I keep secrets
Under the Atlantic’s floor
Through the Euphrates River
The fires of Watts and
The endless chatter of Birmingham
Permanently etched in love
The science of synergy
The mathematics of trees
Nourishing the root of
– “Secrets” (“Gathered at Her Sky,” p.25)
“Gathered at Her Sky,” Tantra-zawadi’s new book will make you like poetry again. This short but amazing ten-poem collection delivers poignant truths that will tug at your heartstrings and shake your bones. It speaks to the divine in us, a place where Love is not hindered by materialistic considerations. Most importantly, the book asks women to proudly stand up and refuse the dictatorship of closed minds.
“Gathered at Her Sky” is a linguistic feast for the mind and senses, an experience that will leave you profoundly moved. You will find yourself reading the book over and over again, certain that you can hear the voice of the author whispering in your inner ears.
Tantra-zawadi is a spiritual activist who holds humanity in the highest regard. She writes from a place that many have tried to understand but have never really been able to embrace. It is probably because she is comfortable enough with who she is to share her naked spirit on the white page. As such, she is one of the most talented artists of her generation, a master painter of the poetic landscape.
Everyone should read “Gathered at Her Sky.” If you will not do it for yourself, at least do it for your children.