Join us on a literary world trip!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
Mental Fight - cover

Sorry, the publisher does not allow users to read this book from the country from which you are connecting.

Mental Fight

Ben Okri

Publisher: Apollo

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0

Summary

An epic poem touching on issues of racism, intolerance and environmental destructions from Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri. 
 
There is much to celebrate in the human journey so far – art in all its forms, advances made in the fields of technology and medicine and, for many of us, the miracle of freedom. But there is also much to regret – racism, intolerance, the destruction of our environment, the reality and the legacy of slavery.
 
In this long, sustained consideration of the state we find ourselves in, Ben Okri invokes the past to explain the present, and sings out a message of hope. The future is still ours to make. This epic poem, an anthem for the twenty-first century, first appeared in The Times in January 1999. Its message could hardly be more relevant to our present condition.
 
Discover this revised edition of an inspiring and extraordinarily tender work.
 
'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three – literature, culture and vision – are profoundly interwoven' Ali Smith

Other books that might interest you

  • Promises to Myself - (Self-Esteem Empowerment for Women and Teen Girls Gift for Girls and Women) - cover

    Promises to Myself -...

    Mary Anne Radmacher

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Beautiful Poems about Life 
    The important promises are the ones we make to ourselves. So begins artist and writer Mary Anne Radmacher's beautiful ode to promises—those we make, those we keep, those we renew, those we live up to. In this motivational book, Radmacher inspires us to discover the promises that make life sweet. To count our promises and our blessings. To delve into our hearts to discover the promises of our life's purpose. 
    It's not about what was—it's about what may be. Promises to Myself is one big self-love poem for the heart, soul, and mind. This beautiful rendition of handlettered, visual poetry is a book to keep near at hand and return to often. 
    Listen to the music of love and respect. Reflecting on the promises of your everyday life will deepen your satisfaction and heighten your clarity. In this inspirational poetry with a purpose, you will find illustrated thoughts on:Promises of Friendship, Family, and LovePromises of PossibilityPromises to the World 
    Readers of visual poetry and inspirational poems about life like Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur; 2Fish; and Gmorning, Gnight! will be inspired by Mary Anne Radmacher's Promises to Myself.
    Show book
  • Midnight Feasts: Tasty poems chosen by AF Harrold - cover

    Midnight Feasts: Tasty poems...

    A.F. Harrold

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    The perfect Christmas gift for any food or poetry lover, this scrumptious illustrated hardback contains over 50 poems about every type of food imaginable.  
     
    Food is the one thing that unites us all – across time, nations and peoples. From chocolate, rice pudding and sandwiches to breakfast in bed, marmalade in the bath and the fruit of a mythical jelabi tree, in Midnight Feasts A.F. Harrold brings together a wonderful and diverse collection of poems to tickle your taste buds.  
     
    Poets include Ian McMillan, Brian Patten, Choman Hardi, Imtiaz Dharker, William Carlos Williams, Salena Godden, Joseph Coelho, Sabrina Mahfouz, Lewis Carroll, W.S. Gilbert and A.E. Housman, as well as A.F. Harrold himself.  
     
    This stunning poetry book is beautifully illustrated in full colour by rising star Katy Riddell (daughter of former Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell) and is the perfect present – at Christmas or any other time year. It will have the poetry and food fans in your life licking their lips!
    Show book
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - cover

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's best early works: an airy, romantic romp in the woods among bumbling rustics, temporarily star-crossed lovers, and the charming fairies who bewitch them all. Drawing on a popular English folk legend and annual, Shakespeare weaves a chaotic and comical tale of misunderstanding, mischief, and magic in which, like the dream-state it mimics, no harm is permanent and all is pleasantly resolved by the play's end. A joyous celebration of love, language, and life itself, A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare at his lyrical best.
    Show book
  • Together Tonight - Hamilton Jefferson Burr - cover

    Together Tonight - Hamilton...

    Norman Corwin

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Three prominent Americans debate the merits of unchecked immigration, national security, and civil rights. While it sounds like a contemporary, made-for-TV event, this confrontation takes place in 1799, with three of America’s Founding Fathers as participants: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr. Legendary radio dramatist Norman Corwin created this imagined discussion from the participants’ actual writings—proving that when it comes to politics, some things never change.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:JD Cullum as Aaron BurrGregory Harrison as Thomas JeffersonHenri Lubatti as Pickering and othersBrian Tichnell as Alexander HamiltonDirected by Alexis Jacknow. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in October of 2016.
    Show book
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner - cover

    Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    A must-read classic!  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the timeless story of what happens when a daring mariner ventures into Antartic waters.  When the storm approaches, adventure begins.  Experience this epic tale like you've never heard it before with crisp, gripping narration!
    Show book
  • Every Good Boy Does Fine - Poetry and Prose - cover

    Every Good Boy Does Fine -...

    Calvin Arsenia

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    “Glowing with warmth, vulnerability, and a heavy heart, Arsenia’s intimate reflections depict the past and present wrestling within the individual as he endeavors to chart his own course in the world.”—Atwood MagazineBoth a journey of individual healing and a call for action, these poems show that, with a little love and acceptance, anyone can flourish.From one of Kansas City’s most exciting singers Calvin Arsenia, comes a debut book of poetry and prose Every Good Boy Does Fine. Named for the classic mnemonic used to teach the lines of the treble clef (EGBDF), his collection speaks to his passion as a musician and also his deep and tumultuous history in the Evangelical community.Arsenia includes elements of queer poetry, writings on racial awakening, Christian de-conversion, and sexual awakenings in a homophobic community with the hopes that, when finished reading, readers will feel ready to start their own journey of self-expression through music and performance.A profoundly thoughtful and enlightening work, Arsenia uses his lyrical talent to show that there is always somewhere to go no matter where you are coming from.
    Show book