I wrote this earlier today on my poetry blog http://rgdinmalaysia.xanga.com/770984209/on-hiatus/
Taking a little break from poetry yes but working on editing THE STRONG AND THE WRONG my third book in a series of six. The first two, CRIPPLED HEARTS and THE ABSENT are still for sale on Amazon and other onlie booksellers. More info about them here www.rajbooks.com
I hope to see THE STRONG AND THE WRONG published by the middle of the year or earlier.
About THE STRONG AND THE WRONG….
At the heart of The Strong and The Wrong are dual themes. The first one being if one lives in a society or is a citizen of a country whose actions they disapprove of and they are not in a position to affect change, it is a valid form of protest to leave. This is discussed in reaction to general American policy and then specifically the USA’s actions in the world following 9-11. The second theme is travel and relocation to a new land (in this case Malaysia) not just open you up to new experiences but also new ways of thinking that might help you erase old negative ways of thinking.
The Strong and The Wrong could be described in three parts. The first part is the dark history of America’s intervention in the affairs in the twentieth century as told from the narrator’s viewpoint. This and his impending marriage to a Malaysian woman lead him to try living in Malaysia. The majority of the book deals with adapting to life and culture and work in Malaysia. The last part deals with the narrator learning about Buddhism. While not necessarily embracing it has his own personal philosophy, he learns much from it and comes up with his way of dealing with life.
The Strong and The Wrong is neither a travel book nor non-fiction nor an adventure novel nor post-realism doggerel. It is a simple story of wherever you go you take yourself with you but it also possible to replace pieces of yourself with where you go.