By Dr. John Telford

Happy New Year!  I’ve got a new book out entitled “The Poet-Emperor of EARTH – An In-Depth Dialogue with The DEITY’ that will blow the minds of my most discerning activist Motown readers.  It’s an allegorical novella–a dialogue between man and God in which they engage in a back-and-forth debate regarding the relative merits of DEMOCRACY vis-a-vis so-called ‘benevolent’ IMPERIALISM—and I advise readers not to peek prematurely at its ending, because it contains a huge surprise.  To get a copy, go to and type in Dr. John Telford, or order it at Barnes & Noble, or email me your address at or call me at (313) r460-8272 and I’ll mail you a signed copy on the honor system with an invoice for $13.95 plus postage–and if the book doesn’t literally BLOW YOUR MIND indeed, you don’t have to pay me.

Prof. Josh Bassett, the director of the Institute for Social Justice at WCCCD,writes in the Introduction, “This famous Michiganian (or infamous Michiganian, depending on your political perspective), takes us through a wild, Dante-esque, only SEMI-fictionalized narrative, drawing upon his eighty-plus years of explosive earthly experience to speak proverbial truth-to-power with no less a luminary than God ‘Himself/Herself/Itself.’  As he did in his 2010 autobiography ‘A Life on the RUN – Seeking & Safeguarding Social Justice’ and in some of his other books and crusading columns and in his outspoken radio and television shows, Telford confronts readers of ‘The Poet-Emperor of EARTH’ with fundamental questions concerning education, politics, social relations, and the future of democratic government–not only in Detroit and Michigan (whose many injustices imposed by the ‘powers-that-be’ it accusatively recounts multiple times) but also all across America and throughout the entire planet.

Activist attorney and D-REM board member Tom Stephens writes, “Dr. Telford deftly weaves a hypnotically hallucinatory world that supplants the equally surreal one we live in.”

Michael “Doc” Holbrook, a Board member of the Grace Lee Boggs Center in Detroit, states, “This unique novella is a masterpiece.  Also, one of its two main characters just happens to bear more than a passing and entirely UN-coincidental resemblance to the book’s prolific author–the poet Telford, who put his own crowned likeness on the front cover along with that of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel depiction of God and that of the author’s second-generation Russian-American wife Adrienne, who is characterized as the audacious feminist ‘Balalaika’ in the book.”

Writes Greg Dunmore of Pulsebeat Arts, TV Channel 20: “This book contains higher-order insights.  It is a must-read.”  I (naturally) concur.  Enough said–I wish you all a (hopefully) enlightening and hopefully CATALYZING literary experience.

Dr. Telford, a vehement and prolific foe of “emergency” management in this book and others he has written, was publicly educated in Detroit from kindergarten through graduate school.  His website is  Hear him Sunday afternoons at 3:00 on NewsTalk1200.

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