Here’s the synopsis. Funny enough, it doesn’t really refer to anything specific that is actually in the poems, no plot, no hints, no clues :-), also part of the synopsis was poached from a comment I made in response to a reader’s comment :-), ka-ching!
If you were an 8 year old Iraqi girl whose parents had been killed by a bomb; if you had witnessed your son get into the wrong crowd, begin taking drugs, then commit suicide, right from within the US; if you had your arms dismembered or amputated by the Janjaweed Militia in Darfur, over a resources control and religious conflict that was none of your business; if you needed surgery your family couldn’t afford; if you were a dying girl in India who just discovered that a corporation’s dishonest waste disposal practices within your village (practices they would not be allowed to get away with in their own country) were most probably responsible for your illness; if a corporation exploited your country’s mineral wealth enriching the company’s shareholders and directors, and a handful of corrupt local politicians while poverty lingered and your country became more deprived… how would you feel if someone effectively said ‘shit happens, some things can never be changed until people have an incentive to change their behaviour’?
From a town outside a forward thinking city in England some words have been slowly and painstakingly reorganising themselves the last four years. Their servant, a sojourner with a story as fictitious as is factual. The end product is a creation that will entertain, encourage, provoke, poke fun, tease and ridicule … it delves into themes including celebrity, crime, destiny, extremism, elitism, inequality, freedom, justice, law, literature, love, mysticism, philosophy, poetry, politics, poverty, rationalism, religion and revolution…
The poems challenge existing norms that contribute to societal dysfunction across the world, the injustice, the greed, the unrestrained excess, the warring…. appealing to those in positions of authority or leadership to carefully reconsider their actions, in so far as they impact others further afield, the poems advocate empathy, responsibility and freedom from puppetry, in favour of Responsible Capitalism; all in an effort to realise the achievable goal of a harmonious world in which the majority of people lived in relative peace and happiness, free from want, free from fear.
From here onwards, I expect things to get very exciting, now that MadWorld is published, it’s now a waiting game. Watch this space for details of how to get a copy!