Poetry is Crusade for Stephen

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Two collections of poems of Stephen Gill have been released lately by two different publishers. One collection is called Flashes; another, Songs Before Shrine.
As the title of the book suggests, Flashes are trilliums in haiku spirit. Haiku is a form of poetry that was originated and matured in Japan, where haiku has gone through many stages of development and modifications. Haiku writers often do not agree on their approaches and philosophies in Japan, as well as in the West. Stephen Gill has found his own pasture within this genre. He has collected his experimentations of this genre in Flashes, calling them trilliums in haiku spirit.
Stephen Gill’s second collection is titled Songs Before Shrine. Most of these poems have appeared in around seventy-one publications. Like his trilliums in Flashes and poems in his previous collection Shrine, these poems are also mostly on peace and social concerns.
For Stephen Gill “poetry is a crusade to present his vision. The compelling influence for his crusade is the peace that is beauty.” He says that he draws waters for his inspiration from the inexhaustible well of his early days in New Delhi when India was divided in 1947. Readers will notice that it is the bitterness of the water of his inspiration that runs in the arteries of the author of Songs Before Shrine.
The forthcoming book of Stephen Gill is The Flame, a long poem of one hundred and forty five pages. This long poem, divided into sixty-five cantos, is about terrorism and peace. The Flame will be off the press in the Fall of 2007 by a different publisher. The Flame is his most ambitious project, though he is proud of Songs Before Shrine and also Shrine, says author Stephen Gill.
Stephen Gill was born in Pakistan, grew in India and migrated to England before settling in Cornwall, Canada. He is a multiple award-winning author of books of fiction, literary criticism and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications. For additional information about Stephen Gill, please visit his web site: www.stephengill.ca
Complimentary copies are available from the author for those who want to review these books or want to interview him: stephengill@cogeco.ca

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