WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS is rooted in CREATIVITY , DIVERSITY and EXCLUSIVITY .Today we feature an extraordinary poet and Wordsmith Par Excellence. CASSANDRA SWAN is a Versatile poetry and literary artist . An Accomplished Performances Poet with her writings featured and performed at home and abroad. Her writings are laced with spats of brevity and doses of boldness. FEARLESS. Swan has won several international poetry accolades and her writings have since sparked dialogue , debate and criticism in high political corridors , church as well as in the global periphery. Her imagery is disinfects super power corridors from thuggery ,metaphors is the chlorine washing away the dirty laundry in villages and streets. While the satire is the acid burning corrupt fingers to cinder. Currently her EPIC POEM“Candy Cotton Kid and the Faustian Wolf” a THEORY on the LIFE and SUICIDE of AMERICAN POET, SYLVIA PLATH has been accorded an opportunity to be choreographed and featured at THE MARGOT FONTEYN BALLET ACADEMY , USA. Aluta Continua- WOMAWORDS eDITOR.
#INSIDE THE HOT POETRY STEW POT#
JOB DESCRIPTION (The Confessional Poet)
The essential qualities required
for this unique, Christ-like bard, are:
the ability to receive eccentric tutelage,
24/7 from your muse.
pondering aloud – for all to hear –
emotional abstractions, musings and fears;
perceiving, feeling and thinking in ink, from a well-spring
of metaphorical rhetoric – epic works for critics to counter-sink;
donating grandiloquent graphorrhoea, with infinite versification,
these will become irreversible, as a re-enacted crucifixion!
Persecution will be enforced by critical imposition:
this will occur repeatedly in one poignant, poetic life span.
The Confessional Poet MUST be prepared
to bleed words! Their well-fed soul – though inspired –
must exist within and unchangeable, physical
form of dysfunctional poverty. Individuality and sparkle
will weaken severely, whilst breathing angry hyperbole:
along with every irretrievable syllable, idiom and simile.
God will advocate spiritual renewal and slavery,
with re-birthing opportunities! Sign-up, annually.
Salvation applications – by prayer and petition –
will be the subject of rigorous examination.
Performance work may lead to recognition.
Depression, suicidal fantasies, intense frustration,
emotional and financial insecurity, decayed teeth,
caffeine and nicotine addictions.
Low self-esteem may occur; with deeply ingrained
narcissistic, surreal, manic meanderings,
which will often lead to the composition of major,
idiorrhythmic epics. For example “THE PANJANDRUM OF QUONDAM”.
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Not appropriate. The position of CONFESSIONAL POET
attracts few candidates: even fewer have the courage and endurance
essential to succeed in this rarely acclaimed, key, creative post.
Successful candidates will be rewarded for their work
decades later – often posthumously – IF their poetry withstands
the stringent test of time and fallible critics.
Rebellious, Confessional Balladeers
must leave in their wake, defiant, rhetorical poetry
to motivate and proliferate a support structure
to appeal to future versifiers.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO FILL THIS DEMANDING ROLE?
Copyright Cassandra Swan – All rights reserved
THE POCKET-SIZE WREATH
The elephant-grey, cracked walkway clacks with alacrity
as the tedious, stiff fascades in a talentless circus of mediocrity
plod and trek to their typical, mechanical homage – a life my –
insurrection rejects! Instead, at a lowly, junk-ridden, rickety
desk – on sixteen-hour, voluntary shifts – I regurgitate injustice.
Will, I ever switch my rabble-rousing, misanthropic existence
for a steady salary, car and otiose days off at Christmas?
Swivel chairs – in an unholy, goldfish bowl – with chains!
Pub jaunts, cream cakes with petty, civilian saints,
and dreary, clock-watching years, with lottery syndicates.
This rantipole poet re-mortgaged her lifeblood to repossess time:
decrypting the tangled-web of a tortured mind’s production lines.
My supernatural re-incarnation – as a poetic, psychic surgeon –
pledges petroglyphs of Donatistic lyrics, and complex lamentations.
I survive by devouring plentiful plenilunes in valiant dimensions.
Jekyll and Hyde’s allotment cultivates fine verbs and nouns.
Fifty years devout, sterling service awards and android-head,
with an ingot watch, a pension and an orthopaedic bed!
Yet, starving lyricists live eternally in folios: their cicatrices
flood like wordy blood, as knife-edged, quality-controlled rectos
cut into eternal ebbs and flows of etymological, mystagogic tides.
An android’s watch – rasped by retirement, coronary and death –
ticks on as a by-passed heart, gasping for breath:
under a charity shop counter, it flops; limp as amaranth,
in a swiftly-decomposing, demoralised, pocket-sized wreath.
This wage-less wordsmith’s spine-chilling lines will outlive
the hands and face of mechanised life and time; by sculpting
denticulate epistles – with a scalpel – into epidermis then epitaph.
Copyright – Cassandra Swan – All rights reserved
THE EMOTIONALLY BANKRUPT NOMAD (My Muse and my Poetic Anatomy)
My tears dive as thousands of seamstress’ pins,
piercing and scratching my senescent, seersucker skin
in unison with inundating rain, pelting like
chipped stones on grimy windowpanes.
I have psychically unstitched and extracted
my poetic heart: it pumps independently
as a swollen, red pincushion in my paternal
grandmother’s needlework box.
I am miraculously liberated! Immune from men,
their tricks, and critics! They spin yards of finely edged,
perissological offcuts; blind to my worth
with their market-stall illiteracy.
I am an emotionally bankrupt nomad!
Hollow as a didgeridoo!
Fighting a spellbinding resonance,
with Bohemian hysteria and scholarly phantasmagoria.
Now I persist in Rhadamanthine strictness –
whisking together idioms, while dull homemakers
bear children and bake cakes – abominable tasks!) –
as an unalterable, contrary, libertine poet,
thrilled by my jeremiad rigmarole
in a blue-bell picking, pell-mell hell!
My computer has swallowed my soul
and subconscious: commixing psyche soup,
with device-conscious croutons.
The cerebellum is my only secure home.
I have temerariously traipsed many meritorious miles
on the bedlam-worn path of an elegiac,
Cossack, Revolutionary Poet.
In this dead man’s boots, with vast oval holes,
I flung myself – as a lemming – into the cerebral infinity
of the tormented demagogue’s words,
curdled blood, and his untimely bullet!
They now bond, as flesh stamps, on star-crossed
lovers’ envelopes. A tainted love pact binds me
to my burly, etheric paramour: in heartfelt, moth-eaten cloth
my love grows eagerly, as a hand-made Russian quilt;
binding the spiritual fabric of our otherworldly lives,
blending them, to create one proxilitious, adept, unique,
contemporary, female agitator.
Mayakovsky basks with me in red-hot, Revolutionary ecstasy.
Our poetic blood leaves a dripping trail
for bards who wish to follow.
Frenzied Lotharios are rattling out of
the woodwork, as dozens of demented
death-watch beetles. I fluctuate between
a discursive, jejune wilderness,
and committing cumbrous, discombobulating acts.
Page 2/ “The Shaman’s Pyrrhic Victory”
All that remains are these death-defying facts:
“You are beyond redemption , Cassandra!”
“You belong to me!”
“Your veins are full of MY blood and poems!”
Copyright Cassandra Swan – HELKAPPE POEMS -2005 – all rights reserved – Recorded 2019.
#REVIEW EXTRACTS for CASSANDRA SWAN’S POETRY#
“Her Athenian Entablatures are the final presentation of genius.”
HONORARY PROFESSOR B. B. BLACKWELL – REVIEW WRITER/POET – UK
“Her words intimidate the intellect of the world’s greatest philosophers.”
- S. BATTEN – EDITOR – READ HERRINGS LITERARY MAGAZINE – USA
“The unique quality of Cassandra Swan’s often macabre verse, so richly endowed with tonal effect and remarkable descriptive detail, necessarily places it in a compelling class of its own”
BERNARD M. JACKSON – INTERNATIONAL REVIEW WRITER
“This book is a source of ancient serenity and top-notch art. It is a living enclave of the wounded but powerful heart, radiant intellect and deep soul! The entrance to it is open, it does not require protection from vandals or plunderers, it’s able to speak for itself and talk to anyone who dares to step in.”
STAN LAUK-DUBITSKY – SENIOR EDITOR – NEW POETRY MAGAZINE – MOSCOW
“The Panjandrum of Quondam is a masterpiece by any standards. It stretches the imagination beyond hyperspace. Cassandra’s magical use of words in new contexts can be disturbing. Read it. You’ll know then what poetry is achieving. Cassandra is the Tracey Emin of the written word, a bed we all need to lie in and explore.”
HONORARY PROFESSOR B. BLACKWELL – POET – REVIEW WRITER
“Cassandra Swan deserves the high accolade of COMRADE OF THE MONTH on Sovlit.com (now Sovlit.net) our website for the preservation of Soviet Literature. In ‘THE PANJANDRUM OF QUONDAM’ she snarls and bellows with the intensity and passion of Mayakovsky. She slaps the face of public taste, as did Mayakovsky. She stuns the reader with startling images. She bombards the battalions of the bourgeois, less-is-more poetry bunch with her brave word-bombs, all while expressing her deep love for Mayakovsky. We have arranged for the tribute to the great Soviet Poet Vladimir Mayakovsky to be translated for publication in Russian.”
ERIC KONKOL – FOUNDER/CHAIRMAN/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF – Sovlit.com/
(now Sovlit.net) – USA
“’The Panjandrum of Quondam’ is a gem; written with an uninhibited approach to language. This long poem seeks to pre-empt criticism by the author’s stance as a revolutionary class warrior. Throughout Cassandra Swan is conscious of her role as writer in opposition to the establishment, whether defined by academic, political, social or gender hierarchies.”
ADRIAN GREEN – POET – FORMER REVIEW EDITOR – LITTORAL MAGAZINE – UK
“CANDY COTTON KID AND THE FAUSTIAN WOLF”
Is a theory on the life and suicide of Sylvia Plath – written in the unconventional form of an 18 stanza, free verse poem and extensive notes.
“Candy Cotton Kid and The Faustian Wolf” by Cassandra Swan is a prismatic trip into the nectar of psychological disdain. It is a profound journey into the drowning world of human pain and it trades emotional melee with “the trireme a perverted dais.” It is a calling, a begging, melodic rampart that transcends the male mind to comprehend beyond its maleness and to concede a conscience that all sin is suspect of the “all seeing eye.” The richness of verbiage, the colourfulness and descriptiveness of such destructive realism, makes humanity stop in its tracts to consider, that sex is more a weapon than it is a gift of loving-kindness. –
DANIEL S. BATTEN – EDITOR – READ HERRINGS LITERARY JOURNAL – USA
“Candy Cotton Kid and The Faustian Wolf” is an ingenious and shocking masterpiece. It is a scarlet syrupy spark fallen from the bleeding wheel of rape and you can even see how the black viper of memory is twisting it with grinding precision. Every image is like its slough of “love” with dirty mirrors of scales. This spark is falling in our withered society with red-inked papers of ignorance. What for? To change you from the inside! This incredible poem is not just about terrible experiences from the past, it is a resurgent statue carved from shades and words, which is standing to confront you, naked, shivering, honest, and ready to be read by you with gentle touch of your eyes and heart.
*STAN LAUK-DUBITSKY – SNR EDITOR/FOUNDER – NEW POETRY – MAGAZINE – MOSCOW – RUSSIA
*We intend to publish this ingenious poem in our English edition and translate it for publication in our Russian edition.
CASSANDRA SWAN is an internationally acclaimed, widely published, award-winning poet, author, artist, revolutionary, visionary, political activist, medium, clairvoyant, PhD student and former highly successful hypnotherapist. She delves deep into the human mind and condition in her intimate, confessional poetry to explore the human psyche utilising voices, landscapes, characters, images, emblems, motifs, myths, symbols and archetypes, which embrace death and re-birth. This collection of selected works reaches back as far as her adolescence. Some of her works are tragic, humoresque, ironic; some serve as a map to her own unique, imagistic journey, addressing existential, social, sexual, emotional and synchronistic insights, which emerge as an awareness of the unavoidable stages of life from puberty through to middle-age.
Cassandra has developed a new Literary/Poetic Style: “Graphorrhoealism” (From Greek graphien to write + rhoia a flow) a written counterpart of logorrhoea. “Graphorrhoea” represents defiance: an uninhibited approach to language; and cultivates the importance of compelling, descriptive detail,This playlist has no tracks yet a fusion of poetry, psychology – often technical terminology -, mythology, synchronicity and often, prophecy. Unearthing and revealing the deep, inner revolution and landscape of the poet. A style developed through the cultivation of the higher consciousness and relationships with muses and mentors in spirit.Cassandra’s dark poems: “Hammer” and “The Pocket-size Wreath” both won international poetry competitions and the soundtracks are now produced *short films. Her poetry has been featured on BBC Radio and regularly on www.audiobookradio.net. She has been widely published in poetry magazines and gained outstanding reviews for her challenging poetry. She always seeks to bring her beguiling poems to an audience in ways that overlook outmoded, traditional, conventional forms and styles. She has collaborated with composers and DJs. Her work has been hailed as works of “genius” by Honorary Professors and she has been referred to as: “The Underground Poet Laureate”. Cassandra has worked with Turner Prize nominee artists Jake and Dinos Chapman and Sam Taylor-Johnson in work subsequently featured in Saatchi exhibitions and international venues. Her couture standard hand embroidery has been exhibited in Fine Art Galleries and her controversial performance art exhibitions in various London locations. Cassandra is writing a screenplay and a sequel based on her life story and has a Director/Producer for both productions.The State Mayakovsky Museum in Moscow invited Cassandra to perform her epic tribute to Vladimir Mayakovsky: “The Panjandrum of Quondam (The Epic Grenade)” in Moscow and Sergei Polunin formerly a dancer with the Royal Ballet is now collaborating to choreograph a ballet based on Cassandra’s Mayakovsky epic tribute. *“The Warring Harridan”, *“Beasts & Priests” (about paedophiles in the Church), *“Job Description (The British Serial Killer)” soundtracks, are in pre-production as short films. “Candy Cotton Kid…” is in early development with the Margot Fonteyn Ballet Academy to be a choreographed ballet.
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Mbizo CHIRASHA Freedom SPEECH Fellow at PEN- Zentrum Deutschland. Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival(https://ihraf.org/international-fellows ) , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly .Featured Writer Poet Activist at The Poet A Day(https://jamiededes.com/). Core Team Member and African Contributor to Bezine of Arts and Humanities(https://thebezine.com/) in USA. Flash/Short Fiction Writer for Squawk Back Publication(http://www.thesquawkback.com/2020/01/mbizo.html).Contributing Writer( Africa) to IHRAF Publishes-https://ihraf.org/ihraf-publishes.The Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Curator of MiomboPublishing Blog Journal(https://miombopublishing.wordpress.com/). Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Co-Editor of Street Voices Poetry triluangal collection( English , African Languages and Germany) initiated by Andreas Weiland in Germany. Poetry Contributor to AtunisPoetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT was released by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on Amazon.com and at is featured at African Books Collective. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 400 spaces in print and online.
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