Book Release: Qoheleth, THE TEACHER / Qoheleth, MY MUSE by d²
Join us for the release of Qoheleth, THE TEACHER / Qoheleth, MY MUSE!
2 Special Events to Celebrate on Sunday, January 21st:
Deborah's Birthday Party Book Release Party
Real African Art ~ 4-6pm ET
440 E McCullough Dr, Suite A-111
Charlotte, NC 2826
In Collaboration w/ Community Literature Initiative's National Chapter Open Mic
Zoom ~ 6pm PT / 9pm ET
Free admission for each event!
RSVP to either (or both) & pre-order your copy using button above.
About Qoheleth, THE TEACHER / Qoheleth, MY MUSE:
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecc. 1:2)
People often twist themselves into pretzels trying to make Ecclesiastes fit into the Judeo-Christian ethos—or its most challenging passages are ignored altogether because it doesn’t wrap life up into the pretty package promised through the prosperity gospel teachings. Qoheleth, THE TEACHER / Qoheleth, MY MUSE uses poetic insights, journaled observations, and lived experiences to translate this curious book in the Bible into the context of now.
About Deborah Dalton (d²):
Deborah Dalton (d²) is a poet/spoken word artist whose life experiences include being a domestic and sexual abuse advocate and survivor. She is currently seeking to poetically share the divine revelations gained while engaged in worship, study, and prayer. Born in St. Albans, Queens, New York, d² was brought up in a military family and raised all over the world.
Praise for Qoheleth, THE TEACHER / Qoheleth, MY MUSE:
“Should you choose to accompany poet Deborah Lynn Dalton (d²) on her journey through the 'wisdom literature' of the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes, be sure to bring your own shoes designed to withstand tough terrain, desert hotspots, ebbing tides, unexpected curves and sudden drops. Be prepared for blood smears, heart-defying leaps with craterous landings, grief and a sense of foreloneness not backed up with hope. Be prepared for foolishness disguised as nothing new under the sun, threatening one’s perceived wisdom and capability to make any sense or success of the abbreviated time afforded one on earth. Time, that is experienced as a vapor or hebel that temporarily fills a space and then dissipates without announcement or fanfare. Ecclesiastes is serious business, as is our Poet Dalton, who has welcomed The Teacher, Qoheleth, as her Muse.”
— Reverend Adrienne L. Phillips, Charlotte, North Carolina, M.Div, M.Ed, M.S., Poet, Preacher, Servant, Teacher
“Her call…one to move the masses with words, wisdom, insight, healing, and love. Her example…one that makes an imprint you never want to erase. Her words…a balm for a world troubled, disturbed, fragmented and in need of reconcile. Thank God for the life of Deborah d² Dalton!
You don’t have to study Hebrew, like I did once upon a time, to receive the rich value in this collection of poems, prose, welcoming words, and what I call 'wisdom nuggets.' What you do have to do is have an open heart, mind and spirit to receive ancient and modern mysteries revealed via the prayers and outpourings of our Dearest Deborah. Be prepared for transformation as you indulge in the book of Ecclesiastes like you have never witnessed before. This work made me ‘examine my existence/ a philosophical conundrum/ questioning if I am really and truly here.’ (An excerpt from the poem Wisdom Invites Madness.)
Reading Qoheleth, The Teacher / Qoheleth, My Muse took me on a spiritual journey to become whole that I will revisit every time I AM in need of healing, reconciliation, and remembering.”
— Reverend Iyana "Yani" Davis, M.Div., Founder, The Peace People’s Movement
“In this brilliant literary piece, Deborah, d², has invited us to join her in a stroll through the botanical garden called Ecclesiastes. Equipped with a theological and literary green thumb, she has tilled the soil of this ancient work of wisdom, and coaxed fresh and new perspectives for our mind’s eyes to gaze, ponder, contemplate, consider, and appreciate.
As you stroll through this treasured garden with Deborah as your guide, I assure you, you will see this ancient, biblical book of poetry and wisdom in a new light. Thank you, d², for allowing the Spirit to birth in you a new way to view and appreciate an old, oft neglected literary jewel: Ecclesiastes.
PS: To Deborah, thanks for introducing us to Fran…”
— Reverend Dr. Gregory K. Moss, Sr., Pastor Emeritus, St. Paul Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, Interim Pastor, Chapell Memorial Baptist Church