Lynn, Mass (PRWEB) August 28, 2013
Poets often take it unto themselves to bring their art into street level–harnessing the inchoate yearning of Everyman to reach out and connect to those things that are considered poetry’s own: lofty thoughts, great meaning and rare evocative moments. The poet Asty, who has come through to an enviable level of poetic sense, invokes the poet’s right for a Promethean moment. Thus, the new collection Poetry on Fire is aptly named, aided and abetted by the poet’s early training in French, his Creole daily life and higher education in the United States.
For Asty in this collection, simplicity provides true poetic creativity. The simplicity of the poem “A bit of nothing,” for example, belies an easy-going strength of mind and the humble sense of belonging to the greater universal good that essentially captures a common virtue of an average person:
“For life is really something else
And sometime more is actually less
As many things become unfeasible to us
When we try to hold the world like ‘Atlas’ ”
Like the good Titan who moves silently behind the scenes lighting the fires of his poetic expression, Asty himself hides the facts of his poetry from the jealous gods. He measures them out for the average person–it is poetry illuminating the average person’s heart in secret. It is all visible on the crowded street, when his beloved humanity “walk in beauty” through the common accents of his effortless lines.
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About the Author
The author named Asty was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and came to the United States in his late teens. He went to high school and did a few semesters in college before his financial aid was cut. Not knowing what he wanted, he took Liberal Arts but never finished the degree due to his missing classes because of epilepsy seizures he never bother to reveal to school authorities. To him, the illness was a stigma until he discovered that many famous individuals like Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Buddha, Elton John, Charles Dickens, Danny Glover, Vincent Van Gogh, and so on, have excelled in spite of it. In boarding school, he had been taught the history of his people in French and everything about the Creole lifestyle inherent in his Creole bloodline–something that gives spice to life. For years, he was astray and now is found. The author admits to not knowing why poetry calls his name, knowing only that it seems to take over him, have him pick up a line and make rhymes. His difficulties in expression lie in the three languages’ influence battling for supremacy in his struggle as an artist to express himself. Asty goes beyond this though, and makes the poetic mark in his collection, Poetry on Fire.
Poetry on Fire * by Asty
Publication Date: August 19, 2013
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