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TRANSCENDING THE VISION

TRANSCENDING THE VISION

(For Congresswoman Yvette Diane Clarke)


On the dawn of a new day, basking in glorious light
Flowering like a flowering mist
The sacred essence of history couldn’t resist
Sure like the sunrise, filtering through the night
Flowing with grace to the summit’s height
Signal hope of your people, in you they delight
Their songs to poetry like petals spread
Overflowing praises where-ever you tread
You are the epitome of a strong tower of a woman.

Ride the pebbles of fate, transcending the vision it makes
Nations awake! Nations awake!
Astride the sky, soar over the lofty heights as you rise, as you rise, as you rise
As we reflect and internalize
In poetry let me sermonize
Marvelous are the depth of your strengths and the breath of your wisdom
Stride on Brooklyn ’s Gem …………………
You are the Princess of the Kingdom
You are the epitome of a strong tower of a woman

Like the certainty of day
Like sun and like moons you brighten the way
You captivate…………
In the reach of your charm
Your genuine nature and mystique connects
With the sureness of steps
Your quiet deportment
Assured focus
In the straightness of your back
The flash of your smile
The lift of your head
You calm the storms
You are a strong tower of a woman to me.


God bless you.



Poem by: James C. Richmond

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A Dedicated Heart to Give by James C. Richmond

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Book Reading & Signing

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PRESS RELEASE: OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH BY JAMES C. RICHMOND IN NYC !!!!

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PRESS RELEASE

ON THE WINDOW OF MY SKIN’
Poetic Expressions


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BOOK LAUNCH

Poet James C. Richmond in collaboration with JRG Fashion Café, the only restaurant located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn boasting a roof deck patio, presents the launching of his book, ˜On the Window of My Skin” poetic expressions on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 6pm.

˜On the Window of My Skin” is a stimulating work written by the renowned poet in his inimitable style and clearly demonstrates his ability to fuse western and traditional cultures while fostering greater thematic understanding.

This book certainly hits the mark with both insightful and impassioned offerings and the publication is already being hailed as a winning page-turner. New York’s Caribbean Impact newspaper certainly gives it a thumbs-up, with its comment - ˜Masterful. Richmond displays a deep understanding of poetry that gnaws at the reader, leaving an electrifying tingle. The poet writes with vivid detail and awesome power. He is a literary Powerhouse...”

The launching of the book, ˜On the Window of My Skin” by James C. Richmond on August 3 at JRG will be preceded by a cocktail reception.

You are cordially invited.

JRG Fashion Café
177 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY, 11217
(718) 399-7079

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ALANA




Miss Guyana Universe, Alana Ernest in New York.



FETED IN NEW YORK

MISS Guyana Universe, Alana Ernest, was hosted at JRG Café on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn NY by Guyanese in the Tri-State. Among those who gave words of encouragement to the queen were members of the Guyanese Community including Consul General Hon. Brentnol Evans, Ms. Patricia Jordan-Langford President of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance, Guyanese Doctor Mitchell, poet James Richmond and Ms. Bonita Wolfe Woodhouse, President/Managing Director and founder of United Bridge Builders Mission, Inc. (UBBM) a non-profit organisation/foundation.

Several persons made monetary donations and pledges to the queen. The MC for the occasion was Mr. Rickford Dalgety. (Linden Drakes)

(Courtesy of Guyana Chronicle)

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James C. Richmond was born and raised in Hopetown Village on the West Coast of Berbice in Guyana, South America. His writings are influenced primarily by his love of Guyana and the Caribbean region where he lived and worked. He has published two books of poetry, 'Reflections of Today' and 'Where the Pomeroon Meets'. Presently, he has compiled forty-nine of his poems on compact disc (CD) called, 'Emerging Sound'. He resides in New York.

Reviewed by M. Stephanie Browne Emerging Sound – Spoken Word by James C. Richmond. New York, 2004. Recorded & Mixed: Philglotan Sounds, Brooklyn, NY; Drum Over Dubs: Happy Nest Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Graphics: Daneth Dopwell. Produced by James Richmond. Within the last decade, poetry has jumped from page to performance and has reached a new and wider audience thanks to the "Spoken Word" artists and their works. James C. Richmond is one such performer. Judging from his works, Richmond is a clear-eyed observer of people, things, and events, who understands his role in the broader culture, and uses his poetry to show us the world as muse. He recently released Emerging Sound, his first CD of spoken word verses, and a follow-up to his previously published works Reflections of Today and Where the Pomeroon Meets. Born and raised in Guyana, Richmond started writing poetry at age seven; thereafter his talent flourished. In his own words, his writings were mostly inspired by his love for country and the surrounding Caribbean islands. A poet by heart and a "consummate performer", this artist's newest endeavor has culminated in a staggering and ambitious forty-nine freshly minted works. Each is read by Richmond himself and delivered with clarity, and poignancy, and in a voice that speaks with an unforced ease, yet commands the listener's attention. Neither radical nor reactionary, this poet is full of creative vigor and prowess, and the spirit of his collection is encapsulated in its concerns, and the richness of his voice. From the inhumanity of 9/11, to the pastoral beauty and, sometimes, hostility of nature, to the much used subject of romance (a most reliable ingredient of poetry), and nuances indigenous to the Guyanese culture, Richmond has carefully chosen his subject matters and parlayed them into verses that tell real stories. Many of the pieces address tough, ethical issues, but some are more rhapsodic in pursuit and of a lighter and airier mode of expression. Others are metaphysical which make up a good balance. Drum beats, piano, and the natural sounds of the rainforest and its inhabitants all serve well as effective background accompaniments. The compilation begins with “9/11” – a moving tribute "to the thousands of hearts ripped apart”, and a grim reminder of one of the darkest days in history. Then there is “Time Meet Time”, a piece in which the poet is having a conversation with Malcolm X and relating Dr. Betty's passing to him. In the piece, the poet keeps re-iterating "Malcolm, Betty is dead. Malcolm, Betty is dead” as if it is still difficult to acknowledge this truth. Titles such as "Time Meet Time", "Mother's Day Affair", "Sweating Underneath”, "A Dream To Come Through", "Anthrax Scare", "Let The Fire Burn”, and “Guyana’s Sea Walls”, understandably have a piercing aim, but these are tempered with lighter pieces like "Spring Time", "Labor Day”, and “Caribbean Thing" all served up like scrumptious hors d'oeuvres in readiness for the main course. I found several of Richmond's renditions impressive. To those who would argue that in the spoken word line breaks, rhythm, or proper decorum get lost when poets perform rather than write, Richmond may have provided an answer. His lines are meticulously spare and clean with nudges of emphasis in their appropriate places, and words are clearly enunciated and polished in their deliverance like the facet of a gem. This poet has also paced himself very well. In between each piece, he pauses and gives the listener time to assimilate and prepare for more of what is still to come. In a genre dominated by poets who frequently pepper their works with crude, scatological language, Richmond has chosen, instead, to use only clean, simple narrative content. James Richmond is certainly holding his own. For those who don't know him, this is a formal introduction. After listening to Emerging Sound one has to be favorably impressed by this collection. It certainly adds an interesting dimension to a rich tradition of Guyanese literature. This CD may be obtained from West Indian Stores/Outlets. For Info: 718- 807-8491. Please order this unprecedented poetic CD before it goes out of stock !!

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