I considered myself exercising patience and restraint when I resisted paying additional shipping fees to receive my order of Barack Obama’s bestselling book, A Promised Land, just one day after it came out on November 17, 2020. Having opted for the longer arrival time of approximately 2 weeks at the much cheaper cost of “Free Shipping,” I did not expect to receive the book until either the end of November or early December. So imagine my surprise and #gratitude when it showed up November 19, just 2 days after the release date.
There’s no question A Promised Land is one of the most significant, if not THE most significant, memoirs of the modern era. Because of Mr. Obama’s direct involvement with public events which have shaped much of America’s and the world’s history in this first half of the 21st century, it could not have been otherwise.
A Parallel Literary Journey
In the photograph above, I have placed A Promised Land between 2 of my own most recent books: Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah and Greeting Flannery O’Connor at the Back Door of My Mind. The reason is not because I megalomaniacally imagine myself to be as famous or influential as the 44th president of the United States of America, but to commemorate a parallel literary journey through some extraordinary shared history. It is also my way of having a little social distance holiday fun with the great man himself.
Upon his election to the Oval Office 2008, I wrote the first (“There upon A Bough of Hope and Audacity”) of several poems about Barack H. Obama’s historic achievement. During my time as a national cultural arts columnist for AXS Entertainment, I wrote a number of articles documenting responses to Mr. Obama’s first term as president (with now #PresidentElect Joe Biden as his vice president). The proliferation of what we now frequently refer to as disinformation and misinformation prompted me to coin the term guerrilla decontextualization for the extreme nihilism directed against him and his family. Many Americans were not certain he would still be here to write and publish this book. The fact that he did endure to tell his remarkable story in A Promised Land is something totally worthy of celebration and gratitude.
Harlem Renaissance Centennial 2020-2030
The idea of Love as a valuable resource, or a powerful tool, is one some people find difficult to accept for various reasons. We can’t, after all, pay rent by smiling at landlords with hands over heart and then walking away, or purchase groceries by blowing a kiss to cashiers and waving goodbye. Nor can we hop on it like a bicycle and go riding through cities or the countryside.
Yet we know it has tremendous value if only because so many of the most famous names in history, whose teachings and life-examples influence billions to this day, have testified to its transformational and life-enriching power. Some have even died to prove the point. So we know these things but the “ways of the world,” to paraphrase lyrics by Earth Wind & Fire, cause us to lose sight of its proven potential and its potentially world-healing abundance.
The new long-anticipated literary memoir by Aberjhani, GREETING FLANNERY O’CONNOR AT THE BACK DOOR OF MY MIND, features insightful essays on: Flannery O’Connor, James Alan McPherson, John Berendt, Antiracism, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes cover art by the author and a throw-back photo album. ISBN 978-1-71668-481-4.
-Admittedly, Love itself as expressed in the context of romantic relationships, family connections, friendships, and other situations carries certain amounts of built-in stress and discomfort. Those, however, rarely prove greater than Love’s capacity to recognize and self-correct its own shortcomings. If allowed time to do so.
The #quotation used with the #art #graphic for this post is from my #book Journey through the Power of the Rainbow. Hopefully, it further reinforces the importance and effectiveness of a resource available worldwide during this time of the COVID19 pandemic crisis. The extremely fine visual art framing the words is by gifted visionary creative Natasha Von Rosenschilde.
Contemporary award-winning author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.