I am no longer a perfect American in that I am ball gagged and BDSM bound by strictly American culture…
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. ~Jorge Luis Borges I have in my possession a book of poetry published in 1933. I’ve read many books older than me. What makes this book unique in my library is that it was also printed in 1933. Having the same book in […]
What is the proper response when hearing seven trumpets blowing sweet rock and roll? Is to dance with a queen using a mother of pearl comb to preen with strawberry scented vaseline while feasting on sardine and Holstein cuisine celebrating the anniversary of being deflowered by an Argentine in front of an obscene wide TV […]
Your flower opensFirm cylindrical jewelsMy eyes smile bright petals
Your silent whispersSpeak sunshine into my soulLove begets the stars
When you’re a poet and you have to live by night, there’s no way you can have a steady job. ~Roberto Bolaño By Señor Blaño’s logic, I have a steady job, therefore (ergo is a cooler word) can never be a poet unless I walk away from my steady job and live the hours of […]
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. ~Pablo Neruda The flowering words of the poet Pablito Neruda focused eyes on the horrors perpetrated by the coward pinochet, a human being so despicable he does not deserve to have his name capitalized. I shudder to even put it into print. […]
A velvet sun was painting the streets with innocence. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón To all but the poet or one with the heart of a poet, the quote is applesauce, nonsense, silliness. Facts decree the sun is a cauldron and innocence exists only in the soul. Sadly, it is those existing outside of poetry in charge […]
Between my fingers and thumb The squat pen rests; a snug as a gun. ~Seamus Heaney What is more powerful, a gun in an expert marksman’s hand or the pen in the hand of a clever poet? In the immediate, in the short term, the gun has the power to snuff a life with the […]
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. ~Cassandra Clare To be influenced by literature or poetry requires empathy. Without empathy, it is impossible to enjoy literature, other than as a study in connected words. Without empathy, it is impossible to feel the emotions of actors, to swim in their pain […]
Freedom, not safety, is the highest good. ~Edward Abbey I have an anarchists love of freedom when it comes to “Freedom of Speech”. I am a zealot for the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Freedom of speech is the bedrock for a free society, the bulwark ensuring We the People have a voice even […]
Poetry by it’s very nature is subversive. It turns worlds inside out, confounds meaning, changes black to white to contiguous shades of gray. Never trust a poet. ~Pablo Neruda Poetry, the encoding of ideas and emotions in imagery, is considered so dangerous the US-backed dictator Pinochet silenced the pen of Senñor Neruda with poison. Words […]
We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words. ~John Fowles What is a poem but an arrangement of words creating images that move a person emotionally, ideas that can stimulate intellectually? The intellect buoyed by emotions have the power to incite revolution in peoples so long subjugated […]
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. ~Charles Darwin In a world awash in information and, sadly, disinformation designed to manipulate a gullible public, the truth of poetry and music in an almost […]
And your very flesh shall be a great poem. ~Walt Whitman I like to believe I have the ability to discern beauty in every situation. A connoisseur of the beauty of words laced with ethereal images, each a droplet on a spider web unique, separated by distance yet connected to the many-layered story climaxing at […]
He believed that poetry could cure, or at least go a long way towards curing, almost every ailment. ~Arundhati Roy I have heard it said, the mind is a miraculous healer of the body. Placebo medications result in amazing cures because the mind is tricked into believing the answer is at hand. It is the […]
Had the soul of poet, and therefore the soul of a murderer. ~Carlos Ruiz Záfon Poets take ordinary thought and create impossible images, string together deformed pearls in arrangements of previously unimagined beauty, bleed heartfelt longing on to empty pages in a patchwork of squiggly lines penetrating the souls of readers.
I found the poetry inside of her. ~Roberto Bolaño Everyone one of us is an evolving poem, poetry written with the breaths we exhale, in the silent spaces between the words we speak, in an eye twinkling love.
I want to write in the form of migrating geese like an arrow pointing South toward a direction of safety. ~Terry Tempest Williams My favorite arrangements of words are those that share information wrapped in poetic phrases, those with the ability to paint dry text information with meaningful imagery. It is an ability with the […]
Poetry and revolution before breakfast. ~Edward Abbey Poetry and revolution. Revolution and poetry. Two human expressions with the power to ignite the human soul. Revolution is poetry in action, the physical manifestation of the collective human spirit striving to create a new reality. Poetry speaks revolutionary ideas, incites revolutionary emotions.