is very right in reminding us about "a Scandinavian social code called "Janteloven" (the law of Jante, by the Danish writer Aksel Sandemose (1899-1965)), which presses down upon the necks and aspirations of all who would dare to attempt to exceed the boundaries of humility; and who would profess to be somebody, who would believe that they are as worthy, wiser, more, or better than anyone else, and who believe that they can teach anyone else anything, or that anyone cares about them!" (20).

To write like this is quite different from T. S. Eliot. Powell is more positive than Eliot going too far in his negative outlook in The Waste Land. Powell’s great emphasis on "giving birth to the God within" (Collected Poems) and "transmuting "physicality / into crystalline light" makes us think how to bring harmony in our world. Powell himself admits that 2014 "is designed to provoke reflection. The solutions are only to be found in each and every one of us – beyond the illusions and distractions of individual and collective separation."

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