Beyond Rhetoric

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Joel McKerrow

Beyond Rhetoric is a book of poetic and mystic ponderings crafted around the story of a homeless prophet and those that gather to listen to his wisdom. It is a modern fable in the same vein as the work of the late poet and philosopher, Kahlil Gibran and brings together a critique of modern society with the whisperings of a new social and personal reality. Weaving together action and contemplation, the aesthetic and the analytical, self-understanding and social engagement, it is a holistic dive into themes of power, faith, peace, justice, truth, freedom and sexuality. This is a book that will touch more than just your intellect, it shall bring together the gap between your heart space and the actions of your hands.


Joel McKerrow is… an exceptional spoken word artist. Fiercely political and humane… the fact that he’s a redhead is inconsequential.
—  Shane Koyczan  Canadian Poetry Slam Champion

A summary and manifesto of the journey many of us have been on as we try to integrate faith with economics, politics and spirituality.
—  Kate Carter  Human Rights Lawyer 

Beyond Rhetoric is a brave (and I believe successful) attempt to observe some of the pressing issue’s in today’s world through the classic frameworks of one of the greats, Khalil Gibran. Joel has done so with humility, undeniable skill and burgeoning power.
—  Luka Lesson   Australian Poetry Slam Champion


Author: Joel McKerrow
ISBN: 9780987099426 (Paperback)
Published: 2012
Pages: 95