My new poetry book, Illuminations is about to be released.
This collection captures the wonder of the act of creation,
the burst of excitement associated with the birth of the new,
and the challenges and sacrifice involved in bringing inspiration to fruition.
Launching June 20, 2020
Author: June Perkins
Illustrators: Ruha and Minaira Fifita
Target Age: 13 to 100 years plus
ISBN: 9780980731194 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780648720508 (hard cover, dustcover)
6 X 9 inches
Publication Date: 20/6/2020
$23.95 AUD Paperback
$36.95 AUD Hardcover
More news on my latest poetry collection soon. Launching June 2020. This is a sneak peek of the back cover.
(c) Image and Words June Perkins
This piece was first published on Nineteen Months September 2019
I am presently working on a chapbook of poems accompanied by some black and white illustrations from Ruha Fifita. Working title The Dreamers.
This work is inspired by poems I exhibited during the Illumine Exhibition.
Some of the poems reflect my spiritual upbringing as a Baha’i and depict stories from Baha’i history.
I have spent some time inviting friends of different religious and spiritual backgrounds to respond to these works, and thank them for their input into being beta readers for the poems. They have asked some beautiful questions that have assisted me in the process of poetry as building a bridge of understanding.
I read some of them at the Ink of Light Festival as well.
I was very keen to work with someone who has a diverse background, and for Ruha to give a visual contemporary Pacific feel to this work.
We don’t have an exact publication date yet, but will let you know once it is more planned.
Absolutely love collaborating with my creative friends and enjoyed working with Ruha last year.
The work has already passed the Baha’i Review process, but just working out the best format and platforms for publishing and distribution of the work.
Latest Contribution to Nineteen Months.
Meditation showed me: Mercy to light is shade, to darkness is light, to the miserable is joy, to night is day, to drought is rain, to floods is the sun, to suffering is beauty and in that meditation came this bird – the inward light of fire, walking in the spiritual waters of the soul.
“My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.”
-Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words
You can visit this image and other at inspiring images and quotations Nineteen Months.
“Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory.” -Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words
Three years ago, Neda Najibi started a series on her Facebook page titled ‘Did You Know?’ portraying stories about Bahá’í Heroes and Heroines. She did this because she noticed there wasn’t a single online location systematically attempting to capture the heroism, struggles, victories, sacrifices, and the dedication of past and present Bahá’ís.
The death of Neda’s father (Nassir Najibi 1925-2013) gave her the impetus to launch Bahá’í Chronicles, to honour the many heroes and heroines, past and present, of the Bahá’í Faith.
She undertook the project to honour the memory of her father and feels he has been her guiding light for the past two years of putting this site together.
The team that have created the site are: Neda Nassir Najibi, Co-Founder and Editor; Vanda Marie Khadem, Co-Founder. Bahá’í Chronicles intentionally does not make mention of the creators’ collegiate years, career environment or achievements but rather…
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