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"Free and critical minds can emerge only by a return to the source-the primary sources. A free and critical mind takes nothing for granted and is not intimidated by "authorities" who frequently may be more confused than the general public. Free and critical minds seek truth without chauvinism or shame." - Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1)

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Poetry is a Feeling

Part 3 of Understanding Poetry

When it comes to understanding poetry, feeling is an essential ingredient. Nathan's spiritual blog, Walls Come Down, “feels” us in with poetic words and insight:


in the dark,
writhing with ecstasy
in light rain drops

This is a movement away from thought, to feeling. It is a move away from structures in which distractions are embedded. Both in writing and reading, we are peeling away what we are not. What's underneath? We need a willingness to see things directly, for what they are. It doesn't matter if you 'understand it' or not. It's more about what you feel.

For Matt

Why should we not
and grow
like leaves
on trees
in forests careening
roots through buds
to blooming
singing moving,
floating on
and through?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vicarious Reader of Poetry

The hardest part of writing is living. Living also incites the imagination. The second hardest part of writing is extracting understanding from living.

Doing the first and second parts, opens the portal to poetry. The writer trustingly takes the extended hands of living and meaning and follows life through the opening no matter the size or lighting.

The vicarious reader follows. They are also wonder seeking.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Free Books- National Poetry Month 2009

Buy one book and get one book FREE.

This is my contribution to National Poetry Month.

Visit my website, , order one book and I'll send a second book for free during the month of April. Free also includes the additional shipping cost. This is approximately a $24 value.

Just be sure when prompted to list autograph instructions for the first book, to also include instructions for the second book. Thanks.

Since Eloquence: Rhythm & Renaissance encourages personal growth and spirituality it's a great graduation gift and birthday gift.

Also, its theme of nature works well for relaxing, summer reading at the beach.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

National Poetry Month 2009-Understanding Poetry

Approaching poetry in a hurry to understand it is the wrong approach. Understanding some poetry is like getting used to drinking grape/orange Kool-Aid with orange and apple slices. You know there's a lot going on but you enjoy it nonetheless by savoring the blend, moving it around in your mouth and drinking slower. You extend the pleasure by patiently waiting to enjoy the fruit. The process is the same for understanding poetry.

Approaching poetry hoping to merely understand what the writer was trying to say is the wrong approach. There are always numerous meanings in poetry regardless of what the author intended. An artist's intent should never be the boundary. I'm still hoping to understand more about some of the poems I've written.

Approaching poetry merely as an intellectual event limits understanding to what the mind has experienced. To receive additional understanding the spirit must become engaged. After the mind reads poetry you must release it to your spirit, otherwise inspiration and encouragement are not possible.

With that being said, poetry whispers something different to each person. Some poetry will urge you to take a step towards your own personal next level. Its purpose is to not leave you where it found you. There's really no cause to be intimidated when it comes to understanding poetry. Poetry is like a child seeking friends to get to know. Welcome it and soon enough you will learn that poetry understands you.