I’m very pleased to present the world premiere of “He Completes Me,” for voice and harp, my poem as set to music by composer and creator of new musicals, the excellent Mr. Eric Rockwell. The poem is from the MY KINGDOM collection of poems, short stories, & short plays for stage & screen, now available in paperback and ebook editions at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SVGNQG6
And again they called to heaven
When around them rose a hell;
Again the angels came from earth
In answer to the bell.
While flesh and blood fought smoke and flame
And kept the black line manned,
The thanks went to the god by whose
Own breath the fires were fanned.
Friends, please feel free to share the above image widely, particularly with any and all who may have Hong Kong connections. May the photograph and the words help strengthen the resolve of those willing to stand for their freedom, for their lives, against the march of tyranny.
Award-winning photograph by P H Yang, used with permission.
Peace, peace, but not a moment to be found,
No closet or armoire is free from the sound,
For now your enemies live here in your head—
Sitting at your table—
Waiting in your bed—
And who is to blame for their being inside?
What use, castle walls,
When the gate’s open wide?
~ Quent Cordair
When the loss will ever be lost,
When the wrong will never be right,
When what’s due will be dealt,
But the wound ever felt,
No sleep for the angel tonight.
* for Monteverde’s Angel
I’m honored to find myself in very good company indeed today, on the same page as Sophocles, under the heading, “Seven Great Poems on the Glory of Man.” With thanks to the editors at The Objective Standard. “A Call to Stand” is from the My Kingdom collection of poems, short fiction, and short plays for stage and screen, now available in paperback and Kindle editions.
My Kingdom for a review — literally! Today I’m giving away three Kindle-edition copies of My Kingdom in exchange for short reviews. Even just a sentence or two will do. Average reading time: four hours. Your mileage may vary.
Sample snippets of reader-reviews of My Kingdom posted so far, to whet your appetite:
“…a highly recommended soul-quencher.”
“…an homage to the mind of man.”
“…a mind-engaging symphony of deliverance … Quent Cordair presents a benevolent universe and a gallery of heroic individuals fighting for an ideal life. Ultimately, it is a love story. It is real and, if you reach for it, it can be yours.”
“There is a refreshing benevolence in all of Cordair’s work, not sugar-coated, that is captivating, profound…”
Be one of the first three to volunteer in the comments, with the understood commitment that you’ll do your best to post a review on Amazon within the next 14 days, and a copy is yours!
Quent Cordair’s My Kingdom is a select collection of poems, short stories, flash-fiction works, studies and musings from the author’s notebooks, short plays for stage and screen, special scenes from the Idolatry, and for the first time in print, the acclaimed short story “The Match,” together with the short screenplays “Mujahid” and “At Home with Heather James.”
“For me, an artist’s studio can be as fascinating a place to visit as the gallery or museum in which his finished work is displayed. Practice sketches, studies, exercises, works in progress, casual pieces created solely for the artist’s own pleasure—while perhaps never intended for sale or public exposure—can be as wondrous and interesting as finished works that have earned the artist’s signature. Over the years, I’ve been encouraged by fans to publish the writer’s equivalent of such studio work—written sketches, descriptions, dialogues, style and period exercises, scene and character studies, musings, selections from works in progress. This collection includes, in addition to an assortment of such, a variety of shorter, finished works, from poems to plays, dating to before publication of the Lunch Break collection. To one and all, welcome again to my world, my way. Welcome to My Kingdom.” ~ Quent Cordair