Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: World of Stars by Seyoum Nigussie

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for World of Stars by Seyoum Nigussie. This excerpt tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
Title: World of Stars
Author: Seyoum Nigussie
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: June 2nd 2021
Print Length: 142 pages
Genre: Poetry
World of Stars is a collection of poetry that portrays the beauties of nature and human experiences in the world. The poems enumerate various places, events, personas, notions and conditions that deserve poetic attention. A portion of the poems are made for tributes and gratitude to great personas who make this world as adorable as it is.

The poems are on varied topics and distinct from each other. Abstract and subjective ideas are woven into the poems to highlight the degree of transcendence. All the poems are metrical composition. By illustrating the good side of the world and nature within it, the poems aim to elevate people to a good way of looking at life as beautiful and meaningful.

Paradox and Dilemmas

Time will come for immortal humans

For further leap on paradox and dilemmas

Time will never come for immortal humans

A day will come when humans grow wings

And they will fly every where on winds.

The goal is not about wings but the strings.

Fateful is labyrinth as paradox and dilemmas.

Around congregated mass of uncountable stars

Tests are still there on paradox and dilemmas.

Religion and science emerged out of distress

And lives keep evolving always in progress.

Even when life goes at times abysmal

Paradox and dilemmas would go normal.

Hurricane and earthquakes are critical

Yet, human spirits live on the mythical.

Much energies spent on what is logical

And less energies used are such ethical.

As forces of nature are hardly rational

Paradox and dilemmas go by occasional.

Conservation of nature is for ecological

Paradox and dilemmas are dearly comical.
The world and life in general was promising to me until I was 17 years in my native country of Ethiopia. While a high school student in 1974, the world around me came crashing down when communist military Junta took state power and soon started a killing spree, at times committing mass murder. This was very traumatizing and the start of Stalinist ‘Red Terror’ on the ground. It was bad enough to hate being in life. From this, I quickly learnt life in the world is about taking on adventures.

With six of my school friends and one of our teachers, we formed an alliance to take action against the Junta. With 2 years of preparation we had managed to inform the public and get the local police headquarters on our side. Then, in April 1976 we staged a rebellion without violence in Nekempte, provincial capital of Welega. The revolt was short-lived, nothing lost with little gain. Amidst media control of the Junta, the news of rebellion was heard across the country. After that, my friends and I vowed to individually take on challenges for democracy as a life-long mission. We split apart and I went underground. When the security situation became harsh, I left the country for Sudan.

Despite traumatizing news and the realities around me with the ‘Periods of Gloom and Doom’, I took refuge in reading classical poetry which became my long time passion.

After a long journey through ups and downs, I suffered a car accident in Sudan, and left Africa all together - migrating to Canada in 1990. Through my journey in life, I looked around for a drug of relief from grief and nostalgia. Poetry reading had become my choice for entertainment and to delete bad memories and traumas. Soon after I realized that positive poetry is as good as drugs, music and paintings are, I decided to write one and here I begin with World of Stars.

Seyoum Nigussie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions is responsible for everything related to this giveaway.)

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  1. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

  2. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  3. Looks great, saw this tour on a few sites now.

  4. looks amazing keep up the great work!

  5. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and excerpt.

  7. Replies
    1. 2 years from first draft to final finish then edit. = Seyoum

  8. I have a niece who would so love this book!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  9. sounds like a fun one

  10. Do you listen to music when you write?

    1. No. I set myself aside to where there is no noise. And immerse into imaginations, = Seyoum

  11. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading

  12. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Tell me about the best day of your life.

    1. I don't really know the best day of my life because I had both many bad days and best days. However, my best days are: The day The day former Soviet Union collapsed, the day Berlin Wall fall down, and the day communist military dictatorship I was up against my whole life in Ethiopian was toppled. These may be some what distant stories for many but still fresh in my mind.

    2. Sorry, I forgot to mention my name at the end of my response to your question to best day of my life. = Seyoum

  14. This sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover.
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