Tesserae is a collection of poems. As every potter and tile maker knows, tesserae is the name given to the little pieces of glass or tile that join together to make a mosaic. Every poem is a fragment, a piece of the picture, a little bit of the writer. Hear BJ's words, get to know them, put the pieces together. BJ says you will understand something of his soul.
Tesserae is an eclectic mix, each poem telling its own tale, each poem with a granule of mythology and mystery. From a sea monster, to an ancient British king, to spirits of the woods, an evil tree to a mock epic about dragon slaying. To love, loss, death and dreams.
There is something for everyone within its pages.
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Stone age Britain – it is a time of change; the land is restless, the climate harsh. Driven by fate, starvation and fear, the last of the Neanderthals teeter on the brink of existence, perilously balancing between life and death. In a distant valley the last clan survive, eking out a subsistence in the wilds, fighting against the elemental powers of the land.The delicate balance is torn asunder when the new men, Homo sapiens, clash violently with the ill-equipped clan. While the Neanderthals’ extinction is inevitable, they leave their mark on history: a curse of strong magic which will force change on the tribes of new men; and a boy, Dimek, a new man raised by Neanderthals, with a destiny of his own to fulfil.
Years later, now a hunt leader, Dimek must break away from his tribe’s tradition and lead his men to a new land, a land that is not cursed. Dimek, along with a shaman, warriors and hunters, set off on a journey, a journey that will change their lives forever.