Award-Winning Poet Celebrates the Centennial Olympic Spirit with His Engaging Book

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Former Olympic Torchbearer Kermite Bristow pays tribute to the Games through his poetry in “A Torchbearer’s Salute to 100 Years of Olympic Spirit”

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A Torchbearer’s Salute to 100 Years of Olympic Spirit by author and award-winning poet Kermite Bristow is a book about the history of the Olympics since its inception woven in chronological order and poetic form. And, of his experiencing being an Olympic Torchbearer. His book of poetry and history has been taken into an updraft of current events.

Few years ago while promoting his book, Bristow said he would strongly agree with his speaking publicly of continuing the global tradition of the passing of the Olympic Flame. A Torchbearer’s Salute to 100 Years of Olympic Spirit describes his passing of the Olympic Torch, and the world’s glorious Olympic heroes with their own personal events throughout the Olympic Years.

“Although nations often fail to live up to expectations and to do the right thing, nations like individuals, have evolved and changed for the good…allowing people to live happy, free and prosperous lives. The global event that belongs to the world, such as the Olympics with its torch event, opening ceremonies…then eventually the Games themselves, allow this world to receive a great healing affect on itself,” expressed the author.

So sure that Bristow believes in the power of the Olympics, readers can see it and feel it by reading one of the selections in his poetry book “Olympic Stars.” This poem is over 25 pages long, with heroes out of the following countries: Canada, Great Britain, Japan, United States, Kenya, Australia, and China, great host to 2008 Summer Olympics.

This book also showcases the poem that started it all, “A 1996 Olympic Torchbearer’s Salute…To Another”. Since 2004, when the book was released, Bristow has publicly recited from memory this five-minute poem to many audiences. Even Muhammad Ali has his personal copy, along with Oprah Winfrey and Al Roker.

Exciting real stories, all in poetic form, are waiting for readers to read and allow them to feel what it’s like to carry and pass a real Olympic Flame.

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About the Author
Kermite Bristow was born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1953. He currently resides in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Bristow won the first international poetry contest out of Baltimore, Md., as awarded by the International Library of Poetry in 2000. In April 2004, he placed in a national potery contest as awarded by the American Poets Society in Baltimore, Md.

A Torchbearer’s Salute to 100 Years of Olympic Spirit * By Kermite Bristow
Publication Date: December 1, 2004
Picture Book; $31.99; 60 pages; 978-1-4134-5061-3
Ebook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-3443-3
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