Author Archives: Joel D. Hirst

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright, author of four novels. The most recent is "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps. Other works include "Lords of Misrule", "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio".

A Modern Romeo and Juliet, With a Twist

I try to judge a book by what it is intending to do, not by how I would have written it. This is hard for a writer and occasionally takes discipline – as often times the prose does not live … Continue reading

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We All Who Are Human

It’s raining outside, that thick drenching African rain. On the other side of the concertina wire somebody is sheltering under a mango tree fiddling with a radio, looking for a signal stronger than the pounding of the droplets on the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lieutenant of San Porfirio by Joel D. Hirst

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? Genre: Literature & fiction, war, political, military Length: 336 Pages Publishing Date: August 6, 2012 ? Buying Links for The Lieutenant Of San Porfirio Amazon iUniverse Google books ? Author Website: Twitter: joelhirst ?…

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Our Tremendous Inequality

Painters and poets and inventors, dreamers all – starving and blind. Paul Gauguin on a tropical island painting the interior walls of his desperate cabin before burning it to the ground in his madness (if we are to believe W. … Continue reading

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The Ruin We Cradle – A Poem

Each one of us has temptation; Tis something seeks us to bring down; A flesh-pull of being which echoes of meaning; And makes us lose sight for to drown. Some struggle to death for with hate; Sensations to them which … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s New Poor

“The poor you will always have with you,” a strange statement for he who came to give “life more abundant.” Is it possible that Jesus was not utopian. It’s an ironic and perhaps paradoxical statement since Jesus was the incarnation … Continue reading

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Human Rights and the Discovery of Empathy

In my first year of humanitarian work I was called on to help start up a program in Kosovo after the end of that bloody conflict. Ethnic cleansing they called it, genocide without the murder I suppose. I was 21 … Continue reading

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