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The Mole Vol XIII: In the Olive Grove (A Quintet)

Ron Raye

March 2024 9798989706518

   pp 268

These monologues are records of the dead who have been
 victims of the many massacres carried out by the Hagenah, the Zionist paramilitary organization in British Mandatory Palestine, established in 1920, then dissolved in 1948, and integrated into the Israeli Defense Force after Israel declared independence or rather the invasion of Palestine, followed many massacres of the Indigenous people beginning with the 1948 nakba where approximately 800,000 Palestinians were expelled from their land and experienced many roadblocks in trying to return home despite United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 (III).
The dead now lay in martyrdom. They tell of the horrors that took place during the various massacres. These voices recall memories of love, hope, despair, frustration, a fight, and passion for life that resonate with everyone.

I find The Mole Vol XIII: In the Olive Grove a continuation of his evocative storytelling and masterful language tradition. This collection serves as a reflective journey into our collective past and a commentary on the depths and capabilities of the human heart. The poem's narrative is enlightening and a testament to Raye's ability to engage and move his readers. For those who have yet to discover, Raye's work is an excellent entry point into a world where history, emotion, and poetry converge.

                                                      Literary Titan

The poet is capable of wonderfully sensuous imagery and prosody.

                                               Blueink Review

The poet's unique style, a fusion of striking imagery and unconventional line rhythms, is a delightful enigma that keeps the reader eagerly anticipating the next verse.

                                                         Kirkus Review