Beyond the Seventh Morning

Editor: John B. Lee & Manuel de Jesús Velázquez León

Title: Beyond the Seventh Morning

ISBN: 978-1-897475-95-9 = 9781897475959

Trade Paperback: 104 pages – 6 X 9 

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Beyond the Seventh Morning is an uplifting, stimulating book of poetry created around the theme of nature and spirituality – how do nature and spirituality overlap? Fifteen inspiring black and white nature photographs by Richard M. Grove are distributed throughout. This literary work will explores why nature is important to us on more than just a visceral and primitive level. This book will tell of positive mountain top, lake gliding, snow trudging experiences using nature as metaphor and simile to express the joy and peace that those exchanges yield. In these days of global warming and threatening climate change, this book will act as a calming beacon that shows the importance and value of nature and how it nurtures the soul.

Editors’ Biographies

John B. Lee:

In 2005 John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity.  The same year he received the distinction of being named Honourary Life Member of The Canadian Poetry Association. In 2007 he was made a member of the Chancellor’s Circle of the President’s Club of McMaster University and named first recipient of the inaugural Black Moss Press Souwesto Award for his contribution to the ethos of writing in Southwestern Ontario.  A recipient of over seventy prestigious international awards for his writing he is winner of the $10,000 CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the only two time recipient of the People’s Poetry Award, and 2006 winner of the inaugural Souwesto Orison Writing Award (University of Windsor).  In 2007 he was named winner of the Winston Collins Award for Best Canadian Poem and in 2010 he received the International Poets Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Global Peace through World Poetry.  He has well-over fifty books published to date and is the editor of seven anthologies including two best-selling works: That Sign of Perfection: poems and stories on the game of hockey; and Smaller Than God: words of spiritual longing.  His work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications, and has been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, Hungarian and Chinese.  He has read his work in nations all over the world including South Africa, France, Korea, Cuba, Canada and the United States.  He has been to Cuba on many occasions, is a member in good standing of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance and his book of poems Island on the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea (Hidden Brook Press, 2009) was inspired by his travels in Cuba.  He has received letters of praise from Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Australian Poet, Les Murray, and Senator Romeo Dallaire.  Called “the greatest living poet in English,” by poet George Whipple, he lives in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada where he works as a full time author.

Manuel de Jesús Velázquez León:

Manuel de Jesús Velázquez León is a professor of studies of the English Speaking cultures at the University of Pedagogical Sciences “José de la Luz y Caballero”, Holguín, Cuba. With a bachelor in education, he did his doctoral degree in the field of moral education. He has been author and speaker in several national and international academic symposia. His academic work has been published in specialized magazines and in books. Among his theoretical works, there are the following: A Sheaf of Poetry: for the Students, 2003; A Sheaf of Poetry: for the Teachers, 2003; Chosen Short Stories, 2005; Beyond Poetry: Experiences in Values Education, 2010. Professor Velázquez León is currently working on a new writing Project: Learning Decent Behavior: Moral Education Revisited, a book that will systematize thirty-five years of teaching experience and research on moral education in the field of studies of the English speaking cultures. He has received several awards for his academic work, such as: Premio José de la Luz y Caballero; Placas XX y XXX Aniversario de la Universidad de Ciencias Pedagógicas José de la Luz y Caballero; Orden Frank País; Distinción por la Educación Cubana. Manuel is the Vice-President of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, the Editor in Chief of the literary magazine The Ambassador and the editor of SandCrab Books. Among his literary publications there are Intimate Strangers II: The Riverbanks of Time, 2006; Our Brooks Flow from Here, 2006; Borderless Skies, 2007; Sweet Cuba: The Building of a Poetic Tradition 1608-1958, 2010, Tales for Pablo, 2012.