Through its 211 interwoven poems, this double-tiered recursive crown of sonnets takes the reader on an epic journey to the heart of mankind’s would-be nemesis – herself – and back again. Does her destiny await in the unexplored depths of the cosmos, or in a toxic wasteland of her own making? Does she have the will to shape her own future, or is she a slave to her myopic wants and impulses?
Requiem takes the existential threats facing humanity – from the destruction of the environment to nuclear holocaust – as a lens through which to reflect on the fate of civilization, humanity and ultimately conscious life in the universe.
XI.9 Now put the killjoy’s head up on a pike Who wants to hear those tiring tales of doom? We heard it all, we know their tedious like But what we need is to dispel the gloom A crime it is, to ruin folks’ high spirits And if it isn’t one we’ll make it one Who gives a darn ‘bout what their logic posits Just trust your guts when all is said and done What insolence, what cravenness to question Our way of life; they’ll learn to hold their tongue We’ll teach the eggheads all about discretion Adangle, from the nearest lamppost hung Now go! Give chase to craved normality Down twilight pit of unreality
Thank you, Daniel Ståhl and RABT Book Tours
About the Author
A software engineer by trade, Daniel Ståhl splits his time between software development, research, teaching, writing and being the father of two.
Daniel has previously published both fiction and non-fiction, with his latest forays as an author delving into strictly metered poetry. His latest book, Requiem, came into being in the intersection between the rhythmic cadence of sonnets and his despair at the sanguine apathy with which the human species approaches the prospect of its own extinction – with all of its implications for his children.
Daniel received his MSc degree from Linköping University, Sweden, and his PhD degree from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Apple Audiobook: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/id1549368737
Google Play Audiobook: https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/Daniel_St%C3%A5hl_Requiem?id=AQAAAEBc5QSlSM
2 hard-covers and 2 ebooks