Roger Blakiston, a prolific poet, now releases this, his third book of poetry, Desert of Inspiration. Roger lives in Sedona, Arizona, though he is originally from the United Kingdom. Anyone who has visited Sedona, in the high desert of Arizona, will know that it is one of the most beautiful townships on Planet Earth. His home is nestled midst spectacular scenery, with views of red rocks and ancient vortexes. It is the perfect environment to inspire a poet, and hence the title of this tome. Many of these poems were written while Roger was out on his daily hikes.Roger is on a spiritual journey, as is reflected in his poetry. His last book was published in the Spring of 2018, and he started writing this book soon afterwards. Unlike his other books, the poems appear in the exact order that they were written. This will be interesting for the reader, as you can follow his path of imagination and inspiration. You will find deep, thoughtful poems, poems of fantasy, and humorous poems, as you explore his magical world. Roger is a professional magician, but also has a deep connection with the magick and miracles of nature.Roger’s style is traditional, in so much as all his poems rhyme. There are many powerful, positive and profound messages hidden within these pages. By inviting the reader to look inward, Roger hopes to make others see the light where there often appears to be only darkness and shadows.
For some time, Roger has been on a spiritual path, and much of this is reflected in his poetry. He feels he has messages of importance to share with humanity about love, rebirth and the journey back to bliss, where it all began. This theme of remembrance is reflected in a number of his poems. You will find yourself transported to other dimensions, inhabited by angels, faeries, mermaids, wizards and elementals. Roger is by profession a magician, and you will notice that the theme of magic and miracles creeps into his poetry.
“There has ever been the potential for true Magic in the power of words. And when those words are wielded for the sake of uplifting and inspiring the reader, that potential is fulfilled, and a deeper magic is revealed. Roger Blakiston is a mystical author and visionary poet with this precious gift of weaving words into wonder. A lifetime in magic, both theatrical and spiritual, have given him a rare insight and depth of understanding that illuminates his writings. In these pages, the reader will discover a timeless treasure trove of original poems, infused with the perennial message of love and hope for humankind.”
Jay Scott Berry, Magician/Musician/Poet.
I started writing poetry when I was around eight years old. In my school holidays, we used to go as a family to remote parts of Great Britain, and these locations frequently were my inspiration. One of the earliest poems I recall was written while staying at a farm house by the sea in North Wales:
There’s a lonely cave in North Wales
Where smugglers long ago
Saw smashed up rocks, and raging seas,
And all the trees did blow.
The cave goes deep down in the rock
And was set on a beach;
It had no door, nor any lock,
But still foes never reach.
I have included some of my very early poetry like “The Battle of Hastings” in this book, as well as several poems that were written in my late teens and early to mid-twenties. At that time in my life I was going through a great deal of exploration with love, career, and trying to figure out the meaning of life.
An example of my more recent poetry follows:
I’m sailing on the sea upon a sunbeam;
I’m hovering on a cloud that’s made of snow;
I’m flying on an asteroid round the planets;
The universe is guiding spirit’s flow.
I’m surfing on a sheet of sparking crystal,
I’m circling round a labyrinth laced with gold;
I’m skating down a canyon crisp with ice,
I’m watching all my wondrous dreams unfold.
The poems are divided into categories, but within the categories they are in no particular order. In recent years I moved to Sedona, Arizona, and you will read a number of poems that I have written while living in that community, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
“The Spiritual Stage” by Roger Blakiston is a unique insight into the spiritual thought process of a man who has spent his life in the entertainment profession. Although the author is a professional magician, lecturer, motivational speaker and children’s entertainer, this book is a suggested read for all those who are already entertainers, or for those who are considering entering the profession. The book is deep and thought provoking, as well as being amusing and controversial. Roger offers much wisdom gained during his years of experience in the business, and suggests that you apply the many universal spiritual principles to heighten your creativity both on and off stage. He shares with you the secrets of living a happy and fulfilling life and inspires you to share your God given talents with others.
"My intention is for this book to be a positive and thought-provoking thesis on why we become entertainers and how we can best achieve our goals, dreams, and desires. Although entertainers (or those who aspire to entertain) will read this book, much of the spiritual content can be applied to any profession, as the principles are universal."
~ Roger Blakiston
"For those bitten by the bug, performing is far more than a profession. It is a calling. Roger Blakiston’s "The Spiritual Stage" is an indispensable guide for anyone who calls the stage home. While some people experience personal happiness and others professional success, it is rare to find someone who has achieved both. Roger is just such a person: an accomplished magician whose career spans two continents and a man who has found fulfillment in his personal life. His mission is to help others do the same. Through the use of anecdotes, thoughtful reflection, and unique insights, he shows us how to create and maintain confidence, positivity, and harmony on the stage and off. Whether you are an aspiring performer or a veteran, this book has much to teach you about living well and fully. Buy it, read it, commit it to memory."
~ James Munton, Author/Speaker/Magician