Poetry

Bullets From The Poet’s Pen

Bullets From The Poet’s Pen

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 […]

Fact by Fact You Lose

Fact by Fact You Lose

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 […]

Free Speech Anarchy

Free Speech Anarchy

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 […]

A Thousand Truths

A Thousand Truths

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 […]

Living Poems

Living Poems

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 […]

Passive Music, Active Poetry

Passive Music, Active Poetry

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 […]

Connoisseur Of Beauty

Connoisseur Of Beauty

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 […]

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