Dr. John Telford has a new book out entitled “The Poet-Emperor of EARTH – An In-Depth Dialogue with The DEITY’ that will blow the minds of his most discerning Motown readers. It’s an allegorical novella–a dialogue between man and God in which they engage in a back-and-forth debate regarding the relative merits of DEMOCRACY vis-a-vis so-called ‘benevolent’ IMPERIALISM—and I advise readers not to peek prematurely at its ending, because it contains a huge surprise. To get a copy, go to Amazon.com and type in Dr. John Telford, or email Dr. Telford your address at DrJohnTelfordEdD@aol.com or call him at (313) r460-8272 and he’ll mail you a signed copy on the honor system with an invoice for $13.95 plus postage.
Telford, a recent Superintendent of DPS who has a Sunday afternoon radio show at 3:00 on NewsTalk1200, possesses an incredible ability to tell a captivating tale with poignance, humor, and depth. As in much of his previously published poetry, mystical overtones resonate in this spellbinding allegorical novella, which incidentally puts Trump in an interesting place. Prof. Josh Bassett, the director of the Institute for Social Justice at WCCCD,writes in the Introduction, “This famous Michiganian (or infamous Michiganian, depending on your political perspective), takes us through a wild, Dante-esque, only SEMI-fictionalized narrative, drawing upon his eighty-plus years of explosive earthly experience to speak proverbial truth-to-power with no less a luminary than God ‘Himself/Herself/Itself.’ As he did in his 2010 autobiography ‘A Life on the RUN – Seeking & Safeguarding Social Justice’ and in some of his other books and newspaper columns and in his radio and television shows, Telford confronts readers of ‘The Poet-Emperor of EARTH’ with fundamental questions concerning education, politics, social relations, and the future of democratic government–not only in Detroit and Michigan (whose many injustices imposed by the ‘powers-that-be’ it accusatively recounts multiple times) but also all across America and throughout the entire planet.”
Activist attorney Tom Stephens writes, “Dr. Telford deftly weaves a hypnotically hallucinatory world that supplants the equally surreal one we live in.”
Michael “Doc” Holbrook, a Board member of the Boggs Center in Detroit, states, “This unique novella is a masterpiece. Also, one of its two main characters just happens to bear more than a passing and entirely UN-coincidental resemblance to the book’s prolific author–the poet Telford, who put his own crowned likeness on the front cover along with that of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel depiction of God and that of the author’s second-generation Russian-American wife Adrienne, who is characterized as the audacious feminist ‘Balalaika’ in the book.”
Writes Greg Dunmore of PulseBeat Arts, TV Channel 20: “This book contains higher-order insights. It is a must-read.”
I concur–I wish you all an enlightening and CATALYZING literary experience!