Both have been in progress for several months now and I think its time that they finally reach their homes.
I'm humbled by the fact that anyone would like my art, let alone request it. Hopefully I can continue to improve and find inspiration.
"What is the purpose of literary criticism? Among other things, to guide the reader past his or her resistance. Most art, subtly or aggressively, resists the familiar. Poetry in particular suffers from this resistance, because poets take the material that we depend on to operate in and make sense of the world (language), and bend it to other, often seemingly obscure, purposes....Our attachment to familiar language is powerful, and understandable. Without critics, we will hold on to the familiar and be unable to accept that there are other uses for language, that there is new and exciting poetry all around us.Today, in American poetry, very few critics take it upon themselves to examine the choices poets make in poems, and what effect those choices might have upon a reader. As a consequence, very few people love contemporary American poetry. Many more might, if critics attempted to truly engage with the materials of poetry—words and how they work—and to connect poetry with an audience based on an engagement with these materials. "
"I think it's peculiar that the sun, the quintessential live giver, constant in our lives, symbol of enlightenment, spirituality, eternity, all things unreachable and ephemeral, omnipotent provider of optimism and vitamin D, and so universally photographed, finds expression on the internet, the most virtual of places equally infinite but within a closed electrical circuit. Looking into this cool electronic space one finds a virtual window onto the natural world."