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"Genius poetic interpretations of current events."
- John Wilmerding (Amazon.com)
"Abdiel Leroy shoulders the mantle of so many poets of the past who dared to take on the high and mighty with the power and dignity of verse."
- John Donaldson (Amazon.co.uk)
"A fascinating and deeply insightful commentary on one of the craziest periods of recent history. Comic and poignant in turn, loaded with linguistic delight and full of smart and subtle allusions to Shakespeare and Scripture, this collection is a fantastic indictment against the political establishment and the 'King of Tweets' in particular. The poet is an artist and has truly crafted some wonderful pieces of work in this collection."
- Jonathan Matthews (Amazon.co.uk)
"A fresh and exciting way to look at current politics. I admire the author's use of verse and rhyme to make the reader think about another way of looking at a very hot topic. Kudos for the creativity and imagination!"
- jondave (Amazon.com)
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 : August 13, 2017
- Publisher : Unparagoned (August 13, 2017)
- Print length : 422 pages
- File size : 1750 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B074SFZGN4
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,915 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Author, actor and Poet Abdiel LeRoy weaves a first-class collection of poetry with his book Verses Versus Empire: III – The Trump Era”. It’s a unique work encompassing the poets wit and wisdom in his creative approach to the art of poetry. I found his work to be original, intriguing and by all accounts entertaining.
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!
In the end, I view this book as a sort of Orwellian fictional account of "someone" eles's view of current events. I Pray for my President, whether black or white, Democrat or Republican.
In his Introduction Abdiel shares his approach to the terror man that is the center of this book VERSUS VERSUS EMPIRE III: The Trump Era – ‘Let me begin with a note of reassurance, for these appear to be frightening times. By late 2017, Donald Trump, with little standing between him and pre-emptive launch of nuclear weapons, had threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and total destruction. Soon after, while boasting of U.S. military strength, he said we were in "the calm before the storm." He has also threatened to attack Venezuela. And all this on top of a kaleidoscopic orgy of violence — military, economic, and environmental — already perpetrated or sponsored by the U.S. government in so many areas of the world. So why do I say these times merely "appear" to be frightening? Because infinitely more powerful laws are in play, whose motivation is love for humanity. And I have distilled these laws from the two literary sources that most sustain me — the Bible and Shakespeare…. Trump, though a destructive force, is an exemplar of cowardice, for only a coward would advocate, as he does, torture of other human-beings who have no recourse to their own defense. Saturated with feelings of inadequacy, powerlessness, and insignificance, he must flee when resisted and, in the end, be prey to his own violence… And now for the Shakespeare. He wrote, "All the world's a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players./ They have their exits and their entrances…" What can we extrapolate from this? That the world, and its politics, is theatre.’
An example of Abdiel’s fine poetry follows – MENTAL
Destroy lest ye be inwardly destroyed,
Make threats lest ye be inwardly afraid,
Pollute lest ye be inwardly polluted,
And force a woman if you can't get laid!
Boast of your size if you are feeling small,
Drop bombs if you are powerless inside.
Tweet volumes, feeling insignificant,
And make the Beast of Empire your joy-ride!
Lest ye feel inwardly inadequate,
Invent myths of superiority,
Hire yes-men who will echo your opinion,
Surround yourself with low ability.
And if you lack the wit to empathize,
Denounce forthright officials and dismiss,
Cripple naysayers, humiliate, and kill,
While altering facts to suit your prejudice.
No reference point for truth outside yourself,
A personal myth of greatness cultivate,
Mock scientists and journalists, devour
The body politic's organs of state.
Such infernal commandments are in play
As point to end-time-prophecy's predictions,
A devil's puppet posing, playing God,
The state feeding his personal addictions.
Now mental-health professionals have weighed in
On Trump's psychology of powerlessness,
Breaking their own rules, with "too much at stake,"
To warn about this man of lawlessness,
The narcissism, grandiosity,
The sadism and torture fantasy,
The need for admiration and approval,
The fascist leanings and proclivity.
Caligula and Nero would applaud
His use of public power for personal ends,
Wielding executive prerogative,
But note how each man met his violent end!
Abdiel’s wisdom and insights as well as his keen sense of theatrics allows us to consider the state of affairs in this ‘empire’. Sad, frightening, but true. Grady Harp, August 18
Top reviews from other countries
Negative reviews are totally unfounded. All satire has detractors and criticism from those on the wrong page is to be considered the highest form of praise.
I would definitely recommend!