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Poems about death, dark love, and the vortex of the heart and mind

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Here at Xenowave you'll find some of my poetry of dark love and death, as well as poems of struggle and hope, and my musings about literature, human emotion and reason, and the puzzles of life that have no final answers.

WARNING! On this site you will find NO post-modernist poetic babble, no pretension of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, no tasseography, no idolatry of scrambled thought.

My poetry deals with themes of love, death, obsession, alienation, hope, desire, and the struggles of life that are common to us all. You can use the index of poems to find the specific thematic category that interests you, or enter keywords in the search feature.



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Poetry should always sail above personal aches and grumblings, with the poet's voice merely a conveyance. Anything less would be mere self-indulgence. While at some level all poems are personal in that they are born out of one's own private experience, poetry's task is to shine an intense light on the relationship binding us to the rest of the world. The poet is driven to turn the skin of humanity inside out, to expose us to ourselves and all our passions and fears, all our aspirations and failings. The poet is the surgeon of our conscience. The emotional experience that inspires a poet is encapsulated in a hologram of words, which each reader then uniquely brings alive.

Wherever my thoughts take me, whether to the windowless worlds behind the farthest stars or under the deepest oceans, they always bring me back to this:

—Below the surface of every human heart, no matter how honest, good or wise, lurks an undertow of contradiction, paradox, and lies.

Notwithstanding the pride we take in ourselves as rational beings, contradiction is an inextricable part of our human nature. Many of my poems are preoccupied with this aspect of our being. While for many, poems about death and dark love may hold a particularly strong attraction, consider this: every human action in which one direction or preference is chosen over another involves a bit of love and death, shaping who we are.

Living in the world is, and always will be, a great unfolding experiment in which the outcome is uncertain, and in which we try to find our place. Poetry is a way toward understanding ourselves and how we fit into the grand scheme of things. It is the purest path to our deepest emotions and the ideas shaped by them. Though I have no final answers to the large questions about our existence -- the mysteries of life and death -- my hope is that my flights of mind, in which reason and emotion often collide, will set in motion a resonant note.

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While my poems usually begin with an image or a dream fragment, or a vague emerging idea, they gradually evolve into a more coherent vision with successive drafts. Once written, the poem must ferment for several days before it takes its final form. Poetry is a wonderful way to get connected with one's inner creative being and experience the push and pull of our reasoning mind and our emotions.


Poetry and Literary Sites Worth Visiting

  • The New Criterion is a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life that is fresh, incisive, and above all, justly intolerant of artistic mediocrity and intellectual conceit. In the current edition, there is a frank critique of Christopher Ricks' analysis of Bob Dylan's music.
  • Thesaurus.com is an essential reference for the writer, featuring online dictionaries, thesaurus, language and grammar resources, and language translators.
  • The Atlantic Online is an intelligent web magazine taking the pulse of American life, with articles spanning a range of interests from politics to literature. The magazine has an extensive poetry section featuring poems, essays on literature, and interviews with poets. A wealth of information can be accessed in the back issues. The forum provides an active meeting place to discuss politics, science, and literature.
  • Contemporary Poetry Review is a unique monthly online literary journal, devoted exclusively to poetry criticism, with an editorial commitment to providing criticism which is clear and free of academic jargon and politics. Accessing the archived articles, however, requires a subscription.

Other Websites of Creative Minds

  • Mark Harden's Artchive is a huge archive of the works of over 200 painters and sculptors from ancient Greece to Rembrandt to Pollock, and includes art criticism, links to virtual museums, and much more.
  • If you enjoy unusual musical journeys, visit the site of Robert Miles, whose electronic creations are inspired by his fascination with our deepest emotions.



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