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Rebel Song by Rivera Sun

Gripping. Chilling. Exhilarating: Rebel Song is a journey of a poem, unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

An anthem for our global peace and justice movement. –Diane Patterson, Singer/Songwriter, Folkgoddess

This is the clarion call I have been waiting for which combines poetry and activism . . . Profound and hopeful. -Devreaux Baker, Poet, Pen Oakland Award winner for her book, Red Willow People


Rebel Song is a tremendous story of a Woman, a Heart, a Madman, a Rebel, and the growing Storm of Change. With its revolutionary and visionary message, Rebel Song will remind you of Howl or Song of Myself. Its compelling story takes the reader along for an unforgettable ride. Eerie warnings parallel contemporary crises. Weaving metaphors soar and dive. Archetypes evoke stunning moments of real-life recognition. And in the end, the sweeping triumph of the Rebel Song’s message leaves you in shivers-and-chills delight.

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Rebel Song
Rebel Song, a revolution of a poem, by Rivera Sun "A genuine poetic masterpiece that strikes at all of our hearts and opens them to the need for action." - Casey Dorman, Editor of the Lost Coast Review


“This grand poem reminds us that the rebel, the body of rebellion, is made up of many ordinary women/men, and the storm, of love in action. The decline of Mother Earth and her children is only inevitable if we, the ordinary, fail to rise. Its metaphors are extended, visual, and engaging. I thought the epic poem was a lost art. It seems to have been found in the rising winds of a love-storm.”  – Rob Ganson, Poet, Follow the River Clear Down

Rebel Song is not a call to arms, it is a call to awareness and conscience, a plea for consideration of the plight of ourselves and our fellow men and women—for our civilization. Unlike any other such plea, it is marvelously poetic, filled with imagery, metaphors, alliteration, rhyme—a genuine poetic masterpiece that strikes at all of our hearts and opens them to the need for action. It will be remembered for years as a defining statement of the soul of today’s disenfranchised everyman, crying out for justice.” – Casey Dorman, Author, Editor: Lost Coast Review

“Rebel Song is a powerful poem that stands not only as an anthem for our global peace and justice movement, but also takes a much deeper step to examine the heart from which we operate, to touch the tears that teach – and the fierce love that inspires – where they live inside us.” – Diane Patterson, Singer/Songwriter, Folkgoddess

“In Rebel Song, Rivera Sun writes with lyrical insight that provides us with thought for a new and possible world, addressing hardship and violent repression with “organized non-violent struggle”. She writes in the tradition of Whitman, Jeffers and June Jordan, poems that testify to the indomitable spirit that is alive in the resistance. She reminds us, “The rebel is you. The rebel is I. We carry in our hearts the light of the future”. This work is gritty and visceral and of the earth. The scope and ambition of these words are both remarkable and necessary in these times. Rebel Song reveals a multiplicity of presences good and bad, of strategies for peaceful revolution and for evolution of ourselves as thoughtful compassionate care-takers of the planet. To me it felt like that clarion call I have been waiting for which combines poetry and activism and asks each of us to examine our thoughts and actions as new Earth stewards. It asks each one of us to move beyond our individual lives and begin to build or embrace communities dedicated to this philosophy. As Rivera so clearly says, “We must turn toward life, run toward love, and rebel in the direction of dignity, respect, justice, equality, non-violence, peace, care of the Earth, and hope.” Profound and hopeful, this book is a touchstone for remembering how crucial our voices are for the evolution of the spirit and the survival of the soul.” – Devreaux Baker is a Pen Oakland Award winner for her book, Red Willow People. Her books include The Circumstance of Light, Out of the Bones of Earth and Hungry Ghosts.


From Rebel Song:

The rebel is a mother
with a child inside her.
The rebel is a daughter
falling in love.
The rebel is a man
with his head held high.
The rebel is you.
The rebel is I.

When the world says die,
the rebel lives!
When the powerful say, kneel,
the rebel stands!
When society says, go,
the rebel comes close.
When they dictate despair,
the rebel hopes.
When they outlaw life,
the rebel thrives.
And when they mandate hate,
the rebel loves.

No roof but the stars.
No bed but the ground.
No home but this Earth.
No friend but Truth.
This is the song of the rebel…



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