and the dead poets go

I had promise you know I learned to love the literature Of men whose words had power Who could sing to a Grecian Urn Or make Ozymandias’ broken stones immortal Yes my heart leapt up When I first read the rainbow in the sky And the lady who walks In the beauty of the night Where truth is beauty And …

I feel like a caged animal today, and people are poking sticks through the bars. I am expending a ton of mental energy to maintain my focus and my cool. I simultaneously want to explode and implode! As Snap once sang: It’s like a day when nothing seems to go your way but you stick it out anyway ’cause you’re …

poet as artist

Cruising through the weekend, I came upon this quote by Salman Rushdie: “A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.” The quote resonates with me because I think poetry some times has the reputation of being flowery and love struck or inaccessibly …

madman or poet

I was out wandering the hills this weekend in Mid-Wales on Cader Idris. Legend has it that the mountain is haunted and anyone who spends the night on the top of Cader Idris will wake up either a madman or a poet. Personally I didn’t think there was a difference between the two. Cader Idris is a beautiful area if …

i made the switch

I made the switch from pc to mac and after 3 days of happy computing, I don’t think I’ll ever be looking back. I thought my learning curve would be a lot higher, but so far, I have found navigating the system to be very intuitive. The reason I made the switch is I wanted to upgrade my laptop, but …

thought experiement #27

Assume that ther is a broader picture than your own point of view. What would happen if you lost your point of view? Who would you be? Try this: If you are bleeding heart liberal, immerse yourself in a conservative’s point of view – think how they think, read what they read, eat what they eat for a month. If …

mad, bad and dangerous to know

In honor of National Poetry Month, I present to you George Gordon, a.k.a Lord Byron.  In my early days, when I first got into poetry, Lord Byron, along with several other of the romantic poets, was my hero as much for his poetry as being the bad boy of poetry and a freedom fighter to boot.  Lady Caroline Lamb described …

what’s that i hear?

  time, that beautiful handmaiden whispered in my ear: you gotta get going baby you gotta get going death is near but i’ve got songs to write sweet melodic words to pen surely it must be a sin to die with them within? then you gotta write baby you gotta write get those words down on a page act them …

t.s. eliot

As it is National Poetry Month, I thought it would only be fitting to celebrate by highlighting different poets through out the month.  My first selection has to be T.S. Eliot as he has had the biggest influence on me as a poet.  My favorite Eliot poem is The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock   …

it’s easy to forget

I had a lie in this morning to think and reflect about my life as it was, as it is, and as I want it to be.  You know often I get moving into a space where I am so focused on obtaining something that I forget the simple rules of life.  What do I mean by that?  I mean …