The Catholic Defender introducing Avellina Balestri to Deepertruth Her book(s) on kindle
Avellina Balestri’s debut collection of poetry is a broad and deep tribute to the legacy of heroines and heroes whose values and life lessons represent forces of faith, hope and light and who stand as stalwart guides through our common fears and suffering to the eventual reward of peace by living lives of allegiance, gratitude, love and service.
Balestri examines her own Catholic Christian roots via many insightful and accurate dramatic monologues, well-researched and creative personal elegies, and mystical experiments that eulogize inspirational personages. Ever the educator and writer, Balestri employs her artistic command of imagery, sound devices, and narrative skill to weave a magic that compels her audience to accompany her various personae through the poetic experiences at hand.
“I dreamt of a wily wolf and a swift stag blessing a sapling among the trees. It’s a sign you’ll make our people proud.” Avellina Balestri
Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deviation. 2 Timothy 2:15
Robin Locksley is the heir to the last Saxon noble house in Nottinghamshire.
Since the time of William the Conqueror, his family has been beleaguered by those who seek to extinguish their lineage and seize their estate. Roger Cavendish is the son of the ruthless and power-hungry Norman lord whose property borders Locksley lands.
For over a century since the conquest, the Cavendish family has sought to secure predominance in the region through any means necessary. Each raised to uphold opposing ancestral legacies, Robin and Roger find themselves crossing paths through their common bond to the land. They meet eye to eye, sky blue and hawk gold, catching glimpses of each other’s souls as they struggle under their own personal burdens.
But while one is yet a child and the other hardly a man, a twist of fate intensifies the generational feud and kindles the first sparks of a raging fire that will one day consume their world.
Destiny will immortalize them in story and song. Unfolding in an era dominated by feudal conflict and imbued with religious faith, this introspective drama puts flesh upon the bones of legend and takes an intimate character-driven approach to retelling one of the most famous heroic journeys in the annals of literature.
Taken from Avellina Balestri's Blog: is a Catholic author and editor based in the historic Pennsylvania-Maryland (Penn-Mar) borderlands. Her stories, poems, and essays have been featured in over thirty print and online publications including The Wisdom Daily, TheLatin Mass Magazine, The St. Austin Review, Catholic Insight, and The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Network. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Fellowship & Fairydust, a literary magazine with the mission of inspiring faith and creativity and exploring the arts through a spiritual lens. Under its auspices, she had the honor of hosting a literary conference at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, commemorating the legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien. Her hobbies include listening to and performing folk music, watching and reviewing classic films, and chatting with a zany array of international contacts. Avellina believes that the Trinitarian and Incarnational mysteries are reflected in all things good, true, and beautiful, and that the image of God is wondrously woven into every human heart. These themes are at the forefront of the stories she chooses to tell.