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May 1, 2014

Poet revises book

VALDOSTA — Like many poets, Phillip Berrian is a seeker.

He seeks truths from the world and the spirit. He looks for meaning in all things great and small.

In his poem, “They Call Me a Nomad,” Berrian expresses in a few well-constructed lines his journey of perseverance which has helped him through life “but with God’s love and anointing on my life, I can surely show people time and time again, that I can reach the stars any day or night.”

The award-winning Berrian has republished his poetry collection, “The Testimony of Greatness,” which now includes additional poems and a revised cover. A book signing/event is scheduled for this republication this week.

He still explores themes of love and loss, spirit and redemption. He uses relevant Bible passages to open poems.

Berrian was born in New York City, one of 10 siblings. His parents are Pastor Mary L. Berrian and the late Charles Berrian.

Poetry defines his life.

“To me, poetry was a spiritual and God-given gift,” Berrian notes. “... The stories, messages and the meaningful concept in this book is mostly about overcoming challenges, obstacles, and giving God all of the well-deserved glory and the highest praise ...”

Berrian writes poetry consistently, estimating he’s written enough poems for 20 books.

“My current themes that I mostly talked about is being a provider and a man of one’s household ... Knowing your history as well as the family values which has been bestowed and handed down from generation to generation ... but again it’s a vast (array) of topics which are very relatable and real just as the flesh and blood which are presently displayed on our earthly bodies. And I also talk about the origin of a hero, of what they believe in, such as defending the weak and looking out for the innocent.”

Berrian’s book event is scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, May 2, Hudson Dockett.

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