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About the Author
"My Tongue is the Pen of a Gifted Writer"
As both author and actor, Abdiel exemplifies this quote from the Bible. He has written fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. But he is best known as a poet, whose themes and forms are deeply influenced by Shakespeare, the Bible, and mythological sources.
Meanwhile, his gift for narration and voice acting, with a wide range of character voices, makes for lively and dramatic readings of his own works. You can hear him read excerpts from all his titles at poetprophet.com.
Abdiel has published six volumes of Poetry: Elijah and Obama's Dream are epic poems; Well Versed is a collection of tributes to Shakespeare, Poets, and the Performing Arts; and Verses Versus Empire is a three-volume series of political poems covering in turn the George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump eras.
He has also written a children's tale The Christmas Tree; and a memoir, Dueling the Dragon: Adventures in Chinese Media and Education.
As an actor, Abdiel has embodied most of the major Shakespearean roles, and on stages from New York to London to Beijing, though perhaps his most famous appearance is in the hit short film, The Expert. He also has three one-man shows: the classic children's tale, Wind in the Willows; and two works of the great poet, W.H. Auden, The Sea and the Mirror, and The Massacre of the Innocents. Meanwhile, his voice has often been heard in TV commercials, audio books, and radio plays.
Abdiel has also worked in the past as broadcaster, financial analyst, and market commentator. His passions include Argentine Tango, Yoga, and competitive Swimming.
- Publication date : July 30, 2017
- File size : 568 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 263 pages
- Publisher : Unparagoned (July 30, 2017)
- ASIN : B073PFRGPY
- Lending : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,726 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A fitting foreword by John Vandyke Wilmerding confirms, ‘… I present you with a poet for this young century, one who thinks and writes in the spirit of Shakespeare and the early prophets, one who has helped deepen our knowledge of ourselves in transformational ways, and one whose creative spirit I have come to love. His voice will ring through the ages, a resource for historians and humanitarians alike, to understand how we have screwed up so badly in the early 21st century!’
This is poetry with political commentary. It’s both satirical and thought-provoking. If you're willing to try something new, this would make for some very interesting reading. As a consequence, you will agree or disagree with the content. That’s the beauty of freedom of speech!
But consider the History of this kind of poetry - a very special kind. Political pamphlets have a long history and have, at times, veered into verse-making. The author here has given himself an unusual challenge: writing political pamphlets that are entirely in verse and he does a remarkable job of it. I have hesitated between 4 and 5 stars for the whole trilogy, because it is so well done - the first volume is remarkable in several ways: A remarkable command of the language and great sensitivity. And doing all this in an entirely new way, wading into what is nowadays a largely unexplored literary territory (though it was not so in the past).
Naturally, this assumes that you are ready to read in what is (almost for our generation) a new genre: Poetry mixed with politics or political poetry. If you like your poetry to be romantic and mood-inspiring, this is not for you. But if you're willing to try something new, take a look. The results will sometimes surprise you, you may agree or disagree with the content, but one thing is certain, you won't be bored.
Taken in hindsight, these verses about GW Bush could easily be moved to today and with a few tweaks still be reverent. The stories cited brought me back to the horror of 9/11 and the overall disgust that enveloped the Bush 44 years.
From 9/11-the end of Tony Blair to Obama thanks a lot Abdiel LeRoy for giving me even more stuff to remember as we now see Bush 44 grinning ear-to-ear holding his first grandson; as if nothing ever happened.... Using sonnet, free verse and Biblical memory, LeRoy brings us back...and into the Bush years. There is little to smile about, but our memories are charged to remain, and with this book of verses, we are challenged to Never Forget. Highly readable and educational. I recommend this book.5/5