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Rivers of Time

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Cy's poems are sparks of light thrown off from a life lived to the fullest. They are rooted in the British West Indian colony of British Guiana, then track through the trauma of WWII Europe where as a RAF navigator the author was shot down over Holland and incarcerated in a Nazi prison camp.

Having fought for the mother country, the racial bar on his chosen profession pushed Cy into show business – singing the news in calypso; theatre; movies – then into taking on the inherent inequities of British society, by setting up Drum the first black arts centre, followed by his production of the Concord multi-cultural arts festivals. The poems map the poet's route, from the Keats of empire through the senseless loss of war, to the anger of the sixties, culminating in a 2-year national tour of Aimé Césaire's Cahier – a tour de force of black discovery and reconciliation. This transcendence was completed by his immersion in the non-dualist philosophy of the Tao Te Ching and an in-depth study of the steel pan, the gift of the West Indies to the world; a transmutation of industrial waste metal into healing sound. And so the later poems find him creating alternative healing realities at the crossroads of so many different journeys; enriching us like the panman, from basic materials – in his case pen and paper – and from the soul.


96 pages

edited with an introduction by Ian Dieffenthaller

ISBN 978-0-9552178-3-8

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Pan 1

The world revolves 

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1 review for Rivers of Time

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Reviewed in Network Review of the Scientific and Medical Network Winter 2009.

    These poems span a period of over 60 years, and are ably introduced by Ian Dieffenthaller. Some describe his experiences in the air force during the war, while others reflect wider philosophical concerns, his interests in the Tao Te Ching and his role as a champion of the dreaming black soul in a white materialistic culture. Cy makes very creative use of language and rhythm. Here is the first part of his poem Silence

    To say that which is unsaid

    is like throwing a pebble

    breaking the pool of silence

    words alone are as inadequate

    as a lack of words

    silence is not a lack of words.

    tears dissolve the eyes

    as love the senses

    The poems are powerful and evocative, showing how words and their combination can reach beyond normal explicit meanings.

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