Odysseus begins where Homer’s Odyssey leaves off and recounts the Greek hero’s final quest to settle his debt with the god Poseidon.
He must travel to many cities carrying a wooden oar, find a land that knows no salt, and offer a sacrifice to the god on the site where a stranger asks the purpose of the oar. During his perilous journey he becomes involved in the intrigues swirling among the great Trojan War veterans and their heirs, and must also protect his own family and kingdom.
Written in a poetic style reminiscent of the Homeric past, Odysseus is Book One of the epic trilogy, On the River of Time, which examines three figures – one mythical, one historical, and one fictional from different time periods spanning almost three thousand years: Odysseus in Greece; Spenser, the poet, in Ireland; and Archer, a renegade actor/director in Canada.
Set in the 16th Century war between Elizabethan England and the rebels in Ireland is a adventure that explores the struggles, power, conflict, politics, and humanity of the last four turbulent months in the life of the great poet, Edmund Spenser.
Fleeing the great Munster revolt and fighting to survive the invasion of his home at a terrible cost to his family, he lives as a refugee in Cork before returning to England to report to the Queen.
Spenser, is book two of the epic trilogy, On the River of Time.
This book takes readers on a poetic odyssey, written in Spenserian stanza, to evoke the Elizabethan period and the author’s style.
Here green-leafed memories invade the mind;
Here our young profuse acts luxuriate;
And then leaf-fallen times can be defined;
And then the old, snow-fallen thoughts await.
These poems explore our ages by the season:
Child’s adventure in untidy garden
With its ancient, stooped gardener; young poet
Begging in Seattle; celebrations
Of birth, birthdays and of deaths; old Ibsens,
Restless in their soiree; backyard elegy;
And more beside, all etched in shifting verse.