Irinushka's poetry pamphlet Into the Silence was recently released by Chrysalis and is available through Readings, The Avenue, Collected Works. RRP $10
Irinushka is Irina Kuzminsky, a poet, dancer and singer who passionately believes in the arts as a bridge to the spiritual. At Oxford her doctorate was on the ‘Language of Women’ and she was elected Junior Research Fellow in Humanities at Wolfson College. Irina’s poetry and articles have been published in the UK, Australia and the US, and her performances and music have been acclaimed in the UK, Germany, US and Australia. Her art is centred around spiritual feminism. Poetry, dance and music are for her a part of that journey into the divine feminine.
“A truly spiritual voice. What a superb collection of inspiring poetry.” - Michael Mann, Watkins Publishing
“A unique voice of truth, spirituality and beauty.” - Kevin Brown, composer
“Into the Silence is a wonderful stepping stone to our deepest thoughts.” - Julianna O’Bryan
Available through Readings, The Avenue, Collected Works. RRP $10
Irina Kuzminsky is just one of two Australian poets to be included in this international anthology of visionary poetry
Why is poetry important, even essential, for us now ? And what part does it have to play in the wider culture of our time? Answering this question is what has given rise to this anthology at this time.
Poetry has always held both the stories and the consciousness of the tribe, reaching deep into what we know as the Oral Tradition—and as Julian Jaynes suggests in his extraordinary book The Origins of the Bicameral Mind about language and prophecy, for longer than prose. Poetry and music both speak to the same part of the brain, which actually (as recent neuroscientific research has indicated) is a different part of the brain that prose speaks to. It is the lyrical, of course, and also the imaginal. It is the imagination, which gives rises to vision, which is central and a stake here. As the saying goes- ‘Without a vision, the people perish’
May you find its secret song, its light and fire, in these pages. Fulcrum of diamond, balancing between each thing and thing, space each thing must evince, we cannot track you, but infer you, since you are the means by which all things are seen, pouring now, overbrimming, into this measuring this, this, on your weightlessness.
"Diamond Cutters: Visionary Poets in America, Britain, & Oceania, edited by Andrew Harvey and Jay Ramsay, is a major and important testament to poetry which seeks and succeeds in transforming the reader" - read a review by Catherine Ann Jones award-winning author, screenwriter & writing consultant
Diamond Cutters Biblet
Diamond Cutters is available for sale at Hill of Content, Readings, Collected Works and online from Amazon
Four of Irina's poems are included in Soul of the Earth, an eco-spiritual poetry anthology.
The collection represents what Awen Publishing is about: publishing writers who are committed to the expression of spiritual and ecological values.
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Dancing with Dark Goddesses is a poetry collection both spiritual and sexual, earthy and refined – a woman’s voice speaking to women and to the feminine in both women and men. From the rawness of pain, social oppression and betrayal the book charts a journey through to a resurgent strength, transcendence and love. The poems speak of an openness to life, a surrender to the workings of love and a trust in the dark Goddesses and their ways of leading us through the dance.
As part of the launch Irina performed a set from Dancing with Dark Goddesses, combining dance, poetry and music, which was acclaimed as “breathtaking”, “an incredible dance-recital tour de force” and “a performance of complete commitment, passion and technical brilliance”.
Audience comments included: “special and different – like no-one else”, “unique”, “otherworldly”, “it feels very ancient what you do”, “like nothing I have ever seen before – fantastic!”
"There’s some incredible wordcraft in this volume. There’s a great deal of saying things that are generally considered unsayable, things about female experience that just don’t get aired much, if at all" -read a review by Nimue Brown at DruidLife
“Dancing with Dark Goddesses”
Movements in Poetry
Awen Publications, Bath 2009
"Irina Kuzminsky's poetry speaks eloquently of the human spirit, paritcularly from the female perspective. For each poem there is a painting by Jan Delaney that matches perfectly. The paintings range from vibrant bright happy pieces to some that are almost monotones. There is an amazing energy in all of the works both written and visual" - back cover.
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